School of Psychology

Study

Our courses are highly regarded and popular. A key element to our approach is the development of links with non-academic partners and the advantages of this are particularly evident in the opportunities that BSc students have to explore life as a professional psychologist by participating in the Professional Training year. This also contributes to our excellent graduate employment record, which is currently 96.8%.

Discover our programmes

We offer an Undergraduate BSc course and a range of Postgraduate MSc courses, including, a Graduate Conversion course and specialist MSc courses in Research Methods, Health, Social, or Environmental Psychology. 

We offer a range of short and CPD training courses for professionals including in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.

We also have one of the largest cohort of Doctoral training in the UK with a lively and successful PhD programme and Practitioner Doctorates in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapeutic & Counselling Psychology and we offer Stage 2 accreditation in Health Psychology.

Find full lists of our programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level our psychology subject page.

About our courses

Students graduating from our UG and Conversion programmes are eligible for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and have the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership - the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.  

Our Professional trainee courses are also accredited by the BPS, and also by the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC),  the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and are part of the Department of Health's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (IAPT).

Information for parents and guardians

Going to university is a big change in the life of any new student. For many of our students, this experience means living away from home for the first time. This transition can also be a challenging period for everyone involved, parents and guardians included.

Having supported your son or daughter up to this point, your interest is likely to continue from this point forward. You will want to ensure that she or he will receive the best possible education to prepare them for their future career, but also that they can develop as individuals in a safe and supportive environment.

Our students are over 18 years on entry and we therefore treat them as adults in their educational experience. This means that they are responsible and accountable for the role that they play during their time in the department, and that any of our communications are made directly with the student. As we appreciate the role that you will continue to play in supporting your son/ daughter, we have developed this dedicated section of our web-site. This contains general information on student life at the University of Surrey, and also useful contact details for a number of services, as well as our policy about disclosing personal information to parents and guardians.

We sincerely hope that your son or daughter thrives on their experience at the University of Surrey, and we wish them, and you, all the best over the next few years.

Prof Derek Moore
Head of School of Psychology

How the school works within the university

The University of Surrey is an international university with a worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It offers students a unique combination of high academic standards, employment success and a prime location in beautiful surroundings, yet with ease of access to London. Our undergraduate and postgraduate students experience a first-rate working environment and a lively social life.

The University is lead by the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Professor Sir Christopher Snowden and a team of officers.

The university policies and regulation, published in the academic standards guidelines ensure that we maintain high standards and that students are treated fairly.

The School of Psychology is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

The head of the School of Psychology is Prof Derek Moore.

The school Examination Board meets to discuss and ratify exam results at school level. Once these have been agreed in Psychology they are subject to ratification by the central university board which is called SPACE.

The school issues yearly interim transcripts. Final exit transcripts are produced and sent out by the Registry.

Enrolment and attendance

It would help us if you could remind your son or daughter that it is crucial that students read and keep any information sent to them by the school or the University. Where they need to complete and return any forms, it is important that they do so as and when required.

Enrolment is solely the student’s responsibility, and it is up to the student to inform the university about any relevant changes, such as a change of address.

Frequently asked questions

Psychology Alumni

The School’s alumni are engaged in a range of professions across the world. Almost 5,000 have registered with Forever Surrey, the University’s graduate network.

85% of the School’s graduates live in the UK and the remaining 15% live in 73 other countries.

The five most common professions among the School’s alumni are:

1) Clinical Psychologist
2) Psychologist
3) Lecturer
4) Teacher
5) Assistant Psychologist

And finally....

Going to University is a big step in anyone’s life. We recognise that there will be times for most of our students that are challenging or pressured. We will do our best however, as a school and a University to support our students through the entire degree process. Above all, we hope that your daughter or son thoroughly enjoys their experience at the University of Surrey.