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Student Membership

Student membership is open to everyone studying on a BPS accredited undergraduate degree or conversion course.

As a Student Member you get:

  • access to both digital and physical copies of The Psychologist and PsychTalk
  • membership to your local branch, providing you with networking opportunities and valuable information for your studies
  • exclusive discounts on books, events, and e-learning
  • free online access to the Society's archive of academic journals
  • the chance to transfer to graduate membership free of charge after completing your undergraduate degree or conversion course

View the full range of benefits available to Student Members.

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You can join as a Student Member for as little as £26.

The society’s subscription year runs from January to December and future subscription payments are due in January regardless of when you first joined. A full year’s subscription is always required upon admission to membership.

If you join between:

  • January – June: you will be charged the yearly rate which will all be allocated to this year’s subscription.
  • July – September: you will be charged the yearly rate but half the payment will be carried forward reducing the amount due from you for the following year.
  • October – December: your full payment will be allocated to the following year.


There are a number of ways you can pay your subscription

  • Online card payment (preferred)
  • Bank transfer
  • By phone
  • Cheque or postal orders

The BPS Student Committee represents student members of the society in matters pertaining to education and discipline specific policy.

We promote national communication between the student members and through the annual student conference as well as through international links with psychology students and associations world-wide via the European Federation of Psychology Student's Association (EFPSA).

We also organise a range of events throughout the year, such as seminars and networking opportunities, and are responsible for the publication of the PsychTalk magazine.


Current Student Committee

Annea Wiedemann is a mature student with a strong interest in statistics, clinical psychology, and performance science, currently in her final year at the University of Aberdeen.

Her final year thesis focuses on multi-morbidity and cognition in old age, and she also works as an undergraduate teaching assistant within the university.

Anna is also currently involved in a range of research projects at the University of Cambridge and the Technical University Dresden.

Samantha Gibb is currently completing her Bachelor's in Applied Psychology at Durham University with the intent of specialising in the social neurosciences.

A BPS member since 2014, Samantha has also worked as a reviewer of psychology texts for Oxford University Press.

Her aims, as part of the Student Committee, are to improve and extent the committee's reach and public presence and to foster a greater sense of connection with the wider BPS community.

Eve Bent is a mature student currently studying Psychology at the University of Salford, with an emphasis on developmental psychology.

She also works as a research assistant within the psychology department.

Eve recently completed her own research under the auspices of the BPS Assistantship Scheme which involved examining the role of attention on children's learning via digital media.

Darren Biggar is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Aberdeen.

As part of his role on the committee Darren acts as a liaison between the British Psychological Society and the European Federation of Psychological Student Associations to facilitate communication and the promotion of events between the two organisations.

In addition Darren acts as our student representative on the International Committee, which is comprised of representatives of each of the other thirty-three member organisations established throughout Europe.

Richard Nettleship is currently completing an MSc in Psychology through The Open University.

Richard is a senior business leader within the technology industry who has, over the course of more than twenty years, worked and engaged with a variety of international clients and diverse cultures for the purpose of supporting numerous graduate programmes.

As incoming International Officer and EFPSA Representative he aims to provide support to the Student Committee while also enabling other students to get the most out of the BPS and the EFPSA.

Grace Clements is currently about to enter the final stage of her degree at Ulster University, which she has elected to study part-time over the course of six years.

As well as acting as the Northern Ireland Student Representative she has also served as Ulver University's undergraduate representative for the past four years.

Winnie Shiwen Li is currently a 4th year undergraduate at the University of St Andrews researching visual perception.

She is also the current School President of Psychology and Neuroscience at St Andrews where her tenure has focussed on the importance of collaboration and open communication amongst a diverse student population.

Jessica Bragg is a student at Cardiff University with a specific interest in clinical psychology and the treatment of mental illness.

Jessica is currently on a placement year at an adult eating disorder service in Cardiff.

Lloyd Emeka has been a member of the committee since 2017 and is currently in the final year of his postgraduate conversion degree at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Lloyd is also an Ambassador for The Brain Tumour Charity.

Alexander MacLellan is a mature student currently in their final year at Birkbeck College.

His primary interests are in the psychology of emotions, decision-making, and reasoning.

Natasha White currently studies at Middlesex University and is about to embark upon a research placement year at the IoPPN at King's College London.

Her main interestes are based around trauma and PTSD in patients with chronic illnesses and/or rare diseases.

Nikolay Petrov is now in their third year at the University of Greenwich where they also serve as a student ambassador.

Nikolay is also a research assistant and recently received a BPS Assistantship Scholarship to support one of their research projects.

Tanya Bhayani is a final year MA Psychology student at the University of Aberdeen.

Her focus as an assistant editor for PsychTalk is on providing a relatable and practical outlet for information which serves and benefits other students.

Anna Reczkowski is a fourth year psychology student at the University of Aberdeen.

Her primary interests are in clinical and forensic psychology, with a specific focus on qualitative approaches to research.

Serena Tugnet is a second year psychology student at the University of Warwick.

Her current interests are focussed around cognitive psychology, with a specific emphasis on cognitive biases and perception.

We are currently seeking candidates for the following posts (to commence in August 2019):

  • Chair Elect (1 Year Chair Elect  going into 1 Year Chair) 2 Years total

  • Deputy Chair (1 Year)

  • Psych-Talk Editor (1 Year)

  • Incoming Psych-Talk Editor ( 1 Year incoming , 1 Year Editor)

  • Two Psych-Talk Assistant editors (up to 2 Years)

  • International Officer and EPSA Representative (1 year position)

  • Incoming International Officer and EPSA Representative (1 Year incoming , 1 Year International Officer)

  • Scotland Representative (up to 2 Years)

  • Two Ordinary Members (up to 2 Years )

A link to the online Statement of Interest has already been sent to all student members. A copy of this link can be found below.

