Guide to Studying Psychology

What is Psychology?

  • Psychology is the study of the mind. It is most commonly the study of discipline, an applied science which seeks to understand individuals and groups through general principles, and applying case studies to diagnose issues.
  • A professional practitioner of psychology is called a psychologist. Psychologists attempt to understand the role of a person's mental functions in their individual behaviour and how they behave in a social environment.

Why study Psychology?

  • Psychology allows you to understand the principles of what makes people tick. Reliant on scientific methods, the statistics involved are tricky to understand, but worth it in the long run.
  • You will be taught to think critically. A great deal of methods taught are focused on this outcome, which is a superb skill in one's future career. Valuable in psychology, as well as in other careers, such as law.
  • Psychology boosts your social skills. This understanding of the human condition is very useful in job interviews and workplace relationships. You'll be getting that promotion in no time.
  • Although it won't necessarily boost your own mental health, it will allow you to diagnose issues among your family and friends. You could say it lets you read their minds...
  • Psychology is a very employable degree. Contrary to the general belief that social sciences are dead ends, psychology can lead to law, social work, teaching, business and more.

Coursework, assessment and exams

  • Courses are assessed via a variety of ways. Your degree result could be measured through lectures, workshops and laboratory practicals, as well as the traditional exams, essays, projects and presentations. The first year won't count, while your final year will count for a larger amount.

What degree can I get? 

  • BA Psychology and Philosophy
  • BA Psychology and Theological Studies
  • BA Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science
  • BA Psychology and Management 

What qualifications do I need?

  • Different universities and courses will ask for a variety of entry requirements. These are subject to change.
  • Ensure you confirm with your chosen institutions what their requirements are.

Use our Course Chooser to search through Psychology courses.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

  • There is an exciting range of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level.
  • Examples include straight MAs in Psychology, as well as masters in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, Addiction Counselling, Adolescent Psychology, Advanced Cognative Therapy, and Sport Psychology.

Graduate job prospects



*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.

What are the job opportunities?

  • Psychology degrees teach students transferable skills, such as presentation, research and communication, as well as a good level of interpersonal understanding, and writing and listening skills.
  • Particular job areas, as well as psychologist, include counsellor, teaching and lecturing, forensics, working in sport and exercise, advertising, careers advisor, HR, and market research.
  • Numerous companies offer graduate schemes in this subject, including Think Ahead.