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Psychology Courses


£150 million invested in facilities in the last 10 years
number 1 university in the East Midlands for graduate employment


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

Our minds are stimulated and challenged on a daily basis, triggering us to balance our thoughts, feelings and behaviours in any given situation.

The role of a psychologist is to observe, measure, test and conclude the underlying motivations behind human thought and behaviour. If you have a passion to tackle the complexities of the human mind, we have the psychology degree for you.

Our specialist facilities are designed to inspire your curiosity; whether you’re testing fight or flight responses, examining the brain with different stimuli or measuring changes in the cardiovascular system when a person is stressed, you’ll be fully supported with our modern equipment. Our team is leading the way with investigations into a range of topics including body esteem, maths anxiety, paranormal beliefs, social networking and parenting. Their work attracts international attention: Dr Zaheer Hussain co-authored what is believed to be the UK's first study into smartphone addiction.

A Truly Inspiring Teaching Team

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

"The range of module choices allowed me to pick areas of psychology that were relevant to my career ambitions - not only did I expand my knowledge on very interesting areas of psychology, I was also able to conduct my own research! The enthusiasm and expertise of the teaching team was the most inspiring because of their ability to talk about their subject areas with ease and confidence, which motivated me and eased uncertainty. Their support and guidance was essential to my success and attaining my PhD Scholarship."


Our psychology courses offer an optional work placement so that you develop the vital skills and knowledge that are invaluable in many professions. A degree in psychology is your route to a range of careers, with us you’ll have the opportunity to see psychology in action, in real world situations.


Boost your professional credibility: our degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society and represents your first step towards chartered membership.

BSc (Hons) Psychology accredited by the British Psychological Society

What our Psychology graduates do

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Marketing Manager
  • Financial Advisor
  • Customer Insight Officer
  • Assistant Therapeutic Care Worker

Some of our graduates have advanced to qualify in areas such as clinical and educational psychology or have embarked on PHD study.