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.
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:
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
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.