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Psychology Degrees

Tell people you study psychology, and you’re likely to get a response along the lines of, “So you analyze people?”

While based on a stereotype, and the common confusion between psychologists and psychiatrists*, this refrain is not too far from the truth. Psychology degrees are all about the study of people – their behavior, thoughts, actions, interactions and reactions.

*Psychiatry is the study, diagnosis, management and prevention of mental disorders, a career only available to specialized doctors of medicine. For more information about studying medicine, visit our medical degrees guide.

Key Skills

Common skills gained from a psychology degree include:

  • Ability to analyze complex data sets, and general analytical skill
  • Communication and teamwork skills
  • Numeracy and technology literacy, including statistics handling
  • Presenting findings in written and spoken form, to an acceptable academic standard
  • An understanding of scientific literature and how to use it
  • Ability to approach issues from multiple perspectives
  • Sensitivity to a range of different experiences and emotions
  • Information-gathering skills, including survey design, observation, case study and sampling
  • Problem solving
  • Ability to work within a team