Employability is defined as ‘a set of achievements – skills, understandings and personal attributes – that make graduates more likely to gain employment’.  The School of Psychology has a dedicated employability programme, designed with the aim of helping Psychology students to embark on a successful career post-graduation.  The programme has three main aspects: Taught materials: MyAberdeen organisation; Careers talks and events.  The programme is run by Dr Amy Irwin who is Employability Officer for the School. 

The school also holds an annual networking event for our honours students. This give our students the chance to meet and chat to employers from a wide range of areas in an informal setting. Recent events have seen over 50 employers and professionals attend alongside over 100 students. 

During their time as undergraduates at Aberdeen, students will gain a number of specific transferable skills which are highly desirable assets from an employer's point of view. Our courses in the School will help students to build on some of these skills whilst others could be gained via the services available within the University. Even though plenty of opportunities will be offered to master these skills, it is important to understand that learning is an active process and that ultimately, the student is the master of their own learning.


Critical Thinking
  • A capacity for independent, conceptual and creative thinking
  • A capacity for problem identification, the collection of evidence, synthesis and dispassionate analysis
  • A capacity for attentive exchange, informed argument and reasoning
  • An ability to communicate effectively for different purposes and in different contexts
  • An ability to work independently and as part of a team
Academic Excellence
  • In-depth and extensive knowledge, understanding and skills at internationally-recognised levels in your chosen discipline(s)
  • A breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills beyond your chosen discipline(s)
  • An ability to participate in the creation of new knowledge and understanding through research and inquiry
  • A contextual understanding of past and present knowledge and ideas
  • An intellectual curiosity and a willingness to question accepted wisdom and to be open to new ideas
Personal Development
  • An openness to, and an interest in, life-long learning through directed and self-directed study
  • An awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses
  • A capacity for self reflection, self discovery and personal development
Active Citizenship
  • An awareness and appreciation of ethical and moral issues
  • An awareness and appreciation of social and cultural diversity
  • An understanding of social and civic responsibilities, and of the rights of individuals and groups
  • An appreciation of the concepts of enterprise and leadership in all aspects of life
  • A readiness for citizenship in a civilised and inclusive society