You will be able to gain insight into the motivations of people, investigate how brain processes cause behaviour, gain understanding of the principles that underlie group behaviour and find out how the malfunctioning of mental processes can lead to psychological problems. These aspects and many more will be covered in courses including: developmental, social and clinical psychology, psychological disorders, neuroscience, cognition, perception, research methods and statistics. You will interpret this knowledge in the context of how psychological factors change over the lifespan and delve into the causes and interventions for when processes develop abnormally.
Course units in the first and second years are compulsory. In the final year, you will carry out an independent research project, and have a range of advanced course units tailored to the area of Development and Developmental disorders, several of which are related to professional careers in the field.
By studying this course you will:
- understand and predict the many factors involved in the basis of human behaviour
- design, analyse and interpret research studies independently to answer new scientific questions
- gain quantitative skills as well as verbal and written communications skills of a professional standard
- engage with this knowledge in the context of developmental processes and apply these skills in the context of understanding developmental disorders.
All undergraduate degree courses at Royal Holloway are based on the course unit system. This system provides an effective and flexible approach to study, while ensuring that our degrees have a coherent and developmental structure.
The Department’s website gives detailed lists of the course units taken for each different degree.