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BSc Psychology / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
3 years (4 years with Study Abroad/Placement Year)
Typical A-level offer
We require grades AAB including a science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology). General Studies is welcomed but not included as part of the standard offer.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer
We require 35 points overall with 6,6,5 in Higher Level.

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How to apply
  • Applications for this course are made through UCAS .
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Course description

Our BPS accredited degree is designed around four themes, representing the modern discipline of psychology.

Mind and brain

Units in this theme examine how we perceive and make sense of the world around us and how we use sensory information to control our resulting actions. You will study memory and learning, as well as other topics in cognition, such as attention and emotion. We draw on experimental work, cognitive neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience to provide an integrated approach to the study of the mind and brain.

Evolution and development

Exploring change over developmental and evolutionary time scales, you will study change across the lifespan, from infancy to old age, including significant components of modern life. The evolutionary component will consider the developmental processes that have shaped modern human behaviour, and will include comparisons to other animals with which we share cognitive similarities.

Adaptability and wellbeing

This theme explores physical and mental health. Drawing from the psychological study of personality, individual differences, clinical, health and positive psychology, you will learn about factors important to wellbeing.

Communication and interaction

Investigating interactive and communicative processes and practices that are fundamental to our lives, the two major strands within this theme are the psychology of language and communication and social psychology. We have a broad span of topics as diverse as dyslexia, gesture, and intergroup relations; our approaches include social cognition, psycholinguistics, conversation analysis, neuroscience and critical perspectives.

In Years 1 and 2, compulsory units from these four themes will be supplemented with training in research methods and statistics and units focused on the application of psychology (eg forensic psychology), as well as those designed to support skill and career development. In Year 2, you have the opportunity to replace up to two Psychology units with a diverse range offered by the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning, as well as the option to undertake a short (30-hour) work placement.

Grouped within the same four themes, the 12 units offered in the final year reflect the research interests of our staff. You are free to select four of these advanced units, meaning that you can tailor your degree to match personal interests and future ambitions.

You will also undertake a year-long research project, choosing from a wide choice of topics, supervised by a member of staff. Students wanting to broaden their degree can also opt to swap one advanced Psychology unit for up to two non-Psychology units (from choices offered by University College for Interdisciplinary Learning and Business and Management for all Programmes).

Study abroad option

You have the option to complete a four year degree, studying abroad with one of our partner institutions in the third year. Students who achieve the appropriate progression criteria can be considered for a transfer to the BSc Psychology with international study at the end of their second year. Students following this route have studied at universities including Queens University (Canada), University of Sydney (Australia), University of California (USA) and Complutense University of Madrid (Spain).

Work placement year option

Students who meet our progression criteria will be eligible to complete their third year in a professional work placement. You will have the opportunity to use your skills and knowledge of psychology in an applied setting, while gaining valuable sector experience that will enhance your employability following graduation. You will work with our placement team during Year 2 to find and secure a suitable employer.

Open days

To get a feel for what it's like to study here, visit us on one of our open days .


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be £9,250, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £21,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.


No specific academic scholarships are available for this course.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 306 0598
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