Graduate career opportunities

Our graduates are well respected and are successful in finding careers both
in professional or academic psychology and, more generally, in the professional, commercial and industrial world.

What do Psychology graduates do?

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Amma Mensah
Setting up a social enterprise
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Emina Hadziosmanovic
A career in clinical psychology
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Dr Anna Philips

A career as an academic researcher
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Ellie Slakova
A career as a research associate

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Natasha Trent
A career in human resources

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Psychology is a broad discipline and our programme offers a range of transferable analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills. As a Psychology graduate you may enter a career in which your knowledge of psychology is a useful foundation, including but not limited to: broadcasting, journalism, human resource management, marketing, social work, the Probation Service and the Civil Service. Other past graduates have also gone on to jobs in industry and commerce, computing, the police and local government

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to Psychology, offering a specialised team in the School who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CV’s and job applications will help give you the edge.  In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects. We also hold psychology careers seminars and a psychology careers fair in the final year to help students find employment.

The following reports contain analysis of destinations data for the University of Birmingham’s Psychology graduates who completed their course in 2012/13, based on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Undergraduate destinations chart

Destinations of Psychology graduate 2012-13School of Psychology - undergraduate destinations 2012/2013 (DLHE)

Examples of employers 

  • Autism West Midlands
  • Accenture
  • Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust
  • Hello Magazine
  • West Midlands Police
  • The Cambridge Institute
  • Michael Page
  • Fresh Winds Charity
  • Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation

Examples of occupations

  • Assistant Counsellor
  • Graduate Business Consultant
  • Graduate Placement Marketer
  • Assistant Neuropsychologist
  • Learning Support Assistant
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • Fundraising intern
  • Assistant Psychologist
  • Autism Therapist

Further study - examples of courses

  • PGCE
  • MRes in Clinical Psychology
  • MSc in Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics
  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
  • MA in Social Work
  • PhD in Psychology
  • PG Dip in Mental Health Nursing
  • MSc in Social and Public Communications
  • MSc in Occupational Psychology
  • MSc in Applied Human Nutrition