BSc Psychology

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
BSc
Duration
3 years (4 years with Study Abroad/Placement Year)
Typical A-level offer
AAB (including specific subjects)
Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
ABB (including specific subjects).
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

We require 35 points overall with grades 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects (one of which must include Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology).

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
230/1900
How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

  • Study on a BPS-accredited course at one of the top 10 universities in the UK for psychology, according to the 2019 QS World University Rankings.
  • Gain practical experience through an integrated 30-hour placement or a full placement year.
  • Equip yourself with the skills and knowledge required for a wide range of careers.
  • Scholarships for two home/EU students are available.
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Psychology at The University of Manchester

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying psychology at Manchester is like. Find out about our  upcoming open days .

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Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2020 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £24,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Centenary Scholarships for home/EU students

Our BSc Psychology course is one of the oldest in the UK, with students graduating as early as 1916. To celebrate over 100 years of psychology at Manchester, we are offering two full fees-paid scholarships, each covering three years of funding.

The successful recipients of these Centenary Scholarships will also be enrolled on the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning's Manchester Leadership Programme for the best possible start to their future careers.

To be eligible for the scholarships, you will need to be a home/EU student with at least three A grades at A-level (or equivalent) and to have placed The University of Manchester as your firm choice on your UCAS form.

The two recipients will be chosen by the admissions team and BSc Psychology course director on the basis of grades and personal statement, and will be informed following confirmation in August 2020

Please contact us at  ug.psychology@manchester.ac.uk  or call +44 (0)161 306 0598 for further information about these scholarships.

Bursaries for international students

A bursary has not been confirmed yet.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 0598
Email
Website
http://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/psychology
School/Faculty overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

A-level

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.

You are required to obtain a pass in the practical element of any science A-level taken.

AS-level

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Subjects welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer

We exclude General Studies from a standard offer.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

We require at least five GCSEs at minimum grade B/6, including English Language and Mathematics. If an applicant has a grade 5 in either English Language or Mathematics, but has a grade 6 in the other subject, we would strongly advise they still apply.

International Baccalaureate

We require 35 points overall with grades 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects (one of which must include Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology).

Scottish requirements

We normally require grades AABBB in five suitable Scottish Higher level subjects (one of which must include Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology) plus one Advanced Higher subject at Grade A.  English Language and Maths not taken at Higher/Advanced must have been achieved at SCQF Level 5.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A level entry requirements.

European Baccalaureate

We require an overall grade of 80% with a minimum of Grade 8 in two subjects (on of which must be a science or Psychology).

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, the University will focus on the three A Levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A Level requirements for their chosen course.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see Accepted entry qualifications from your country

Foundation year

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme:

Applicants completing the INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester international foundation programme in Business, are required to achieve AAB including one science subject and an EAP score of B. 

Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation year in Business are required to achieve AAB including one science and an EAP requirements score of B.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

BTEC National Extended Diploma

We require successful completion of a BTEC National Extended Diploma at grades D*D*D in a science-based subject.

BTEC National Diploma

We require successful completion of a BTEC National Diploma at grades DD in a science-based subject with one A-level at grade A. If the BTEC National Diploma is in a non-science subject, the A-level must be in Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

BTEC National Foundation Diploma

We accept the BTEC National Foundation Diploma at grade D in lieu of the third A-level only. It must be offered alongside 2 A-level subjects, one of which to include: Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology with minimum grades AB.

BTEC National Extended Certificate

We accept the BTEC National Extended Certificate at grade D in lieu of the third A-level only. It must be offered alongside 2 A-level subjects, one of which to include: Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology with minimum grades AB.

The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and BTEC Certificate.  The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new BTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

We require successful completion of a Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma at grades D*D*D in a science-based subject.

Cambridge Technical Diploma

We require successful completion of a Cambridge Technical Diploma at grades DD in a science-based subject with one A-level at grade A. If the Technical Diploma is in a non-science subject, the A-level must be in Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

We accept the Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma at grade D in lieu of the third A-level only. It must be offered alongside 2 A-level subjects, one of which to include: Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology with minimum grades AB.

Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

We accept the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate at grade D in lieu of the third A-level only. It must be offered alongside 2 A-level subjects, one of which to include: Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology with minimum grades AB.

The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy CTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the CTEC Extended Diploma, CTEC Diploma, CTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and CTEC Certificate.  The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new CTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification.

