This article was adapted from "United Kingdom National Tour" prepared by Hector & Lunt, 2008, that appeared in Wedding, D., & Stevens, M. J. (Eds.). (2009). Psychology: IUPsyS Global Resource (Edition 2009) [CD-ROM]. International Journal of Psychology, 44 (Suppl. 1).
From its inception in the last century, psychology is now taught in over one hundred universities in the United Kingdom and the following professional fields of psychology are well established: clinical psychology, counseling psychology, educational psychology, forensic psychology, health psychology, neuropsychology, and occupational psychology.
Psychological research in the United Kingdom covers the whole spectrum of the discipline and is carried out in over a hundred departments of psychology in universities and other institutions of higher education, in about 10 specialized research units, and within industry and departments of Government.
In the United Kingdom at present psychology is not a statutory registered profession, however, registration with the British Psychological Society as a Chartered Psychologist is often a necessary requirement for appointment to posts in professional applied psychology. For most teaching or research posts in universities and other institutions of higher education, a doctorate degree will often be needed. The entry-level academic degree or professional qualification required for licensure as a psychologist is the GBR, which requires a Society-accredited bachelor's degree, supplemented by appropriate postgraduate training and qualifications, resulting in an outcome that is essentially at the doctoral level.
The British Psychological Society publishes a Compendium of Postgraduate Studies in Psychology in the United Kingdom and Ireland, which gives details of all postgraduate training courses, and doctoral research training opportunities in universities throughout the United Kingdom. The names and specialist areas of scholarship and research of all staff are given in this book.
The Psychologist, 1988-
Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Section A: Human Experimental Psychology, 1981- , 8/year
Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Section B: Comparative and Physiological Psychology, 1981- , 4/year
Legal and Criminological Psychology
British Journal of Medical Psychology, 1976-
British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1981-
British Journal of Health Psychology
British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, 1965-
British Journal of Social Psychology, 1981-
Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 1983-
British Journal of Psychology, 1904-
British Journal of Educational Psychology, 1931-