Advice and information from the University Careers Service

PPLS Careers blog

Stay up to date with the latest news about opportunities relevant to students at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

PPLS Careers blog

What you can do with a Psychology degree

Studying a psychology degree fosters a valuable aptitude for work in both the science and arts fields, and forms a flexible basis for a wide number of careers.

Options with Psychology on

Starting points and further information about career areas related to the study of psychology, including the main professional psychology careers, and areas where your degree subject may be useful. Includes information on relevant work experience for students wanting to become professional psychologists.

Psychology Careers Seminars

During Semester 2 2016/17, we have a series of regular seminars exploring the different careers open to Psychology graduates. The seminars take place on Fridays at 1pm at 7 George Square. Please come along and bring your own lunch. See below for slides from previous talks.


Applying for postgraduate study (MSc and PhD): general information

What our graduates did next

What recent Edinburgh graduates were doing 6 months after graduation

Read case studies of recent Psychology graduates


In these short videos, Edinburgh Psychology graduates talk about their experience since graduation, and how Psychology has been useful in their career:

Other sources of careers information

The British Psychology Society

This site has interactive tools to help you find out more about careers in the different areas of psychology including training routes, pay and work experience. You can also select your current academic level for advice on next steps into the psychology professions.

The British Psychology Society

The University Careers Service

This site provides job profiles of the different psychology professional areas and relevant links for further exploration.

University Careers Service

University Careers Service (Psychology section)

Psychology Student Employablity Guide

Careers, career-planning and case-studies for psychology students and graduates, in the psychology professions and beyond.

Gaining experience for entry to further training in psychology

Entry to professional training in areas such as educational, clinical and forensic psychology is very competitive and you need to build up substantial relevant work experience to be successful. Start this via paid work or volunteering while you are at university, if possible. Most professional psychology postgraduate courses will not accept applications from students before they're graduated with the assumption they will not have enough experience. Use the resources below to research ways of gaining relevant experience.

Career planning

You can explore your options with a Psychology degree, but the key question is what do you want to do with your degree? Working out what you want for your future can be difficult but the 'Career Planning' section of our website has resources and ideas to help you get started.

Career planning

How the Careers Service can help

Events, advice, and making an appointment to see a careers consultant

Work experience

Advice on gaining work experience alongside your studies