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Open University Psychology

Hi guys,

Maybe someone has a similar expirience and can give an advice.
I will start soon a bachelors degree with Open University. The plan after graduating is to apply for a Masters degree in psychology at Zurich University.
I have been sending a lot of emails to Zurich University but they refuse to advice unless I have already a diploma.
They say the diploma should be acredited in UK. For psychology I am not sure if they mean the generic accreditation: https://www.gov.uk/check-a-universit.../listed-bodies
or the accreditation with the British Psychological Association:
http://www.bps.org.uk/careers-educat...raining-progra

This would make a big difference because I could chose a BA with a minor in Psychology and transfer all the credits for the major from a previous degree.

Has anybody been in a similar situation?
Also, for a MA or MS in psychoogy with the Zurich University does it make a difference if psychology was studied as a minor or major?I know they ask for 90 credits in psychology.

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Old 04.01.2015, 16:48
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Re: Open University Psychology

I would do the straight BSc Psychology degree, that is accredited, then you'll have no problems.

http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/qualif...ns/q07#careers
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Re: Open University Psychology

Just to give an update:
- zurich university doesnt require bps accreditation but just the british governamental recognition
- they said they would accept 90 credits in psychology(i got the other 90 credits transfered from a previous study)

As for Open university, even though not all degrees in psychology offer bps accreditation, almost all are restricted by bps because they hope to get accreditation in the future.because of that, none of them would allow transfering 90 credits from a previous degree.
I had to go with an open degree, the only downside beings its not a named degree.
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Re: Open University Psychology

What do you want to do with your Master degree? In what area of psychology do you wish to work and most importantly, where do you wish to work?

BPS accreditation only is important if you ever want to work in the UK. These courses have been shown to ensure that the core subjects of psychology are taught. This is why they will not allow transfer of credit, as you simply would not have enough psychological basics covered to be competent as a psychologist. More importantly without certain modules, you would not be able to go on and do the accredited MScs. This would impact on your employability as a psychologist post masters, and so something you should not take lightly.
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Re: Open University Psychology

Hello Galatea,

You have made a couple of points i want to comment on:
- bps - like i said is only needed if i want to work in uk but it wad confusing since zurich university asked for an accredited decree in uk. I needed to find out which kind of accreditation they need
- the second point about them not allowing to transfer credits because they want to make sure your are doing core subjects is not correct.
The bachelor with bps accreditation requires you to do 180 in psychology.
The bachelor in psychology and computer science does not give you bps accreditation because it is still trying to obtain accreditation.
In this case i would study:
First year 30 cs and 30 psy
Second year 30 cs and 30 psy
Third year 30cs and 30 psy

If i transfer all 90 cs, i would have left 90 in psychology. That means i wouldnt miss any core modules and it would be enough for a masters at zurich university since a bachelor there can be monostudy but also have a major and a minor.

The reason that is not possible is because they can only transfer all the credits for level 1 and then some level 2. that wozldnt work because bps requires that you study your modules in a certain order. Thats why i chose the non bos accredited open degree.

Of course, i will know for sure when i apply for the masters at zurich uni.

I want to work as a clinical psychologyst in my own practice and for that i need a masters and a further education program.
I am not sure that a bachelor is that important. I just need to get into the masters program.
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