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Psychology and Counselling

Industry accreditation

Accredited by the British Psychological Society

Workplace learning

Benefit from real-world experience on an optional work placement

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Study under industry professionals with active business links

On our undergraduate and postgraduate psychology courses, you'll learn why people act the way they do. You'll understand why people feel what they feel and you'll apply scientific knowledge of the mind to recognise people's behaviour.

Studying psychology is an invitation to look into the essence of what makes us all tick. It gives you the perfect foundation for working with others in the future.

You'll work with different technologies to solve problems and use your initiative. Your home will be our £30 million dedicated Science Centre, and here you'll have specialist psychology labs, counselling suites and a £1 million biomechanics lab.

Plus, the British Psychological Society (BPS), accredits all our undergraduate psychology degrees. This confers eligibility for Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership, which means you'll have taken your first step towards becoming a professional psychologist.


Work experience and careers

Whatever you choose to study at Staffordshire University you will have the opportunity of a work placement, where you’ll gain experience and connections to give you an edge in your future career.

This work experience may link to your course, or it could be in a broader field. Alongside your studies, it will give you the best possible mix of knowledge and practical understanding.

Our Research Assistantship module gives our students the chance to get hands-on experience. You'll conduct real research with a member of staff. Projects in the past have included:

  • Research into false confessions
  • Facial recognition
  • How to reduce sugar intake by children and adults

Work experience opportunities

We have scheduled classes to help you prepare for your future in work or further study. We host regular careers events, including an annual Psychology Careers Fair. Here, you can discuss your career options with national employers, companies and charities.

Our students

Andrew Keating
Psychology and Counselling Student

I feel like I am developing a broad-range of knowledge as well as critical thinking. The staff really encourage you to think for yourself. It’s a friendly and welcoming environment. If you’re passionate about wanting to help and understand people, Staffordshire University is the place to be.

Our staff

Judy David
Judy DavidCourse Leader

Judy began her career in organisational and occupational psychology, but now specialises in criminology and forensic psychology.

In her current role, Judy is interested in the student experience, and understanding perceptions of barriers to success in Higher Education. Her research interests lie in forensic psychology, with a particular focus on the motivation to deceive in police interviews.

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Julie Faulkner
Julie FaulknerCourse Leader

Julie specialises in long-term psychotherapy in private practice and is a clinical supervisor for counsellors and psychotherapists.

She teaches on the Core Counselling Skills module and leads Personal and Professional Perspectives in Counselling.

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Erica Lucas
Erica LucasCourse Leader

Erica's research interests lie in the area of human reasoning. Her PhD work was on relevance and rationalisation processes on the Wason selection task. She is particularly interested in the use of different methodologies that can be utilised to investigate such processes, such as eye-tracking and verbal protocol analysis, and the importance of using such methods together.

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Daniel Jolley
Daniel JolleyCourse Leader

Daniel joined Staffordshire University as a Lecturer in Psychology in September 2015.  As alumni, he received a BSc (Hons) in Forensic Science and Psychology from Staffordshire University in 2010.  He then moved to the University of Kent to complete an MSc in Social and Applied Psychology, graduating in 2011, before staying at the University of Kent to begin a PhD in Social Psychology. Throughout his academic career to date, he has been an active member of the British Psychological Society. James is a current committee member of the BPS Social Psychology Section, where he is the Honorary Secretary. He is also a member of the BPS Research Board, where he represents the views of early career researchers.

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Michael Batashvili
Michael BatashviliCourse Leader

After finishing his BSc (Hons) undergraduate degree and MRes in psychology at the university of Derby, Michael went on to complete my PhD in psychology (cognitive neuroscience). He worked at the University of Sheffield for over a year in an academic role before joining Staffordshire University as a lecturer in 2016.

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Sarah Rose
Sarah RoseCourse Leader

Sarah is a developmental psychologist with a particular interest in the influence of education on the development of children’s creative abilities. Her other areas of research expertise are the effect of television on children’s behaviour and university student’s engagement with feedback.  

Sarah rejoined Staffordshire University as a lecturer in developmental psychology in September 2014. Prior to this she has spent time working at Keele University, the Open University and in the NHS as an assistant psychologist. Her roots are at Staffordshire University though as this is where she studied her Undergraduate degree and more recently a PhD in psychology. 

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Dr Ken McFadyen
Dr Ken McFadyenStaffordshire University IAPT Lead

In clinical practice I’ve worked primarily with individuals aged 16+ who have a broad range of psychological difficulties ranging from mild to complex. I maintain a small private practice where I use CBT as my main therapeutic approach.

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