Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and how it shapes and influences our behaviour. On this course, we explore human behaviour using sound scientific methodology – observation, measurement, and testing – to understand how and why people function in the way they do.
Gaining a professionally accredited psychology degree is an essential first step to a career as a psychologist or to move on to postgraduate study. Our graduates thrive in careers where an understanding of societal issues is key – in criminal justice, education, social work, research, advertising, human resources and healthcare.
On the course you’ll study core areas including biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology, and you’ll cover personality and intelligence, research methods, and historical perspectives. You’ll also complete a work experience placement where you’ll see academic theory applied in practice.
- Choose to study Psychology as a single honours programme or in combination with Education Studies, Criminology or Health and Wellbeing in Society.
- Our course is accredited by the BPS, ensuring teaching remains relevant to the latest developments in the sector.
- We offer excellent facilities including dedicated computer laboratories with the latest analysis software, individual research cubicles, interview rooms, and an observation suite, all supported by our psychology technicians.
- The expertise of our staff spans across four main research clusters: Health Psychology, Cognition and Neuroscience, Psychology and Technology, and Self and Identity.
- Graduate careers include healthcare, research, social work, marketing, police services, teaching and human resources.
- Enrich your studies with an international experience through our DMU Global programme. Psychology students have recently explored the history of mental health and neuropsychology in Paris and cross-cultural factors within psychology in Kuala Lumpur.
- You will be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the BPS – the starting point of your career as a chartered psychologist – on successful completion of your degree (subject to achieving a minimum of 2:2).
- You will study a range of topics including psychology in context, social psychology, biological psychology, developmental psychology and employability skills and psychology.
Reasons to study Psychology at DMU:
- 96.3% of our Psychology graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report [above the sector average of 94.6%]
- Accredited by the British Psychological Society
ensuring your teaching remains relevant to the latest developments in the sector
- Award winning research excellence
Psychology academic awarded the British Psychological Society’s highest honour for significant contribution to Psychology
- DMU Frontrunners and DMU Graduate Champions schemes
CV-enhancing opportunities for paid internships during and after your studies
- Gain international expeience through our #DMUglobal programme
which has enabled students to explore the History of Mental Health and Neuropsychology in Paris, consider inequality and segregation in New York, and support refugees in Berlin
- DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
- The TEF Panel judged that De Montfort University delivers “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.” [Office for Students, 2017]
Structure and assessment
- Introductory Research Methods in Psychology
- Core Areas of Psychology
- Historical Perspectives in Psychology
- Psychology in Context
- Empirical Psychology
- Further Research Methods for Psychologists
- Abnormal Psychology
- Biological Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Personality and Intelligence
- Social Psychology
- Psychology Project
- Conceptual Issues and Critical Debates in Psychology
- Employability Skills and Psychology
- Elective Modules
Teaching and assessments
Teaching will be in the form of:
Lectures are primarily presentation-based. Some lectures may have only 10-20 students whereas others may have up to 100-300 students. Seminars and workshops typically involve more interactive or practical exercises and demonstrations and commonly have around 10-20 students. Tutorials may be one-to-one or to small groups. In addition to timetabled teaching you are expected to engage in approximately 20-25 hours of self-directed study, including library research, group work and report or essay writing.
Assessment combines various methods including:
- Written exams
- Multiple choice exams
- Critical reviews
As well as more innovative methods such as oral presentations, research reports, critical reviews of research papers and portfolio assignments. In your final year you will also complete an 8000-10,000 word dissertation. Modules use different assessment methods, although most employ a combination of examinations and coursework.
Teaching contact hours
Contact hours in a typical week will depend on your year of study and the optional modules chosen. However, typically you will have between 10-15 contact hours of teaching per week. As an example, within the second year of your studies you might typically have:
Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 1-3 hours of tutorials per semester, and as per request
Medium group teaching: approx. 5 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
Large group teaching: approx. 7 hours of lectures each week
Personal study: approx. 20-25 hours each week
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences
The department has two dedicated computer laboratories used for both teaching and self-directed learning.
There are six individual research cubicles specifically designed for flexibility and comfort when conducting your research projects as well as a fully equipped observation suite complete with a two-way mirror and recording equipment.
Further resources to support final year research projects include test databases, experiment building software, psychophysiological apparatus including eye-trackers, and two dedicated Psychology technicians.
We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.
During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.
We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
As part of the final year Employability Skills and Psychology module, you will complete a period of self-sourced work experience, building a bridge between academic theory and its practical application. Students will be encouraged to source opportunities in line with their own career ambitions from different schemes and providers, internal and external to DMU.
Many of our students continue on to further postgraduate study within Psychology, along a number of accredited pathways. For example, you may wish to continue your professional development with one of the postgraduate degrees delivered by the Psychology Division at DMU.
A degree in psychology is also well-respected in a range of other sectors and can open up a variety of career opportunities. Examples include careers in:
- Police services
- Social work
- Human resources
International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.
Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.
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