BSc Psychology / Careers

Year of entry: 2020

Career opportunities

BSc Psychology - Jessica Lomas

"I'd recommend Manchester because the level of teaching is really good and all of the lecturers were extremely supportive and approachable.

"The BSc in Psychology was a requirement to be accepted onto my master's course, but I particularly think that the course helped me in my master's interview, as my degree equipped me with the presentation skills I needed."

Jessica Lomas / BSc Psychology 2015 graduate and MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health student

Gaining a BPS-accredited psychology degree is the first step toward a professional psychology career (clinical, counselling, health, forensic, organisational, educational, sports).

Only 15-20% of psychology graduates choose to complete the required postgraduate training to become professional chartered psychologists; the majority of graduates will work in other professions where the skills developed during their study will be highly valued.

These skills range from research and critical thinking to data handling and analysis, in addition to the important knowledge about how people think and work in everyday life.

Our graduates

Our graduates work in a range of careers, including marketing, advertising and consumer psychology; journalism; human resources; management consulting; academic research; teaching; police and prison service; mental health nursing; counselling; and social work.

We have strong links with our graduates, many of whom provide work placements and give advice and inspiration to our current students.

How we support our students

Through a range of units, opportunities for work experience, support from academic advisors and bespoke careers events involving our psychology graduates, we help you to work out not only what you would like to do, but also how to get there.

Work placement options

You can take a Year 2 unit that includes a short work placement or opt for a full-year placement in Year 3.

Both give our graduates a competitive edge in the labour market, having had experience of applying for professional roles, being interviewed and gaining relevant experience.

Careers consultants

We work closely with our dedicated careers consultants and the wider careers service to deliver bespoke events and support for our students. We bring the careers service to you in weekly drop-in sessions.

Further opportunities to enhance your employability

In Years 2 and 3 you have the opportunity to swap Psychology units for those offered by The University College for Interdisciplinary Learning and Business and Management for all Programmes. Choosing to study units outside of the core psychology curriculum will allow you to develop key knowledge and skills in areas selected on the basis of your career ambitions.

For example, for the Leadership of Learning unit, students complete a project while placed in a local school, while the Marketing unit offers training from the Manchester Business School.

Psychology students are also eligible to submit work for awards that are valued by employers, including the Manchester Leadership Award, Manchester Global Award and Manchester Enterprise Award.

More information

See the Higher Education Academy's  psychology careers resources  for further information.

Accrediting organisations

The course is accredited as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of  The British Psychological Society  and the Graduate Basis for Registration.

The latter is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. To be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Registration, you must gain a minimum of an Upper Second degree classification and pass the Final Year Project unit.