Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology      

Entry Requirements

Academic qualifications

Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)

Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC, or GBR as it was previously known) is a standard set by the British Psychological Society (BPS). It ensures that, before anyone can start a clinical psychology course, they have already studied psychology in sufficient breadth and depth to provide a sound basis for their postgraduate training and professional practice.

The BPS uses a process called accreditation to assess whether degrees offered by UK universities cover enough psychology for GBC. If your qualifications are from a UK or Irish university and you are unsure whether they are accredited at GBC level, you should check with the institution where you studied or check the list of accredited undergraduate and conversion courses on the BPS website. If, after checking, you are still unsure please contact the BPS for advice. You will need to provide a document that confirms your GBC status with your application.

If your qualifications are not from a UK or Irish university please see the International Applicants section for further information about GBC.

If you have not studied enough psychology you will need to take a conversion course. The BPS has a list of conversion courses, together with information about careers in psychology, in the Careers, Education and Training section of their website.

Degree grade

Clinical psychology courses are doctoral level degrees so you need to show that you have a sound academic foundation to manage doctoral level work. Course centres are therefore primarily looking for applicants with a 1st class honours or a good 2:1. Some course centres consider applicants with a 2:2 but they usually ask for further evidence of academic ability eg an academically demanding masters degree. Please see the information provided by individual course centres for further details.

Undergraduates and people currently studying a conversion course

Please see the When to Apply section.


GBR

Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) is the old name for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). These are the same: it was only the name that changed.

Irish qualifications

The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and the BPS recognise each other's undergraduate accreditation procedures so if your qualification makes you eligible for graduate membership of the PSI it will also have covered enough psychology for GBC.