Access to HE Diploma

For Access to Higher Education courses, an overall of 60 credits are required with 45 at Level 3. A minimum of 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. 15 credits at Distinction must be in a science subject.

You may be asked to provide a sample of previous coursework and/or to attend an interview if it is thought that further information is required on your application.

You should also have a good set of GCSEs (minimum of five subjects) with English Language and Mathematics at Grade B/6, or equivalent. Students educated up to GCSE level who have only taken a one-year Access course will not normally be accepted.

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken to include either Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. Grades required will be D3 - M2 and/or A-B.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Core Maths

The University welcomes and recognises the value of Level 3 core mathematics qualifications (e.g. AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies). 

Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer made to the student. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider their application, particularly for certain non-science courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element.

We advise students to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you are a student who has followed a non-standard educational route, e.g. you have been educated at home; your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course for which you are applying. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the specified academic entry requirements of the course. We will also require a reference from somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. If you are a home schooled student and would like further information or advice please contact the academic School for your chosen course who will be able to help you. 

Non-standard educational routes

Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences.  Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest.  There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester.  The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.  Further information for mature students can be found here ( http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/mature-students/ )

English language

If you have international qualifications, you may be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability.

Minimum requirements are typically:

  • Grade B/6 GCSE English;
  • TOEFL (iBT) - 100;
  • IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each component;
  • CIE OR UCLES 1119 English at Grade B.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Interview requirements

As a rule we do not interview applicants.

Returning to education

Applications from those who are returning to education are encouraged.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.

In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing, the places will be subject to availability.

Course details

Course description

Our BPS-accredited BSc Psychology degree is a flexible course consisting of compulsory and optional units both within and outside of psychology, preparing you to work in a wide range of professions and sectors.

You will study four diverse themes that represent the modern discipline of psychology: mind and brain, evolution and development, adaptability and wellbeing, and psychology in society.

You will also be able to experience life as a professional psychologist through our work placement schemes, choosing from integrated 30-hour placements in Year 2 or a year-long placement in Year 3. Read a  blog post from one of our placement year students  to find out more.

We also offer the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions, depending on academic performance.

Our graduates are highly employable and can take their understanding of human behaviour into any workplace.

Special features

BSc Psychology - Corah Lewis

"Having the opportunity to observe cognitive behavioural therapy sessions at the hospital has been very interesting.

"To get named as a contributing author on the latest paper to be sent for publishing is something I am very proud of!"

Corah Lewis / BSc Psychology placement year student at the Great Ormond Institute of Child Health

Work placement options

You will have the opportunity to gain practical work-based experience through either 30-hour integrated placements in Year 2 or a full-time, year-long placement in Year 3, subject to meeting our progression criteria.

Placements take place at carefully chosen partners including the NHS, local schools, colleges, voluntary organisations and businesses. We have substantial experience in setting up these placements, and you will be able to add relevant work experience to your CV and try out life in your chosen career.

Read a  blog post from one of our placement year students  to find out more.

Study abroad option

You may also choose to experience life in another country through our study abroad option, where you can spend a year overseas at one of our partner institutions if you meet our progression criteria. These institutions have previously included Queens University (Canada), University of Sydney (Australia), University of California (USA) and Complutense University of Madrid (Spain).

Dedicated careers units

Designed with the aid of the careers service and in collaboration with our current students, employability-focused units in Years 1 and 2 will ensure that you have the skills and knowledge you need to realise your career goals.

Building on basic skills in the first year, Year 2 students can choose between two units (with or without work placement), both designed to enhance student employability by equipping you with skills such as teamwork, communication and leadership, and supporting you in developing a graduate-level CV, portfolio and interview skills.

See the Careers tab for more information about how we help students to prepare for the workplace.

Teaching and learning

Lectures, seminars and practical classes

You will hear about the latest developments in psychological theory, research and practice from leading psychological scientists and clinicians.

All lectures are supported by smaller group teaching sessions, enabling you to actively engage with the course materials.

You will discuss concepts introduced in lectures in your seminars, while gaining hands-on experience of statistical analyses through PC-based practical classes.

Learning through research

You will attend empirical work classes, embedded into core units, every week throughout Years 1 and 2.

You will learn how to accumulate knowledge via research while developing critical evaluation skills and designing, conducting and evaluating research studies.

From your first semester, you will collect, organise, describe and analyse both qualitative and quantitative data and present your findings in a variety of formats to different audiences, including professional reports, posters for lay audiences, and presentations to students and academics.

