Get Your Thinking Cap On! Psychology & Social Sciences Spotlight

Wondering what a HR Manager, Criminologist and Happiness Practitioner have in common?

Each of the job roles above requires serious psychological know-how, so a degree in the Social Sciences certainly comes in handy!

In fact, these versatile courses are relevant to most professions – if you’re working with people, knowing what they do and why will give you a distinct advantage in the workplace and even in everyday life!

While these specialisms are academically demanding, the varied approaches to teaching keeps things interesting – a typical day can see you start with an engrossing guest lecture, take part in some fascinating field work before getting your sleuth on studying statistics in a cutting-edge lab on campus!

You’ll also spend a good chunk of time in the library – ALL Social Science subjects are research-heavy as well. No matter which of these degrees you go for, you’ll learn core research methods from your first year onwards, before branching out into different topics on society as a whole and the things that make us unique.  

Curious to know more? We take a closer look at the options on offer in our Social Sciences subject round-up… 👀

University of Buckingham

Ranked 2nd for Graduate Prospects (The Complete University Guide 2023) and rated in the Top 10 for Graduate Prospects (The Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2022), the University of Buckingham is a great place to pursue Psychology. It’s one of the few UK universities to offer a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree that you can take in just two years, rather than the standard three years!

Hear from Buckingham Psychology alumna Destynie share her experiences in this vlog.

Oxbridge-style tutorials and super small class sizes (7 students per class, fact fans!) make for a more personal, hands-on experience where everyone is made to feel welcome. Plus, there’s no strict, set syllabus either – once you’ve studied several core modules, you can choose from optional modules that support your future career goals, such as optional modules, such as: Clinical, Forensic, Educational, Sports Psychology and Cyberpsychology.

Learn more about Psychology at Buckingham!

Nottingham Trent University

Similar to Buckingham above, Nottingham Trent University’s Psychology degree is also accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), guaranteeing you a first-rate study experience – and the credentials you need when you graduate. Alongside your degree course, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get involved beyond the classroom as well – their broad range of research groups cover every cause you can think of, such as gender diversity, democracy and environmentalism.

From the moment you arrive on campus, you’ll build your experience as you go – all Social Sciences courses offer guaranteed work-experience so you can put your skills to good use while learning from those in the know!

Get the lowdown on learning and life at NTU

Durham University

A renowned Russell Group institution and ranked 13th in the UK for Psychology (Guardian University Guide 2024), Durham University is a fantastic place to study the Social Sciences. Their combined Social Sciences degrees allow you to study two, three or even four disciplines simultaneously, creating your very own bespoke degree that matches your personal career plans.

Let’s look closer at Durham University’s Psychology department…

Discover more about Durham’s diverse degrees!

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