BSc (Hons) Psychology
- Study in newly refurbished student areas, the Psychology department, and state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities
- Choose from a wide range of optional modules that represent specialist research areas and career routes into Psychology
- We have a strong focus on developing your employability skills across a range of topics
About the course
With a reputation for academic excellence, practical value and intellectual rigour, our BPS-accredited psychology degree is one of the most respected courses of its kind in the UK. This fascinating degree gives you a grounding in all major areas of psychology and our graduates are thoroughly prepared for employment, postgraduate research and professional training. Our Psychology department is one of the largest of any British university, offering a stimulating environment with high-profile, research-active staff and exceptionally well-equipped labs and computer facilities. In addition to covering core psychology topics, there are a number of specialist modules including individual differences, cyberpsychology, non-verbal behaviour, and forensic and clinical psychology.
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. See a list of our Psychology staff here.
- Well equipped laboratories with excellent computing facilities
- We were awarded a Teaching Quality rating of excellent (23 out of 24) in our subject review.
- Work experience module in third year so students can understand various ways to apply their learning
- A range of career focussed optional modules, including educational, counselling, forensic, and clinical psychology.
- A vibrant research seminar series- contributed to by leading academics from across the country
- Optional Study Abroad year in places such as USA, Canada and Australia
- Read Trainee Clinical Psychologist Devina Patel's graduate story
- Read Forensic Psychologist Helen Hood's graduate story
- Read Cambridge PhD student Jane Garrison's graduate story
- Read NHS High Intensity Therapist Trainee Faheem Parkar's graduate story
- Read Regional Intelligence Analyst Natalie Conway's graduate story
What will I study?
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 are 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.
If you are studying part-time you will typically take 6 years to complete your course. You will normally complete 60 credits per year. Your first two years of study are likely to consist of mandatory modules but optional modules will be available later in the course. Your timetable will depend on the modules you are studying in any one year.
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.
Postgraduate study can lead to professional careers in a range of areas including:
- Forensic Psychology
- Clinical Psychology
- Health Psychology
- Educational Psychology
If you choose not to pursue a career as a professional psychologist then the knowledge and skills you acquire throughout your studies will be applicable in a number of other employment settings.
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 Management, Team Leader, Support Worker, Project Coordinator, Victim Contact Officer, Research Assistant, Probation Services Officer, and Therapist for Autistic Children
Employers: BUPA, Probation Service, Work with Families, Excel, Victim Support Team, North Herts Partnership, Sony, Autism West Midlands
What job can I get?
Our graduates go on to careers in forensic, clinical, health and educational psychology. Psychology graduates are highly employable and are sought by employers in areas such as retail, marketing, personnel and local government. Recent destinations include BUPA, the Probation Service, Work with Families, Excel, victim support teams, North Herts Partnership, Sony and Autism West Midlands.