In the final year, you will draw on this research training to undertake an independent and novel research project, supervised by an academic with expertise in that field of psychology.

Personalised learning support

You will be allocated an Academic Advisor every year. You will regularly meet your advisor to reflect on your academic and personal development, discuss future goals and agree action plans.

Additional learning support

We offer weekly drop-in clinics to support students with academic writing and statistics. There are also further sources of learning support across the University.

Coursework and assessment

Assessments range from examinations to essays, laboratory reports and the final year project report.

Our assessment strategy is to give roughly equal weight to written examinations and to other forms of coursework, with examination marks contributing 50% of total marks in Years 1 and 2, and just over 50% in Year 3.

Course unit details

The psychology units you will take throughout your degree each fall under one of the following themes.

Mind and brain

How do we perceive and make sense of the world around us? How can we use sensory information to control our actions?

Our units on cognition will help you understand the brain mechanisms and processes underlying learning and memory, what attention is and how it changes throughout our lives, and how emotion can influence our decisions.

You will learn from experimental studies in healthy people, neuropsychological studies in people with neurological disorders, and insights provided by the latest neuroimaging techniques.

Evolution and development

How do infants come to understand the world around them? What factors influence our cognitive abilities as we move into mid- and late-adult life?

Through this fascinating set of units, you will learn about how people change throughout the lifespan, from learning to crawl to coping with retirement.

Our units on evolution will also ask how human development differs from that of other animals - what, if anything, sets us apart?

Adaptability and wellbeing

What are the risk factors for developing psychological disorders? How can we influence choices made by the population, to help promote healthy behaviours?

You will learn from practicing clinicians, health psychologists and field-leading researchers to explore mental health, the influence of individual differences (including personality), ways we can influence choices important to wellbeing, and criminal behaviour. 

Psychology in society

What influence does social media have on political attitudes? How can police procedures be optimised to achieve the accurate identification of perpetrators? This theme examines society through a psychological lens, covering a range of topics in social psychology, as well as the application of psychology to politics, the workplace and forensic settings. Having been introduced to key theories, you will evaluate the research evidence cited to support those theories and consider their application in a range of real-world contexts.

Course content for year 1

Compulsory units from the four course themes will be supplemented with training in research methods and statistics and a unit designed to support skill and career development.

You will have the opportunity to replace the optional Group Dynamics unit for a 10 credit unit from the University Language Centre .

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Research Methods & Statistics PSYC10100 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Developmental Psychology PSYC10211 10 Mandatory
Lifespan & Ageing PSYC10311 10 Mandatory
Introduction to Cognition PSYC10421 10 Mandatory
Introduction to Social Psychology PSYC10711 10 Mandatory
Brain & Behaviour PSYC11212 10 Mandatory
Sensation & Perception PSYC11312 10 Mandatory
Group Dynamics PSYC11402 10 Mandatory
Foundations in Mental Health & Distress PSYC11412 10 Mandatory
Foundations of Health Psychology PSYC11512 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

Course units from the four course 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.

You will have the opportunity to replace up to two Psychology units with a diverse range offered by the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning or the University Language Centre , enabling you to broaden your educational horizons. (N.B. there are some restrictions on which unit combinations can be replaced in order to satisfy British Psychological Society Accreditation requirements).

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a short (30-hour) work placement.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Perception and Action PSYC21012 10 Mandatory
Topics and Issues in Developmental Psychology PSYC21021 10 Mandatory
Cognitive Neuroscience PSYC21022 10 Mandatory
Evolution of Behaviour and Cognition PSYC21031 10 Mandatory
Interventions to Improve Mental Health and Wellbeing PSYC21032 10 Mandatory
Individual Differences in Mental Health and Wellbeing PSYC21042 10 Mandatory
Statistics and Data Analysis PSYC21061 10 Mandatory
Topics and Issues in Social Psychology PSYC21701 10 Mandatory
Leadership of Learning UCIL20001 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Unit UCIL20021 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Online Unit UCIL20031 10 Optional
Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental History UCIL20092 10 Optional
Current Topics in Biology UCIL20882 10 Optional
Leadership of Learning UCIL21002 10 Optional
Bioethics: Contemporary Issues in Science and Biomedicine UCIL21202 10 Optional
Communicating with Confidence UCIL21301 10 Optional
Communicating with Confidence UCIL21302 10 Optional
Essential Enterprise UCIL22001 10 Optional
Essential Enterprise UCIL22002 10 Optional
Global Citizenship and Intercultural Understanding UCIL22501 10 Optional
The Art of Enterprise UCIL24002 10 Optional
Understanding The Universe: The Grand Challenges of Today UCIL29002 10 Optional
British Sign Language ULBS20011 10 Optional
British Sign Language - semester two ULBS20012 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 24 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

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 , Business and Management for all Programmes or the University Language Centre .

