This is an online conversion program at the PG Diploma level, for those without an accredited psychology degree. It’s BPS accredited so it’s the starting point for a career in psychology.
Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), our online Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology course is ideally suited to anyone who is looking to pursue a career in psychology, bringing you one step closer to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology conversion course is designed for those who wish to specialize in psychology, giving you the opportunity to learn the distinctive range, depth, and integration of skills, knowledge, and applications of psychology. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the core, fundamental areas of psychology required by the BPS including biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology and the links between them.
This course alone will not allow you to practice as a psychologist but provides an opportunity for a non-psychology graduate, or a graduate from a non-BPS accredited course, to meet one of the entry requirements for a postgraduate program of professional training in health, sport, clinical, counseling, occupational, educational or forensic psychology by achieving Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). You may also be looking to study this course as part of your continuing professional development (CPD), career employability, or general knowledge.
Obtaining GBC allows you to have access to the widest range of training, development, and employment opportunities in psychology. Completion of an accredited program, moreover, offers graduates a clear route to BPS membership, and therefore access to the full range of membership benefits, including services, publications, conferences, training, and networking opportunities.
For those wishing to pursue a career as a Chartered Psychologist, gaining Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) is the first step towards gaining Chartered status. This program allows you to study 120 credits of psychology for a Postgraduate Diploma (a minimum of 180 credits in psychology is required for a course to be accredited and eligible GBC).
For the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, you will receive 120 credits.
- Biological and Cognitive Approaches in Psychology – 20 Credits
- Individual Differences – 20 Credits
- Introduction to Perspectives in Psychology – 20 Credits
- Investigation and Analysis – 20 Credits
- Research Project Diploma Exit – 20 Credits
- Social and Developmental Psychology – 20 Credits
For the University of Derby Online Learning PG Diploma program cost and flexible payment plans, you can contact us on 9754 9427 / 6994 7478
You can be assured of a supportive and structured learning experience with academic teams who are specialists not only in their area of psychology but also in online learning delivery. Our dedicated online learner advisors will also provide you with non-academic support throughout the duration of the course. You’ll have access to an extensive online library of psychology resources, student webinars in key areas such as library skills and assessment writing, and other academic and wellbeing related services.
There are plenty of opportunities to interact with tutors and other students through online discussion forums, virtual classroom sessions, and more traditional forms of communication such as email, Skype, and Blackboard Collaborate. You’ll also receive one-to-one support from a specialist supervisor when you begin your empirical research project. As a guide, we recommend you allow around 20 hours of study per week, per 20 credit modules, but this may vary depending on your pace of study.
Pace of study
We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.
This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.
During this course, you’ll study all the core areas of psychology to gain a deep understanding of the subject.
From here you can then choose which area you would like to specialize in and continue to further training. For example, you may want to consider our online MSc Health Psychology which will introduce you to a range of health psychology professional competencies. Other areas of psychology you can consider are sports, clinical, educational, forensics, and occupational.