Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), this course gives you an understanding of the human mind and how it shapes and influences our behaviour. The programme explores human behaviour using sound scientific methodology – observation, measurement, and testing – to understand how and why people function in the way they do. As this course combines the study of psychology with health and wellbeing, you will also explore the social science perspectives in relation to health issues.
Gaining a professionally accredited psychology degree is an essential first step to a career as a psychologist or to progress to postgraduate study. Choosing this programme will help to equip you with key transferable skills including critical thinking and communication, as well as competencies closely linked with the sector, such as scientific research methods, data analysis and data presentation skills.
On our programme you’ll study core areas of psychology including biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology, as well as learn about personality and intelligence, research methods, and historical perspectives. Through the health and wellbeing aspect of this course, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore health promotion and public health, ageing and health, social exclusion and health or the impact of gender on health and social care.
Our graduates have gone on to pursue a diverse range of careers where an understanding of societal issues is key – such as in criminal justice, education, social work, research, advertising, human resources and healthcare.
- Our course is accredited by the BPS, which ensures your learning is informed by industry professionals and remains relevant to the latest developments and challenges within the sector.
- Benefit from 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, which are Health Psychology, Cognition and Neuroscience, Psychology and Technology, and Self and Identity.
- Graduates from this course will be able to gain the skills and competencies required for a range of careers across many different sectors, including healthcare, education, research, social work, marketing, the police service, teaching and human resources.
- Enrich your studies with an international experience through our DMU Global programme. Students have previously explored the history of mental health and neuropsychology in Paris and cross-cultural factors within psychology in Kuala Lumpur. Our Health and Wellbeing students have also explored poverty in Florida, supported refugees in Berlin and studied diversity and inequality in New York.
- Tailor your learning with optional modules that enable you to pursue your individual passions or career aspirations, be it counselling psychology, work psychology, cyberpsychology plus many more.
Reasons to study Psychology with Health and Wellbeing in Society at DMU:
- 97.3% of our Health and Life Sciences 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%]
- Taught by expert staff
across the two complementary disciplines of Psychology and Health and Wellbeing in Society
- £12 million investment
with dedicated psychology spaces for teaching and student research
- 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
- Psychological and Sociological Theories of Health and Illness
- Further Research Methods for Psychologists
- Biological Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Social Psychology
- Personality and Intelligence
- Social Aspects of Health and Illness
- Psychology Project
- Conceptual Issues and Critical Debates in Psychology
- Employability Skills and Psychology
- Elective Modules
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
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
- Health promotion and education
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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