Please note that if you wish to apply for more than one position you have to submit separate forms.

Please note that you will need to be:

  • A Student Member of the BPS
  • An Undergraduate

You also must both of the above for the length of term of your position, e.g., if you apply for the Chair Elect position you need to be a student for a minimum of two years once you start your position.

The Student Committee welcomes applications from full-time and part-time psychology students as well as from students currently enrolled in a psychology conversion course.

If you are currently a postgraduate student other than those registered for a conversion course, you can apply for open positions within the postgraduate committee PsyPAG.

  • The closing date for applications is the 17th June 2019 at 11:59pm.

All applications received by this date will be sent to the current committee for consideration and voting. The applications for the Chair Elect will be reviewed by the BPS Research Board, all other applications will be reviewed by the Student Committee.

Successful applicants will be expected to attend the first meeting of the committee which will be either the 28th or29th August 2019 at the BPS Offices in Leicester.

Please bear in mind that you need to be available at this date. Reasonable Travel expenses will be reimbursed by the society.

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 info please consult 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 is not exhaustive.

You will 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.

Non-members will need to pay a non-refundable £21 application fee. This fee enables us to assess your eligibility for membership.

If your application is eligible for Graduate membership we will request the relevant society subscription fee - this payment will need to be received in order for us to admit you to membership.

The standard fee is £134.

For those who’ve graduated within the last three years from the qualification giving eligibility for Graduate membership the fee is £67.

For those studying a postgraduate course in the UK and not earning a taxable income the fee is £36.

Please remember to enter your course’s details on the application otherwise we won’t know you’re studying and will request one of the higher fees.

If you also choose to join one or more of our Member Networks we will request their fees too.

The application process outlines the fee for each network.

Typically, applications will be acknowledged within 3 working days of receipt, although this may be slightly longer during busy periods.

You should have a final decision of your application within 10 working days.

The society has a special case route whereby we can assess the eligibility for Graduate membership of those with qualifications not accredited by the BPS.

These are most likely to be UK qualifications but may also be a combination of non-UK and UK qualifications.

You will need to have a Bachelors level qualification plus a postgraduate qualification to at least a Masters level – both with significant psychology content.

As a general guide we will look to see that the qualifications you hold cover, at a standard not less than lower second class honours level, the core areas of psychology in sufficient breadth and depth as would be expected of a society-accredited undergraduate degree in psychology.

For information the core areas we look to be covered are:

  • cognitive psychology
  • psychobiology
  • developmental psychology
  • social psychology
  • individual differences
  • conceptual and historical issues
  • research

If you would like us to assess your eligibility you can apply for Graduate membership where you’ll need to upload copies of transcripts for the qualifications you hold containing psychological study.

We can only provide confirmation that you have the GBC if you’re a current Graduate member of the society.

If you’re not a member, to obtain confirmation of GBC from the society you’ll need to apply for Graduate membership so we can assess your qualification(s) and determine eligibility.

We don’t automatically accredit international qualifications; each one is assessed on an individual basis.

You will need to apply for Graduate membership and attach a copy of your official academic transcript (translated into English where appropriate) and the relevant payment.

To be eligible for Graduate Membership and the GBC we will assess that your qualification(s) meet all of the following:

  1. From a recognised university institution

    The society uses the World Higher Education Database (WHED) as a reference for identifying a recognised university institution

  2. At least 50% psychology

    Psychology modules/subjects must comprise at least half of those required for the qualification to be awarded.

  3. Equivalent to at least a British Bachelors Second Class Honours Degree

    The society follows guidance from UK NARIC when assessing the standard of qualifications. UK NARIC provides comparability information for international qualifications with those in the UK.

  4. Cover, with the required breadth and depth, the following eight core areas:

    - psychobiology
    - cognitive psychology
    - social psychology
    - developmental psychology
    - individual differences
    - conceptual and historical issues in psychology
    - research
    - coverage of a specialist/applied area

If you started your degree from 2006 onwards and have obtained a third Class, unfortunately you would not be eligible for the GBC and would need to find and undertake a conversion course.

Members can find information, and download an application form from 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.

Current Student members can complete the Graduate membership application process online – you will not be charged the £21 application fee.

Graduate members looking to upgrade should complete the relevant Chartered membership application form.

Student membership is only available to those studying a society-accredited undergraduate degree or conversion course.

Instead you can apply to join at one of our Subscriber grades.

If you’re looking to register as a psychologist in the UK, the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) are the body responsible for statutory regulation therefore you would need to apply to join their register if you wish to practice using one of their specialist titles, e.g. Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist.

The society doesn’t set employment criteria, this would be down to the individual employer and the requirements of the role advertised.

You may also find that society membership provides a useful platform to familiarise yourself with the practice of psychology in the UK as we offer a number of benefits and services within each of our membership grades.

We operate a no refund policy.

However, we allow direct debit payers the option to cancel and receive a refund of their fees after having made their payment up until 31 March each year.

From the 1 April there will be no refunds to direct debit payers, members will instead be advised to maintain their subscription for the remainder of the year and to cancel at the end of December.

All application processing fees are non-refundable.

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