School of Psychology

Employment prospects

We are ranked joint 1st in the UK for graduate prospects*.

Undergraduate students:

We will help you develop your key skills for employment and further study

Our undergraduate psychology degrees offer opportunities for research projects and schemes which will help you develop your key skills for employment and further study.

Key skills include:

    • Research
    • Communication
    • Numerical
    • Critical thinking
    • Problem solving
    • Interpersonal awareness
    • Understanding human behaviour
    • Working independently and to deadlines
    • Complex data analysis
    • Team work
    • Computer literacy

Psychology student representives also organise a student led career focused seminar once a year. These seminars provide a first-hand perspective on how the skills students develop throughout a psychology degree will apply to the real world, such as how the research methods and statistics modules provide both skills and knowledge required in the civil service statistics department. The seminars also provide students with helpful tips such as to develop novel discussion points in lab reports and creatively and critically approach essay topics.

You will have a wide field of careers open to you when you graduate from Sussex

Psychology students from Sussex have progressed into a wide variety of careers after undergraduate degrees at Sussex*.

Careers include:

  • Professional psychology, such as - clinical, educational, health, occupational or forensic psychologists.
  • the Media
  • Advertising
  • Market research
  • Human Resources
  • Business and Management
  • Teaching

*Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015

You will have the opportunity to progress on to further study

A number of psychology undergraduates students decide to go on to further study or train to become teachers.

  • To progress on to postgraduate study you will usually need a 2:1 or higher grade from an undergraduate degree accredited by the British Psychological Society.
  • Psychology graduates who do not want to be a psychologist often choose to do a postgraduate qualification in their chosen area. For example teaching, advertising, marketing or media qualifications.
  • To find out more aout postgraduate study visit our postgraduate prospectus. 
We will support you with work experience and placement opportunities

It is important to start building up your work experience portfolio as soon as possible, especially if you decide to go straight into employment and not on to further study. We can help you by providing information and contacts for summer internships. 

  • Career-related vacation work will enhance your future employment prospects and say something about you as a person and potential employee. In addition, it offers other advantages such as finding out whether you really like a particular kind of work or company before you graduate. Work experience helps you get more out of your degree. It gives you a chance to see how your courses are relevant to the world of work, and can motivate the work you do at university.
  • Another good way for undergraduate students to gain work experience before progressing on to further education is to contact charities and businesses in relevant fields and ask if there are any opportunities available.
We can help you enhance your employability prospects

Making yourself employable is a significant part of getting the job you want. Whether you have a specific career in mind or have no idea which direction you want to go in, there are many opportunities you can take advantage of here at Sussex to make you more employable when you leave.

  • Extra-curricular activities are events you can get involved in during your time as a student which are not a formal part of your degree course. You can get involved in all the Student Union activity clubs and societies, and develop a range of skills that employers value.
  • The Sussex Plus Employability Award is a challenge where students can develop employment skills, and interact with potential employers. It also provides a framework to create a multimedia webfolio to showcase who you are and what you can do. You will have until the end of the academic year to complete the award.
  • As part of the Sussex Plus Employability Award you will complete seven challenges which will help:
    • Identify and evidence skills you've developed through academic, work and other experiences
    • Make decisions about what is next after university
    • Understand careers research and networking
    • Create an effective CV and social media presence
    • Receive Sussex Plus Employability Award and certificate of completion

The Careers and Employability Centre is home to professional careers advisers who can provide both general and specific advice, on an individual basis if required.

There are also a number of presentations to help you explore more about a career as a professional psychologist. Such as:

Postgraduate students:

You will develop a number of key skills for employment on our postgraduate psychology courses
  • As a postgraduate student you will gain expertise in key research techniques, including a range of specialised quantitative and qualitative methods and develop skills from a research project in your chosen field.

  • As a postgraduate doctoral student there are opportunities to present your work internally and at conferences, including abroad.You will also be part of the wider research community through laboratory meetings, seminar series and postgraduate training events.

  • The School of Psychology offers a series of workshops in advanced research methods, suitable for research students, post-doctorate students and established researchers.The workshops provide training in quantitative methods, research methods, laboratory techniques and cognitive psychology and are taught in the school's computer laboratories, so you can get hands-on experience of the various methods. The workshops are designed to help develop your research methods, which will help to boost your employment prospects

You will have a wide field of careers open to you when you leave Sussex

Psychology students from Sussex have progressed into a wide variety of careers after postgraduate degrees at Sussex. Careers include*:

  • Professional psychology, such as - clinical, educational, health, occupational or forensic psychologists.
  • the Media
  • Advertising
  • Market research
  • Human Resources
  • Business and Management
  • Teaching

Some of our masters students have gone on to further study at doctoral level and many now work as psychology lecturers at universities. Others have gone on to careers as researchers, project controllers and project managers in businesses and academic institutions.

*Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015

We will support you with placement opportunities and careers advice

You can find out about placement opportunities and seek careers advice by visiting our Careers and Employability Centre.

The centre is home to professional careers advisers who can provide both general and specific advice, on an individual basis if required. In addition, the centre offers the following to assist you with your career choices and encourage you to take a proactive approach to your career planning.

  • Career focused alumni talks
  • Skills workshops
  • Recruitment Fairs

There are also a number of presentations to help you explore more about a career as a professional psychogist. Such as:

Lizzie's student perspective

"After graduation I used the careers service at Sussex. I sought advice from the staff and used the webfolio product Sussex Plus. It was very useful and important to have this facility in place as it can be a shock to the system going out into the world having been in education since the age of 4 or 5.Psychology is a popular degree and so people understand what is involved and the skills that you develop. I have developed written and verbal skills as well as my ability to analyse, interpret and present data."

Lizzie Brown - HR Administrator - BSc Psychology

Kathryn's student perspective

"Psychology is a really interesting course providing a solid foundation to develop strong writing, technical and presentation skills which have prepared me greatly for working life. The course is well structured and each module includes a good balance of methods to test students such as a combination of exams, coursework and presentations, which are all key skills that graduate employers look for. There are a lot of transferable skills that I gained in my degree that I use in my day-to-day work life, in particular the statistical and writing elements, and I believe that studying psychology at Sussex has set me up for a great career."

Kathryn Carter - Employment and Remuneration Consultant - BSc Psychology from Sussex

*The Complete University Guide 2018.