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About postgraduate psychology

A postgraduate degree in psychology provides you with the specialist training and skills you need to pursue a career as a chartered psychologist. 

Working in psychology is highly rewarding and involves diagnosing and treating psychological difficulties to improve the wellbeing and lives of others. 

Postgraduate psychology involves the study of the mind and human behaviour.  While some psychology courses are generalist programmes others cover a range of specialisms and allow you to focus on the area of psychology that interests you the most, whether that is counselling, clinical, forensic, child, or criminal psychology. 

Many students pursue postgraduate psychology to build their experience and research skills with courses offering a pathway into professional training in other areas like social work, nursing, speech and language therapy or law. 

The two main types of postgraduate psychology courses are the Masters of Arts (M.A.) and the Master of Science (M.S.). Some courses prepare you for professional practice, such as counselling or forensic psychology, while others prepare you for further study at the doctoral level. Entry usually requires a degree in psychology, however some institutions offer a conversion course which means you don’t need to have studied psychology to apply. 

Why study postgraduate psychology?

With a postgraduate degree in psychology, you can pursue a career that improves the lives of other people in a range of different sectors.  Postgraduates can become therapists, clinical psychologists, health psychologists, education psychologists or researchers. You may work in the NHS, the private sector, education, the criminal justice system or in social work. 

If a career in psychology sounds rewarding to you, then explore our range of psychology masters here at Postgrad.