Spotlight on: Postgrad Study in Psychology

The United Kingdom has a superb reputation internationally for postgraduate education, and Psychology is no exception. With over 1000 taught and research postgraduate courses available, ranging from MA, MSc and PhD options, there are a huge variety of study options across a broad range of subject areas.

Of course, choosing a postgraduate course depends on a plethora of factors, not least of which is the area of Psychology in which your personal interests lie. This can be somewhat of a difficult challenge, as there is such a wide range of choices even within specific subject specialisms. Just as an example, if your choice is social psychology, there are 41 postgraduate courses across the United Kingdom to choose from.

Applied psychology? Cognition? Developmental psychology? Psychotherapy? There are many different specialist areas to choose from when considering which postgraduate study path to follow in Psychology, and different universities often have different focuses and specialisms.

Regardless of the choice that you make, a postgraduate degree in Psychology makes you very employable, and the wide range of skills developed gives postgraduates an edge, as you'll see in ' Why a Master’s in Psychology is so Popular '.

Psychology has developed considerably over recent decades and there are now more than a dozen specialisms within the subject. One area which is particularly popular, possibly due to globalisation, the growth of international companies, commerce and other factors is that of organisational and occupational psychology. An especially popular choice due to its focus on people, management and human behaviour in the workplace, an increasing number of business and management schools across the United Kingdom are offering postgraduate courses, including University of Exeter, Leeds University Business School and London School of Economics.

Educational and developmental psychology is another area of enduring interest to postgraduates, most probably due to the doors it opens in terms of careers working with young people and the issues they face when growing up. A number of Schools of Psychology in the United Kingdom offer Masters and PhD programmes in this subject area, including University College London's Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Cambridge's Experimental Psychology department and University of Edinburgh's School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences.

For those postgraduates at the PhD level, you may want to make sure that the style of course will suit you . For those having already decided to pursue a PhD, there are also a wide range of considerations, not least research area, university choice and the total commitment required.

Studying postgraduate Psychology in the United Kingdom offers flexibility in learning for students from across the world, with taught and research courses on offer. Increasingly, universities are opening up to different study options, including full-time, part-time and even distance learning.

In short, whilst postgraduate study in Psychology is not for the faint hearted at any stage, it has many, many advantages both in the world of academia and the 'real world' of work. Whether pursuing a career as an academic, or in the wider world of consultancy, management or clinical practice, postgraduate qualifications in Psychology can be an excellent career choice. With their wide range of eminently transferable skills across a wide variety of areas, postgraduate Psychology courses can open doors in many different industries and occupations.

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