Careers and connections in Psychology


Choose Staffordshire University and we’ll help you become part of the next generation of problem solvers, critical thinkers and ground-breaking researchers.

Our Psychology courses prepare you for the world of work, combining academic study with lots of practical learning. You'll learn why people feel what they feel and how to apply scientific knowledge of the mind to recognise people's behaviour.

Our numerous employability initiatives will ensure you leave us as a highly employable graduate with a career pathway in mind, and a plan to achieve your ambitions. You’ll also develop transferable skills in professionalism, communication, problem solving, creative thinking and global awareness that are vital for the workplace.

And through masterclasses, our regular research seminar series and psychology sessions within the community, you’ll have access to a community of psychology researchers and professionals that extends beyond our university campus.

It's factors like these that helped us rank 8th for learning opportunities in Psychology in the National Student Survey 2023.

Plus, our established degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society, so you’ll be ready and able, with the skills and knowledge required, to pursue a career in psychology when you graduate.

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Your career

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

Career opportunities include:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Health psychologist
  • Occupational psychologist
  • Sports psychologist
  • Research assistant
  • Psychology support worker

Megan Smith

Graduated 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

Work experience

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

On our Psychology courses, undergraduates can choose to take a placement year (a structured work experience opportunity which enables you to develop and implement psychology specific and transferable skills whilst getting experience in a professional working environment) or participate in the psychology summer research internship scheme (the opportunity to work on real-life research projects).

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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

Our students

The best part of the course has definitely been having the opportunity to make a contribution to psychology research by creating and conducting my own study on a topic that I am interested in. I feel like having the freedom to choose my own research area and collect my own data has been a great experience, and one that will definitely become useful in the future.

I also really enjoyed having the chance to study so many different areas of psychology, including comparative psychology, social psychology, child psychology or neuropsychology. Some of which I have never been aware of before, making the course so much more interesting and unique.

Dominika Rabinska

BSc (Hons) Psychology

During my placement with Midlands Psychology CIC I had the opportunity to gain experiences that an undergraduate student could only dream of. I shadowed and worked closely with some incredible clinicians, who have taught me more than I ever thought possible. Furthermore, I gained experience within the Looked After Children Service and Supported Living Service. Working with these services has given me many fond memories and broadened my interests beyond the fields that I already knew.

Meredith Danks

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Child Development

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 Masters 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

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