Psychological Science graduate destinations

A Psychology degree provides graduates with numerous skills which many employers are looking for. These include a wide range of research skills, data collection and analysis, critical analysis of literature, independent learning, team working, oral and written communication skills, as well as IT, statistical and numerical skills.

Data obtained from

  • Single and joint honours Psychology courses (BSc)
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 84 graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 73.7%.


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 45%
Part-time work 8%
Due to start work 1%
Full-time study 27%
Part-time study 1%
Travel 13%
Something else 3%
Unemployed 1%

Sector information

Most Psychology graduates from 2016/17 entered employment in organisations primarily concerned with education or health and social work. However, graduates entered a wide range of different sectors, including finance and insurance, accounting and management consultancy.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Health and social work 9
Education 6
Advertising and market research 4
Publishing and printing 3
Finance and insurance 2
Other sectors (11 sectors) 16

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Alzheimers Society
  • UBS
  • Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • KPMG
  • Cancer Research UK

Examples of occupations

  • Research Assistant
  • Trader
  • Befriending Manager
  • Health Community Engagement Assistant
  • Graduate Audit Trainee

As well as related jobs, Psychology graduates also enter careers that do not require a specific degree, as around 70% of jobs are open to graduates of any discipline. Areas which Psychology graduates have favoured in the past include law, accountancy, occupational psychology, animal behaviour, neuropsychology and teaching.

Further study

20 graduates from 2016/17 went on to full-time further study, undertaking postgraduate programmes including Applied Neuropsychology (MSc), Applied Clinical Psychology (MSc), Strategic Marketing (MSc), Forensic Psychology (MSc) and Psychology (MSc).

Qualification typeNumber of graduates
Postgraduate research degree 3
Postgraduate taught degree 17
Postgraduate certificate 1
First degree 0
Other certificate 0
Professional qualification 0
Other qualification 0
No qualification aim 0

Explore your career options

You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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I was able to use my degree to sell myself throughout the application process. IBM do not ask for a specific degree for the Consulting programme but they look for a set of competences which include creativity, problem solving, communication, team work, etc. I also believe the reputation of Bristol aided my application.

Hannah, Business Consultant, IBM (BSc Experimental Psychology, 2012)

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