Psychology is the science of the mind and behaviour. The word "psychology" comes from the Greek word psyche meaning "spirit and soul", and the Greek word logia meaning the study of something.  Psychologists can have duties ranging from research, diagnosing, treating, consulting, teaching as well as testing intelligence and personality.It was a British Psychologist who introduced the term “shell shock” – now known as post-traumatic stress disorder – during the First World War.

Applied Psychologists combine knowledge with enthusiasm, flexibility, and resilience to bring about positive changes for both individuals and organisations. Psychologists have a diverse range of skills, from effective communication to planning and project management. Applicants to degree courses will normally need to demonstrate good numeracy and literacy skills and an ability to handle scientific concepts.

Areas for graduate work experience include:

  • Hospitals
  • Schools and Colleges
  • Nursing Homes
  • Sports Teams
  • Social Services
  • Local Authorities
  • Prison Service
  • Probation Service

A selection of careers where a psychology degree would be useful:

  • Human Resources (including recruitment, management and development)

  • Social Work

  • Youth Work

  • Careers Adviser

  • Retail Store Management

  • Government Social Researcher

  • Counselling/psychotherapy

A selection of careers where a psychology degree could be useful:  

  • Market Research

  • Brand Strategy Consulting

  • Advertising and  Marketing

  • PR

  • Public Policy Research

  • Police

  • Prison Service

  • Education outreach

  • Teaching