Psychology and Graduate Career Development

Module summary

Module code: PSYC1153
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Human Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Peter Collins


Pre and co requisites

Completion of Level 5.


The main aim of Psychology and Graduate Career Development is to enhance students’ career prospects. It aims to do this by providing evaluative information and opportunities for skill development in the processes of career management. This includes skills and information pertaining to postgraduate study as an integral part of career progression for many. The course will develop a range of relevant personal attributes that will enable students to gain entry into respective professional and managerial labour market within a local and/or global context.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

1. Critically assess practical approaches to career management, including the application process and the selection process.
2. Review and monitor a range of graduate opportunities available in relevant areas of work or postgraduate study.
3. Evaluate the strategies for developing a personal brand, networking and relationship management.
4. Reflect on the social and cognitive psychological underpinnings of career management and relationship management.
5. Show awareness of personal skills needed in postgraduate study in the workplace, such as self-confidence, teamworking and resilience.

Indicative content

• Psychological perspectives of career management.
• Personal profiling including self-assessment and personal branding.
• Career management processes. The application process features CVs, online applications, social media, letters of application, application forms. The selection process includes face-to-face interviews and assessment centres.
• Awareness of relevant areas of work of study, including job sectors, employer needs, values and goals.
• Relationship management involving networking, teambuilding, emotional and cultural intelligence.
• Informational presentations from individuals working within relevant organisations and job sectors.
• Engagement with professional bodies to facilitate continuing professional development.

Teaching and learning activity

The course combines a range of teaching and learner-centred activities such as face to face lectures and workshops, facilitated by the course tutor, course team and external speakers including group-based and self-managed online tutorial activities. Other activities include use of a range of personal profiling techniques, self-assessment tools, assessment centre simulations, tutor and peer feedback and portfolio-building. The course will incorporate extended workshop activities that will facilitate action-learning as well as enhance students’ relationship management, reflection and evaluation skills.


Application Portfolio - 50% weighting, 40% pass mark. Learnings Outcomes - 1 & 3. Outline Details - A CV, complete graduate job (or postgraduate study) application and a mock interview.

Graduate Skills Critical Reflection - 50% weighting, 40% pass mark. Learning Outcomes - 2, 4 & 5. Outline Details - A report critically reflecting on skills gained during the 50 hours of required work experience in light of theories of graduate-level work. Appendix: Letter or official email proving 50 hours of work completed. 1500 words.

Formative Assessment: In-class quizzes. Draft CV submitted with feedback.