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Undergraduate study

When you study with us, you will be taught and supervised by experts in the field.

The first 2 years of all Psychology BSc degrees cover a central core of knowledge in a range of key areas, including:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Neuroscience of Behaviour
  • Social Psychology
  • Research Methods

In the final year, all students choose one of the following streams: 

Psychology – covers a broad range of advanced topics

Applied Psychology – focuses on applying psychological research to real world issues in education, the work place, and the criminal justice system.

Psychology, Development and 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 (i.e., autism, dyslexia, and attention deficit hyperactive disorder).

Psychology, Clinical Psychology and 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.

Psychology, Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience – focuses on the relationship between the brain and higher functions (i.e., decision-making and consciousness), the causes, symptoms and treatments of common brain disorders (i.e., stroke and Parkinson’s disease), and methods for studying the brain (i.e., fMRI).

Also in the final year, 

  • Students carry out research projects under the supervision of a member of academic staff.
  • Students may complete a dissertation on a topic of their choice under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

All of our undergraduate 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.

Psychology MSci - 

Join our four-year MSci programme and you will be able to customise your learning in your third and final years.

Joint degrees

BSc Criminology and Psychology is a joint degree with the School of Law.

This degree gives students an understanding of the biological, social, clinical, and cognitive factors that influence behaviour alongside the study of crime, criminality, and the criminal justice system.

The degree develops students' understanding of psychological problems and interventions, how social and cognitive factors influence behaviour and how behaviour can be modified. It also examines the underpinnings of criminal behaviour (including violent crime, terrorism, race and hate crime), and how society reacts to, controls, and is affected by crime and deviance.

The School of Law is the home department for students choosing to take this programme.

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