Undergraduate courses

Our Psychology BSc (Hons) provides a thorough grounding in the theories, methods and practice of contemporary psychology.

Study with us

We are ranked in the top 10 for psychology by the Guardian University Guide 2020. 

Find out more about applying to Surrey.

Professional recognition

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Our Psychology BSc (Hons) is accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Outstanding teaching

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In terms of undergraduate teaching performance metrics, the University of Surrey was awarded Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise.  

Graduate outcomes

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The Graduate Outcomes survey 2020 found that 96% of Surrey undergraduates are in work or further education.*

This is the largest survey of employment and further study outcomes for UK graduates.

*UK domiciled graduates of full-time, undergraduate qualifications, in full-time employment, from higher education institutions.


Professional Training placements

As an undergraduate student in the School of Psychology you have the option of spending your third year undertaking a Professional Training placement.

Professional Training placements offer students an invaluable opportunity to gain work experience and insight into a job role relevant to psychology graduates, and to refine a host of skills that employers look for, giving them an employable edge. Opportunities exist throughout the UK and beyond and include hospitals and clinics, schools, social survey companies, personnel and occupational guidance services, industry and commerce.

Recognised as the Best University Placement Service (Over 750 Placements) at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2021; we will support you with your application and ensure you are gaining the experience you need in a supportive environment.

Placement institutions and companies

Institutions and companies that have participated in the scheme include:

  • Home Office
  • Institute of Psychiatry
  • BMG Records
  • IBM
  • Metropolitan Police
  • HMP Holloway
  • Royal Marsden Hospital
  • Guildford Pupil Referral Unit
  • More House School
  • National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy
  • Action on Addiction
  • CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for Surrey
  • SADAS - Southern Addictions Advisory Service
  • North Carolina State University
  • The Science Museum, London
  • University of Kent

Types of placement

There is a range of placements that are suitable for psychology students including:

  • Clinical psychology
  • Educational psychology
  • Occupational psychology
  • Psychological research
  • Social work
  • Market research
  • Personnel
  • Marketing
  • Teaching
  • Training

Facilities and equipment

Find out about the facilities and equipment on offer at the School of Psychology, including our new four-room virtual reality suite and observation laboratories. 

Study abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. 

Locations of our partner universities include:

  • University of Salzburg
  • Humboldt University
  • Oldenburg University
  • University of Turin
  • University of Milano-Bicocca
  • University of Berlin.


Graduate prospects

Graduates over the last few years entered employment roles such as:

  • Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Surrey
  • Assistant Clinical Psychologist, St George's NHS Trust
  • Primary Wellbeing Practitioner, Broadmoor Hospital
  • Trial Coordinator, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Clinical Trust
  • Assistant Psychologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Rehabilitation Assistant, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
  • Account Manager, Genesis Medical
  • Recruitment Researcher, Walker Hamill
  • Marketing Analyst, Masterclassing
  • Junior Market Research Project Manager, Kantar Health
  • Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, ThinkAction
  • Graduate Leadership Scheme, Waitrose
  • Assistant Crime Analyst, National Crime Agency.

Scholarships and bursaries

Discover how we may be able to support your studies with a host of bursaries and scholarships directly from the University of Surrey and external providers. 

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