The University of York undergraduate Psychology programmes are accredited by the British Psychological Society. The BPS is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK, and its accreditation can be significant for those who seek to follow careers in the psychological professions. The demands of BPS accreditation constrain the structure of our degree course, especially in the first and second years of study.

This is important because after graduating many of you will want to take jobs for which graduate membership of the BPS is important. The psychology programme at York leads to a degree recognised as a qualification for graduate membership of the BPS. The BPS’s minimum standard for graduate membership is a second class honours degree from an accredited programme, with a pass in the final year project. 

The BPS has produced a Careers in Psychology booklet as a PDF file, which can be downloaded from:

As a student on a recognised course, you are also entitled to become a student member of BPS. This can be useful because BPS provides information on jobs and other opportunities in psychology, as well as organising conferences and producing a wide-ranging magazine (aka The Psychologist). Details of how to become a BPS student member can be found at:

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