Careers & Alumni
University of Edinburgh students are a first choice for many employers, and with a degree in psychology you will be well placed to make the most of your early career.
Key transferable skills
Students will, during their time as undergraduates at Edinburgh, gain a number of specific transferable skills that are highly desirable assets from an employer's point of view. Our graduates build strongly on their ability to think clearly about problems, communicate, multitask, and analyse data critically.
Students graduating from a psychology degree at Edinburgh possess:
- Intellectual Skills (e.g. critical, analytical, synthesising and problem-solving skills)
- Communication Skills (written and oral)
- Organisational Skills (e.g. working independently, taking initiative, time-management)
- Interpersonal Skills ( e.g. working with or motivating others, flexibility/adaptability)
- Research Skills (e.g. involvement in experiments both as participants and as investigators)
- Numeracy & Statistics (e.g. statistical skills, data handling)
- Computer Literacy (e.g. e-learning is a key tool)
- We run career drop-in sessions within the School of PPLS, with a careers advisor who specialises in your subject area, every other week. Career sessions can also be booked at the library at any time.
- Careers support for PPLS students - find out how your University Careers Service can support PPLS students, whatever stage you're at in your university career, or career thinking. Includes sections on what you can do with your degree, case studies of PPLS graduates, and how to gain experience whilst at university.
- Careers in Psychology – direct link to the psychology careers information on the Careers Service website.
- Psychology Student Employability Guide - careers, career-planning and case-studies for psychology students and graduates, in the psychology professions and beyond.
- Edinburgh University Psychology Society - for careers and academic talks, as well as a lively social calendar. Plus taking an active part in student societies is a very useful way of developing and demonstrating your employability.
- PPLS Careers Blog - a blog written by your University careers adviser to support and engage with PPLS students on anything related to your future after graduation. Themes include career choice, options relating to your subject areas and beyond, gaining experience via semester and vacation opportunities, volunteering, internships, job hunting, further study, applications and interviews, and more. Follow the blog and keep up to date with your future.
- University Careers Service - contact and service information. Help with all career-related issues from year one to graduation and beyond.
We encourage our students to stay in touch to let us know how they are getting on. In fact, every year our Psychology graduates are invited back to speak to current students and tell them a little about their career.
If you are interested in giving a graduate talk or would just like to let us know how you are getting on please contact the school office:
To find out what some of our graduates are doing now, please view the case studies on our school careers page:
The University has central Alumni Services, which offers access to alumni benefits, events and networks.