Department of Psychology

Placement providers

Our psychology courses includes an optional placement year for students in their third year of study.

Additionally, our MSc Health Psychology is unique in offering a 16 week placement.

Can you provide placements for our students?

We are always looking for new institutions and organisations to be part of our placement scheme and provide placement opportunities for our students.

If you are interested in discussing being a placement provider, then please contact Amy Haughton (Placements Officer).

StudentWhat do we expect from a good placement provider?

We believe a good placement should include the following elements:

  • Provide opportunities for learning, mainly practical, but also academic and social.
  • Enable the student to assume an appropriate degree of responsibility.
  • Maximise the student’s contribution to the organisation or department.

Adequate supervision is a critical factor in the success of any placement. We ask that placement providers:

  • Integrate the student into their project or team
  • Facilitate contacts with other colleagues
  • Arrange regular meetings with the student
  • Outline expectations and a work course

Ideally a student would be assigned to a supervisor for the duration of the placement, someone who can discuss the work course, work expectations, monitor day-to-day progress and provide advice and guidance where necessary.

We also would wish the placement provider to advise and offer guidance to the student for their dissertation and discuss logistical or ethical issues, and feasibility of the topic. The discussion of a work course and the appointment of a daily supervisor, who may be another person in the team other than the director, ensures that, from the outset, both student and placement provider are clear as to the content and objectives of the placement.

Future opportunities

We ask that all placement providers consider working with students in following years should job opportunities occur, and also particularly regarding sponsorship of projects or opportunities for doctoral students.

Our Department is also keen to develop research links and partnerships with other institutions and organisations.


We encourage host institutions to assist students financially in some way. Honorariums or travel expenses are not taxable but can make a real difference to the student. Some providers cover the cost of the tuition fee or assist with accommodation costs.

Our students

The BSc (Hons) and MSci Psychology courses attract some of the best students in the country. The vast majority of our graduates achieve a first or upper second class degree.

All our undergraduate and postgraduate students are dedicated, quick to learn and keen to take on an increasing degree of responsibility. They offer up-to-date knowledge, qualitative and quantitative research skills, a broad range of knowledge, initiative and can provide an excellent resource for specialist projects.