Institute of Education Graduate Certificate in Psychology

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Institute of Education Graduate Certificate in Psychology

Institute of Education Graduate Certificate in Psychology

Psychology Grad Cert


This programme offers a conversion route to psychology for applicants who completed an undergraduate degree in another discipline. The Graduate Certificate in Psychology (passed at Master’s qualifying level) plus the Child Development MSc OR Psychology of Education MSc enables students to apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Degree Information

This programme will:

  • impart a broad knowledge of psychological theory and research
  • examine psychological research on language, the functions of the brain, personality, cognitive development, memory and our capacity to think, learn and solve problems
  • look at the effects of the dynamics within groups (such as leadership) and between groups (such as prejudice and aggression)
  • develop skills of critical analysis and ability to structure an argument and support it with evidence
  • develop ability to evaluate psychological theory and research
  • provide a basic introduction to some of the statistical techniques commonly used in psychological research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits each).


Not applicable.

Teaching and Learning

This programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and interactive, task-based learning. Assessment is through essays and examinations.

Key Information

Programme starts

January 2018

Modes and duration
Part time: 7-9 months

The programme is taken part-time over two terms.

Tuition Fees (2017/18)
£4,225 (PT)
£4,225 (PT)
Application deadlines
All applicants
Open: 6 February 2017
Close: 1 November 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry Requirement


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Graduates of this programme often go on to pursue careers in the fields of research, health and education. Many applicants undertake this degree because they wish to be eligible to apply for a doctoral training degree in educational or clinical psychology.

Recent career destinations for this degree
  • MSc in Child Development, Institute of Education, University of London (IOE)
  • MSc in Psychology of Education, Institute of Education, University of London (IOE)

On completion of this programme students will have gained:

  • broad knowledge of basic, key issues in psychology
  • ability to produce critical and informed arguments about core topics in psychology, as specified by the British Psychological Society syllabus
  • ability to describe and evaluate psychological research in terms of theoretical and empirical contributions to the field
  • understanding of basic concepts in research methods and statistics
  • ability to construct a coherent argument supported by research in psychology

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme includes weekly seminar activities to promote discussion and networking between students, who come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds.

Graduates of this programme often progress to a relevant BPS-accredited Master’s programme – Psychology of Education MSc or Child Development MSc – to complete their conversion to psychology and to be eligible to apply for Graduate Basic for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Department: Psychology & Human Development

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK’s higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Psychology & Human Development
78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL’s research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

There are two routes to this certificate, GBC1 and GBC2, which are appropriate for anyone who is suitably qualified in a subject other than psychology and would like to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) – a necessary requirement if you would like a career in psychology.

Application deadlines
All applicants
1 November 2017

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Psychology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Psychology at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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