Full membership (FMBPsS)
If you’ve expanded your knowledge and skills in psychology and are applying them at work then our full membership could be perfect for you.
We know that learning and development doesn’t stop after completing university.
Whether through postgraduate study or experience in the workplace you continue to develop your skills – and that’s why we’ve created a new member grade for you.
So if you’ve expanded your knowledge and skills and are applying them at work then our full membership could be perfect for you.
Routes to becoming a member
First of all, you must hold eligibility for graduate membership with the graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC) plus meet the criteria listed in one of the routes below.
If you’re not already a graduate member we’ll assess your eligibility for this as part of your application. We’ll need you to provide detail of your undergraduate degree/conversion course submitting the transcript for this.
In addition to graduate membership, or eligibility for graduate membership you must hold a BPS-accredited Stage 1 master’s degree (please note a stage 1 master’s is not a conversion course) followed by at least one of the following:
- Successful completion of the first year (or equivalent) of your PhD. This should be evidenced with a letter on headed paper from your Head of Department. You will need to submit this evidence as part of your application.
- Successful completion of your first year (or equivalent) of your BPS-accredited doctoral qualification. This should be evidenced with a letter on headed paper from your Head of Department and should confirm successful assessment of some elements of knowledge and of practice. You will need to submit this evidence as part of your application.
- Successful completion of your first year (or equivalent) of your BPS Stage 2 Qualification. This should be evidenced with a letter on headed paper from the Chair of the relevant Qualifications Board and should confirm successful assessment of some elements of knowledge and of practice, or successful achievements of some elements of the agreed training plan. You will need to submit this evidence as part of your application.
- Confirmation of employment for at least one year as an Assistant Psychologist in the UK. This should be evidenced with a letter on headed paper from the Head of Service. You will need to submit this evidence as part of your application.
In addition to graduate membership, or eligibility for graduate membership you must have been awarded a qualification that has been accredited against the BPS Standards for the Accreditation of Associate Psychology.
These programmes of study currently are:
- Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP)
- Clinical Associate in Applied Psychology (CAAP, Scotland)
You will need to submit a copy of your academic transcript as part of your application
Route C (professional recognition route)
If you don't meet the eligibility criteria via Routes A or B, you may be able to apply for full membership through our upcoming professional recognition route.
In addition to graduate membership, or eligibility for graduate membership this route will allow you to provide evidence that you meet the required competencies by submitting a portfolio.
This route is currently being developed in collaboration with our members and will be made available shortly.
How to apply
You can apply for full membership online using our online application form.
You'll be asked to submit evidence that demonstrates your qualifications and depth of knowledge and experience in psychology.
What this membership offers you
As a member of the British Psychological Society you’re part of something bigger.
Not only do you benefit from being connected to our 70,000 strong community, we benefit from being connected to you.
And in turn, society benefits too. Because the bigger our organisation is, the better we can advance psychology and the good it can do.
You’ll also get a number of benefits:
- Demonstrate your advanced skills and experience by using the title FMBPsS
- Online, app and print access to The Psychologist, the BPS’s flagship publication
- Continue your professional development with discounts on CPD courses, webinars and events
- Connect, collaborate and network with other professionals by joining our member networks – there are over 100 to choose from
If you’re an existing BPS member wanting to move to full membership, you can apply for full membership without having to pay the application fee.
Fees and payment
If you aren’t already a BPS member, you'll have to pay a one-off application fee of £42 when you submit your full membership application. Please note: this fee is non-refundable.
Once your application has been assessed by our membership team, if you're eligible, you'll need to make payment for the 12-month membership subscription with the rates as follows:
- If you’re a current postgraduate student or you’re enrolled on a BPS qualification: £39.84 (have the details of your postgraduate course on hand when you start your application)
- If you graduated from your qualification in the last five years: £74.28
- Standard full membership fee: £148.68
Need extra support to help pay for your membership? We offer reduced rates for individuals who are unemployed, on maternity, paternity or carers leave or other special circumstances.
Our membership runs on a 12-month cycle. You'll be asked to renew your membership with us every 12 months from the day you first joined.
If you pay for your membership by Direct Debit, your membership will automatically renewal every 12 months.
How to pay for your subscription
There are a number of ways you can pay for your subscription:
- Online card payment (preferred)
- Set up a Direct Debit (UK bank accounts only)
- Bank transfer
- By phone
Which membership grade am I eligible for?
Each membership grade has differing eligibility requirements which can be found on the relevant pages for each membership type.
Eligibility for our membership grades is primarily based on society-accredited academic qualifications and experience, or their non-UK equivalent.
Each membership grade has differing eligibility requirements. For further information, please visit the relevant pages for each membership grade.
Please be aware that the information on each membership grade page provides a general guide to eligibility, it isn't exhaustive.
If you have any queries, please contact the Membership Enquiries Team.
What documents do I need to provide?
You'll need to provide copies (we don’t require originals) of your psychology qualifications.
Transcripts (the list of subjects and grades) are required for all undergraduate, conversion and non-UK qualifications.
For any documents not in English translations are required.
If you have any queries please contact the membership team.
How much is society membership?
Find out more information about our membership fees.
Our 2023 subscription and membership fees for new joiners are as follows.
2024 fees will be posted shortly.
Current members due to renew from January should have already received notification of their subscription fees for 2024.
Core subscription fees
Chartered members / Fellows / Associate Fellows: £148.68
Graduate members: £148.68
Two reductions are available to Graduate members:
- If you graduated within the last five years from the qualification giving eligibility for Graduate membership: £74.28
If you are a current postgraduate student or enrolled on a society qualification: £39.84
Student members: £28.80
Non-refundable application processing fees (payable On First Application)
All non-refundable application fee payments are subject to a 6 month time limit, in which all requirements for your application should be submitted. If you have not provided all of the requirements for your application, or have not continued with your application after such time, you will be required to pay the non-refundable application fee again.
Chartered Members (non-members): £83
Chartered Members (Graduate Members upgrading): £41
Associate Fellows: £41
Graduate Members: £42
If you have any queries, please contact [email protected]
How can I upgrade my membership?
Current Student members can complete the Graduate membership application process online. Graduate members looking to upgrade should complete the relevant Chartered membership application form.
How do I join a member network?
Members can find information and how to apply on our Member Networks page.
If you’re applying for Graduate membership and would like to join one, or more, of the Member Networks you can add these as part of the application process, each network carries an additional fee.
If you’re applying for Chartered membership the application form enables you to join Member Networks at the relevant grade.
If you have any queries, please contact the Membership Enquiries Team.