The focus of a degree within the joint honours programme at the University of Northampton is two named subjects. It can involve closely related subjects, or contrasting subjects. Depending on how much time you want to spend studying particular subjects, your degree may emphasise one of these subjects rather than the other (a major and minor programme) or there is the option of studying them more equally, resulting in a joint degree.
This Joint Honours course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)* and can be the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
âœ± Accreditation applicable to Undergraduate Single Honours Psychology degrees and Joint Honours degrees where Psychology is the major subject.
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You are required to take three compulsory 20 credit modules from each of your chosen courses to attain a total of 120 credits.
For Law there are 4 compulsory modules:
• Law of Contract
• Criminal Law
• Learning the Law
• Public Law.
The 3 compulsory modules for Joint Honours Psychology are:
• Introduction to Psychology
• Becoming a Psychologist
• Psychology in Practice
Within Psychology, year two provides a wide range of ten credit and 20 credit modules enabling you to study a number of core areas in detail, with sufficient flexibility to select according to your interests and career plans. Your final choice of modules will be partly determined by the specific award you choose.
To become eligible for GBR, you would complete the following 6 ten-credit modules and the 20 credit Research Methods and Data Analysis. You will consider a deeper analysis of their modules using professional theoretical research in their subject areas to supplement learning, growth, development and knowledge.
Optional modules for Psychology include:
• The Human Animal
• Cognitive Psychology
• Social Psychology
There are no compulsory modules at this stage in Law, and you can select from a range of optional modules including:
• Environmental Law
• Law in the Community
• Organised Crime
• Consumer Law
• Financial Services Law
• Discrimination Law
• Child law
You can select from the wide range of advanced Psychology modules on offer. There are modules on each of the applied psychological professions such as forensic psychology and clinical psychology. There are also modules reflecting the research expertise of our staff, for example Transpersonal Psychology and Positive Psychology.
Psychology majors typically undertake an empirical dissertation with one-to-one guidance from a Psychology lecturer.
If a Law dissertation is chosen students can select from a range of option modules including:
• Employment Law
• Medical Law
• European and International Human Rights Law
• Legal Advice in the Community
• Practical Legal Skills
You, if you have an even split on their courses, can choose to write a dissertation on any topic within their Joint Honours course.
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
A variety of assessment strategies are used at each level to ascertain your level of competence in a range of academic and transferable skills. These strategies include:
• practical reports
• multiple-choice tests
• oral presentations
• time-constrained essays
• seen and unseen examinations
• critical reviews
• group project work.
Application deadline details:
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