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Special case criteria for graduate basis for chartered membership

What is the special case criteria for graduate membership (MBPsS)?

The special case criteria for graduate membership enables individuals who do not meet the conventional criteria to join the Society at the level that allows use of the designation ‘MBPsS’ and gain the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). This is the pre-requisite for Chartered membership for both practitioners and academics.

The most straightforward way to achieve graduate membership with GBC is to complete an accredited undergraduate degree or conversion course.

Those who have not completed a Society-accredited qualification may use the special case route to demonstrate that they have studied appropriate areas of psychology to the required standard. The reference point for the Society’s requirements is the QAA Benchmark Statement for Psychology (2007).

Does the special case route apply to me?

You will need to have at least a second class honours degree with some course content that maps onto the core topic areas outlined in the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement, together with at least one of the following:

  • Postgraduate qualifications that contain some core courses
  • Postgraduate experience as a researcher or a teacher of psychology
  • Publications in refereed journals of psychology
  • Published books (or chapters) or conference papers on topics in psychology.

How does the Society assess special case eligibility for GM?

You must demonstrate that your qualifications and experience give you a broad grasp of general areas of psychology.

Your application will be assessed on an individual basis. We will look for the following evidence:

  • a completed Graduate Member and GBC application form.
  • copies of certificates for all qualifications you wish to be assessed.
  • copies of transcripts for all qualifications you wish to be assessed.
  • course or syllabus handbook information to confirm the psychological content of any courses where this is not clear from the title (e.g. General Psychology).
  • you will need to show that courses with psychology content were taught by psychologists if taken as part of another qualification such as a Sports Science or Sociology degree. These must have been moderated by an external examiner that is clearly identifiable as a psychologist.
  • references from senior colleagues who can vouch for your postgraduate experience. Your referees should themselves be eligible for Graduate membership with the GBC. Ideally, one of them should have been in a supervisory relationship with you. A publications list. This should include:
    • papers in refereed journals of psychology
    • conference papers
    • books
    • edited books
    • book chapters that address the core topics of psychology

All publications should be listed in chronological order and your name highlighted in bold.

For further information, contact the Membership Team:

Email:  [email protected]
Tel:  +44 (0)116 252 9911