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Study psychology in the UK

An in-depth guide to studying psychology in the UK as an international student

What types of psychology degree can you study in the UK?

What do psychology experts in UK say?

  • Dr Eszter Somogyi

    Dr Eszter Somogyi

    University of Portsmouth, Faculty of Science and Health Senior Lecturer, Associate Head (Global Engagement and Partnerships)
    Dr Eszter Somogyi says

    UK universities are highly focused on research, students can therefore learn about most recent developments in core areas of psychology, covering real-world examples.

    Degrees are taught in English, students can therefore learn the authentic, academic English language. High teaching and research quality standards controlled by the the UK government ensure that students have an excellent learning experience.

    In most universities, each student is assigned a personal tutor, supporting students with advice and guidance on lectures, assignments and life at the university in general. Students can also attend English language courses dedicated to foreign students in order to help them with their learning.

    Higher education in the UK also focuses on employability skills, increasing graduates' chances for finding their ideal job not just in the UK, but anywhere in the world. University life in the UK also includes a number of cultural activities, from city visits, concerts, theater plays to sports events.

    A degree in psychology is a great starting point for a career in a range of fields, from science to arts or the industry. Psychology graduates are equipped with a range of skills sought by with a variety of employers.

    Jobs directly related to degree in psychology: clinical psychologist, counselling psychologist, educational psychologist, forensic psychologist, further education teacher, health psychologist, occupational psychologist, psychological well-being practitioner, sport and exercise psychologist.

    Further jobs our graduates go on to: advice worker, law enforcement officer, careers adviser, counsellor, education consultant, human resources consultant, life coach, market researcher, mediator, neuroscientist, play therapist, special educational needs coordinator.

    All practising psychologists in the UK and many other countries must have postgraduate qualifications, which means there isn’t a fast track route to a career in psychology.

  • Dr Lucie Clements

    Dr Lucie Clements

    University of Chichester Senior Lecturer in Psychology
    Dr Lucie Clements says

    Psychology is the study of human behaviour and why people behave in the ways that they do, and is relevant no matter where we live in the world. Psychologists study people's thought, feelings and actions to understand behaviour. The insights of psychology are critical in almost every sphere of our lives and allow us to understand how differences in culture and society impact human behaviour.

    Studying in the UK will enable you to participate in leading research, and learn from experts in your chosen area. You will be well supported by staff, and have the chance to enjoy an exciting student lifestyle.

    Studying Psychology in the UK will help you to gain an in depth understanding of the area. Our degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society, meaning that you will have the basis to continue your education to become a chartered psychologist.

    A Psychology degree offers you a multitude of career opportunities, with many graduates going on to work in health or education settings. Others will work in research, the civil service, HR or publishing. You can also go on to further study, to specialise in an area such as clinical psychology, forensic psychology or health psychology.

Top psychology programs in the UK

What are the top Psychology Undergraduate programs in the UK?

Bachelor's in psychology in the UK

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    Psychology (Sport Psychology) - BSc (Hons) London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,873 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Psychology with Criminology - BSc University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,174 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Sports Psychology and Coaching Sciences - BSc (Hons) Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,832 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Sport Psychology, Coaching and Physical Education - BSc (Hons) London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,394 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,700 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Psychology - BSc (Hons) University of Suffolk, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,147 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,790 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Pathway in psychology in the UK

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    Criminology & Psychology (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,929 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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What are the top Psychology Graduate programs in the UK?

Master's in psychology in the UK

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    Health Psychology - MSc University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,845 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,950 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Business Economics with Marketing and Psychology - MA (Hons) University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,530 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,450 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Applied Social and Political Psychology - MSc Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,229 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Psychology and Learning Disability - MSc University of Portsmouth, UK
    • Online

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,218 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Psychology (Conversion) - MSc Edge Hill University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,147 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in psychology in the UK

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    Sports and Exercise Psychology - PhD Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,708 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,120 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Behaviour Psychology - PhD Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,832 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    February, June, October
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    Psychology - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,873 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 GBP

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
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    Psychology - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    6 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,052 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,800 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
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    Psychology - PhD University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,544 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Pathway in psychology in the UK

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    Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Pre-Masters - PGP University of Surrey, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    15,750 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 GBP

    Start date
    February, September
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