Our psychology students acquire a diverse range of skills, from effective communication to planning and
From clinical psychologist to retail management, a good grasp of human behaviour will place our graduates firmly on the short list for a wide range of employers.
Throughout the degree course, students will develop effective employability skills including:
Gaining experience, either in the voluntary sector or the employment sector, is a great way to gain practical insight into psychology as well as finding employment. Work experience can demonstrate motivation and commitment that will enhance future applications and make you stand out from the crowd. The Psychology Department actively collaborates with many outside organisations. The employability team can support students in undertaking valuable work experience in areas such as:
The Department also supports students to gain paid work experience through the Universities Futures initiative. As a Futures co-ordinator, students work with academic staff to create and deliver activities and events in addition to the taught curriculum.
During each year of study, all level 4, 5 and 6 students have a dedicated employability event that takes place during our employability week at the beginning of term leading to a final employability conference in the third year: During these events students have the opportunity to hear from speakers currently working in professional psychology related careers; alumni students; and practicing psychologists such as Forensic and Clinical Psychology:
At level 7, all Postgraduate Maters students are taught by experienced practitioners who have worked in their specialists fields for a number of years. All our specialists lecturers are able to provide valuable context to theory and allow exploration of how issues apply to real-life settings.
Many graduate job applications involve psychometric testing. We have an assessment centre that is dedicated to our students employability development and we offer psychometric testing and workshops across all three years in order to support students in their personal progression and future job applications.
Our final year students have the opportunity to engage in an interview assessment, providing them with experience of presenting to a panel of experts, in preparation for seeking employment at graduate level.