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  • About this subject
  • Is this the course for me?
  • Career prospects
  • Studying Psychology
  • Where to study?

Psychology is the discipline which involves the scientific study of mental behaviours, explaining not only what we do and how we behave, but also examining the thought process and reasoning behind our actions. From perceptive thought, cognitive recognition and interpersonal relationships, psychological theories and information is often used to solve problems in a wide sphere of human activity.

The word ‘psychology’ can be translated to mean the ‘study of the soul’ and is derived from the Latin word “psychologia” which was first used in the late 15th – early 16th Century by Marlo Marulic. This days, there are a wide range of theories explored within the discipline from functionalism, psychoanalysis and cognitivism, all of which are topics covered in undergraduate and graduate study programmes.

Is this the course for me?

Are you passionate about understanding people? DO you have an interest in knowing why behave in the way that we do? If so, then psychology may be the perfect course for you.

However, as a course psychology requires candidates to not only be passionate about the subject matter, but also to have strong analytical skills, applying and interpreting a number of psychological theories to real-life case studies.

Students who thrive during this course of study will also have an interest in conducting their own private study outside of their contact hours and have a hard-working, self motivated attitude.

Career prospects

Most individuals who take graduate or undergraduate courses in psychology do so with a view to pursuing a career in counselling or a similar field. From roles such as clinical psychologist to occupational psychologist, there are a number of career paths available to graduates with strong degrees, within both the public and private sectors.

Similarly, entering the law enforcement field is also a career option for some individuals who have studied psychology. Forensic psychologists are often required within the police force to understand the minds of those behind criminal activities, and they often assist with the solving of crimes.

However, those with degrees in psychology are often sought after candidates for a wide range of professions that don’t necessarily apply to the field of study as a result of their analytical skills and their experience understanding people and their behaviour. From retail management and human resources roles to social work and care roles, the careers options for psychology graduates are endless.

Studying Psychology

Psychology is a subject that can be studied at both undergraduate and post graduate level meaning that there is a wide range of s subject options available to those wanting to pursue specialist interests. The length of your course will very much depend on the University and the level at which you study. However, most post-graduate courses last for a minimum of a year (for a full-time MA) and an undergraduate degree will last a minimum of 3-4 years.

Most Universities require potential students to demonstrate their analytical skills as well as a passion for the subject matter. Previous qualifications in subjects such as English, history, psychology or even biology will help strengthen your application. Undergraduate degrees require students to have 3 A-levels and most post-graduate degrees will accept graduates with a 2.1 degree in a science related subject.

Provided that meet the requirements and you can sit the IELTS test scoring a minimum of 6.0, then there’s nothing to stop non-native English speakers from applying for a position on any course.

Where to study?

Most Universities have very specific requirements for potential students. Most establishments will specify that applicants have specific A-level grades for undergraduate courses or a 2:1 degree for any post-graduate qualification. Before you decide on which course you should like to study, make sure that you meet the entry requirements. If you just fall short of meeting these requirements, contact the university and see if, on occasion they will make an exception

When you are applying to study on a psychology course, it is important not only to look at the module options available to you, but also the practical hands-on experience that your University will allow you to gain during your studies. Is there the option to pursue a vocational work placement as part of your degree? Many establishments will cultivate relationships with teaching hospitals and private practices that will not only provide students with strong practical experiences, but will also allow for a diverse range of career opportunities.

Of course it is also important to choose somewhere that will make you happy for the duration of your course, particularly if you’re opting to live away from home. There is no denying that your qualification will end up costing you a lot of money. It is important that you get the most out of your time as a student and that living in the local area as well as paying fees is within your budget.

If you’re struggling to secure funding, there are a number of scholarships and grants available in order to help with course fees.

What Psychology courses are there?


Psychology (General)


Behavioural Psychology


Clinical Psychology


Cognitive Psychology

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