Taught course

Graduate Diploma in Psychology

London South Bank University · Psychology

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement is a recognised Honours degree with a minimum classification of 2:2. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong interest in psychology as an academic discipline and provide a clear rational for why they want to take the course. It is recommended they have at least one year's experience after their first degree in order to ensure they are committed to changing their career pathway.

Months of entry


Course content

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is an accredited conversion course for non-psychology graduates aiming for a professional career in psychology. It satisfies all the requirements for the Graduate Basis of Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS) so it can be seen as a gateway to a career in clinical, counselling, forensic, health, educational occupational or other areas of psychology.

Unlike most psychology conversion courses in the UK, our course does not require 60 prior credits in psychology, as these credits are integrated into the course.

Upon successful completion, the course provides eligibility for the Graduate Basis of Chartered (GBC) with the British Psychological Society, which is essential for undertaking further study in Psychology.

Psychology is an exceptionally versatile degree because it attempts attempts to understand, explain and predict many aspects of human behavior, thus making it applicable to a wide range of sectors including business and social work, as well as traditional roles within psychology. Following BPS recommendations, our courses are among the first in the UK to teach the core curriculum in an integrative fashion. By exploring themes connected with learning and memory, behaving with others, feelings, and thinking and communication in this manner you'll appreciate how bringing together the knowledge and perspectives of different areas of psychology contribute to a deeper and richer understanding of human behaviour. This, combined with the development of skills in critical thinking and research, will put you in an excellent position for post-graduate study or future employment.

Information for international students

You must have an English language qualification before starting a programme of study at London South Bank University. Acceptable qualifications include IELTS Level 6.5 or TOEFL 580. See www.lsbu.ac.uk/international/englishRequirement for more details.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
18 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations35
Written coursework / continuous assessment45
Dissertation20 (6000 words)

Course contact details

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