School of Psychology Degree programmes

Graduate Diploma in Psychology

The deadline for applications is 31st July 2017.

The course is designed to further the education of graduates who did not obtain a first degree in psychology accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The diploma, together with a first degree (that includes 60 credits in psychology core BPS areas), is recognised for Graduate Membership of the BPS. It also meets the requirements of the new Graduate Basis for Registration required for further professional training in psychology.

The course lasts nine months and consists of two semesters of full-time academic study. We are not able to offer a part-time course.

Course content

Diploma students are required to take the Level 5 Research Design, Statistics and Computing course and the Level 6 Research Dissertation module. Prior knowledge of statistics would be an advantage. Each candidate must select a minimum of seven modules from those currently offered by the School (at least four from Level 5 modules and up to 20 credits from the list of Level 6 modules):

Level 5

*Please note: it will not be possible to take both PS2017 and PS2018.

Level 6

The selection of modules will be determined by the Graduate Diploma Director, in consultation with the candidate, and will be based on the student’s prior experience in psychology. Module selections must be approved by the Board of Studies in Psychology.


University examinations are held in January and May/June and consist of two- or three-hour written papers in each of the chosen subjects. Practical work and essays must also be completed satisfactorily. In addition, candidates will be required to attend all tutorials/seminars. A candidate who successfully completes the examinations and coursework is awarded the Cardiff University Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

Please Note: Students are required to achieve an overall pass mark of 50% or above and pass all practical components of the course in order to obtain a diploma accredited by the BPS.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold an honours degree of a 2.1 standard or equivalent, in which psychology has been taken as a main or joint subject and which has been awarded by either a British university or the CNAA, or any other university approved by the University of Wales. The psychology component of the course must represent at least 25% (60 credits) of the candidate's first degree. Candidates must be able to show that the psychology component includes subjects specified by the BPS core areas. Candidates must also be able to demonstrate that they have been examined in the psychology components of their degree. We do not accept prior experience working in a field of psychology for entry onto this course.

BPS approved Qualifying Certificate

Candidates who possess an honours degree and a BPS approved qualifying certificate in psychology are also eligible to apply.

Click here for details of the qualifying certificate in psychology at the Oxford Brookes University. We will also accept applications from candidates who have completed the 60 credit Open University course - 'Investigating Psychology 1' or 'Living Psychology'.


Application Form

The university provides an application form for all postgraduate enquires. Please click on the following link to access an application form.

Tuition Fees

For information on fees please visit the course information page on the University Course Finder website.