School of Psychology
There are a number of resources available to help you choose which career you would like to pursue. If you’re not sure what you’d like to do yet, the links below may help you to decide.
You can see what careers other graduates who studied your degree entered by reading the Prospects ‘What Do Graduates Do?’ guide:
Psychology Career Pathways
If you would like to find out about the route into Clinical Psychology visit our Careers in Clinical Psychology booklet.
If you would like to understand more about providing services as a counsellor (not to be confused with a counselling psychologist), take a look at the information on this area provided on Prospects.
Roles for counsellors may be available within schools, colleges, universities, private sector, charities etc., not just healthcare. This career also lends itself to private practice – many counsellors set up as self-employed. There is also the opportunity, with experience, to specialise in specific areas of counselling such as infertility, genetics and bereavement.
For more information on self-employment visit Student Enterprise.
For careers in educational psychology these links are worth exploring:
- EdPsych’s –The Assistant Psychologists Role
- HSR Psychology – Assistant Educational Psychologist Profile
These links are useful to understand career options within forensic psychology:
These websites are useful when searching for roles:
- Jobs in Psychology is a useful psychology recruitment site to explore.
- HMPPS are one of the biggest recruiters of psychologists in the UK.
For Assistant Psychologist and other NHS roles, visit the main NHS job site and search by role title/descriptive name and/or geographical area (keep search terms broad). The NHS site also provides some great hints and tips for making successful applications, managing the interview, pre-employment checks, etc.
Remember your Careers & Employability service is also here to support you with your employability research, planning and applications.
Grad Scheme and internship options
A high percentage of top graduate schemes are open to any degree discipline. You could use your skills within Leadership, HR, Teaching and more. Check out a list of the UK’s top graduate schemes here.
- Charity Works Leadership Programme
- Into University Graduate Education Worker Scheme
- NHS Graduate Leadership Training Scheme
- Probation Officer Training Scheme
- Teach First Graduate scheme
- The Frontline Social Worker Graduate Scheme
- Think Ahead Mental Health Graduate Scheme
- Unlocked Prison Officer Programme
- Wellcome Graduate Programme
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
For general support and information about protected characteristics please visit our Diversity, Equality and Inclusion page.
The below links may help you to understand diversity representation within psychology:
If you’d like more personalised advice on how to start thinking about your career in psychology, you can always book a Careers Guidance session with one of our advisors for a one to one chat.