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  1. Hello, I have got an offer for the MSc Mental Health (Youth/Interdisciplinary) at UoB, does this course have BPS Accreditation? I aim to become a Clinical Psychologist. Will this be the right MSc for me?

    Hi, congratulations on getting an offer! Firstly, I think its important to note how rare it is for Psychology Masters courses to have BPS accreditation due to how specialised most Masters are. The important thing is to have a BPS accredited undergraduate degree... Of course, if you need to do a conversion Masters because you don't have an accredited undergrad degree, then that's where you have to worry about accreditation. Other than that, I wouldn't worry about a Masters being accredited though. This course will certainly prepare you well for the clinical doctorate yes!

  2. Hello, I would like to do a MRes in Clinical Psychology. Could you advise me on the course, its modules and the job opportunities after course completion? Thank you.

    Hi, thats great to hear! The MRes Clinical Psychology course is comprised of 5 taught modules, 2 research placements as well as your project. In terms of job opportunities, they will vary! The course obviously prepares you very well for the clinical side of things e.g. for the clinical doctorate for example, but it also prepares you well if you want to go into the research side of things. You can find all these details and more here https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/combined/psychology/clinical-psychology.aspx

  3. Is my bachelors score the most important aspect for my entry to the University of Birmingham?

    Hello, thank you very much for your question and apologies in the delay getting back to you. My name is Emma from the Postgraduate Recruitment team, and I am replying on behalf of the mentor as they have not yet answered it.

    Your undergraduate grade is certainly a significant factor when applying for postgraduate courses but it is not the only thing our Admissions team look for. Your personal statement (help on writing it can be found here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/help-advice/personal-statement.aspx), relevant work experience, and references all play a part.

    Please visit these webpages for help on how to apply: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/apply-pg/index.aspx

    Best wishes, PG Recruitment

  4. Hey Robyn, I am a student of BSc Clinical Psychology in my final semester. I want to apply for the Neuroscience Psychology MSc scholarship at UoB. What things should I focus on in these last 4 months of my degree before graduation so that I can get the UoB Scholarship?

    Hi, In terms of the UoB scholarship, a large emphasis is obviously put on your academic acheivements i.e. your degree classification, so I would say to focus on your academics and grades primarily. Additionally, putting the time into a good personal statement is important too when applying for the scholarship.

  5. Hello. I am trying to get a sense of these PG courses. What are the downsides of PSc Psychology not being BPS accredited? Are you the right person to talk to when it comes to the MSc Political Psychology of International Relations? Are any of these courses good option if I am not interested in research, education system or clinical trials? Thank you.

    Hi, BPS accreditation of MSc Psychology courses is actually relatively rare due to how specific most Masters courses are (it would be impossible to create a criteria that all Masters courses could meet whilst still providing speciality training). Having said that, if you are doing an MSc Psychology conversion course then it is essential that it is BPS accredited to ensure accreditation upon graduation. People who go onto do a Psychology Masters course that isn't accredited either do not want to become a psychologist (which requires accreditation) or they have an undergraduate that is accredited. I personally do not know much about the MSc Political Psychology of International Relations course but you can get more information about this particular course here https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/govsoc/political-psychology-international-relations.aspx

  6. What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

    I was motivated to apply for postgraduate study because I knew it would improve my chances when applying for jobs in my field, especially given how competitive the field of clinical psychology is. Additionally, postgraduate study presented an opportunity to develop further research and soft skills that I would not have the opportunity to develop otherwise. Finally, it gave me a chance to truly explore research areas that interested me, and decide which areas I would like to specialise in going forward.

  7. What, for you, are the best things about the course?

    The course is very intellectually stimulating, teaching you to to think critically and develop analytical and research skills. This course also provides students with a range of transferable skills that will be very valuable when applying for further study and/or graduate employment. Finally, this course allows you to explore and specialise in particular research areas, whether that be clinical, cognitive or something else entirely. Most people on this course either want to eventually go on to do a PhD or Clinical Doctorate, so this opportunity to explore and decide on areas of interest is very useful. This also makes this course very exciting as you are almost always working on something that you find personally interesting.

  8. What piece of advice would you give to anyone considering postgraduate study in your field?

    A Masters in Psychology is definitely a step up from an undergraduate degree, so I would recommend that your work load and effort should reflect that. In order to do that, I would strongly recommend that you stay well organised and plan to ensure you can stay on top of your work and have enough time to prep for assignments/examinations. Additionally, most psychology masters will present you with the opportunity to explore your research interests in your assignments. I strongly encourage prospective students to take advantage of that opportunity. Finally, be prepared to develop your analytical and research skills. By the end of your masters you will almost certainly have a greater appreciation and understanding of data and psychological research.