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Psychology and Counselling Courses

TEF Gold - we're rated gold for teaching excellence


£150 million invested in facilities in the last 10 years
96% of our students are employed or in further study within six months of graduating


The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 Top 20 university for teaching quality

Study the science of human thought and behaviour with lecturers who are at the forefront of research.

Our teaching team includes experts from within the field who will provide a strong focus around personal and professional development. You'll explore modern applications together with applications into social, developmental, cognitive and biological dimensions of behaviour. 

We align our courses with governing bodies to ensure our Psychology and Counselling degrees are current and kept up to date. The BSc (Hons) Psychology degree is accredited by The British Psychological Society and The BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy Principles and Practices course is mapped against the health and social care sector.

"My degree was essential to my success"

Ivana Babicova, BSc (Hons) Psychology graduate from the University of Derby

"The enthusiasm and expertise of the teaching team was the most inspiring because their ability to talk about their subject areas with ease and confidence gave me motivation and eased uncertainty. Their support and guidance through my degree was essential to my success and attaining my PhD Scholarship."

"The staff and the course have given me all the right tools to push myself to the limit, and prove to myself that anything is possible."

94% of our BSc (Hons) Psychology students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of the course (National Student Survey, 2017)


Our specialist Psychology and Counselling facilities include EEG equipment, which is used to record brain activity, eye tracking software, a psychological observation suite, a counselling suite, an immersive simulation room and a domestic living suite.

Expert Teaching Team

Our teaching team includes experts who are at the forefront of psychological research into areas such as smartphone addiction, paranormal psychology, compassion and maths anxiety. You’ll explore modern applications of the social, developmental, cognitive and biological dimensions of behaviour.


The quality of teaching on our BSc (Hons) Psychology and Psychology Joint Honours is professionally recognised, and is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Joint Honours

You can combine your Psychology or Counselling and Psychotherapy course with one other subject to create a Joint Honours degree. Whether you choose to study a single or Joint Honours course, you will develop vital skills for your CV, including time management, teamwork and adaptability.

What our Psychology and Counselling graduates do

A degree in Psychology or Counselling teaches our graduates the transferrable skills needed to progress into a wide range of careers.

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • social therapist
  • occupational health
  • health service supervisor
  • support worker
  • mental health
  • counsellor
  • team leader
  • assistant therapeutic care worker