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Your learning experience

Feel part of a dynamic and collaborative teaching environment.

You'll be taught by experts who are passionate about the study of the human mind, and whose teaching is informed by current research.

Teaching methods

Learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, practical sessions and independent study. You will also carry out a research project and will have opportunities to undertake placements and to study abroad.

Lectures and seminars

Much of your teaching will be delivered via lectures, with ample opportunity for small group work during seminars.

Practical work

Throughout your degree, you will complete practical work, either in large groups, small groups or individually. You'll have the opportunity to carry out oral and poster presentations as part of some of your modules.

Research projects

Carry out original research on a topic of your choice in your final year. You may have the opportunity to present your work at conferences or in publications.

Practical experience and placements

Experience real-life work environments

Benefit from a number of placement opportunities throughout your psychology degree. We will provide you with the necessary support.

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

“Once I started investigating UK universities, Reading clearly stood out. The practicality, combined with the theoretical elements on offer, helped me make my decision.

"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 can spend a term in Malaysia during your second year, as both the University of Reading and the University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) deliver the same BSc Psychology course.

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.
Choosing to study at the University of Reading Malaysia was the best thing I've done at university. The class sizes are so small that you get to know the lecturers well.But by far the best part of the experience was being able to travel so frequently – almost every weekend. From Johor Bahru we could reach Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Borneo easily.
Daisy, UoRM mobility student, Autumn term 2017

Optional modules

In your final year, you can choose from a wide range of modules, including Autism Spectrum Conditions, Health Psychology, and Virtual Reality and the Brain.

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.

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