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We see the development of employability skills as a central part of the undergraduate experience, helping students develop work and skills in preparation for life beyond university.

Psychology Placements

Placements are offered in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. In the first year, students can opt to undertake a 40 hour work placement to allow them to reflect on the real life application of skills related to organisational psychology. 

Placements and career development

In the second year, students undertake a module specifically designed to enhance career opportunities. Through a series of interactive workshops students think in detail about their own career preferences, and develop an action plan to meet their aspirations.

Within this module, students carry out a 100 hour placement, paid or voluntary in an organisation of their choice. This exciting opportunity allows students to enhance work-related skills and develop a network of contacts.

The module is assessed through a careers portfolio, including reflection on the placement and an up-to-date CV. Small group presentations about the placement mirror the kind of placements that are now common in recruitment.

The BSc Speech and Language Therapy and MSci Psychological Theory and Practice have their own relevant clinical placements provided.

Example Placements

  • Research assistant with a member of academic staff or postgraduate student
  • Volunteer befrienders for children with Autism, through the National Autistic Society
  • Supported older adults leaving hospital through the Red Cross
  • Offered research skills to charities, and help them develop their marketing strategy
  • Shadowing different departments such as HR, within the organisation in which they work

Summer Research Bursaries

Paid research assistantship positions are available for the summer vacation, between second and third year. These positions are funded by a variety of schemes, including the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programme (UROP).  Students present the outcomes of their projects (with the best receiving prizes) at the annual UROP student conference.


'My placement with Danone offered an amazing insight into the world of marketing, where I learnt and offered ways to improve the communication of the brand. My placement at Danone has provided me with a wider range of experience for my CV, and a great insight into marketing which I hope to start my career in after graduating.'

Student - Jaydi Wilson-Jenkins


'We have gained a lot from having students at Eight Bells. They carried out a much needed survey of our member' needs and aspirations, which will help us plan for the future, but more than this they have added life, energy and enthusiasm to the centre.'

Verity Murricane, Trustee - Eight Bells for Mental Health

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