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Applied Psychology - PG Dip

Why study this course?

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), this nine-month conversion course is designed for non-psychology graduates who wish to acquire Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS. You’ll develop an understanding of core psychology areas including research methods, social psychology and developmental psychology. In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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The Applied Psychology PGDip is a conversion degree designed for non-psychology graduates who want to take the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist.

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), this nine-month degree will build upon your previous study of psychology and cover the British Psychological Society’s Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) curriculum.

You'll acquire a critical awareness of current issues and developments in psychology, and learn how to apply this knowledge to practical settings. The course will provide you with advanced training in design, analysis, evaluation and presentation of research, preparing you for a future career in applied psychology.   


You'll be assessed through essays, practical reports, a project report and end-of-module examinations.

Professional accreditation

Successful completion of this British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree will make you eligible for Graduate Membership and Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). GBC is required to obtain Chartered status where you can then use the letters CPsychol after your name.

To obtain the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) through studying the Psychology PG Dip, you need sufficient Psychology qualifications.

The Psychology PG Dip only requires completion of 120 credits, but that in isolation is not enough to gain Graduate Basis for Chartership. GBC is only given when students have completed 180 credits.

You will be required to have: 

  • a lower second class honours degree (or above) or overseas equivalent
  • Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    This module is comprised of two areas: cognitive psychology and developmental psychology. Cognitive psychology focuses on the internal representations and processes underlying perception, attention, memory, language, decision making and problem solving. In developmental psychology students learn how both cognition and social behaviours change throughout the lifespan, including examples of atypical development and applied aspects of developmental psychology. Students are exposed to classic and modern theories, and to research that relates to these theories.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon

    The module is designed to extend students’ understanding and competence in the application of research methods to a level appropriate for planning and carrying out a piece of empirical research at Postgraduate Diploma level. This module also supports the process of planning, carrying out, and writing up an empirical research project in any area of psychology at Postgraduate Diploma level.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Friday morning

    This module covers two interrelated subject areas: (1) individual differences and (2) social psychology. The individual differences component focuses on classic and contemporary theory and research in topics related to intelligence, motivation and emotion. The social psychology component examines social perception and behaviour in terms of how individuals think about and seek to understand their social world through their interactions with others at the group and societal levels.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    This module covers the core areas of (1) research methods and, (2) biological psychology.

    In research methods students will be introduced to a range of research designs and associated analyses and will develop their understanding and competency through carrying out and reporting two practicals in different areas of psychology.

    The biological psychology component examines biological explanations of behaviour within an evolutionary context, with particular attention to how the study of animal as well as human behaviour can enhance our understanding of the underpinning biological mechanisms in a range of behaviours.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday morning

    This module addresses the two major strands of the application of psychology to forensic issues. The first of these concerns understanding why individuals commit offences of different types and considering how best to assess risk of offending as well as how to best manage convicted offenders and prevent future crimes. The second major strand of forensic psychology involves studying contemporary issues and processes in the investigation and prosecution of crime. This includes considering how we can get the best possible information from witnesses, victims and suspects, how we might support police officers in their role, and how we might optimise courtroom decision-making.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    This module will focus on the theoretical explanations of psychopathology from a biological, behavioural and cognitive perspective. Using formal classification systems, it will provide a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the psychology of mental disorders. Various theoretical frameworks in both the understanding and management of psychological disorders will be explored.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The module covers the area of work psychology which includes occupational, work, business, consumer, industrial and organisational psychology. This field of study is concerned with using psychology in all areas of work and business to ensure more productive workplaces and organisations. The topics cover a wide range of issues such as personnel selection and development, careers, training, well-being, stress, organisational change, organisational behaviour, work systems and human factors, and marketing. The module develops a critical appreciation of existing theory and practice, key debates and future trends in work and business psychology.

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Core modules:

  • Cognitive and Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences and Social Psychology
  • Research Methods and Biological Psychology
  • Further Research Methods and Project 

Optional modules:

One to be chosen from

  • Psychopathology
  • Forensic Psychology 
  • Work and Business Psychology

"The course was practical and applicable to my career. It was broad and diverse which helped me to identify my strengths and weaknesses in psychology."

After completion of this conversion degree, you’ll qualify for a Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS). This will allow you to progress to a postgraduate professional training programme in an area of psychology including forensic, clinical, health, educational, occupational and counselling psychology.

The University offers MSc a BPS accredited course in Organisational and Consumer Psychology MSc.

Full-time study requires two full days of attendance in autumn and one full day and two half-days of attendance in spring. Part-time study (over two years) requires one full day of attendance in the first part-time year and in autumn of the second part-time year and two half-days attendance in spring of the second part-time year.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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