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BPS accreditation

The Single and Combined Honours degree programmes in Psychology which are listed below are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), provided the minimum standard of a Lower Second Class Honours is achieved, in addition to successfully completing the research project (Year 4 Dissertation in Psychology). This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

If you intend to practice as a professional psychologist, you first need to obtain an undergraduate degree that confers eligibility for GBC. Then you would need to undertake further training in the form of a relevant postgraduate degree and supervised practice before you would be eligible to become a Chartered Psychologist and to work independently as a psychologist. For further information, see:


The following degree programmes are accredited by the BPS as conferring eligibility for GBC:

Single Honours Combined Honours
MA (Hons) Psychology MA (Hons) Psychology & Business
BSc (Hons) Psychology MA (Hons) Psychology & Economics
  MA (Hons) Psychology & Linguistics
  MA (Hons) Philosophy & Psychology
  MA (Hons) Sociology & Psychology

For single honours degrees, all standard pathways, as specified in the relevant Degree Programme Table (DPT), are accredited, with the condition that students must take a selection of year 3 and year 4 courses which cover all of the following core areas of Psychology:

Cognitive Psychology

Biological Psychology

Social Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Individual Differences

This condition also applies to combined honours degrees. In addition, accreditation is conditional on students taking RMS1, RMS2 and RMS3, as well as the Dissertation in Psychology (Year 4).


The following honours degree programmes are not accredited as conferring eligibility for GBC

BMedSci (Hons) Psychology

BSc (Hons) Cognitive Science

MA (Hons) Cognitive Science (Humanities)

Junior Year Abroad

The degrees of students who spend their Junior Honours Year abroad do not automatically confer eligibility for Chartered Membership of the BPS. However, such students may apply to the BPS for GBC on an individual basis, after graduation (on payment of the relevant BPS membership fee). If you are considering doing this, it is important that you select honours level courses to cover the 5 core areas, and courses equivalent to RMS2 and RMS3. On your return, in final year, you must cover the remaining of the 5 core areas you did not cover abroad, with a maximum of 3 core areas covered abroad being allowed to count. If you require more information about this, see here

2019/2020 Honours Courses and their BPS area:

Course BPS area(s)
Human Personality Individual Differences, *Developmental (*retrospectively added in June 20)
Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory Biological, Cognitive
Moral Judgement and Behaviour Social, Cognitive
Psychological Therapies Individual Differences, Social
Methods and Controversies in Parapsychology Individual Difference, Cognitive
Science of Close Relationships Social, Cognitive
Identities and Collective Behavious Social, Cognitive
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience: Childhood Developmental, Cognitive
Behaviour Genetics Individual Differences, Biological
Perception, Action, Cognition Biological, Cognitive
The Psychology of Mental Health Biological, Cognitive
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention Biological, Cognitive
Social Psychology of Groups Social
Critical Discursive Social Psychology Social, Cognitive
Psychology of Language Understanding Biological, Cognitive
Causal Cognition Cognitive, Developmental


2018/2019 Y3 Courses and their BPS area:

Course BPS area(s)
Critical and Discursive Social Psychology Social
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience: Childhood Developmental, Biological, Cognitive
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience: Infancy Developmental, Biological, Cognitive
Introduction to Neural Network Modelling Cognitive, Biological, Developmental
Methods and Controversies in Parapsychology Social, Individual Differences
Motivation and Emotion Social, Cognitive, Developmental, Biological
Perception, Action, Cognition Cognitive, Biological
Personality Topics Individual Differences, Biological, Developmental
Psychological Therapies Individual Differences, Social
Thinking and Reasoning Cognitive


2018/2019 Y4 Courses and their BPS area:

Course  BPS area(s)
Active Vision Cognitive
Causes and Consequences of Personality Individual Differences
Children with Language Impairments Developmental
Class: The Psychology of Wealth, Poverty, and Social Rank Social
Debates in Current Personality Individual Differences, Social
Frontal Lobe Functions Biological
Intelligence, Personality and Health Cognitive, Individual Differences, Social
Intimate Relationships Social, Cognitive, Developmental, Individual Differences
Marxist Psychology Cognitive, Individual Differences
Moral Judgment and Behaviour Biological, Cognitive, Social
Multisensory Integration Cognitive, Biological
Parapsychology Social, Individual Differences
Psycholinguistics of Language Production Cognitive, Developmental
Psychological Therapies Individual Differences, Social
Psychology of Counselling Social
Sentence Processing and Psycholinguistics Cognitive
Social Psychological Approaches to Health Social, Developmental, Individual Differences
Working Memory Biological, Cognitive