Why choose Herts?
Professional Accreditation: Successful graduates are eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. This is your first step to pursue a professional career as a chartered psychologist.
Teaching Excellence: You will be taught by expert teaching staff currently engaged in cutting-edge research. See key staff section.
Industry-Focused Course Content: Research projects include investigations into various areas of psychology such as autism, psychosis, spatial memory, behaviour change, cyber psychology, and the psychology of luck.
Entry requirements and key information
All successful applicants must normally:
(a) Have a good honours degree (2.1 or above) from a UK institution, or an equivalent overseas qualification. In exceptional circumstances, students with a lower second class (2.2) degree may be considered if they can demonstrate appropriate academic competencies.
(b) We welcome applications from UK, EU, and international students. For country specific international qualifications please check here. International students should have a minimum overall IELTS of 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each band. If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.
School of study
School of Life and Medical Sciences
- Full Time, 1 Years
- Part Time, 2 Years
- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
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This course provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society, which is the first necessary step towards becoming a professional psychologist. Having obtained GBC, students can then pursue a career in specialist area such as Clinical, Forensic, Health, Occupational, Counselling, Sport and Exercise, or Educational and Child Psychology with a view to becoming a Chartered Clinical, Forensic, Health, Occupational, or Counselling Psychologist.
Alumni success stories
See what some of our previous graduates have gone on to achieve and how their time at the university helped shaped their careers.
Meet Seren. Seren completed an undergraduate and postgraduate course at Herts, with ambitions to help rehabilitate offenders and victims of crime.
|Current job role||Looking for employment|
|Year of graduation||2021, 2022|
|Course of study||BA (Hons) Criminal Justice and Criminology, MSc Psychology|
‘I want to help people’
The BA (Hons) Criminal Justice and Criminology course appealed to Seren because she wanted to understand why crime occurs and she has ambitions to work alongside offenders to help prevent it. Herts was also close to her home.
After visiting campus for an Open Day, Seren decided Herts was the right place for her. She says, ‘The campus had a welcoming and friendly environment – it was perfect for me.’
Seren completed her undergraduate degree and decided to study MSc Psychology at Herts too, with hopes of using what she learnt completing both courses to help rehabilitate offenders or support victims. She says, ‘I was able to continue working part-time whilst completing my master’s. But now that I have graduated, I have started looking for full-time work. I want to help people, and that’s what I’m looking forward to doing in my career.’
Some of Seren’s fondest memories of her time at Herts were making friends and the experiences they shared along the way. She says, ‘I remember laughing in the library when we were meant to be doing coursework, grabbing a coffee with them before lectures started, and even taking the park and ride early in the morning. I made friends at uni that will be in my life forever, and I wouldn’t have met them if it wasn’t for Herts.’
Her plans and advice
Seren is getting ready to find a job, using her time to update her CV, write cover letters, and explore job search websites. She says, ‘I don’t want to rush anything. I want to know that when I find a job, it is the right one for me.’
Seren’s advice to current and future Herts students is to ‘not beat yourself up’, particularly as you settle in during first year. She says, ‘University is different to other forms of education. It takes time to get things right and there is a learning curve. Come to Herts as a blank slate and be willing to learn. You’ll need to understand how the grading system works, how to write an essay, and what to do to get the grades you’re aiming for.’
Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society.
About the course
The Masters in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire is typically for individuals who have degrees in other (non-psychology) subjects, but who wish to obtain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) British Psychological Society. On successfully completing the course, you will:
- Have demonstrated sufficient knowledge of psychological theories and literature to be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society;
- Have developed a more detailed knowledge of the literature, theories, and issues relevant to your career ambitions;
- Be able to design, carry out, and evaluate psychological research using a variety of methodologies, including the ability to conduct an advanced research project;
- Be able to conduct ethically sensitive research.
Students enrolled on the MSc programme will study core modules covering the broader psychological principles of developmental, social, cognitive and biological psychology. This will be contextualised by historical issues in psychology along with research methods and statistical analysis.
The MSc programme is flexible enough to allow individual tailoring to particular interests or career aspirations. Masters students have to study two additional modules, selected from the following modules (subject to availability):
- Forensic Psychology
- Clinical Psychology
- Occupational Psychology
- Educational Psychology
- Sports Psychology
- Cognitive Neuropsychology
Why choose this course?
This course provides an intensive route into gaining a psychology qualification recognised by the British Psychological Society, allowing you to pursue a professional career in psychology.
Psychology ranked joint first nationally for research impact, obtaining 100% outstanding rating (Research Excellence Framework, 2021).
To find out more about this course you can come to one of our Postgraduate Open events.
We also have a thriving research community of staff and students alike.
What will I study?
Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars and tutorials. Students will develop the ability to design, carry out and evaluate psychological research, using a variety of methodologies, including the ability to conduct a research project and ethically sensitive research. Assessment for the programme is by examination, coursework, demonstration of a series of competencies and completion of the research project.
|Research Planning||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Using Data to Address Research Questions||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Methods of Collecting Data in Psychology||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Advanced Psychology Project||45 Credits||Compulsory|
|Development, Social and Cognitive Psychology||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|The Biological Basis of Psychology||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Individual Differences and Conceptual/Historical Issues in Psychology||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Forensic Psychology||15 Credits||Optional|
|Clinical Psychology||15 Credits||Optional|
|Educational Psychology||15 Credits||Optional|
|Sports Psychology||15 Credits||Optional|
|Occupational Psychology||15 Credits||Optional|
|Cognitive Neuropsychology||15 Credits||Optional|
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Further course information
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Funding and fees
Other financial support
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- £9900 for the 2023/2024 academic year
- £825 per 15 credits for the 2023/2024 academic year
- £15450 for the 2023/2024 academic year
- £1290 per 15 credits for the 2023/2024 academic year
- £15450 for the 2023/2024 academic year
- £1290 per 15 credits for the 2023/2024 academic year
*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University's Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed "When tuition fees change"), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.
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Living costs / accommodation
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
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How to apply
International/EU applicants without pre-settled status in the UK
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Home and EU applicants with pre-settled/settled status in the UK
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