Psychology BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
Our BSc Psychology programme will provide you with an unbeatable combination of personal, professional and academic opportunities in a vibrant and supportive setting.
As one of the first universities to offer work experience as part of the degree, we have established links with many employers and our programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Our graduates are well-placed to train as practising psychologists and therapists. Equally, they are highly valued in any sector that involves people or that requires their key transferable skills such as critical thinking, analysis and communication.
We are ranked in the top 10 for overall satisfaction in psychology in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2018.
What you will study
Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour, mental health and neuropsychological functioning. It seeks to understand what makes us who we are, how our minds work, and what influences our behaviour and social relationships.
As well as learning about core areas of psychology, research methods and statistics, you can tailor your degree by pursuing an optional Professional Training placement in an organisation of your interest and by choosing your final-year modules and dissertation research topic.
Our course is informed by cutting-edge research conducted by our multidisciplinary research groups, including Developmental Psychology; Environmental Psychology; Social Emotions and Equality in Relations; Health, Stress and Fatigue; and the Surrey BabyLab.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||36 months||C801||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||C800||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.
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.
The extensive professional and research activities, and networks, of our staff will enable you to choose from a range of different Professional Training placement settings to reflect your individual interests and needs.
Opportunities exist throughout the UK and beyond and include hospitals and clinics, schools, social survey companies, personnel and occupational guidance services, industry and commerce.
Our psychology students have undertaken placements at organisations such as:
- Home Office
- National Crime Agency
- Metropolitan Police
- Hays Specialist Recruitment
- National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for Surrey
- Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development
- Social Communication Disorders Clinic at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
BSc (Hons) - British Psychological Society (BPS)
Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Many organisations employ psychology graduates for their specific psychological training and skills in areas such as personnel, research and development, survey and market research, and career guidance.
In addition, many employers are keen to recruit psychology graduates because the broad curriculum produces a well-rounded individual who communicates well and has analytical skills.
Recent graduates have also embarked on careers in law, accountancy, teaching, computer programming and general management. Virtually all graduates of the programme find satisfactory employment within six months of graduation.
Graduates over the last few years entered employment roles such as:
- 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.
Many of our students also go on to postgraduate study, as graduates are eligible for graduate basis for chartered membership of the BPS, which is essential for admission to postgraduate training in specialist areas in order to become a chartered psychologist. These specialisms include clinical, counselling, health, environmental, social, research methods or occupational psychology, all of which are offered as postgraduate degrees at Surrey.
Some graduates continue their interest in psychology by registering for a research degree (PhD, MPhil) in a specialist area of interest, leading to a career as an academic research psychologist.
Study and work 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. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
You will have the opportunity of a Professional Training placement abroad at one of our partner universities, currently including:
- University of Salzburg
- Humboldt University
- Oldenburg University
- University of Turin
- University of Milano-Bicocca
- University of Berlin.
The European universities offer the possibility of doing a research-based placement year in one of their laboratories with Erasmus+ funding. Professional Training placement opportunities also exist in other parts of Europe, the US and Australia.
Our School of Psychology will provide you with access to computing laboratories with a large number of Windows-based workstations and PCs.
The School also has a range of dedicated laboratories for conducting a wide variety of psychological research, including infant observation facilities, laboratories for perception and psychophysiological research, a suite of small project rooms, an extensive library of psychometric and clinical tests, the use of an MRI brain scanner, EEG recorders and TMS equipment.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
"The highlight of my placement was gaining independence by applying and developing the transferable skills I learnt and being able to develop myself both personally and professionally."
"I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to take a novel, creative approach to tasks and I feel that studying Psychology at Surrey has fostered this trait. With every assignment, we are encouraged to critique literature and go beyond merely regurgitating content."
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.