Why study Psychology?

A Psychology degree provides you with a scientific understanding of human experience, including behaviour, mental processes, emotions and development. Alongside the academic content of the programme you will gain transferable skills, including the capacity for self-directed, reflective learning and project management.

The degree will prepare you for starting your career working directly in psychology-based jobs. These include counselling, clinical work, education, and mental health work.

A degree in psychology will make you attractive to employers for roles working with people and positions requiring good communication, relationship and data analysis skills. Psychology therefore provides superb preparation for a wide range of other career paths.

Why St Mary's?

The BSc Psychology programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Graduation through the accredited route means that you will be eligibile for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society.

St Mary's also provides a range of Joint Honours Degrees which allow students to combine Psychology with another subject. If students choose to major in Psychology and minor in the other subject, the degree will be accredited. If students choose subjects of equal weighting, the degree will be non-accredited.

With a smaller size year group than many universities, the Psychology department creates a community environment where students are provided with more support by staff and fellow students.

Staff are research active and their work covers areas such as non-traditional romantic relationships, understanding intergroup relationships, attentional biases associated with anxiety, intergenerational relationships within the family context, and the performance of gender identities in dance classes.

The Psychology Society aims to bring students together who have an interest in the subject through academic and social events. Throughout the year they aim to give members the chance to enjoy a variety of experiences ranging from appearances by guest speakers to psychology socials.

A Student View

Dr Brad Plat (Alumni - Chartered Psychologist)
"The lecturers in the Psychology department are extremely friendly and approachable, and strive for the best in every student. Along with their broad range of expertise in different fields of psychology, I developed a strong understanding of the theoretical and philosophical issues underlying the discipline. In addition to psychology-based skills, I also gained a variety of highly relevant skills such as data management, team working, report writing and how to professionally work with people. I have made use of these skills in both my postgraduate studies as well as in my work placements and current employment."


Psychology NSS results 2016

Psychology at St Mary's scored 94% for overall satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.


In the latest HESA Destinations of Leavers survey 95% of St Mary's students were employed or undertaking further study within six months of graduating.