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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 - BSc (Hons) University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,260 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    History and Psychology - BA University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,275 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Psychology - BSc University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,275 GBP
    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Psychology
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    Psychology with French - BSc (Hons) University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,275 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Childhood and Youth Studies with Psychology - BA (Hons) University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,500 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
    Tuition fees per year
    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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    Psychology and Psychological Practice - MSci University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,260 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Psychology of Language - MSc University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,150 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Politics and Psychology - MA (Hons) University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,275 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Psychology - MPhil University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,800 GBP
    Start date
    October, February
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    Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS accredited) - MSc University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,500 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in psychology in the UK

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    Psychology - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,600 GBP
    Start date
    October, February
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    Psychology - PhD University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Sports and Exercise Psychology - PhD Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,120 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Psychology - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,780 GBP
    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
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    Counselling Psychology - Doctorate London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,320 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Pathway in psychology in the UK

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    Environmental Psychology, Pre-Masters - PGP University of Surrey, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    12,500 GBP
    Start date
    February, September
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