Why Herts?
  • 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.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Psychology 2018 Course fact sheet 2 BSc (Hons) Psychology
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) Psychology 2018 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) 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

Graduate Stories:

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

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.

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

Students have the opportunity to undertake a four-week work experience during their second-year. A reflective report and poster presentation of the work experience is then undertaken in the final year. 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
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Skills for Psychologists 15 Credits Compulsory
    Foundations in Social Psychology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Foundations in Developmental Psychology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Foundations in Cognitive Psychology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Statistics for Psychologists 1 15 Credits Compulsory
    Foundations in Biological Psychology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Methods for Psychologists 1 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Individual Differences 15 Credits Compulsory
    Statistics for Psychologists 2 15 Credits Compulsory
    Social and Developmental Psychology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Biological and Cognitive Psychology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Methods for Psychologists 2 30 Credits Compulsory
    Psychology of the Performing Arts 15 Credits Optional
    Nonverbal Behaviour 15 Credits Optional
    Personal Construct Psychology 15 Credits Optional
    Cyberpsychology 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Psychology Work Experience 15 Credits Compulsory
    Psychology Project 30 Credits Compulsory
    Year Study Abroad 0 Credits Optional
    Health Psychology 15 Credits Optional
    Cognitive Neuropsychology 15 Credits Optional
    Counselling 15 Credits Optional
    Clinical Psychology 15 Credits Optional
    Sports Psychology 15 Credits Optional
    Forensic Psychology 15 Credits Optional
    Occupational Psychology 15 Credits Optional
    Educational Psychology 15 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    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.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    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.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    UCAS pointsA LevelBTEC
    112BBCDMM

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 6 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    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)
    28/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    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)
    28/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202122/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students