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Is BA Psychology possible for MSc Psy or med school?

Hello!

I'm a UK Citizen but I'm currently taking a BS Psychology degree here in the Philippines at a local university. I'm thinking of switching degrees to BA Psychology but just wanted to make sure that it would still be possible to go down the route of taking medicine in the future and if it's still possible. (I am thinking of going back to the UK for masters or medicine.)

Just curious as to the path I would take as I know that there are board exams for med schools but would it be strictly science degrees or put at an advantage in comparison to a BA degree? Would it be better to take a Masters in Science in Psychology and then do Med School? Would it still be possible to take a masters in science if I'm taking a BA degree? Most of my research (some google searches and looking into other forums and universities) say that yes, I can take my master's in science with a BA degree. However, I'm not sure if this is widely applicable or for select universities only. It also says it'd be better to take masters before med school but I'd appreciate more insights on this.

I'm mostly leaning towards shifting my degree course regardless of whether I'll be taking it/extra classes in my masters/med anyway as I'm still not 100% on the whole medicine route. Sorry if this question is kind of all over the place or confusing. I could really use some insights and would love to discuss about it further :smile: Thank you!
(edited 1 month ago)
Original post by lmaodan
Hello!

I'm a UK Citizen but I'm currently taking a BS Psychology degree here in the Philippines at a local university. I'm thinking of switching degrees to BA Psychology but just wanted to make sure that it would still be possible to go down the route of taking medicine in the future and if it's still possible. (I am thinking of going back to the UK for masters or medicine.)

Just curious as to the path I would take as I know that there are board exams for med schools but would it be strictly science degrees or put at an advantage in comparison to a BA degree? Would it be better to take a Masters in Science in Psychology and then do Med School? Would it still be possible to take a masters in science if I'm taking a BA degree? Most of my research (some google searches and looking into other forums and universities) say that yes, I can take my master's in science with a BA degree. However, I'm not sure if this is widely applicable or for select universities only. It also says it'd be better to take masters before med school but I'd appreciate more insights on this.

I'm mostly leaning towards shifting my degree course regardless of whether I'll be taking it/extra classes in my masters/med anyway as I'm still not 100% on the whole medicine route. Sorry if this question is kind of all over the place or confusing. I could really use some insights and would love to discuss about it further :smile: Thank you!


For the Medicine path:

Do not do a masters in psychology if you want to study Medicine. You'll be spending loads of money in studying Medicine already, and you want to add an extra year of study and debt to do something you don't even need? Bad idea. You can still do Medicine with a Psychology BA. You can apply the standard undergraduate route, in which case they'll consider your high school grades (depending on the university and your degree grade, they might be more lenient with your high school grades as they otherwise would). For the graduate entry Medicine route, you will be able to some places with your Psychology degree, but not to others. It's more to do with what subjects each university accepts rather than the BA / BSc distinction, which isn't that important when it comes to psychology, which does after all sit at the crossroads between the sciences and the humanities.

For the psychology path:

Having a Psychology BA shouldn't be a major issue. In the UK it's much more common for psychology degrees to be BSc but there are a few that are BA (Oxford springs to mind), but it's not that important. The real stumbling block is that your degree is from outside the UK. Most UK psychology degrees are BPS accredited, which opens many doors for you. The BPS regrettably doesn't accredit foreign degrees though, but you can submit an application for BPS membership anyway and they'll analyse your transcripts and come to a decision whether to give membership to you or not. If you get membership, good, you're golden. If not... also not the end of the world? A lot of my lecturers at university didn't originally study psychology. One of my lecturers springs to mind as having studied English literature and then through some convoluted twists of life ended up doing a PhD on psychology and learning.
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Note that if your original degree is not BPS accredited this won't be an issue for academia, but would be a problem if you intended to pursue a professional psychology role e.g. clinical psychology, in the UK. However you would be able to (and have to) do a conversion masters in the UK that is BPS accredited and meets the requirements for the graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC). If you are planning to work outside of the UK it's entirely at the discretion of the jurisdiction you end up working in.

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