School of Psychology

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Professional recognition

With the exception of Business Psychology BSc and Business Psychology with a Placement Year BSc, our undergraduate programmes are accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society with Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided you achieve the minimum standard of qualification of second class honours and achieve a pass in the final year research project. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

All the following modules must be taken in order to qualify for BPS recognition:

SP500 Psychology Statistics and Practical
SP528 Child Development
SP529 Personality
SP604 Biological Psychology
SP605 Cognitive Psychology
SP619 The Social Psychology of Groups
SP620 The Social Psychology of the Individual


and one of the following:

SP581 Project in Legal, Criminological or Forensic Psychology
SP582 Psychology Project
SP583 Clinical Psychology Project
SP600 Psychology Project (Joint Honours)

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Benefits of British Psychological Society accreditation

BPS accreditation of our undergraduate programmes brings you the following benefits as a student:

  • You are assured excellent resources and standards of delivery.
  • It provides an important benchmark of quality for employers and universities offering postgraduate programmes, showing that you have covered a wide range of areas within the discipline and have extensive experience of methodologies and statistical methods.
  • The BPS sets high professional and ethical standards for the conduct of research.

In addition, anyone registered on an accredited degree is eligible for student membership of the BPS from £21 per year. As a member you will have:

  • membership of the BPS Student Member Group
  • The Psychologist magazine every month, packed with articles on psychological issues
  • the quarterly student newsletter PsychTalk
  • discounts on books, journals and events
  • high street discounts and offers
  • the chance of transferring to graduate membership free of charge on graduation

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If you do not join the BPS you can still register to receive the BPS's Research Digest, a fortnightly summary of the latest research articles. See or find it on Facebook or Twitter.


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Last Updated: 03/07/2018