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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

Top 5 for student satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2020

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
Graduate, BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling

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.

Jaime-Lee Cunningham
Graduate, BSc (Hons) Psychology

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. 


Grace Bridgwood
Graduate, BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology

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!

Sian Calvert
Graduate, BSc (Hons) Psychology and Child Development

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.

Laurna Bullock
Graduate, BSc (Hons) Psychology

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!

Luke Foulser
Graduate, BSc (Hons) Psychology

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. 

Our staff

Judy David
Judy DavidSenior Lecturer

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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Dr Erica Lucas
Dr Erica LucasSenior Lecturer

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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Dr Sarah Rose
Dr Sarah RoseSenior 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 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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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.

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Cherry Storr Psychology

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.

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Suzanne Snowden Health Psychology

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

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