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Hello, I am interested in Psychology and would love to do it in university, however I'm not sure which is the best degree to pick.
There is a plethora of options such as:
Psychology
Psychology with Counselling
Psychology with Criminology
Clinical Psychology
Psychology with Clinical Psychology
Etc.

Could anyone who knows the field properly tell me which is the most beneficial degree for a successful career?

Thank you for your time
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Depends on what you wanna do really.

You can have a successful career in either of those fields. I personally want to do a Psychology undergraduate and then do a masters ( in some field) because psychology as an undergraduate is a very wide field of study, at masters degree you can go for something more specialised towards the field you wanna do into.

You may not know what subject is best for you until you have experienced the course, unless there is a field you really wanna get into such as counselling; psychology and counselling in this case could be a good option in this example.
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If you're not sure which area of psychology you'd like to work in (and that's completely fine at this stage) then I'd stick with a generic Psychology BSc that's accredited by the BPS. It's a very broad degree which will cover a lot of topics and allow you to become familiar with different careers and specialisms. You don't really need to think about specific areas until your final year really.
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You will find with a lot of that stuff that students taking straight psychology can actually choose those differences within their optional modules.
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(Original post by sacrilege)
Hello, I am interested in Psychology and would love to do it in university, however I'm not sure which is the best degree to pick.
There is a plethora of options such as:
Psychology
Psychology with Counselling
Psychology with Criminology
Clinical Psychology
Psychology with Clinical Psychology
Etc.

Could anyone who knows the field properly tell me which is the most beneficial degree for a successful career?

Thank you for your time
Your BSc needs to be accredited by the BPS. Other than that, it's up to you! If you have a specific interest, go with that. If not, maybe stick to a broader Psychology degree.

I did my BSc in Psychology with Counselling as I had already completed a level 2 counselling certificate and had an interest there. I've completed postgraduate study and professional counselling training and am currently working as an Assistant Psychologist. As long as the course has BPS accreditation and you focus on getting the best grades you can, it doesn't matter so much which course you pick, so go with what interests you!
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(Original post by Nerol)
Your BSc needs to be accredited by the BPS. Other than that, it's up to you! If you have a specific interest, go with that. If not, maybe stick to a broader Psychology degree.

I did my BSc in Psychology with Counselling as I had already completed a level 2 counselling certificate and had an interest there. I've completed postgraduate study and professional counselling training and am currently working as an Assistant Psychologist. As long as the course has BPS accreditation and you focus on getting the best grades you can, it doesn't matter so much which course you pick, so go with what interests you!
Oh okay thank you, I was just worried I'd be wasting my true potential on a branch of psychology that isn't even in demand or properly protected. But counselling sounds very appealing
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Hello!

I've just finished my MSc in Psychology. If you are unsure about what you want to do then a generic Psychology degree accredited by the BPS. What I would say (after a Sociology degree and 10 years teaching in the social sciences), is to have an action plan as soon as you can career wise and be open to different opportunities.

You tend to find it is post graduate study where people really settle into what they definitely want to do. Remember, if you want to be a 'psychologist' be it educational or clinical, you will need to do doctorate level study eventually

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