School of Psychology

Professional Placements

Psychology Professional Placements

We are one of very few UK psychology courses to offer year-long professional psychology placements.  Students from all of our single honours and joint honours programmes can consider applying for a placement.  This is an excellent opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in a practical context, and to gain an important advantage in a competitive job market.

Our students are undertaking placements in a variety of settings, for example, working for the NHS Foundation Trust, Northumbria Police, Newcastle University Institute of Neuroscience, and local mental health support charities.  We have a dedicated placement team who secure a set of placements, and students can source their own placement.

Placements provide a great range of learning experiences.  Students develop subject specific skills and knowledge, transferrable skills, and placements often have other outcomes such as the opportunity to publish work. 

Placements also present a good opportunity for placement providers to recruit knowledgeable, hardworking, and enthusiastic placement students.  Placements can be offered on either a paid or voluntary basis.  Placements can be in any role relevant to psychology, and should be on a full-time basis for a period of 9 to 12 months.

Interested in hosting a placement student?  If you would be interested in receiving information about hosting a placement student then please contact our placement team at

 You can hear from some of our former placement students about their placement experiences in this short video: