At Psychology at Salford, we are committed to increasing our students’ employability within the graduate marketplace. A few months ago, many of you completed a questionnaire asking for your feedback about the possibility of a psychology placement module. All your feedback has been considered, summarised and is presented below. Your feedback has been instrumental in establishing a task group to examine the possibility of introducing a placement module in the near future. Exactly how this may take shape is currently being explored.
Findings from the placement module questionnaire:
An overwhelming 95.5% of respondents (N = 109) were interested in a psychology placement module. Over two thirds preferred the idea of a block placement rather than a day release model. In regards to which semester the placement module would run, the preference was not clear as all three options (Semester 1, Semester 2, across both semesters) performed about equally.
The most popular placement sectors were; Health and Clinical (88% showed interest), Mental Health (76% showed interest) and Voluntary (76% showed interest). The least popular placement option was an academic internship (45.8% expressed an interest).
Over half of the respondents (56.9%) expressed an interest in completing a placement module over doing a dissertation. However in order to fulfil the requirements for a BPS Accredited Degree Classification, an independent piece of research must be carried out.
What we still need to clarify is 1) How a placement module could be delivered successfully, 2) Health & Clinical options were the most popular however, health psychology and clinical psychology are distinctly different disciplines. We hope to set up a further survey via this blog , to gain further information about your interest in health and clinical placement options. Watch this space for further developments. .
Finally, a visual, qualitative representation of your open responses has been included below highlighting why a placement module matters to you.
If you would like to provide further feedback on the possibility of a psychology placement module, please contact Lorna Paterson on firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda Dubrow-Marshall on email@example.com.