Psychology BSc (Hons)

About the course


This three year (full time) BSc Honours Psychology degree at the University of Hertfordshire has a reputation for academic excellence, practical value and intellectual rigour. The degree provides a grounding in all major areas of psychology and our graduates are widely recognised as being thoroughly prepared for employment or for entry into postgraduate research and professional training courses. Success is reflected by relatively high levels of employment for our graduates reported through monitoring of first destination statistics.

We offer exceptionally well equipped laboratories with excellent computing facilities. There is a friendly and supportive atmosphere along with a lively and stimulating intellectual approach to the subject. Our staff are actively engaged in significant research which is reflected by our excellent rating in the Higher Education Funding Council's recent Research Assessment Exercise. Our undergraduate students benefit from the active research environment. We also obtained a rating of excellent in a recent subject review. We have many students studying for Masters degrees in Occupational Psychology and Research Methods in Psychology. There is also a clinical doctorate within the School.

All of these factors contribute to an active, friendly and forward looking School of Psychology committed to both teaching and research and promoting both the subject of psychology and the development of our students.

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Why choose this course?

  • One of the largest psychology departments in the country
  • Our Psychology degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • Our staff are actively engaged in significant research which is reflected by our excellent, Grade 4 rating in the Higher Education Funding Council's last Research Assessment Exercise.
  • Well equipped laboratories with excellent computing facilities
  • We were awarded a Teaching Quality rating of excellent (23 out of 24) in our subject review.
  • Optional Study Abroad year in places such as USA, Canada and Australia

Entry requirements...

280 points, to include a minimum of 180 points from 2 GCE A levels or a BTEC National (NQF/QCF) at DDM in either Applied Science, Social Sciences, or Sport and Exercise Sciences (plus GCSE Maths and English Language at grade C). 

Successful completion of Access to Higher Education (or approved equivalent) with 60 credits comprising 45 at level 3 and 15 at level 2.

A minimum IELTS score of 6.0, TOEFL 550 (CBT) or equivalent is required for those whom English is not their first language.

  • Our offer for the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) is made outside of the UCAS Tariff and is calculated by dividing the UCAS score by 10 i.e. 280 UCAS points equals 28 IB points

Study routes

  • Full Time, 3 Years
  • Part Time, 6 Years
  • Sandwich, 4 Years


  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


Psychology graduates are highly sought after by a wide range of employers, such as marketing, personnel, local government and retail, most of whom look for graduates with an extensive set of transferable skills. A degree in psychology opens up a wide range of career opportunities, not restricted to psychology, and graduates are highly employable.

Typical jobs include Manageress, Team Leader, Support Worker, Project Coordinator, Victim Contact Officer, Research Assistant, Probation Services Officer, Therapist Autistic Children

Employers: BUPA, Probation Service, Work with Families, Excel, Victim Support Team, North Herts Partnership, Sony, Autism West Midlands

Teaching methods

Formal lectures tend to form the core of most modules. Lecture notes for modules will be available on StudyNet, often alongside links to other web based learning resources. A fundamental part of psychology learning is the acquisition of practical laboratory skills. Students attend laboratory sessions each week in smaller groups, where they learn to plan, carry out and report on practical investigations of psychological processes. Courses in statistics, which needed to analyse the data from investigations, are supported by practical paper based and computer exercises. Each student has their own personal tutor with whom they meet in small groups on a regular basis.

Work Placement

Work placement

Students have the opportunity to undertake an optional four-week work placement during the second year of their studies between the second and final years of the degree programme. A reflective report of the work placement can contribute to the final year assessment. This is a good opportunity for students to obtain experience in their chosen setting and sometimes leads to future job opportunities.

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme. Find out more about Study abroad opportunities

Professional Accreditations

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Registration, provided the minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.


Year 1

Core Modules

  • Research Methods for Psychologists 1

    The course aims to develop students' skills in formulating, executing, analysing and reporting the results of well-designed investigations of psychological phenomena. Investigations will be based on basic psychological theory, will employ a range of well-established and broadly applicable research methods, will require the skilled execution of practical techniques and will be analysed by means of appropriate descriptive and inferential statistical procedures. Students will be expected to master the theory of basic experimental design and the application of data analysis. Ethical considerations relevant to the conduct of investigations with human participants will be emphasised.

  • Foundations of Social and Cognitive Psychology

    This module introduces students to: a. theory and research that seeks to understand the way how and why the attitudes and behaviours of individuals may be influenced by other people b. theory and research that seeks to explain the way in which individuals perceive, store and use information to make sense of everyday experiences


Year 2

Core Modules

  • Psychological Research

    The module will have two components. It will further develop the conceptual and practical skills necessary for identifying, summarising and evaluating key debates and arguments in psychology in both oral and written form. Students will participate in small group tutorial discussions and will be given individual feedback on their essay writing by their tutor. In addition, small groups of students working under the supervision their tutor will design, prepare and execute an empirical investigation, the results of which will be displayed and defended in a poster presentation.

  • Developmental Psychology

    Students will be introduced to age-related development in specific cognitive and social areas in both normal and exceptional populations and to the theories offered to explain such change. This course will also provide students with knowledge of research methods appropriate for investigating age-related change. Where appropriate, the application of research findings to applied settings will be explored.

  • Cognition

    This course will examine theories, evidence and applications relating to selected areas of cognitive psychology. Topics such as long-term memory, problem solving, judgement and decision making, intelligence, language, perception and action will be addressed.


Year 4

Core Modules

  • Psychology Work Experience

    This module provides students with the experience of, and the opportunity to, critically evaluate the application and relevance of psychology in a 'real-world' setting. Students will gain experience of employment and have the opportunity to see how they may capitalise upon the skills and knowledge acquired as part of their degree. They will record their experience in a blog and relate relevant psychological theory to a selected aspect of their experience in a poster presentation.


Fees & funding

Fees 2015

UK/EU Students

Full time: £9,000 for the 2015 academic year

International Students

Full time: £11,500 for the 2015 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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How to apply


Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201520/05/2016Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201520/05/2016Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201520/05/2016Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201520/05/2016Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)