What Is a Psychology Degree?

Human behaviour shapes society. Psychology studies human behaviour to learn how humans think and how these thoughts inherently affect human life. The mind is a powerful tool, capable of a great many things, good and bad. Psychology students study human thought processes and how these thought processes affect human behaviour to better understand the link between the human and the brain.

Emotions play a key role in humans and their interaction with each other and their surrounding environments. Psychology students delve deep into the human emotional process, learning how to unlock what makes humans feel and connect at such deep levels. Psychology students research and study what makes humans happy, sad, angry, depressed, and how these, and many other, emotions intermingle within the human brain.

Psychology is recognised as both a social and biological science; therefore, it is critical to understand the dual facets of this science to have a well-rounded education in Psychology. Psychology is the study of both the behaviour and the biology of the brain, and how this amazing tool develops and functions from infancy to death and drives human social behaviour.

The human brain begins to develop during the first three weeks of gestation. Psychology students study the many stages of this development to better understand how these stages affect psychological behaviour. As the brain develops so does human’s cognitive ability to understand and elicit behaviours. Individual personalities are borne and the ability to interact socially is adapted, as the brain grows, learns, understands and retains information.

Graduated psychologists take this knowledge out into the workforce, ready and able to equip human beings with the tools they need to be happy and productive within themselves and within their societal roles.

Psychology Job Opportunities

Depending on the specialisation of the degree, graduating psychology students have the opportunity to work in the social, behavioural or cognitive sciences.

Students wishing help humans directly can graduate into the workforce and work in the field of clinical or educational psychology. Clinical psychologists help troubled individuals understand and implement well-being and positive personal development into their lives. Educational psychologists work with students who have learning disabilities or anti-social behaviours.

Psychologists wishing to remain on the scientific side of the field may work as biological or developmental psychologist. These fields of work continue studying the biological science of psychology, and generally keep the psychologist in the lab, researching the specialised field in the hopes of unearthing new discoveries as to how the brain functions and influences human behaviour and interaction.

Psychology students wishing to devote their careers to criminal behaviour should pursue a career as a forensic psychologist. Forensic psychologists work closely with the judicial system in evaluating and either prosecuting or defending criminal behaviour.

Psychologist salaries range widely depending on the specialisation. Clinical psychologists, for example, can make start at £25,528, and promote up to £97,478 for a Head of Psychology position. Salary ranges are more varied for psychologists working in the research fields, whose salaries depend on research grants and institutional or educational support. Forensic psychologists can command anywhere from £17,285 up to £63,535 after several years in the field.

Psychology Curriculum

Psychology students will study psychological theories and the established research methodology and experimentation used for the analysis of subjects. Specific areas of psychology are detailed out in the curriculum, as well as scientific theories surrounding the on-going development of the field with each new discovery.

As students work through their studies, they will naturally discover the specific field of psychology they wish to pursue. Once discovered, students can fine-tune their curriculum later in their studies to adequately prepare them to enter their specific field of psychology.

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