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Undergraduate courses

The first two years of  all Psychology BSc programmes cover a central core of knowledge in a range of key areas such as Research Methods, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, the nRHULpsy1euroscience of behaviour, and aspects of Clinical Psychology. In the final year, all students work closely with members of academic staff to carry out research projects at the cutting edge of contemporary research. In addition, students choosing C800 BSc Psychology continue to cover a broad range of advanced topics in their final year, whereas students on the more specialised BSc programmes focus on areas of Psychology with relevance to their particular degree choice. Students can change between the different Psychology BSc programmes at the end of the first year subject to availability. We admit around 170 undergraduate students across all our single honours programmes each year (with no limits on individual programmes).

  • C800 BSc Psychology will give students a thorough understanding of how research into human behaviour can be conducted across different areas of Psychology without limiting study to any specific area. During year 3 students are able to study topics relating to cognitive and social development, language acquisition and processing, attention and perception, as well as a selection of the topics listed below.  Additionally, students may complete a Dissertation (independent library project) on a topic of their choice under the supervision of a member of staff.
  • C804 BSc Applied Psychology focuses on applying psychological research to real world issues, offering a broader social and occupational context. Topics include how we can modify health and social behaviour, research into psychological problems and understanding of interventions for children and adults, and also how Psychology can be used in the work-place, in education and when exploring criminal behaviour.
  • C805 BSc Psychology, Development & Developmental Disorders focuses on issues related to the study of typical and atypical child development, including the development of perceptual, cognitive and social skills in infancy and early childhood, and developmental disorders such as autism, Down syndrome, dyslexia, dyspraxia and attention deficit hyperactive disorder.
  • C806 BSc Psychology, Clinical Psychology & Mental Health focuses upon the study of psychological problems in children and adults, as well as the study of how psychological factors are related to physical health and the prevention of illness.
  • C807 BSc Psychology, Clinical & Cognitive Neuroscience examines the relationships between the brain and higher functions such as decision-making and consciousness, the causes, symptoms and treatments of common brain disorders such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease, and methods for studying the brain such as functional MRI.

All of our above BSc Psychology single honours degrees are recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, and qualify students to undertake postgraduate study in Psychology once they have graduated.

Single honours programmes course units:

Single honours students from all programmes take four courses in each term of the first year. You will be taught how to design and run research studies and will receive practical experience in carrying out simple experiments and analysing statistical data. You will also have introductory courses in lifespan development, biological psychology, learning and memory, abnormal psychology, self and society, and sensation and perception. You will be taught in several different ways, mostly through lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes. Altogether you can expect around 12 hours of tutorials, classes and lectures each week and the rest of the time you will be engaged in private study, reading and revision. Your understanding and knowledge will be assessed in coursework essays throughout term and end of year examinations, which are usually in May. You will also be allocated your own Personal Advisor – a member of academic staff who will be available to give you guidance and support throughout your time as a psychology student at Royal Holloway.

Year 1 class units

  • PS1010 - Introduction to Psychological Research
  • PS1021 - Learning and Memory
  • PS1030 - Self and Society
  • PS1040 - Lifespan Development
  • PS1060 - Biological Foundations of Psychology
  • PS1061 - Sensation and Perception 
  • PS1110 - Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Courses in the second year build on the knowledge gained in the first year. They are more specialised and give students the chance to learn about particular topics in greater depth. Second year students are expected to carry out more independent reading and to begin to design their own research. You will receive lab classes and tutorials and lectures in research methodology and statistics, developmental, cognitive and social psychology, personality, brain and behaviour, and conceptual issues.

Year 2 class units

  • PS2010 - Psychological Research Methods and Analysis
  • PS2021 - Cognitive Psychology
  • PS2030 - Social Psychology
  • PS2040 - Developmental Psychology
  • PS2050 - Personality and Individual Differences
  • PS2061 - Brain and Behaviour
  • PS2080 - Conceptual Issues in Psychology
In the final year, all students carry out independent research projects in small groups. Each group works closely with a member of staff to design a study on a topic at the cutting edge of contemporary research. Other course unit options will depend on your choice of BSc, see the options below for C800, C804, C805, C806 and C807.  Note, all courses are subject to change depending on what the Department is able to offer in any given year.

We also offer an optional, non-credit bearing placement course PS3000P. The placement course is the means through which the department offers Psychology career relevant placements for students to complete part-time during term or over the summer term. As part of the placement course students gain important work experience and through the completion of a self-reflective log and related careers sessions are taught to recognize and be able to present the skills they have developed through the undertaking of the placement.  The aim of the course is to help students develop more competitive CVs and gain skills in applying for employment and for future use in with workplace. 

Year 3 class units 

All students must take:

  • PS3200 - Research Project

In addition, C800 students select five options (in consultation with the Academic Coordinator) from the following list:

  • PS3022 - Language, Communication, and Thought
  • PS3031 - Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PS3041 - Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • PS3050 - Health Psychology
  • PS3060 - Consciousness and Cognition
  • PS3061 - The Ageing Brain
  • PS3090 - Advanced and Applied Social Psychology
  • PS3110 - Adult Psychological Problems
  • PS3121 - Developmental Disorders
  • PS3131 - Human Neuropsychology
  • PS3141 - Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PS3151  - Occupational and Organisational Psychology
  • PS3171 - Human Performance: Work, Sport and Medicine
  • PS3181 - Criminal and Forensic Psychology
  • PS3190 - Educational Psychology
  • PS3210 - Dissertation

In addition, C804 students can select up to five half-unit courses from the following 9 options:

  • PS3050 - Health Psychology
  • PS3090  - Advanced and Applied Social Psychology
  • PS3151  - Occupational and Organisational Psychology
  • PS3171 - Human Performance: Work, Sport and Medicine
  • PS3181 - Criminal and Forensic Psychology
  • PS3190 - Educational Psychology
  • PS3060 - Consciousness and Cognition
  • PS3061 - The Ageing Brain
  • PS3210 - Dissertation

In addition, C805 students can select up to five half-unit courses from the following 9 options:

  • PS3041 - Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • PS3050 - Health Psychology
  • PS3061 - The Ageing Brain
  • PS3110 - Adult Psychological Problems
  • PS3121 - Developmental Disorders
  • PS3190 - Educational Psychology
  • PS3141 - Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PS3022 - Language, Communication, and Thought
  • PS3210 - Dissertation

In addition, C806 students can select up to five half-unit courses from the following 9 options:

  • PS3050 - Health Psychology
  • PS3061 - The Ageing Brain
  • PS3110 - Adult Psychological Problems
  • PS3121 - Developmental Disorders
  • PS3131 - Human Neuropsychology
  • PS3141 - Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PS3181 - Criminal and Forensic Psychology
  • PS3022 - Language, Communication, and Thought
  • PS3210 - Dissertation

In addition, C807 students can select up to five half-unit courses from the following 9 options:

  • PS3031 - Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PS3060 - Consciousness and Cognition
  • PS3061 - The Ageing Brain
  • PS3131 - Human Neuropsychology
  • PS3141 - Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PS3171 - Human Performance: Work, Sport and Medicine
  • PS3121 - Developmental Disorders
  • PS3022 - Language, Communication, and Thought
  • PS3210 - Dissertation

C800 BSc Psychology

C804 BSc Applied Psychology

C805 BSc Psychology, Development & Developmental Disorders

C806 BSc Psychology, Clinical Psychology & Mental Health

C807 BSc Psychology, Clinical & Cognitive Neuroscience

CL83 BSc Criminology and Psychology 

 

  

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