After your degree
92% of our 2014 graduates that were available for employment were in work or further study six months after graduation
What job will I get?
Our undergraduate course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, so that when you graduate you'll have taken a major step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. This is needed for many professional careers in clinical, occupational and educational psychology, and you can complete the process with some of our postgraduate degrees.
As an undergraduate, you don't just learn the theory and practical skills needed for a career in psychology though. Your degree will give you excellent critical analysis, data handling, problem solving, time management, team work, communication and IT skills. This means you'll be prepared for a wide range of job opportunities.
That's why there's such a mix of careers among our graduates. They include everything from an applied behavioural analysis therapist and a brain injury rehabilitation support worker to advertising, market research, human resources, teaching, management and academia.
You can find more in the University's graduate case studies database and on our alumni page.
Continuing your studies
Our department is staffed by world-leading researchers. Many of our graduates choose to do a PhD or MPhil research degree with us, so that they can remain a part of our ground-breaking discoveries. We also offer a three year doctorate in clinical psychology (DClinPsy), which gives you Chartered Psychologist status.
We also offer five different taught masters courses (MA and MSc) for graduates who want to specialise in a particular area of psychology or achieve Chartered Psychologist status.
Supporting you all the way
Throughout your degree, your personal tutor will be on hand for one-to-one careers advice. On top of this, there are lots of volunteering opportunities, a dedicated website for current psychology students to find work experience opportunities and careers advice, and connections with alumni who are willing to discuss their career paths and options with you. We also hold a Careers Seminar Series where visiting psychology professionals from a range of fields come to talk about their careers. Additionally, in conjunction with the Careers Service, we run a comprehensive series of careers and employability talks and skills workshops specifically designed for psychology students.
The University Careers Service provides help, both while you study and after you graduate. They offer general advice on CV writing, applications, interviews, psychometric tests and careers skills. There are resources tailored to psychology students to help you get a job, events where you can meet prospective employers, and opportunities for you to get work experience or a part-time job while you study.
The British Psychological Society and Chartered Psychologist status
For most professional careers in clinical, educational and occupational psychology, you need to become a Chartered Psychologist. Our degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which makes our students eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).
Getting the GBC is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. That's because, to become a Chartered Psychologist you need to do postgraduate training. And to get onto the right postgraduate course, you need to have the GBC.
As well as undergraduate courses that will give you your GBC, we run postgraduate courses that can give you Chartered Psychologist status: Postgraduate study
The British Psychological Society is the main professional and scientific society of psychologists in the UK. Membership is open to psychology undergraduates at a reduced rate. The BPS has more information on its website and can be contacted for more information about psychology careers.