Develop a broad knowledge of psychology on a course that can be tailored to meet your individual interests.
This course enables you to move on to a wide range of careers or pursue further training to become a professional psychologist. You'll explore the inner workings of the world's most complex machine: the human brain and be taught by experts who are passionate about the study of the human mind. Our clinical psychology modules are taught by professional psychologists from our on-site NHS clinics, giving you a direct insight into professional practice and the latest developments in the field.
You will be able to pick modules that suit your specific interests, including a range of modules from other subjects. Should you wish to study abroad, you can study at a partner institution for a term during your final year.
As a psychology student you can take advantage of research laboratories, neuroimaging facilities and resources for observation. Additionally, we have three in-house NHS clinics and the world-renowned Charlie Waller Institute for evidence-based psychological treatments on site.
Overall, 100% of our research impact has been recognised as internationally excellent or world class (Research Excellence Framework, 2014 - Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience), which feeds directly into your learning.
The first year of the course will introduce you to the concepts required for British Psychological Society (BPS) qualification, including cognition, neuroscience, development, personality and social psychology. You will then cover these subjects in far greater depth during the second year. In the final year of the degree you can develop your knowledge by exploring the areas that interest you most. The vast majority of modules in this year are optional and are regularly revised in order to incorporate the latest developments in psychology. Recent modules have included subjects such as autistic spectrum conditions, behavioural economics, nutritional psychology, and cognitive behavioural theory and therapy.
Throughout the course you will gain practical experience, and learn how to devise and run your own experiments. During the final year you will carry out an original piece of research on a topic of your choice. In the past these have included the effects of emotion on cognition, the effects of Huntingdon's Disease on quality of life, and using puppets to test children's IQ. You may even have the opportunity to present your work at conferences, and a number of past projects have won awards from the BPS and British Neuroscience Association.
You will have the opportunity to gain professional experience through work placements during your second year. These can take place at an outside organisation or with one of our in-house NHS clinics. Alternatively, you can volunteer as a research assistant on a range of projects within the department.
During the final year, you can opt to spend a term studying at a university abroad. We have links with many European institutions, as well as places further afield including locations in Australia, USA and Canada.
As a graduate of this course you will be qualified for further training to become a professional psychologist. Our BSc Psychology degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society and provides you with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.
This course will provide you with a range of transferable skills, including analytical qualitative abilities, writing experience, presentation skills and the ability to think and analyse scientifically.
You could go on to work for organisations such as the NHS, civil services, schools or charities. Skills learned on the course also open up many doors within the private sector, in areas such as HR, recruitment, management consultancy, publicity, finance and journalism. Alternatively you can choose to further develop your skills by moving into research, teacher training or postgraduate studies.
Sample modules may include:
* Cognition and learning
* Careers in psychology
* Virtual reality and the brain
* Clinical psychology
* Skills for psychology
Check our website for more details of the course structure.
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