Overview

Are you interested in studying the mind and behaviour? This BSc (Hons) Psychology degree course gives you a deeper understanding of how our minds work and how to apply this knowledge to practical scenarios.

It gives you a broad introduction to psychological theory and research techniques, and opens many career opportunities – from health and social care to teaching, marketing and management.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Be taught by staff that are active in research into areas such as animal cognition, autism, forensic psychology and quality of working life
  • Use specialist psychology equipment and facilities, including an observation suite, toddler and infant laboratory, psychophysiology laboratory, psychology of applied cognition laboratory, and digital analysis and video editing suite
  • Specialise your field of study in your final year, with options including sport psychology, neuroscience, educational psychology, and clinical and health psychology amongst others
  • Learn soft skills that employers value including in teamwork, communication, problem solving, self-motivation and time management

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and enhance your CV.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

Animal Behaviour – 20 credits - This modules gives you an appreciation of how human and animal behaviour can be studied at different levels.

Applying Psychological Research Skills – 40 credits - On this module you'll be introduced to the different research methods, data analysis techniques and report writing conventions used in psychological research. 

Exploring Psychology – 40 credits - On this module you'll get an introduction to psychological topics and develop the skills required for studying psychology.

Perspectives In Psychology – 20 credits - On this module you'll look at historical, conceptual and methodological approaches to psychology, learning how it developed as a discipline.

Year 2

Core modules

Biological & Cognitive Psychology – 20 credits - On this module you'll focus on the human behaviours, as well as biological and cognitive explanations for processes linked to perception, learning, language, memory and emotions. 

Individual Differences & Psychometrics – 20 credits - On this module you'll get an introduction to major classical theories on the development and nature of individual differences, using personality as an example.

Professional Development And Employability – 20 credits - On this module you'll evaluate and develop the employability skills related to possible future careers.

Psychological Research Methods – 20 credits - On this module you'll train in the design and conduct of psychological research. 

Quantitative Data Analysis – 20 credits - On this module you'll train in the analysis of quantitative psychological research data, the use of statistical analysis software (SPSS) and survey research software (Qualtrics).

Social & Developmental Psychology – 20 credits - On this module you'll examine two key sub-domains of psychology: social psychology and developmental psychology. 

Optional sandwich year

Optional Placement Year

Psychology Sandwich Year Work Placement – 120 credits - On this module you'll develop specific employability skills and a global, cultural and organisational awareness while on an industry-based placement in a UK or overseas organisation.

Psychology Sandwich Year Study Placement – 120 credits - On this module you'll develop intercultural awareness, language and other skills relevant to your future employability by living and studying in an international environment.

Year 3

Optional modules

Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology – 20 credits - In this module, you’ll examine and critique comparative and evolutionary approaches to the study of psychology in humans and other animals.

Cultural Psychology – 20 credits - On this module you'll examine the relationship between culture and psychological functioning.

Educational Psychology – 20 credits - This module introduces you to the psychology of learning and teaching in educational contexts. 

Exploring Data – 20 credits - This module explains the context of inferential statistics such as the shortcomings of null hypothesis significance testing and the virtues of "the new statistics". 

Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits - The module will introduce you to the role and expectations of a teacher.

Issues In Clinical And Health Psychology – 20 credits - On this module you'll explore key issues in clinical and health psychology and work towards an integrated understanding of the two disciplines.

Language And Communication – 20 credits - You'll get an introduction to theories of language and the multimodal nature of communication.

Neuroscience – 20 credits - This module examines the neurological basis of psychological processes associated with perception, learning, language, memory and emotions.

Perspectives On Legal Psychology And Forensic Psychology – 20 credits - On this module you'll get an introduction to traditional and current theory and research in forensic psychology.

Positive and Social Psychology in Organisations – 20 credits - This module develops your understanding of positive and social psychological theories in an organisational context.

Professional Practice in Sports Psychology – 20 credits - This module will develop your understanding of sport psychology application and professional practice.

Psychology Research Project – 20 credits - You'll conduct an empirical study focused on a specific  psychological issue or question, using appropriate research methods.

Psychology Research Project (Extended) – 40 credits - You'll conduct an empirical study focused on a specific psychological issue or question, using appropriate research methods.

Psychology Work Placement – 20 credits - On this module you'll take part in a work placement on a part-time basis.

Social Construction Of Disability – 20 credits - The social constructionist view of disability takes a critical stance towards overlooked knowledge about disability, from current theoretical, research and practice perspectives.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • small focussed seminars
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • practical research and experiments

The teaching on this course is based on current research and professional practice to make sure what you learn is up to date.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written examinations
  • practical reports and essays
  • poster presentations
  • oral presentations
  • self-led research project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Psychology degree?

After the course, you can continue your study to become a fully Chartered Psychologist or use the transferable skills you've learnt to work in areas such as:

  • teaching
  • healthcare
  • social welfare
  • police work
  • research
  • marketing

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find study and job opportunities. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

120 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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