Careers

What job will I get?

Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, which makes it the first step towards further training to become a professional Chartered Psychologist. Once they have qualified, many of our students go on to work in areas such as education and healthcare, including the NHS, working as therapists, support workers and service managers.

Others decide not to go down the Chartered Psychologist route, and put their knowledge of human behaviour to use in marketing and communications, human resources, management and teaching. Some study psychology as postgraduates to become researchers. Find out more about careers for psychology graduates on the University of Sheffield Careers Service website.

Chartered Psychologist status and
postgraduate study in Psychology

Many of our students pursue careers in clinical, educational and occupational psychology, which means that they need to qualify as a Chartered Psychologist.

Our BSc Psychology degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society, so that when you graduate you will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. With this, you will be able to apply for the postgraduate training that is also necessary for you to qualify as a Chartered Psychologist.

We run several accredited masters degree courses and have a range of PhD projects available each year. Postgraduate qualifications are also available through our Clinical Psychology Unit.

Jamie Lingwood

Completing the BSc Psychology degree at the University of Sheffield hugely inspired me to pursue a career as a researcher. The varied course structure of the undergraduate programme, which is taught by leading academics, really gave me the foundations to become a good researcher.

Dr Jamie Lingwood, Research Associate, University of Liverpool

Fiona Sweeney

The knowledge gained from my psychology degree is paramount to my current work. I gained knowledge about mental health conditions and numerous therapeutic approaches...

Because of the knowledge and skills I have underpinning my work, I am able to take an informed approach when working with patients.

Fiona Sweeney, Commissioning Manager for Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group

Support while you study

As a psychology student, you'll get lots of support to help you work out what you want to do after graduation, and the steps you need to take to get there. In our Careers Seminar Series, you'll be able to hear from visiting psychology professionals about their careers. You can get one-to-one advice from your personal tutor, and there are lots of volunteering and work experience opportunities.

The University's Careers Service runs workshops on CV and application writing, job hunting and preparing for interviews. They offer tips tailored to psychology students, events where you can meet employers, and opportunities to get work experience while you study. Schemes such as the Sheffield Graduate Award and the Skills for Work Certificate will help you show employers that you're ready for the world of work. The Careers Service will support you for three years after you graduate.

Careers Service