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Psychology degrees

An outline of a human head with a jigsaw piece in the middleAre you fascinated by the human mind, and how we relate to each other? A Psychology degree offers an excellent introduction to the fundamental questions of human life, such as how our minds work and why we behave the way we do.

The Open University is Europe’s largest provider of university-level education in Psychology. Each year, around 10,000 students choose to study this hugely popular subject with us.

Courses are taught by the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The department has an active research programme including research students studying for PhDs, which means you’ll work in a stimulating environment among scholars who are at the very forefront of psychology-related research.

Why study Psychology with The Open University?

The Open University is Europe’s largest provider of university-level education in psychology. Students opt to study with us because we’re the world leaders in distance learning and our courses offer unrivalled flexibility, quality and value. 

The benefits of studying Psychology with us are many: our teaching is supported by an active research agenda; our degrees are recognised professionally, with some designed to deliver the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society; and our national and international experts specialise in a range of areas including psycho-social studies, developmental psychology and forensic psychology.

With The Open University, you can be assured of a lively academic environment and outstanding teaching.

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Career prospects for Open University psychology graduates

Studying for an Open University Psychology degree is ideal preparation for further training with a view to becoming a professional psychologist. Our Psychology degree is designed to deliver the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society, and has been accredited by the society for more than 20 years.

An Open University Psychology degree will open up exciting career opportunities in a whole array of sectors. Psychologists can be found in the fields of marketing, advertising, health, education, HR and social services, to name but a few. On completion of a degree, you may wish to specialise further depending on your individual goals. Here are some of the main areas of psychology:

Clinical: Clinical psychology works to address emotional, behavioural, psychiatric or developmental difficulties through the application of various theories and research. 

Counselling: Counselling psychology addresses patients’ emotional and social health concerns, focusing on how they function both personally and in their relationships with others. 

Educational: Educational psychology is about supporting children's learning and social, emotional and behavioural development.

Occupational: Occupational psychologists help organisations get the best from their people, improving job satisfaction and the quality of working life.

In addition to improving your career prospects, studying with The Open University is an enriching life experience that develops your knowledge and broadens your horizons.
 

A week after I got my Open University degree results, I saw - and then got - my dream job working with children with autism.

Deirdre Gannon, BSc Psychology
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