Psychology study in the UK

Psychology in the UK

Career options, entry requirements and rankings for Psychology.

Psychology Courses in the UK

Introduction to Psychology

Psychology studies the human mind and behaviour and seeks to understand and explain thought and emotion. Most Psychology programs seek to give the student a broad background in practical applications, experimental methodology, information technology and theory construction. Psychology modules include research, statistic methods and brain behaviour, as well as looking at different branches of psychology such as criminal, educational, applied, law, management and forensic.

There are two different types of undergraduate Psychology degree; the Bachelor of Arts which focuses on liberal arts and education, and Bachelor of Science which looks at science and mathematics.

Psychology Conversion Course

If you studied a course other than Psychology at the undergraduate level, an intensive Psychology conversion course could bring you up to speed in just one year. All Psychology conversion courses in the UK are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and are ideal for candidates looking to broaden their horizons or seeking a career change.

Careers in Psychology

Psychology graduates move into a wide variety of public and private sector roles including human resources, social work, mental health care, psychotherapy, advertising, marketing and teaching.

What do Psychology Graduates earn?

  • Average starting professional salary: £23,000
  • Average starting non-professional salary: £18,900

Source: The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.

Psychology Entry Requirements

  • Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: 34 points.
  • Typical Canadian High School requirements: 70-85% overall in 5-6 Grade 12 subjects
  • Typical requirements for a postgraduate program: at least 2.5 out of 4 / 62.5% in an equivalent Humanities, Arts or Social Sciences undergraduate degree

Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.

Where can I study Psychology in the UK?

To learn more about the best Psychology courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Psychology universities in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 below:

  1. London School of Economics
  2. University of Oxford
  3. University of Cambridge
  4. King's College London
  5. University of Glasgow
  6. University of St Andrews
  7. University College London
  8. University of Bath
  9. University of York
  10. University of Exeter

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