Psychology and Counselling

Industry accreditation

Accredited by the British Psychological Society

Top 25 for Psychology

Guardian League Tables 2022

6th for Teaching Quality

Times Good University Guide 2022

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.

Studying Psychology and Counselling: The Highlights

Studying Psychology and Counselling: The Highlights


Our Psychology and Counselling students discuss their favourite parts of their degrees.


InPsych blog


News, Events & Research updates from the Department of Psychology



Counselling University Certificate

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Forensic and Criminological Psychology BSc (Hons)

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Placement year

Psychology BSc (Hons)

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Foundation year
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Psychology and Child Development BSc (Hons)

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Psychology and Counselling BSc (Hons)

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Sport and Exercise Psychology BSc (Hons)

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Full-time, distance learning
Part-time, distance learning


Taught courses

Applied Research MSc

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Full-time, blended learning
Part-time, blended learning

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PgDip

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Foundations of Clinical Psychology MSc

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Health Psychology MSc

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Psychology MSc

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Research courses

Health Psychology Professional Doctorate

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We promote health and wellbeing and effective teaching and learning through our extensive research in sport and exercise, biomechanics and biomedical science, and psychology, and our work in the area of education supports access and inclusive pedagogic practice.


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Work experience and careers

Work experience

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.

Lisa Barnacle - BSc (Hons) Psychology with a Placement Year

Lisa Barnacle - BSc (Hons) Psychology with a Placement Year


BSc (Hons) Psychology with a Placement Year student Lisa discusses why she chose a placement year and how it's going to benefit her career in the long run.


Successful undergraduates find themselves in the perfect place to take their study further into health psychology, applied research, counselling and clinical psychology.

Our students typically begin careers in: 

  • Teaching
  • Nursing and caring professions
  • Social work 
  • Human resources
  • Marketing
  • Event management

We prepare you for the world of work. All our courses combine academic study with lots of practical learning. You'll also enjoy the benefit of our partners we work with. These include; Stoke City FC, Medical Research Council, NHS, and the English Cricket Board.

Employment opportunities

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Health psychologist
  • Occupational psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Sports psychologist
  • Guidance professional

Our students

It’s a friendly and welcoming environment.

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.

Andrew Keating

Graduate, BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling

I have gained so much more than a degree during my time at Staffs. I worked for the Psychology department as a Psychology Advocate which enabled me to share my passion for psychology with prospective students. I also took two years out during my degree to work at the Students’ Union, which gave me valuable work experience and invaluable life skills. 


Jaime-Lee Cunningham

Graduate, BSc (Hons) Psychology

I have honestly loved every part of studying at Staffs and I would do my degree again in a heartbeat! If I had to pick best bits, I’d say the lecturers are all brilliant! Always there to help no matter how busy they are! The facilities at Staffs are excellent and the Psychology technical staff are so friendly and helpful, especially when it comes to doing your final year project!

Grace Bridgwood

Graduate, BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology

I gained training in all the latest equipment and software related to psychology research.

The staff in the Psychology Department were very approachable which made my time at Staffordshire University more enjoyable. In addition, I gained training in all the latest equipment and software related to psychology research. The Science Centre, where the Psychology department is based, has state-of-the-art equipment that is available to all students.

Sian Calvert

Graduate, BSc (Hons) Psychology and Child Development

It’s such a wide variety of topics that we discuss that it never gets boring.  

I’ve always had an interest in crime and how it happens and develops – and the theories behind why people do what they do. 

There’s such a wide amount of stuff that’s covered on the course. We don’t just talk about psychology – we talk about crime related things and crime-related things and juvenile delinquency and murder – it’s such a wide variety of topics that we discuss that it never gets boring.  

Samantha Martin

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology

During the Clearing process, I knew that my first choice of potential universities was Staffordshire University. Throughout the process I had an excellent experience talking to the staff in the Psychology Department, and they made the process so easy and straight forward. The helpfulness of the staff, in addition to the open day confirmed my decision that Staffs was for me.

Following my undergraduate degree, completing the Health Psychology Master’s degree at staffs, the home of health psychology, was an easy decision. The excellent teaching staff, with research and practice experience in various areas of Health Psychology affirmed my choice!

Laurna Bullock

Graduate, BSc (Hons) Psychology

The staff were incredibly motivating.

Studying Psychology at Staffordshire University changed my career and lifestyle. The staff were incredibly motivating and gave me a level of confidence that was the foundation to being successful in my Master’s. The course is broad, it covers all areas of the discipline, this is great. It will allow you to find which area is best suited to you. 

Luke Foulser

Graduate, BSc (Hons) Psychology

Our staff

Sarah Rose

Senior Lecturer

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 un…

Sarah's profile

Dr Emily Buckley

Head Of Department - Psychology

I am Head of the Psychology Department, and am a registered Health Psychologist. Most of my research has been within the areas of health promotion and health inequalities.

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Dr Gemma Hurst

Course Director

I am the Course Leader for the MSc Health Psychology. My research focuses on measuring the impact of environment exposures on health and wellbeing and exploring the wider determinants of health in relation to health inequality. I am also experie…

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Dr Claire Barlow

Course Director

Claire's research is primarily focused on children's drawings with further projects focussing on the development of expressive drawing, and more specifically how this compares to the development of representational drawing skill, longitudinal de…

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Susan Fleming

Course Director

My professional experience includes working as a counsellor for the NHS, Douglas Macmillan Hospice and IMPACT; Aquarius alcohol agencies including counselling within the probation service.

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Dr Richard Jolley

Associate Professor

My research interests mainly lie in children's use and understanding of representation, particularly in their making and understanding of pictures.

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Dr Rachel Povey

Associate Professor

I'm the course leader for the Health Psychology Professional Doctorate. My areas of expertise are healthy eating, dietary change and psychological aspects of diabetes.

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Our graduates

Megan Smith

Psychology and Child Development, 2012

After her BSc degree Megan worked with children with learning disabilities and mental health conditions, she went on to study for her MA in Social Work.

Megan's story

Cherry Storr

Psychology, 2008

Cherry Storr has moved from Psychology to accountancy since her graduation. She previously worked for the MoD and for HMRC where she is now a manager.

Cherry's story

Suzanne Snowden

Health Psychology, 2008

Suzanne is now an ESRC-funded PhD candidate at King’s College London studying Assistive Technology for people with dementia.

Suzanne's story

Juliet Conlin

Psychological Research Methods, 2001

Juliet’s background in psychology studies, and her love of writing, led her to becoming a published novelist and freelance translator writing further books.

Juliet's story
University of the Year

Edufuturist Awards 2021

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2022

Top 20 for Job Prospects

Student Crowd Universities Awards 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022


QS Star Ratings 2021