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BSc (Honours) Psychology: pathway

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This degree is made up of 360 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

You’ll begin Stage 1 with one of three options. All provide a sound foundation in psychology, with a choice of related subjects:

  1. Introducing the social sciences (DD101)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q07-1,module,DD101,,1 (60 credits): a broad, fascinating introductory module covering psychology, social policy and criminology, geography and environment, politics and international studies, economics and sociology.   
  2. Introducing the social sciences - part one (DD131)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q07-1,module,DD131,,1 (30 credits), a shorter version of DD101, with Discovering psychology (DSE141)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q07-1,module,DSE141,,1 (30 credits), which explores how psychologists investigate our thinking and behaviour – and how academic research can be applied in real-life settings.
  3.  Introducing health sciences: a case study approach (SDK125)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q07-1,module,SDK125,,1 (30 credits) – an investigation of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability in a global context with Discovering psychology (DSE141)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q07-1,module,DSE141,,1 (see above).

Next, the compulsory 60-credit module Exploring psychology (DSE212)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q07-1,module,DSE212,,1, considers the wide range of approaches psychologists take to the subject of the individual. You’ll find out how different perspectives – such as biological, cognitive and social – complement or oppose each other, and how they’re used to investigate areas such as perception, memory, identity, language, and gender. You’ll learn about major figures and schools of thought that have influenced psychology over the past century.

Stage 2

You’ll begin Stage 2 with project work, which you will study either online (Exploring psychology on-line project (DZX222)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q07-1,module,DZX222,,1) or at a residential school (Exploring psychology project (DXR222)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q07-1,module,DXR222,,1), carrying out an experiment and a qualitative study and learning to analyse and present your data.

You will then branch out into a range of specialist and applied areas of psychology, starting with the early psychological development of children and young people in Child development (ED209)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q07-1,module,ED209,,1 (60 credits). You’ll follow development through the formative social elements in children’s lives in their families and communities, focusing on such topics as children’s early attachments, the development of the self, and the origins of disturbing behaviour. You will also examine two interlinked themes within cognitive and linguistic approaches: how children learn language, and how knowledge and thinking develop.

You’ll also have a choice of modules in applied areas of psychology that are central to psychological issues in everyday life, including the autism spectrum, human biology, health psychology, and the theory and practice of counselling. (Please note that if you aim to complete your degree within four years and also study the online version of Level 2 project, you must study this 30-credit Level 2 option alongside the compulsory module at Stage 1, before you study the project module.)

Stage 3

You’ll complete your degree by taking two advanced 60-credit modules in psychology.  

Cognitive psychology (DD303)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q07-1,module,DD303,,1 focuses on theories, evidence and methods, raising questions relating to everyday life including: Why do we forget? Does language influence thought? Can anyone become an expert? Beginning with core topics – perception and attention; categorisation and language; and memory, thinking and reasoning – you’ll then explore wider issues such as emotion and consciousness, which have presented a real challenge to the cognitive approach. You’ll also consider areas of applied psychology, such as eyewitness testimony and measuring intelligence. This module includes a residential school during which you design, develop and run a supervised experimental project.

In Social psychology: critical perspectives on self and others (DD307)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q07-1,module,DD307,,1, you’ll explore how social psychologists have accounted for the construction of our sense of self in relation to others. You’ll consider how key social psychological perspectives – cognitive social, phenomenological, discursive psychological, and social psychoanalytic – inform our understanding of topics such as personality, emotion, prejudice, and conflict, as well as exploring group processes. Focusing on the qualitative analysis of data, you’ll carry out a substantial research project that consolidates and deepens your understanding of what it is to be a person in a social context.

By the end of your studies, you'll be an independent thinker with a range of critical and analytic skills that you can use to evaluate contemporary debates and undertake research in psychology. You’ll have experience in analysing both qualitative and quantitative data and presenting empirical findings in a conventional and professional style.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes four to six years study to complete this qualification, but you can take up to 16 years.


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