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School of Health and Society

Psychology and Public Health

Psychology is about people - the study of the human mind and behaviour, as such psychology graduates are well sought after in many workplaces. Psychology has many sub-fields which span across numerous different subject areas including, but not limited to; development, social behaviour, forensics, education and media. Our graduates will therefore be equipped to work in a number of environments, such as health and social care, business and education. Students may go on to become chartered psychologists working with clients and attempting to understand the role of a person's mental functions in their individual behaviour and how they behave in a social environment.

Public Health is concerned with improving the health of people all over the world. If you want to make a real difference in the world then a career in public health could be incredibly rewarding. The course will equip you with the core skills you'll need to effectively interpret and understand key areas of health research and how this can be used to inform and drive policy. You'll also learn how to use this insight to inform and drive public health. With this qualification, you'll be well placed to apply for public health roles in local or national government health departments. The range of jobs varies widely, and can include health promotion, health policy development, research or health advocacy.

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As the world of work evolves rapidly, we have developed a suite of higher and degree-level apprenticeships, offering a viable alternative to traditional university study. Our degree apprenticeship programmes open doors to rewarding and challenging careers across a wide range of and our portfolio of programmes is continually developing to meet the needs of today’s employers. You will benefit from the expertise of our academics who are leaders in their field as well as the opportunity to continually apply your knowledge in the workplace.

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The Psychology Labs include an Observation Suite for observing and recording human behaviour as well as testing cubicles for conducting psychological research. Our psychology students also have use of eye-trackers for recording eye movements, brain imaging equipment for monitoring brain activity and a Virtual Reality laboratory with access to the latest virtual reality technologies including Oculus Rift.

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It’s always great to hear from our current students and alumni about their experience studying here. Take a look at what our students have to say below.

Choosing the right university was a big decision to make and I am extremely pleased I chose Salford. Psychology at Salford delivers engaged learning and the tutors provide extensive constructive feedback on assessed work to ensure continuing development. There is a great range of specialised modules  to choose from and the opportunity to design your own dissertation research project that relates to personal interests and future career prospects. The approachable academic staff have encouraged and motivated me to pursue further study and I have now secured a place to study Neuroimaging and Neuroscience  at Masters level. I have no doubt that the course has provided an excellent springboard for my future studies and employability. Ryan McGrath

I believe that the Masters has been vital to me in securing employment within psychology, as before I completed the course I had been applying for all advertised jobs and did not even receive an offer of interview. After completion, I was offered 2 interviews, and was offered the job after the first one! Midori Lumsden - Assistant Psychologist CAMHS Learning Disability Team

Studying Psychology and Counselling at Salford has been so rewarding because I got so much more than just the fantastic academic course content – I had the opportunity to deliver psychology sessions and share my learning with local school children through Salford Young People's University (SYPU), I got the opportunity to meet and present to prospective students while being a Student Ambassador (great fun too) and even worked on campus for the BBC facilitating sessions for local school kids – just a few examples of the many great opportunities available to up-skill and gain more additional experience. Karen Berry - BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling

Upon finishing my first year studying Psychology and Criminology at The University of Salford, I can honestly say I can't wait to go back after the summer! The University is both friendly and diverse, meaning that settling into university life was really comfortable, and the levels of teaching and  support given by all the tutors on the Psychology and Criminology course has made me feel like a valued member of my cohort. I would highly recommend coming here to study, and I'm pleased that when I graduate, it will be from the University of Salford. Laura Nicholson – Level 4 Student Representative

Studying Public Health at the University of Salford has been one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. After moving continents, from a third world to a first, I thought adaptation would be close to impossible. I managed to integrate quickly with the help of my tutors who were passionate about  both the improvement of students and their work. Rufaro Zipora Jaricha

I chose to study at the University of Salford as it's the only university in the UK offering Media Psychology. The energy, enthusiasm, knowledge and encouragement of the lecturers was absolutely brilliant. I really enjoyed working on an interactive TV study with the BBC, which formed the basis  of my dissertation. The opportunity to apply knowledge gained with an industry partner is one of the strongest selling points for the course. Allie Jones, MSc Media Psychology