15 months after graduating
95% of our psychology graduates are in work or further study*
Undergraduate psychology programmes at the University of Plymouth are approved by the British Psychological Society and provide students with the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC).
This is a requirement for postgraduate training leading to Chartered Psychologist status in occupations such as clinical, educational, forensic, counselling, health and occupational psychology.
Entry to Chartered Psychologist training is fiercely competitive and successful applicants typically have a range of relevant employment experience in addition to a first class honours degree. In healthcare settings the Chartered workforce is Increasingly supported by a range of new psychology professions. These include various Psychological Practitioner roles as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme and related roles such as the Clinical Associate Psychologist.
Nationally, most psychology graduates do not train as professional psychologists, however their broad skillset opens up opportunities across a variety of employment sectors including public services, industry and commerce and not-for-profit organisations. Health and social care, education and criminal justice are popular choices, but psychology graduates are also found in the business services sector, for example in marketing, public relations, human resources and data analytics roles. A small number of graduates pursue research-based career pathways.
Researching your career options
Given the diversity of career options open to psychology graduates, it is important to research and explore these fully so that you can make informed decisions about your future.
The following websites provide helpful information for career research:
University of Plymouth psychology graduates told us they were doing 15 months after graduation. For some graduates, these jobs serve as stepping stones to professional posts by providing relevant workplace experience.
- Support Manager
- Clinical Researcher
- Research Assistant
- Assistant Ecologist
- Assistant Clinical Psychologist
- Eating Disorders Clinician
- Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
- Teaching And Research Associate
- Discharge Facilitator
- Offending Behaviour Programme Facilitator
- Personal Advisor For Looked After Children
- Accounts Executive
- Marketing Executive
- Development Officer
- Outreach Officer
Employers to consider
- AGE UK
- Babcock International
- Chisel Robotics
- Devon and Cornwall Police
- First Databank UK Ltd
- Hampshire County Council
- Hywel Dda University Health Board
- Next Step South-West
- Nuffield Health
- Plymouth Options
- Re:Cognition Health
- Think Project
- University of Plymouth
- Wiltshire Council-Children in Care Team
Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18. Graduates were
surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for 104 UK-domiciled, first degree, full-time graduates who are working,
studying or looking for work.