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.
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 and Sociology.
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.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
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.
Learn from expert psychologists using specialist software
In workshops and lectures you’ll have the opportunity to use the observation laboratory and to use specialist equipment such as Biopac©, allowing measurement of the activity of the cardiovascular system, brain, autonomic nervous system and more, Tobii eye tracking equipment, HTC Vive, virtual reality software and the statistics software package SPSS.
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 and module specific trips
You may also visit professional working environments or go on trips revelvant to your modules such as prison visits, court visits or venues of interest in specific 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
- Making Sense of Society: Understanding the Social World
- Making Sense of Society: The Sociological Imagination
- Introduction to Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology
- Introduction to Cross-Disciplinary Psychology
- Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
- Introduction to Personality and Applying Psychology
- Psychological Research Methods
Year 2 Modules
- Applied Sport and Performance Psychology (optional)
- Cognition and Emotion in Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Citizenship, Community and Welfare (optional)
- Contemporary Criminology (optional)
- Gender and Sexuality in Society (optional)
- Issues in CriminologyIssues in Criminology: Discrimination (optional)
- Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Personality and Individual Differences
- Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
Year 3 Modules
- Brain, Mind and Behaviour (optional)
- Literature Based Dissertation
What are my career prospects
You’ll finish with a strong grasp of psychology as a discipline in addition to an understanding of psychological influences and functioning with related areas as chosen by you. Graduates of the course will be well qualified for a career in areas such as the Civil Service, NHS, police force, sports organisations, and occupational and forensic psychology.
You will also have the opportunity to take your studies further into postgraduate study.
How will you help me prepare for my future?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.
The Big Deal
At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.
We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK. It’s a big deal!