Department of Psychology

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Placement year

Our students have taken placements in;
  • Universities in Australia and New Zealand
  • Inspectorate of Prisons
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Metropolitan Police
  • Institute of Psychiatry
  • Warneford Hospital, Oxford
  • AQA
  • Maudsley Hospital, London

Our undergraduate psychology courses are ranked amongst the top five degree courses in this discipline, in the UK. We are the highest ranking of the universities offering a placement.

The excellent employment rate of our students is due in no small measure to the ‘hands-on’ experience and skills they acquire from their placement.

The placement contributes towards the final degree classification. The aim is to give the opportunity to experience the practical aspects of psychological work, and to receive training in the skills associated with that work. We have built up contacts with a large number of prestigious organisations that provide a high standard of teaching.

Current BSc/MSci Psychology students discuss the placement year as part of the courses.

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What are the benefits of a placement?

  • The placement is an opportunity to use the theory you have learnt in a practical context, working with a professional psychologist in an apprentice role.
  • The transferable, professional skills that you acquire during your placement are highly valued by employers and give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market.
  • The placement can provide the material and inspiration on which to base your final year dissertation.
  • It will enable you to learn about an organisation and its area of work, and is an excellent opportunity to evaluate future career paths.
  • Students are sometimes offered permanent graduate jobs by their placement providers.

Getting a placement

Our dedicated Placements Team will support and guide you through the recruitment process to gain your placement:

  • During the first two years you will be given briefings and information preparing you for the placement.
  • You will receive guidance on writing CVs and application letters, as well as advice on interview skills from the Placements Officer and the Careers Service
  • In your second year you will start applying for placements. These are advertised online by our full-time Placements Officer. The recruitment process is competitive, giving you good practise for the graduate job search.

What support would I get whilst on placement?

  • You will be in regular contact with the Placements Officer who will provide you with information, advice and support throughout.
  • You will be guided by your supervisor at the workplace.
  • You will have regular contact with your personal tutor and dissertation supervisor.
  • We aim to visit all UK-based students and most overseas.
  • During the middle of your placement you will return for a Placements Conference to present academic work, discuss your placement and dissertation, and to meet other students and staff.

How will my placement be assessed?

  • You will need to satisfactorily complete the required number of weeks.
  • You will attend a Placements Conference.
  • You will also need to submit a number of supporting assignments and a final report (which will be assessed).
  • Credits are awarded for the placement year accounting for 8% of your final degree mark.
  • In addition, the Placements Supervisor will write an appraisal of your performance on placement.

Will I be paid?

  • Most placements are unpaid but some offer a small allowance.
  • When calculating your financial position you should work on the basis that placements will be unpaid. If you do go abroad please take into account visa costs and travel expenses.
  • Students are usually eligible for the full maintenance loan if they are on an unpaid placement in the public or voluntary sector. Students on paid or unpaid placements in the private sector may only be eligible for a reduced amount of maintenance loan.
  • You will pay reduced fees for the placement year.
Hear from our students on placement

You can find out what some of our students are doing on their placement year by viewing their placement blogs »


Further information

View the Study site and fee pages, or download our undergraduate course brochure for further information about placements.

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