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Psychology placements

Our Psychology courses offer opportunities for placements and voluntary experiences that are valuable for future employment applications.

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Placement opportunities

In your third year of studying with us, you can undertake a placement. These are optional modules that are worth 10 or 20 credits and can be taken in the first semester or throughout the full year depending on your choice of module.

There are two options for placements. You can apply to take a placement found for you through the University which considers your experience, academic work, personal interests, and career aspirations. It is also possible for you to source your own placement and incorporate this into a credit-based placement module.

We offer support throughout your placement and can help you navigate the transition between student to employee, which makes you better equipped for the workplace.

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Internal placements

Some of our students have had placements within the University of Sunderland. Previous positions include:

  • Research assistants at the University, in the School of Psychology as well as wider fields such as the School of Education
  • Teaching assistants on Psychology modules, such as supporting younger peers in stages one and two
  • Planning, organising, and running events such as Psychoeducational workshops
  • Working in other University departments such as the Wellbeing Team and HR Support using the transferable skills offered by a Psychology degree


Internal placements are a great option if you are wishing to pursue further academic study, but also offer critical workplace experience a future employer will recognise and value.

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External placements

Our students have also had placement opportunities outside of the University, which offers a great opportunity for networking and obtaining references from professionals in your chosen field.

Students have held a range of positions in these placements, including working as research assistants, supporting therapeutic interventions, working with offenders and their families, working alongside practitioners such as Clinical Psychologists, teaching assistants and more.

Previous organisations we have placed students at have included:

  • North East Autism Society
  • Headway
  • Branches of the NHS
  • First Contact Clinical
  • NEPACs
  • Schools across the North East
  • Sunderland Recovery College
  • Adult Autism Diagnostic Service
  • Children North East


Placements allow for critical experience in the workplace that is not always achievable through volunteering. Not only can it benefit your CV for job applications, but it can also give you real-world experience that can help you stand out to future employers.