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BSc Hons (Full Time)

UCAS Code:C800
Minimum Length:3 Year(s)
Credit Points:360
Part II Weight:8
Part II Year 2 Weight:4
Part II Year 3 Weight:4
Part II Year 4 Weight:0
Director of Studies:Professor SG Condor

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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To offer students a thorough grounding in key areas of contemporary psychology

To provide students with the opportunity to study in depth selected areas of psychology that are taught by staff who are research active in those areas

To offer students a range of different learning environments and forms of assessment

To enable students to formulate, investigate, analyse and evaluate psycholoigical questions

To give students the opportunity to acquire the intellectual and practical skills required for postgraduate study in psychology

To provide students with opportunities to develop the literary, numeracy and analytic skills that can contribute to success in a range of future careers

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Subject specific
On graduating with an honours degree in Psychology, graduates should be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of key theories, findings and methods in central areas of psychology including cognitive psychology, physiological psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, and appropriate forms of data analysis
2. Recognise the diversity of psychological methods, theories, evidence and applications
3. Generate and explore hypotheses and research questions
4. Carry out empirical studies drawing on a variety of psychological methods
5. Use quantitative and qualitative methods to analyse data from psychological investigations
6. Use primary sources, such as journal articles, and critically evaluate them
7. Plan, conduct and report a substantial piece of independent empirical research including: defining a research problem, formulating testable predictions, choosing appropriate methods, planning and conducting data gathering, demonstrating an awareness of the ethical issues and codes of ethics, demonstrate evaluation of data, producing a professional report
8. Employ evidence-based reasoning when presenting, interpreting and evaluating psychological research
9. Use some psychological tools such as experimental software and psychometric instruments

On graduating with an honours degree in Psychology, graduates should be able to:

1. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
2. Interpret and use both quantitative and qualitative data effectively
3. Critically interrogate data, ideas, and the relationships between them
4. Use standard computer packages including at least one statistical package
5. Demonstrate the ability to plan their work, meet deadlines and manage their time effectively
6. Problem-solve including identifying and posing problems, considering alternative solutions and evaluating outcomes
7. Learn independently including the ability to seek out, retrieve, analyse and synthesise information
8. Engage in effective teamwork showing sensitivity to contextual and interpersonal factors


Structure, Features and Regulations: Compulsory and Optional Modules

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Single Majors:


Second Year structure 


You take 4 units of your 8 unit degree. 

 In Psychology, these units consist of 7 modules (six are half-units and one a full unit). 

All the modules are compulsory (in order to help meet BPS requirements)


Third Year structure 


You take the remaining 4 units of your degree. 

There are 7 modules (six are half units and one, the 304 Project, is a full unit). 

Two of the modules are compulsory, including the Project, you then select a further 5 modules according to some restrictions, see below.



2nd Year 

All these are compulsory modules (automatic on line)


Term 1

Term 2

Psyc201  Cognitive Psychology

Psyc202  Brain & Behaviour


Psyc203  Social Psychology

Psyc204  Research Methods (1 unit)

Psyc204  Research Methods (continues)

Psyc205  Developmental Psychology

Psyc207  Personality & Individual Differences

Psyc214  Statistics

Psyc214  Statistics (continues)




3rd Year 

Compulsory modules (automatic on line)


Term 1

Term 2

Psyc304     Project  (1 unit)

Psyc306 Historical & Conceptual Issues



FIVE further half-unit modules:

EITHER:   3 Core modules + 2 Options (one from term 1, one from term 2)

OR             4 Core modules + 1 Option (either term but noting the balance of work between terms)



      Core Modules (available on line)                                    Core Modules (available on line)


Term 1

Term 2

Psyc302  Advanced Human Neuropsychology

Psyc301  Advanced Cognitive Psychology


Psyc 305  Advanced Developmental Psychology

Psyc303  Advanced Social Psychology




The option modules for 2013-14 will be announced later in the year but, as an example, in 2012-13 they are:


Term 1 Options

Term 2 Options

Psyc311  The Psychology of Attention

Psyc317  Prozac Nation

Psyc313  Professional Skills for Psychologists

Psyc327  Topics in Clinical Psychology

Psyc327  Topics in Clinical Psychology

Psyc357  Cognitive Psychotherapy

Psyc389  The Social Psychology of Conservation and the Environment

Psyc367  Forensic and Investigative Psychology


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