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is this degree worth it?

So from what I understand, as an international student, I cannot get a chartered membership unless I do a one year conversion course in psychology before my masters degree. Now I'm wondering, is it worth doing a degree in I/O psych that isn't accredited? how will that impact the kind of jobs that I can do? I can't do the conversion course for financial reasons and I don't plan on settling in the UK, just working there for a few years. So would getting a degree in I/O be worth it if it isn't accredited? Also, what would be the difference between doing a masters course that isn't accredited and doing one that is even though it wouldn't give me chartered membership because I don't have a GBC?
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Gaining a BPS-accredited conversion degree is preferable over a non-BPS accredited, but it is not a massive deal. Bear in mind that a conversion course will not qualify you as a psychologist. In order to become a qualified/chartered psychologist, you will have to undertake several years of training after that. Such training is expensive and often at your own cost.
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Original post by orangecrumb
So from what I understand, as an international student, I cannot get a chartered membership unless I do a one year conversion course in psychology before my masters degree. Now I'm wondering, is it worth doing a degree in I/O psych that isn't accredited? how will that impact the kind of jobs that I can do? I can't do the conversion course for financial reasons and I don't plan on settling in the UK, just working there for a few years. So would getting a degree in I/O be worth it if it isn't accredited? Also, what would be the difference between doing a masters course that isn't accredited and doing one that is even though it wouldn't give me chartered membership because I don't have a GBC?

If you're not planning on qualifying and working as a professional psychologist of some kind in the UK (e.g. clinical psychologist, educational psychologist etc), then as far as I am aware the BPS accreditation doesn't make any difference.

You will need a BPS accredited degree to pursue the relevant further study to qualify in those areas though as noted above (e.g. the DClinPsy etc). I'm not sure however if you need a BPS accredited degree to work as an assistant psychologist before completing those (although such roles are extremely competitive in any event).

That said, I can't see where it states that you can't get GBC from a BPS accredited degree done in the UK if you're an international student? I may be missing something but can't see any mention of that here: https://www.bps.org.uk/graduate-membership-gmbpss

Unless by "international student" you mean you completed your degree in another country.

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