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University Choice For Psychology Undergrad

Hey everyone! I’m an A-Level student studying Psychology, English lit, photography (and a diploma certificate in criminology). I know I want to study psych at university next year and I have a list of options, if anyone has any views on these universities for specifically Psychology (or general life there!) it would be greatly appreciated.

it’s important to know that i DONT plan to become a clinical psychologist (don’t worry, i have a plan). So courses specifically catered toward clinical psychology doesn’t matter at all, and i’d probably prefer a course LESS catered towards clinical psych if that makes sense. My plan is to work toward a PhD later in life, perhaps in Forensic Psychology.

My current options are:
Newcastle, Exeter, Nottingham, Lancaster, UEA & Lincoln.

My grades currently are: A*AB (but obviously that will change and i’m willing to put in as much effort as needed to change them if needed).

Any advice, stories or opinions would be greatly appreciated! (I’m from around Norwich for context!)
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Original post by Aclusterofstars
Hey everyone! I’m an A-Level student studying Psychology, English lit, photography (and a diploma certificate in criminology). I know I want to study psych at university next year and I have a list of options, if anyone has any views on these universities for specifically Psychology (or general life there!) it would be greatly appreciated.
it’s important to know that i DONT plan to become a clinical psychologist (don’t worry, i have a plan). So courses specifically catered toward clinical psychology doesn’t matter at all, and i’d probably prefer a course LESS catered towards clinical psych if that makes sense. My plan is to work toward a PhD later in life, perhaps in Forensic Psychology.
My current options are:
Newcastle, Exeter, Nottingham, Lancaster, UEA & Lincoln.
My grades currently are: A*AB (but obviously that will change and i’m willing to put in as much effort as needed to change them if needed).
Any advice, stories or opinions would be greatly appreciated! (I’m from around Norwich for context!)

I suggest you look into the REF results to gauge the quality of the research produced by those universities in Psychology. https://results2021.ref.ac.uk/. Whilst it does not tell anything about the quality of their teaching, it will certainly help you better understand how active those departments are in psychological research.
Original post by aclusterofstars
Hey everyone! I’m an A-Level student studying Psychology, English lit, photography (and a diploma certificate in criminology). I know I want to study psych at university next year and I have a list of options, if anyone has any views on these universities for specifically Psychology (or general life there!) it would be greatly appreciated.
it’s important to know that i DONT plan to become a clinical psychologist (don’t worry, i have a plan). So courses specifically catered toward clinical psychology doesn’t matter at all, and i’d probably prefer a course LESS catered towards clinical psych if that makes sense. My plan is to work toward a PhD later in life, perhaps in Forensic Psychology.
My current options are:
Newcastle, Exeter, Nottingham, Lancaster, UEA & Lincoln.
My grades currently are: A*AB (but obviously that will change and i’m willing to put in as much effort as needed to change them if needed).
Any advice, stories or opinions would be greatly appreciated! (I’m from around Norwich for context!)

Hi @Aclusterofstars,

Hope you're doing well. Really great to see you have us down as an option. Psychology at Lancaster is quite broad, you'll cover lots of different areas in psychology, especially when it comes to 3rd year, where you will be able to pick from a wide range of optional modules. While I can't gurantee what modules will be available by the time you reach 3rd year, we have previously had modules related to Forensic Psychology and Criminology. There are lots of opportunities get involved with research in real time as a research assistant or through volunteering roles that vary across the public sector through our PEP scheme. This is one of my favourite things about the course and I've learnt some many valuable things from my time as a research assistant and volunteering at a social support group in Lancaster. The course is also BPS accredited too.
The university in general is really great too. Being a campus-based university, Lancaster has really close community which makes it really safe and friendly. It also means that its really easy to navigate and has everything you need, from laundrettes to a GP surgery. There are loads of places to eat too with big chains like Subway and independent cafes like Coastal (definitely recommend!). It's perfect if you're not sure about living in a big city, its very sceneic and the city centre is only a 10-15 min bus ride.
The union holds lots of events and is responsible for loads of different societies (here's a link to their website: https://lancastersu.co.uk/). If you're into sports, we also operate with a collegiate system where we have 7 different colleges that have their own sports teams that compete amoongst each other (here's a link about the collegiate system: https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/about-us/colleges/). We also host an annual called Roses where we compete against University of York across loads of different sports.
If you are able to, I would really recommend coming to visit the campus to see if its right for you. Hope this helps and let me know if you have any further questions.

Faheema (Psychology Ambassador at Lancaster University)
(edited 1 month ago)
Original post by Randnom
I suggest you look into the REF results to gauge the quality of the research produced by those universities in Psychology. https://results2021.ref.ac.uk/. Whilst it does not tell anything about the quality of their teaching, it will certainly help you better understand how active those departments are in psychological research.

thanks so much!
Original post by Lancaster Student Ambassador
Hi @Aclusterofstars,
Hope you're doing well. Really great to see you have us down as an option. Psychology at Lancaster is quite broad, you'll cover lots of different areas in psychology, especially when it comes to 3rd year, where you will be able to pick from a wide range of optional modules. While I can't gurantee what modules will be available by the time you reach 3rd year, we have previously had modules related to Forensic Psychology and Criminology. There are lots of opportunities get involved with research in real time as a research assistant or through volunteering roles that vary across the public sector through our PEP scheme. This is one of my favourite things about the course and I've learnt some many valuable things from my time as a research assistant and volunteering at a social support group in Lancaster. The course is also BPS accredited too.
The university in general is really great too. Being a campus-based university, Lancaster has really close community which makes it really safe and friendly. It also means that its really easy to navigate and has everything you need, from laundrettes to a GP surgery. There are loads of places to eat too with big chains like Subway and independent cafes like Coastal (definitely recommend!). It's perfect if you're not sure about living in a big city, its very sceneic and the city centre is only a 10-15 min bus ride.
The union holds lots of events and is responsible for loads of different societies (here's a link to their website: https://lancastersu.co.uk/). If you're into sports, we also operate with a collegiate system where we have 7 different colleges that have their own sports teams that compete amoongst each other (here's a link about the collegiate system: https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/about-us/colleges/). We also host an annual called Roses where we compete against University of York across loads of different sports.
If you are able to, I would really recommend coming to visit the campus to see if its right for you. Hope this helps and let me know if you have any further questions.
Faheema (Psychology Ambassador at Lancaster University)

Wow! That’s so helpful! Thanks :smile:

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