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Psychology Pathways in the UK

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Human-Animal Interaction with Psychology (wFY) BSc (Hons), Foundation

Hartpury University United Kingdom

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Psychology Foundation Year Foundation

Northumbria University Newcastle United Kingdom

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Undergraduate Pathway in Humanities, Social Sciences Education and Psychology Pathway to Undergraduate Program

Brunel University London United Kingdom

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Psychology and Crime FdA

University of Bedfordshire United Kingdom

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Integrated Degree in Psychology (including Foundation Year) Foundation

Goldsmiths, University of London United Kingdom

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Psychology for Education Professionals (Foundation Degree) Foundation Degree

Birkbeck, University of London United Kingdom

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Integrative Counselling Foundation Degree

Newman University United Kingdom

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Pre-Master's Programme in Life Sciences Pre-Masters, Postgraduate

ONCAMPUS Southampton United Kingdom

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Study a Psychology Pathways or Foundation Programme in the UK

Psychology students are constantly striving to understand all aspects of human behaviour. The field of psychology is very important in medicine, health research and behavioural studies because of its significance in human development and society. Knowledge of the underlying processes behind human behaviour and cognition can lead to discoveries in more complex psychological conditions such as depression, epilepsy, brain damage and Alzheimer's disease.

An undergraduate degree will focus on the scientific elements of psychology, as well as the societal elements of psychology. You will cover different areas, including clinical psychology, social psychology and developmental psychology, among others.

Your degree will be taught mainly through lectures and seminars. You might have the opportunity to participate in some practical lessons, including laboratory sessions. Students studying for a degree will have the chance to develop their knowledge and skills in all areas of psychology.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of the degree. The specialisation you choose may help you gain a job in your chosen area. Common specialisations include:

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Sport Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Media Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • Psychology and Social Sciences

It is also possible to study psychology as a joint honours degree, with courses such as law, mathematics or business, as well as many others.

If you are required to write a dissertation for your degree course, you will have a chance to further research your favoured area.

The award you gain at the end of your degree will depend on where you choose to study, and the specific course you choose. Some psychology courses award you a bachelor of science, and others award you a bachelor of arts. The type of degree awarded will be decided by the content of the course.

As well as gaining your degree, you will also need to become accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) if you intend to work in the UK, and the American Psychological Association if you intend to work in the US. Some courses are accredited by these bodies, so you will not need to gain extra accreditation. Check with your institution to see if their courses are accredited by the relevant associations. Even if your course was accredited, you will still need to gain extra qualifications after you have graduated. These will allow you to become a licensed psychologist.

An undergraduate degree in psychology will generally take three to four years. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years when studied full-time. If you choose to study a joint honours or double degree, this may take longer to complete.

On successful completion of your undergraduate degree, you can either gain your practice licence and seek employment, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies may come in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate diploma or certificate.

A degree in psychology provides you with many useful and transferable skills. This means that you will be able to look for a job in many fields. Some psychology graduates go directly into a related career, such as a clinical psychologist, a counsellor or an occupational psychologist.

Other graduates may choose to go into other career paths, such as marketing, business, government, administration or media. This is due to the good communication, research skills, adaptability and evaluation skills a psychology degree teaches its students.

Study in the UK

The UK is a popular destination for international students who want to study abroad. With a wide range of universities offering a variety of courses, there are so many opportunities that students might not be able to find elsewhere. Each university will pride itself on offering high quality education from leading teaching professionals. A qualification gained in the UK will be well regarded across the globe, making an education in the UK a great investment in your future. As well as this, there are many highly ranked universities in the UK, around 17 of which are consistently appearing in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings.

See our detailed guide to studying in the UK for international students.

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