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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 second 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

Graduate Stories:

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.

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.

Course details

Careers

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

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 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.

Work Placement

Work placement

Students have the opportunity to undertake a 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

If you choose, you can apply to study an optional, additional year between your second and third year at one of our partner universities. The opportunity to study abroad is 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

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Skills for Psychologists - 15 Credits
  • Foundations in Social Psychology - 15 Credits
  • Foundations in Developmental Psychology - 15 Credits
  • Foundations in Cognitive Psychology - 15 Credits
  • Statistics for Psychologists 1 - 15 Credits
  • Foundations in Biological Psychology - 15 Credits
  • Methods for Psychologists 1 - 30 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Individual Differences - 15 Credits
  • Statistics for Psychologists 2 - 15 Credits
  • Social and Developmental Psychology - 15 Credits
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology - 15 Credits
  • Methods for Psychologists 2 - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Psychology of the Performing Arts - 15 Credits
  • Nonverbal Behaviour - 15 Credits
  • Personal Construct Psychology - 15 Credits
  • Cyberpsychology - 15 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Personality: Past and Present Debates - 15 Credits
  • People and Society - 15 Credits
  • Psychology Work Experience - 15 Credits
  • Psychology Project - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Occupational and Work Psychology - 15 Credits
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology - 15 Credits
  • Topics in Psychopathology - 15 Credits
  • Topics in Forensic and Criminal Psychology - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Topics in Memory - 15 Credits
  • Health Psychology - 15 Credits
  • Year Study Abroad - 15 Credits
  • Brain Disorders - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Topics in Thinking - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1500 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

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

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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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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Entry requirements...

2019 entry 

72-168 UCAS points

A Levels

72-168 points from 2 A Levels (Science subjects preferred).

BTEC Extended Diploma

BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) at DMM (Science based BTECs preferred)

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB - 112 points with a minimum of 2 HL subject at grade 4 or above (science subjects preferred) (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core) 

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Access to HE

Access to HE with 45 credits at Level 3, merit profile. GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 (C)

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2020

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28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)