Taught course

Psychological Studies

University of Bolton · Faculty of Wellbeing and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should have achieved a Lower Second (2:2) or higher in their first degree which will include a minimum of 60 credits in psychology. If applicants do not have 60 credits in psychology they may complete the Graduate Foundation Studies Course in Psychology. On completion of this they will then be eligible to enrol for the Graduate Diploma.


Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Psychological Studies is a conversion course for graduates who wish to pursue a professional career in psychology; for instance, in educational, occupational or clinical psychology. If your first degree was in a different subject, or you hold an honours degree in psychology that did not confer eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (formerly known as the Graduate Basis for Registration or GBR) then this course is for you.

The course provides a curriculum that covers specifically identified areas in psychology, equivalent to those areas covered in the British Psychological Society's qualifying examination in psychology. The modules that you study will give you a strong grounding in core areas of psychology and in research methods, as well as an understanding of the science of psychology.

You will build on your studies at undergraduate level, and where appropriate your previous knowledge of psychology, to develop a strong foundation in understanding the science of psychology. You will learn about the core theories and concepts of psychology that apply to a wide range of human behaviour including language acquisition, learning, personality and relationships and gain an understanding of the philosophical, historical and social issues that have influenced the study and practice of psychology.

You will also learn the methods of psychological research, for example collecting and analysing data and you will also be taught key skills such as accessing and evaluating information and effective communication.

The Department of Psychology at the University of Bolton is very well established and our undergraduate degree is one of the oldest psychology degrees in the country.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
18 months

Course contact details

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