Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes. It has a broad scope and influences many other disciplines in the biological and social sciences. This BPS-accredited Psychology degree combines opportunities to study cutting edge research with access to excellent teaching and student support.
On this Psychology degree, you’ll study the major approaches in psychology, including social, cognitive, biological, and developmental psychology, neuroscience and research methods. You’ll also develop practical psychology skills in our purpose-built laboratories.
A key element is the hands-on experience you’ll gain throughout your Psychology degree. You’ll be offered clinical experience on campus and have access to a range of exciting opportunities, including completion of specialist short courses, professional certificates and work placements – another great boost to your CV.
What you will study
Year One: Psychology Degree
We will consider questions such as why we remember some things and forget others, how different areas of our brain influence behaviour and how we develop language. You will have an opportunity to acquire some hands-on skills in research by conducting experiments in your research methods classes as well as by getting experience of research assistant work with cutting edge staff research activity. Modules include:
- Investigating Methods and Evidence in Psychology
- Psychological Development in the Social World
- Biological and Cognitive Psychology
- Thinking Psychologically
Year Two: Psychology Degree
The methods and evidence module which will give you an opportunity to understand and practice quantitative methods such as ANOVA and ANCOVA, as well as qualitative methods in psychology such as grounded theory and discourse analysis.
The emphasis this year is learning to investigate like a psychologist, and one module will expose students to the different methodological approaches used within specific areas of psychology to find things out. Your final module in the second year aims to develop transferable skills in placement activity in a paid or voluntary setting.
- Advanced Methods and Evidence in Psychology
- Current Research in Biological and Cognitive Psychology
- Developmental and Social Perspectives on Identity
- Finding Things Out: Approaches to Psychological Investigation
- Professional Practice and Employability
Year Three: Psychology Degree
You will complete an Advanced Research Methods: Dissertation. You will be expected to undertake a research dissertation based on a topic that interests you. You will be responsible for the design, execution analysis and reporting of your project and will take part in an ethics conference, complete a dissertation report and an oral presentation of your research findings. You will also complete a module called Using Psychology in which you will be encouraged to apply your knowledge of psychology to specific practice and real life contexts. You will also choose from a range of specialist modules to match your interests and aspirations. These include:
- Health Psychology Across the Lifespan
- Psychological Disorders and Therapeutic Interventions
- Forensic Psychology
- Applications of Social Psychology
- Cognitive Neuropsychology and Neuroscience
- The Psychology of Education and Work
The BSc (Hons) Psychology degree is also available as a four-year course including an integrated Foundation Year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the degree. You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well-structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before continuing onto the three year degree programme.
The Psychology degree is delivered through lectures, seminars, workshops, individual/small group supervision and independent study. You will also have the opportunity to attend guest lectures given by academic staff from other institutions and professional psychologists who work in different areas of practise.
You will also be given the opportunity to learn about psychology in new ways and no two modules are entirely the same in terms of delivery and assessment. You will complete coursework including essays, practical reports, oral presentations and case studies. There will also be some examination assessments (seen and unseen) and in-class tests.
Our academic staff are involved in research, so you’ll be taught by staff at the forefront of their specialist fields. Tutors specialise in a range of fields, including developmental disorders across the lifespan, health behaviour and sport psychology.
You will complete a range of different class activities including group discussions, debates, case studies and in-class projects. In fact one of the most exciting things about this course is that you experience a great range of delivery and assessment methods.
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