How much biology is in Psychology?Watch
However, now I'm having second thoughts again because I realised that whilst I find how the brain works to be very interesting and progressive to a greater understanding of ourselves, there are two issues I have with studying natural sciences;
1/ A career in psychology would involve working with people, being focused on people, which is a big plus to me. A girl doing her masters at Newcastle Uni told me she found all the other experiments her fellow students were doing boring because they're all stuck in labs staring at slices of brain, or making chemical reactions, whilst she gets to meet people through her experiment. I can completely empathise with this. I'm a complete extrovert which is why I quit a job of three years in the NHS administration with more pay to go work in sales and retail because I felt totally drained by the admin work, whereas, now I sometimes secretly don't want to leave work because I feel that energised being up and about bouncing off customers and tasking all day. So I'm a little afraid of where one degree might lead me. You can find the subject matter incredibly interesting but the day to day work boring. I'm aware of this and don't want to spend years studying to work towards a career where I'm back to feeling completely unstimulated.
2/ There's only 60 credits focused on the workings of the brain in the natural sciences degree and what if the psychology degree also covers the brain? I can't seem to find enough information on the degree content so I thought I'd ask and hopefully someone who's doing psychology could answer. Is there a lot of focus on the biological origins of behaviour?
My fear of doing Psychology instead of Natural Sciences is that It might not teach me anything about the brain, it's processes and how it works. I don't believe anyone can truly understand human nature without reference to it's origins in the brain but Psychology is the study and observation of behaviour not the brain itself.
Here are the degree structures for the Natural Sciences and Psychology degrees. You can click individual modules for more information on them. If you can't study exactly what you want on a named degree, consider doing an Open degree instead. That way you can pick and choose modules from various disciplines. You could for instance do half Psychology and half Biology, or follow the Psychology curriculum but replace one or two modules with natural science modules.
Health Sciences might be a good choice for you. It has more biological modules and you can pick psychology modules for it too. If you don't want to work as a psychologist (and trust me, that's boring too) I would choose that one.