Understanding subjects at university                                             

Life and Health Sciences laboratory

For parents who don’t have experience of Higher Education, some of the subjects studied at university can sound quite alien. We have selected a few of the most commonly misunderstood subjects to briefly outline and have provided possible career opportunities that these subjects may lead to.

Psychology is the study of the mind and mental processes, especially in relation to behaviour.

Studying psychology provides an excellent springboard for careers in professional areas of psychology, including occupational, educational and clinical psychology. The degree is also ideal for many careers in local and central government, social services and business.

Sociology is the study of human beings, human groups, and humanly constructed institutions and organizations.

Our Graduates are in demand from a wide range of employers where a sound understanding of societies, organisations, team work and communication skills are required. Recent Graduate positions include: NHS Management Trainees, PhD Research in Sociology and Social Sciences, BP Procurement, Police Constable, M&S Human Resources Management, PGCE for Primary/Secondary/College Teaching.

Logistics is the managment of business operations, such as the acquisition, storage, transportation and delivery of goods along the supply chain; from source, through the total industrial process, to the customer and then on to disposal or re-use/re-cycling.

Logistics occurs in all industries and is key to their effectiveness. As a result, there are excellent career prospects for logistics graduates. Typical areas of employment include: logistics and distribution divisions of manufacturers, the retail industry, the health services, the Armed Forces and many others.

Chemical engineering deals with the technology of large-scale chemical production and the manufacture of products such as clothing, food, medicine, transport and home entertainment systems through chemical processes.

In addition to the traditional oil and chemical-based industries, Chemical engineering students will be well equipped to go into a wide range of careers including food production, pollution control, environmental protection, energy conservation, waste recovery and recycling, medical science, health and safety, alternative energy sources, resource conservation, research, management and consultancy. Our graduates have an excellent record of finding suitable positions, reflecting the fact that the UK is a major contributor for the global chemical industry.

To increase your understanding of these and other subject areas, we have compiled a full list of the undergraduate degree programmes offered at Aston University. There are key facts about the subject, an outline of the degree programme, potential career opportunities and statements from current students and/or graduates.

Please visit http://www1.aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/atoz


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