BSc (Hons) Behavioural Sciences (part-time) (-)


Buckinghamshire New University

BSc (Hons) Behavioural Sciences (part-time)

Course Overview

Interested in people, how they think, feel and behave? This course is for those fascinated by human behaviour and emotion, but who don’t want to become a Chartered Psychologist. On this programme you’ll explore what makes people tick from a range of perspectives and specialise in areas of particular interest.

You can also study this course on a full-time basis.

Understanding human behaviour and emotion

This degree in Behavioural Sciences will give you a detailed and balanced knowledge of this fascinating subject and build a strong foundation for your career in this field. As part of this degree you will learn how to analyse data effectively, write concise reports and give engaging presentations.

During the first year you’ll develop a strong background in Behavioural Sciences through core modules that cover cognitive, biological, developmental, social and personality psychology. You’ll also look at research methods, making sense of society and take an introduction to cross-disciplinary psychology.

Creating your own degree

As you enter the second year, you’ll be increasingly led by your own interests and have the opportunity to explore specialist fields in more detail. These may include areas of Psychology, Criminology, Sociology and Policing.

You’ll build an understanding of the four main areas of Behavioural Sciences – Biopsychology, Developmental Psychology, Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology and Personality and Individual Differences.

In the final year, you will tailor your degree further by taking more specialised options and take the last core module, Social Psychology, before writing your dissertation.

Attendance and Personal Study

You will have six hours per week scheduled contact time at the University. You will also be expected to take responsibility for your independent learning outside of these contact hours.


Course Details

At Bucks New University our team offer a wealth of experience and expertise in psychology. You’ll be taught by academics with specialist knowledge in their area of teaching, who will nurture your learning in this diverse and complex subject.

Unlike British Psychological Society accredited degrees, this course benefits from fewer research methods modules. This means you’ll have more space to study the modules that appeal specifically to you.

A flexible programme

This honours degree in Behavioural Sciences is tremendously flexible. As you progress through the course you’ll have the opportunity to select modules of personal interest.

Experience in the field

During this course you’ll be able to gain experience volunteering in areas such as mental health, forensic, educational addictions and sports psychology. This is a great chance to further your understanding of specific disciplines and get a taste for the areas of behavioural sciences that interest you the most.

Visiting the professional environment

You may also visit professional working environments that relate to your chosen modules such as prisons, courts, hospitals, and epilepsy centres.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.

Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.

The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Course Modules

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules:
  • Introduction to Biological Psychology & Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Cross Disciplinary Psychology
  • Introduction to Developmental & Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Personality and Applying Psychology (optional)
Year 2 Modules;
  • Making Sense of Society
  • Psychological Research Methods
Year 3 Modules:
  • Biopsychology
  • Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Personality and Individual Differences
Year 4 Modules:
  • Applied Sport and Performance Psychology (optional)
  • Cognition and Emotion in Sport and Exercise Psychology (optional)
  • Citizenship, Community and Welfare
  • Contemporary Criminology
  • Gender and Sexuality (optional)
  • Issues in Criminology: Discrimination
  • Cognitive Processes in Psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
Year 5 Modules:
  • Abnormal Psychology (optional)
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology (optional)
  • Brain, Mind and Behaviour (optional)
  • Business and Organisational Psychology (optional)
  • Counselling Psychology (optional)
  • Educational Psychology (optional)
  • Evolutionary Psychology (optional)
  • Exceptional Human Experience (optional)
  • Health Psychology (optional)
  • Investigative and Forensic Psychology
  • Police Psychology and the Legal Framework
  • Positive Psychology (optional)
  • Social Psychology
Year 6 Modules:
  • Abnormal Psychology (optional)
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology (optional)
  • Brain, Mind and Behaviour (optional)
  • Business and Organisational Psychology (optional)
  • Counselling Psychology (optional)
  • Educational Psychology (optional)
  • Evolutionary Psychology (optional)
  • Exceptional Human Experience (optional)
  • Health Psychology (optional)
  • Investigative and Forensic Psychology
  • Literature Based Dissertation
  • Police Psychology and the Legal Framework
  • Positive Psychology (optional)

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

  • Part Time Home and EU: £4,700 per year

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