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School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Psychology Programmes

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Careers Network is here to support you by providing information, advice, guidance, events and opportunities to enable you to secure placements, work experience, self-employment and graduate careers.

Working closely with your academic school, our team of experts ensures that every student has access to careers advice.  As well as large careers fairs, we hold sector-specific events, involving employers and Loughborough alumni, to help you make valuable connections and secure high-quality placements and graduate roles. 

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We look forward to supporting throughout your Loughborough journey.

Key skills developed during your degree

  • Analytical research;
  • Applying psychological theory to society's organisations, including schools, hospitals and offices;
  • Developing opinions and new ideas on issues;
  • Knowledge and understanding of research methods, analysis, statistical techniques and data handling;
  • Making reasoned arguments;
  • Organising work and meeting deadlines;
  • Problem solving;
  • Research and data analysis;
  • Researching, judging and evaluating complex information;
  • Strong IT and social media skills;
  • The ability to appreciate, understand, scrutinise and re-assess common perceptions of the social world;
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Written and verbal communication, including report writing and presentation, time-management and planning.

To learn more about skills and how you can develop them at Univerisity, see Skills employers seek and sign up to the Personal Best programme.

Career options

Careers directly related to 

BUSINESS PSYCHOLOGY

  • Human Resources Executive
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Industrial Counselor
  • Marketing Executive
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologist
  • Corporate Consultant
  • Human Factors Specialist
  • Customer Relationship Specialist
  • Recruitment or Training Specialist
  • Employee Retention Consultant
  • Professional Development Coach
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Change Management Specialist

PSYCHOLOGY

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Counselling psychologist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Further education teacher
  • Health psychologist
  • High intensity therapist
  • Nursing
  • Occupational psychologist
  • Primary care graduate mental health worker
  • Psychological wellbeing practitioner
  • Sport and exercise psychologist

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND CRIMINOLOGY

  • Civil service
  • Clinical and counselling psychology
  • Community work
  • Educational Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology and fraud investigation
  • Health psychology
  • Mental health worker
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Prison Service
  • Probation Service
  • Psychological wellbeing practitioner

SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Counselling psychologist
  • Further education teacher / lecturer
  • Occupational psychologist
  • Professional Development Coach / Life Coach
  • Performance Psychologist
  • Sport and exercise psychologist

Careers where a degree in Psychology would be useful:

  • Actuarial analyst
  • Advertising account planner
  • Advice worker
  • Business /Management
  • Careers adviser
  • Counsellor
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Data analyst
  • Forensic accountant
  • Human resources officer
  • Market researcher
  • Physician associate
  • Play therapist
  • Psychotherapist
  • UX analyst

Further study

Further study at Loughborough University:

Loughborough University offers a comprehensive range of postgraduate taught programmes and research degrees.

Further study elsewhere:

Find a Masters degree in Psychology across the UK and Europe

Find a PhD

Where do graduates go?

Destinations of students graduating in 2018 and 2019 will be published here shortly.

Six months after graduating in 2017…

BUSINESS PSYCHOLOGY

There is currently no destination data available for this programme. To see the destinations of other psychology programmes, see below.

PSYCHOLOGY

  • Main activity: 93.8% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
  • Mean salary: £21,558 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only).
  • Sectors: 17% were working in education, 14% were in administrative and support service activities, 14% were in professional, scientific and technical activities, 14% were in wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, 11% were in financial and insurance activities and 11% were in human health and social work activities
  • Location: 23% were working in the East Midlands, 23% were in London, 20% were in the East of England, 14% were in the South East, 11% were in the West Midlands, 6% were in the South West, and 3% were in England - region unknown

Employers included:

CAMHS – NHS, Critical Research, Explore Learning, Fullbridge Social Care, Gemini People, Jaguar Land Rover Experience, Lighthouse Healthcare, NeuroSupport Services, Police, Resolutions.

Roles included:

Account Executive, Assistant Psychologist, Community Manager, Consultant, Content Writer, Director of Operations, Human Resource Graduate, Junior Project Manager, Neuro Enablement Worker, Psychologist, Pupil Specific Key Worker, Research Analyst, Research Associate.

Further Study included:

Early Intervention in Psychosis, Forensic Psychology, Medicine MBBS (graduate entry), MSc Crime, Justice and Psychology, MSc Management, MSc Mental Health Nursing, MSc Mental Health Research, MSc Neuroscience, MSc Psychology, MSc Work Psychology, PGCE, Sports Psychology.

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

The following data represents the destinations of 2017 graduates from all undergraduate programmes within the (previously named) Department of Social Sciences, of which Social Psychology was one. To read career stories from graduates from the (now  named) School of Social Science and Humanities, view our Graduate Profiles.

  • Main activity: 95% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
  • Mean salary: £21,824 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only).
  • Industry locations (professional level roles): 37% in London, 27% stayed in the East Midlands, 12% in the East of England, 10% in the West Midlands, 6% in the South East and 4% in Yorkshire & the Humber.
  • Industry sectors (professional level roles): 18% were in information and communication; 14% were in professional, scientific and technical activities; 12% were in education; 12% were in human health and social work activities; 10% were in public administration and 8% were in administrative and support services.

Employers included:

Atos, Boots, Brixton Prison, Care UK, CV-Library, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Essex Police, Explore Learning, Ford Motor Company, Grant Thornton, Hays Recruitment, Local Government, NHS, Santander, Sky, Warner Bros UK

Roles included:

Administrator, Account Executive, Digital Strategy Intern, Employment Support Worker, Field Sales Executive, Human Resources Graduate, Intelligence Researcher, Market Research Analyst, Police Officer, Recruitment Coordinator, Regional Account Manager, User Experience Executive

Further Study included:

MA Creative Writing, MSc Information Management and Business Technology, MSc Marketing, MA Advertising and Marketing, MSc Child Development, MA Law, MA Media and Public Relations, PGCE Secondary Education.

SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY

This programme only began in 2016, so there is currently no graduate destination data available. We know from our experience and industry links that this course will equip graduates for further professional training as a qualified sport and exercise psychologist. It will also directly facilitate further professional, postgraduate training pathways into a career in other Psychology disciplines. Beyond psychology-specific careers, this degree will serve as excellent preparation for a wide variety of industrial, commercial, financial and management careers, and for public sector work involving both the delivery and administration of services.

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