Kent is a leading centre for social psychology – the study of human behaviour in a social environment – and we also have strengths in cognitive, forensic and developmental psychology. Passionate about research, our academics are world-leading experts and can inspire you to develop your own ideas and become an independent thinker.
Our Psychology with a Placement Year degree offers a high level of professional skills and can be the first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
Our degree programme
Psychology with a Placement Year is a four-year programme, you spend a year in practice between your second and final years.
Our modules cover a wide range of topics such as child development, language, mental health, motivation, and forensic psychology. By drawing on aspects of biology, computing and philosophy, you gain a broad scientific and analytical background. You can also gain direct experience of research through the:
- Research Participation Scheme (where you take part in a project as a participant)
- Research Experience Scheme (where you gain hands-on experience of working on a project and a reference at the end)
- Work Experience Scheme (where you volunteer with a local organisation – such as a school, college, prison or hospital – and collaborate on a project).
The lecturers have a friendly approach to teaching and you get a high level of academic support via lectures, seminars and one-to-one feedback.
Psychology student Laura talks about her course.
Year of professional experience
On this programme you spend a year on placement (subject to availability of placements and achieving an average mark of 60% at Stage 1). You undertake project work with professional applied psychologists in organisations such as the NHS, the Prison Service or a research establishment.
It is also possible to spend a year on placement on our Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year degree. Alternatively, you can take our three-year Psychology degree.
If you'd like to spend a year studying or working in Europe as part of your degree, see Psychology with Studies in Europe.
The School of Psychology is in a modern building with state-of-the-art teaching facilities and two computer rooms. Our specialised equipment includes:
- eye-tracker technology
- electroencephalography (EEG) equipment for monitoring brain function
- brain stimulation laboratories
- physiology laboratories
- child-friendly testing spaces
- a virtual reality laboratory
- group dynamics laboratories
- observation suites.
The Psychology Society is run by Kent students. Previous activities include talks by guest speakers and the chance for students to publish work in the Student Journal of Psychology.
The School of Psychology also puts on many events that you are welcome to attend. These may include:
- research seminars led by leading psychologists
- professional development workshops
- informal staff presentations followed by open discussion.