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.
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 qualifications 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 (see the Documents section for further details).
If your qualifications are not from a UK or Irish university please see the International Students 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 Become a Psychologist section of their website.
Clinical psychology courses are doctoral level degrees so you need to show that you have a sound academic foundation to manage doctoral level work. Courses are therefore primarily looking for applicants with a 1st class honours or a "good" 2:1. Some courses consider applicants with a 2:2 but they often ask for further evidence of academic ability e.g. an academically demanding masters degree. Please see the Courses section for further details of the requirements of individual course centres.
Please see the Dates to Remember section for more information.
Universities will not usually allow you to enrol on a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology if at that time you are enrolled on any other degree, e.g. a PhD or Masters programme. If you have any outstanding requirements from another programme when the clinical course starts, you may be required to withdraw from that programme in order to take up a place or to continue your studies on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Please see the Courses section for further details of the requirements of individual course centres.
The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and the British Psychological Society (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.