How to become a psychologist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
You'll need to complete:
- a psychology degree accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership
- an accredited postgraduate qualification in your chosen specialism
Once you have a psychology degree, you can specialise in a particular area, for example educational or forensic psychology.
To become a neuropsychologist, you must have specialist knowledge in neuroscience and a postgraduate qualification from the educational or clinical psychology fields.
Competition for postgraduate training is strong. You'll need a first or upper second class degree, and evidence of excellent research skills to apply. You'll also need relevant work experience.
If you have a degree in a different subject, you may be able to complete an approved psychology conversion course.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course