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Student Membership

Join the British Psychological Society and boost your degree with hundreds of online journals, special discounts, access to our exclusive online community and more.

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

Join us and you'll get:

  • Access to dozens of events each year, including student-focused careers events where you can learn from psychology professionals.

  • Subscriptions to The Psychologist, our monthly magazine, and Psych-Talk which is written by our students for our students – it’s also a great way for you to get published.

  • Access to our online community which allows you to connect with other psychology students across the UK, share and discuss the latest advances. Plus get exclusive resources and opportunities to get practically involved in the world of psychology.

  • Automatic enrolment to your local branch so you can meet with psychologists in your area to expand your network and share ideas.

  • The chance to become a student rep and help support your fellow students and spread the word about BPS membership.

  • Great savings and money off a huge range of textbooks, events and more.

  • Discounts on books and key publications, including 35% off Wiley/Blackwell books (print and e-books) when you sign up for BPS membership.

Fees

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.

Payment

There are a number of ways you can pay your subscription

  • Online card payment (preferred)
  • Bank transfer
  • By phone

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

We promote communication between student members 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.

Find out more about how to join the student committee.

Chair's Welcome

September marks the start of universities but also of a new Student Committee. It is with great honour that I take the role of Chair this year. I am extremely grateful to everyone who contributed to my development during my first year in the committee especially to Sam, the previous Chair. 

I am aware that this year things will be rather different and, with courage dare to admit, difficult. Understanding the challenging situations we are all facing is an opportunity for us to unite and build a future that is not only more inclusive and better but also a future where we stand together in the face of adversity. 

The online communities remain a great space to connect and we hope that with the use of technology we can not only remove the distance but also close gaps. At times, the future might seem scary but as psychology students, we are the future of psychology and the future is ours to shape.

Eduard Daniel Margarit, Student Committee Chair

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 £27 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 £27 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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