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Language and Communicative Development in Educational Settings PSYC31121 20 Optional
Sociality & Communication: Evolutionary Perspectives PSYC31131 20 Optional
Qualitative Research Methods in Applied Contexts PSYC31151 20 Optional
Cases in Clinical Neuropsychology PSYC31161 20 Optional
Lifestyle Behaviour Change PSYC31212 20 Optional
Clinical Psychology PSYC31222 20 Optional
Communication in Healthcare PSYC31232 20 Optional
Psychology of Politics, Identity and Society PSYC32241 20 Optional
Landmark Studies in Perception PSYC32322 20 Optional
Emotion PSYC37111 20 Optional

What our students say

Marcus Quek - BSc Psychology

"My lecturers often challenge me to think more critically about research and how it can contribute to wider existing literature.

"The diverse and multicultural community here has allowed me to expand my horizons and develop greater insight into the perspectives of others."

Marcus Quek / BSc Psychology Year 3 student
Find out more about what it's like to study at Manchester on the  Biology, Medicine and Health Student Blog .

Facilities

In addition to the  excellent resources  available to all students at the University, psychology students have access to subject-specific research facilities and equipment.

This includes dedicated labs for the study of sleep, nonverbal behaviour, eye movements and decision-making. Our neuroscience facilities include EEG, MRI and TMS.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

Careers

Career opportunities

BSc Psychology - Jessica Lomas

"I'd recommend Manchester because the level of teaching is really good and all of the lecturers were extremely supportive and approachable.

"The BSc in Psychology was a requirement to be accepted onto my master's course, but I particularly think that the course helped me in my master's interview, as my degree equipped me with the presentation skills I needed."

Jessica Lomas / BSc Psychology 2015 graduate and MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health student

Gaining a BPS-accredited psychology degree is the first step toward a professional psychology career (clinical, counselling, health, forensic, organisational, educational, sports).

Only 15-20% of psychology graduates choose to complete the required postgraduate training to become professional chartered psychologists; the majority of graduates will work in other professions where the skills developed during their study will be highly valued.

These skills range from research and critical thinking to data handling and analysis, in addition to the important knowledge about how people think and work in everyday life.

Our graduates

Our graduates work in a range of careers, including marketing, advertising and consumer psychology; journalism; human resources; management consulting; academic research; teaching; police and prison service; mental health nursing; counselling; and social work.

We have strong links with our graduates, many of whom provide work placements and give advice and inspiration to our current students.

How we support our students

Through a range of units, opportunities for work experience, support from academic advisors and bespoke careers events involving our psychology graduates, we help you to work out not only what you would like to do, but also how to get there.

Work placement options

You can take a Year 2 unit that includes a short work placement or opt for a full-year placement in Year 3.

Both give our graduates a competitive edge in the labour market, having had experience of applying for professional roles, being interviewed and gaining relevant experience.

Careers consultants

We work closely with our dedicated careers consultants and the wider careers service to deliver bespoke events and support for our students. We bring the careers service to you in weekly drop-in sessions.

Further opportunities to enhance your employability

In Years 2 and 3 you have the opportunity to swap Psychology units for those offered by The University College for Interdisciplinary Learning and Business and Management for all Programmes. Choosing to study units outside of the core psychology curriculum will allow you to develop key knowledge and skills in areas selected on the basis of your career ambitions.

For example, for the Leadership of Learning unit, students complete a project while placed in a local school, while the Marketing unit offers training from the Manchester Business School.

Psychology students are also eligible to submit work for awards that are valued by employers, including the Manchester Leadership Award, Manchester Global Award and Manchester Enterprise Award.

More information

See the Higher Education Academy's  psychology careers resources  for further information.

Accrediting organisations

The course is accredited as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of  The British Psychological Society  and the Graduate Basis for Registration.

The latter is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. To be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Registration, you must gain a minimum of an Upper Second degree classification and pass the Final Year Project unit.