Psychological Science graduate destinations
A Psychology degree provides graduates with numerous skills which many employers are looking for. These include a wide range of research skills, data collection and analysis, critical analysis of literature, independent learning, team working, oral and written communication skills, as well as IT, statistical and numerical skills.
Data obtained from
- Single honours Psychology courses (BSc and MSci)
- Graduates from the UK
Responses were received from 72 graduates from 2017/18; this is a response rate of 62.1%.
|Most important activity||Percentage of graduates|
|Paid work for an employer||60%|
|Running my own business||1%|
|Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio||0%|
|Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer||7%|
|Engaged in a course of study, training or research||24%|
|Taking time out to travel||0%|
|Caring for someone||0%|
|Unemployed and looking for work||3%|
|Doing something else||4%|
Graduates enter a wide range of different sectors, including finance and insurance, accounting and management consultancy.
|Employment sector||Number of graduates|
Restaurants and mobile food service activities
Market research and public opinion polling
Other social work activities
|Other sectors (23 sectors)||29|
Employers and occupations
Examples of employers
- Priory Group
- Think Ahead
- Cancer Research UK
- Civil Service
Examples of occupations
- Wellbeing Consultant
- Marketing Executive
- Clinical Trials Administrator
- Social Researcher
As well as related jobs, Psychology graduates also enter careers that do not require a specific degree, as around 70% of jobs are open to graduates of any discipline. Areas which Psychology graduates have favoured in the past include law, accountancy, occupational psychology, animal behaviour, neuropsychology and teaching.
|Qualification type||Percentage of graduates|
Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)
Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)
Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)
Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)
|Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above||0%|
|Not aiming for a formal qualification||0%|
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