Why Psychology

A lot goes on in the human mind, so if you want to know more about mental processes, emotions, personality, and perceptions, understanding human psychology will help you to gain the essential skills that are relevant to a wide range of situations and careers.  

Psychology is about real people, not hypothetical theories, so we’ll give you lots of chances to get practical experience and help you broaden your skills and experiences to help make you attractive to potential employers in your chosen career. Our psychology labs have state-of-the-art equipment and you’ll be encouraged to think and apply your knowledge, looking at how psychological theories apply in the real world.  

Many of our lecturers are members of our Centre for Cognition and Neuroscience, and produce world-leading research in this field, ensuring you will be taught by some people at the cutting-edge of their discipline. 

Our courses

Our facilities

Learn using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment 

You’ll have the opportunity to enhance your studies by using specialist equipment in our purpose built laboratory space. You'll have access to social spaces and gain first-hand experience conducting your own experiments and research, including EEG machines, which measure electrical activity in the brain, polygraphs (lie detectors), an eye movement tracker and an Oculus Rift, which is an immersive virtual reality headset. Our counselling labs are fitted with cameras and microphones, so you’ll be able to practise your skills by acting out scenarios, followed by detailed feedback on how you’re doing. 

Accredited courses

All our psychology courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) who are the professional body for Psychologists in the UK. This means that you can be sure that the teaching you are receiving is of the highest quality and meets the requirements to prepare you for a career as a Psychologist. You’ll be able to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership if you graduate with a Lower Second Class Honours or higher.* 

*Applied Psychology MPsych is awaiting BPS accreditation.

Preparing you for your career 

Our lecturers have a wide range of specialisms and are experts in several fields, enabling our programmes to be informed by cutting-edge research delivered by those who created it. including clinical psychology, neuroscience, criminal psychology, educational psychology, and health psychology, so if you’re hoping to pursue a particular career path, we can set you off in the right direction.  Our staff work across a range of areas within Psychology in partnership with local, national and international organisations, ensuring our course and research content is applicable to real-world settings, and can be used to help to improve people’s lives.

You’ll have the opportunity to build your communication skills, assertiveness, ability to work in teams and presentation techniques – all of which are useful in many careers and professions. Once you leave Huddersfield you could be fully prepared for an inspiring career, previous students have gone on to work in education, healthcare, research, business and public services. 

Inspiring graduate 

I wanted to study somewhere that I not only felt welcomed but also valued and Huddersfield was my first choice. The course and lecturers were brilliant, the content was challenging, engaging and provided a great knowledge base for academic and industry job roles. The counselling modules allowed me to gain over 100 hours of practical counselling skills, and the other modules studied provided an in depth understanding of real-world applications of psychology.

Stacey Durham, graduated from Psychology with Counselling BSc(Hons) in 2020

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