Department of Psychology

Our Graduates

Employability

Our psychology degrees are well received by a wide range of graduate employers because of their broad content, depth and coverage of a wide range of approaches, providing much sought-after work-relevant abilities. As well as subject-specific knowledge, you will develop skills in communication, numeracy, teamwork, critical thinking, computing and independent learning – all of which are valued by employers. Many of the subject-specific skills such as research design, methodology, data measurement and analysis also have direct application in professions outside of psychology.

Recent graduates from our courses have entered a wide variety of graduate careers including:

  • Teaching (children and young adults)
  • Health associated professions
  • Social welfare
  • Police work
  • Research
  • Marketing / market research
  • Human resources
  • Prison / probation service
  • Counselling
  • Advertising
  • Management schemes

Each year, around one in five of our students also go on to study further postgraduate qualifications such as an MA, MSc or PhD. So whatever career path appeals to you, you can choose between using the degree as the first step in your career as a professional psychologist or as a more general springboard to a wide range of people-oriented occupations.

Here are some examples of where our graduates are now:

  • Becca Hutchins
    Becca Hutchins
    Studied: BSc (Hons) Psychology
    Current job: Road Safety Psychologist

    After finishing her degree, Becca went on to secure a graduate position at the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) in Crowthorne, Berkshire, working for the Road safety Group. The group has expertise in behavioural change, risk management, road safety strategy and policy and accident data analysis. Becca Specialises in qualitative research – largely interviews and focus groups and has had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects such as: electric vehicles, learner drivers, older and disabled drivers, cyclists, the UK driving test and the UK motorcycle test.

    When I first started at TRL, I had no idea how a psychology degree would fit in with ‘creating the future of transport’, but it really does – hands on research studies, SPSS data analysis and report writing is happening all the time here! I’ve worked on a variety of different projects and I specialise in qualitative research – largely interviews and focus groups, which I love, because you get to hear so many interesting stories and then piece it all together to answer important research questions.

  • Julie Udell
    Julie Udell
    Studied: MSc Psychological Research Methods
    Current job: Research Associate

    After completing her MSc, Julie went on to study for an PhD within the School of Health Sciences and Social Work and has progressed to become an Associate Lecturer and Research Associate. Her roles involve teaching employability to Psychology students and working as a Research Associate on the PEOPPLE project (Putting Evidence for Older People into Practice in Living Environments) - a community-based project aiming to address some of the unmet needs of older people living in the local community.

    I am now working on a project which aims to develop a falls reduction toolkit to improve the hospital environment, specifically looking at clinical and environmental factors affecting falls in dementia wards. I am working with the Health and Safety Laboratory on this project and we are interested to see how people could change the ward environment to help reduce the number of falls. It really goes without saying that my time as an undergraduate helped me on my career path - both in terms of giving me the skills I needed to go into teaching and research, and also giving me the opportunity to discover how passionate I was about both career areas.

  • Chris Bayliss
    Chris Bayliss
    Studied: BSc (Hons) Psychology
    Current job: Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

    After graduating from Portsmouth University, Chris decided to continue his studies at Trinity College Dublin on a two-year Masters course. Chris qualified as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, and is set to start work with young adults with autism working towards engaging them with the community and aiding them in becoming more independent. 

    The greatest benefit of this line of work is the chance to contribute in an environment where the application of theory can immeasurably improve someone’s life (even in the face of adversity). Retrospectively, I can appreciate the time and effort I donated to my undergraduate degree which acted as a springboard to my future career path – given the opportunity I would go back and make the exact same decisions again.

  • Request for Academic Transcript

    If you graduated from July 2008 onwards your Academic Transcript was issued to you free of charge at the end of your studies. You are able to obtain further copies of this Transcript at a cost of £35.00 from the University of Portsmouth Online Store.

    If you graduated before July 2008 you will not have automatically received an Academic Transcript so we will provide you with the first copy free of charge. Please complete your details in the form below to submit your request to the Psychology Department Manager. However, requests for additional copies, will incur a fee of £35.00 from the University of Portsmouth Online Store.

    If you require a replacement Parchment then please click here for details on how to request this from our Academic Registry Department.

    Any queries please contact Frances.Hayes@port.ac.uk, Psychology Department Manager.

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