Your learning experience
You'll be taught by experts who are passionate about the study of the human mind, and whose teaching is informed by current research.
Lectures and seminars
Practical experience and placements
Experience real-life work environments
All students on our single honours psychology courses have the chance to undertake a placement in their first year. There is also a compulsory, 80-hour placement in their second year.
The second-year placement is completely flexible. You can complete it in one block during the holidays, or across multiple afternoons during term time. Your placement can take place in Reading or close to home – in the UK or internationally.
Placements can include direct contact with clients, such as befriending and assisting in group activities or classrooms. They can also include work shadowing and carrying out small-scale research projects.
We also offer internal research placements, giving you the opportunity to complete your placement alongside an academic member of staff within the School.
Professional placement year
On the BSc Psychology with Professional Placement course, you’ll undertake 40 weeks of full-time employment between your second and final years.
We encourage you to source your own placement, particularly if you have an interest in a specific area or organisation. You will be involved in training sessions and workshops to ensure you have the knowledge and skills required to secure your placement.
Our students have undertaken placements in NHS Trusts, charities, schools, prisons and private businesses.
Recent organisations include:
- Great Ormond Street Hospital
- Broadmoor Hospital
- National Crime Agency
- HM Prison & Probation Service
- Berkshire CAMHS – Anxiety & Depression Pathway
- Thames Valley Clinical Trials Unit.
Placements with world-class companies
"I was attracted to the unique mix of academic studies and placements within a growing network of world-class companies.”
Anika Basler, BSc Psychology with Professional Placement graduate
Study in Malaysia
You’ll be taught by leading international academic staff, get access to excellent learning resources, and receive one-to-one teaching and support.
The mobility programme allows you to study in an environment where you can experience a new culture and meet new students.
As well as mastering the core areas of psychology throughout your degree, you can take modules from other subjects to suit your specific interests.
Life in the School
Find out about life as an undergraduate student in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences.