As part of our dedication to providing meaningful student experiences, we integrate a number of key employability strategies both within our core curriculum as well as extracurricular provision.
Paid research internship scheme
We are dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities for our students, and as testimony to this, we have provided opportunities for our students to take part in a Paid Research Internship Scheme.
An early version of this scheme was previously trialled, in which approximately one-third of our students opted to volunteer to assist with staff research. Given its success, 2015 marked the first year of our paid scheme, in which approximately 20% of our current second year undergraduate students were employed as Research Interns across a range of staff research projects, with some of these projects leading to published journal articles.
Examples of projects included:
- Attentional bias to pictures and words
- Autistic traits
- Are emoji emotional?
- Multiple perceptive-taking
- Alcohol and inhibition
- Behaviour change and food awareness
- Personality and offending behaviour
- The neural underpinnings of action simulation
- Eye-movements and memory
We encourage student participation in departmental research. This approach is designed to allow students to experience the importance of research (and the associated processes) in the subject of psychology.
There are two ways in which you can participate in research:
- Students studying PSY1117: Real World Psychology must complete studies for course credit.
- Everyone else (including non-Psychology students, Psychology students in years 2 and 3, academic staff, members of the general public) can participate in research for a small payment.
All studies are ethically approved and you will receive information about each prior to signing up. The data collected in each study is kept confidential and anonymous and only used for research purposes.
If you are interested in taking part in research, you need to register with the Psychology Research Participation System (Edge Hill SONA-Systems). This contains information about the research projects and allows you to sign-up to take part in these projects.Register now
Essential Skills in Applied Psychology module – a compulsory module in the first year dedicated to developing our students academically, personally and professionally.
Applying Psychology module – a second year module in which invited guest speakers present insights into the relevance of psychology across a range of psychology-relevant careers. This module also hosts a Mock Assessment Centre, in which our students actively engage in the process of writing job application forms, psychometric testing and being interviewed.
Reflections and Future Directions module – a final year compulsory module in which our students are encouraged to consider the broader nature of psychology in practice.
We have typically structured this around a “Dragon’s Den” event which requires groups of students to develop an initiative in any area of applied psychology, but with particular emphasis on how it can be applied to the commercial world.
After developing the initiative, our students must then pitch it to a panel of ‘dragons’ as well as other students within their year group.
Our “Dragons” have been hugely impressed with the projects pitched to them as Fran Cassidy, founder of Cassidy Media Partnership and former marketing director of ITV/Carlton Television explained:
From the quality of the presentations and confidence of the students, I would say that their job prospects are extremely good.
Additionally, Manus Mynne, a TV producer and director who also judges at the event, added:
I was very impressed by the high standards of the initiatives presented by the students. Not only were the presentations confident and well thought out, the skills developed at the University clearly informed pitches that had real commercial worth.
You may be able to select language modules in French, Spanish or Mandarin, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as additional study.Find out more about the Language Centre
You may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement as part of your programme, between your first and second year of study, to gain highly relevant work experience.Find out more about sandwich years
You have the opportunity to apply to spend an additional year studying or working abroad. The opportunities at present are to spend a year (between Years 2 and 3) at:
- Belarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
- University of Caen, Normandy, France.
- Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Robyn Ashfield proved a trail-blazer for the Psychology department, the first student to study abroad via the Erasmus+ programme. Her spell at Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania has inspired others to follow suit, and she made an impact during her studies in Eastern Europe with her fundraising efforts for the Autistic Society and Stroke Association.
She has also spent a summer volunteering in Ghana, assisting doctors and nurses at a mental health unit and volunteered at a domestic abuse charity in Blackburn (the WISH Centre).
We also now have opportunities in Japan, Hong Kong and Macau, although these involve a competitive process across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS).
For an overview of all the international institutions the University already supports please take a look at our international pages.
Students on our Educational Psychology course are required to undertake educational work placements to aid their critical reflections of psychological theory in educational practice. Our partnerships with Educational Psychologists in the North West has enabled our students to undertake shadowing work within the second year of their course.
We have a dedicated Work-Related Learning Officer, China Jones, that supports students gain relevant experience in different industries. For example, helping students during their degree to obtain short term placements, summer jobs, 12 month industrial placements and internships.Email China Jones
Careers in Psychology
We aim to deliver a psychology degree that will afford students the skills necessary to give them the competitive edge in their chosen career paths. We therefore provide students with degrees that are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This provides GBC (Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership), which is an essential qualification for those wishing to enter into professional post-graduate training programmes in areas such as Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Educational Psychology.
Many psychology graduates also go on to pursue careers in a range of disciplines. Our graduates will have the useful skills needed for careers and further training in many fields and often go on to work in disciplines such as:
- Research and Development
- Health and Social Care
- Marketing and PR
- Management and Human Resources
- Public sector work
Many jobs are open to graduates of any degree discipline (although sometimes further study is required), such as research, management, media, teaching, finance, law, marketing and management consultancy. In these jobs personal qualities and transferable skills are the most significant factors, rather than the specific subject studied at degree level. There are also a number of graduate training schemes available, where a degree in Psychology puts graduates in a very good position.
Whatever your interest, we offer the support and excellent advice needed to set you on the right path through our dedicated careers service team.
The British Psychological Society offers great advice on careers in Psychology
- Careers in Psychology (general BPS information)
- Health Psychology career case studies (BPS Division of Health Psychology)
- Clinical Neuropsychology Training Webinars (BPS Division of Neuropsychology)
- Cyberpsychology Career Pathways (BPS Cyberpsychology Section)
- The Alternative Handbook 2022: a Trainee’s Guide to Postgraduate Clinical Psychology Courses (Division of Clinical Psychology)
Related psychology careers
A degree in Psychology will stand our students in good stead for a range of other careers. For example there are a number of companies that offer Graduate Training Schemes where a Psychology degree would be useful. Additionally, psychology graduates are very well suited to roles involving behavioural science, or public health interventions.
NHS graduates- NHS Graduate training for general manager/Human Resources manager
Careers at Unilever- Unilever Graduate training programs for Human Resources, Research and Development, Marketing
Careers at GSK- GlaxoSmithKline Opportunities for undergraduate work experience and graduate jobs and programmes in a variety of areas.
Gorilla– a product by Cauldron for creating and running online behavourial experiments. The work of companies such as Gorilla are well suited to the subject knowledge and skill-set of psychology graduates.