- Computer labs
- Lab sessions
- Problem classes
Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes. You'll learn about the structure of the brain as well as the perceptions, thoughts, feelings and actions of people.
In years one and three you'll have optional modules to choose from. This is your chance to explore the areas of psychology that you find interesting. As we have experts from across the spectrum of psychology, we are able to offer you a choice from different areas. Forensic and Mental Health is a popular option. This module looks at offending behaviours, including the neuroscience behind them. You'll also examine the role of the justice system and health service in dealing with offending individuals.
Our research is transforming lives. We want our students to be part of this. In your final year, you'll do your own research project. You'll have a wide choice of topics. These could be from behavioural to social psychology.
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. This content was last updated on Friday 10 March 2023.
One credit is approximately 10 hours of work. You will spend around half of your time in lectures, seminars, laboratory classes and tutorials. You will complete the remaining time as independent study. Lecture classes can be between 30-300 students. Laboratory classes typically include 30-60 students. Seminar groups and tutorial groups are usually made up of 10-12 students. Modules are typically delivered by professors, associate professors or assistant professors, and teaching associates. PhD students may support laboratory demonstrations and report marking and feedback.
A degree in psychology gives you skills for a career in psychology as well as transferable skills that can be used in business, education, marketing and legal sectors.
Become a chartered psychologist
About 20% of UK psychology graduates become chartered psychologists. If you take this route, you could progress in fields such as clinical, forensic, educational or occupational psychology. Further study and work experience would be needed.
Read alumni stories of graduates who have gone on to work in these areas.
Previous graduate jobs
Our graduates have used their skills in roles such as:
Jessica Fath, a psychology graduate, works for Rethink Mental Illness. They are training her to be a psychological wellbeing practitioner. Read about her experience in her blog. A degree in psychology opens up a wide range of career prospects. Read this blog from Sophie Hussain and Hannah Taylor who talk about their career journey and current work in health and wellbeing.
Many graduates choose to continue studying for a masters or PhD. This is a good option if you want to choose a specialism such as sport psychology or cognitive neuroscience. You then may decide to pursue a career in teaching and/or research at a university.
Other opportunities to help your employability
The Nottingham Internship Scheme provides a range of work experience opportunities and internships throughout the year
The Nottingham Advantage Award is our free scheme to boost your employability. There are over 200 extracurricular activities to choose from
75.3% of undergraduates from the School of Psychology secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £22,146.*
*HESA Graduate Outcomes 2019/20 data published in 2022. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.
Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.
Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).
I chose to study at Nottingham because I would be able to study abroad during my degree. I went to the University of Newcastle in Australia. It was an amazing experience!
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