Psychology is a diverse subject. Our single honours and major combined pathways (with at least 50% of psychology modules) are accredited by the British Psychological Society. They cover all the core areas of psychology: biological, cognitive, developmental, individual differences, social, conceptual and historical issues, research methods, and an empirical project. There are also optional modules in areas of staff expertise. Our course is designed to offer a coherent delivery of subject knowledge, research skills, practical application and personal development at all levels of study.
You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.
In year one, you will become familiar with the BPS core areas of psychology (including biological, cognitive, social, developmental and individual differences) and the basic methods of psychological research. You will engage in a range of practical coursework, where you will gather data, analyse your findings and write your own report. Single honours students will also complete additional practical exercises, develop their key skills in psychology, explore past and present philosophical and theoretical issues in psychology, and receive an insight into the work of applied psychologists through talks from practitioners in the field.
The psychology team has four active research groups: Creativity and Cognition; Health and Wellbeing; Learning and Development; and Society and Environment.
Year two builds on these foundations and includes some more in-depth and specialised modules. If you choose the singlehonours route or take Psychology as the major component of your combined honours degree, you will learn more about research methods and their practical application, develop your work-related and key skills in psychology, build more specialist subject knowledge, and have access to optional modules on subdisciplines and applied topics (e.g. clinical psychology).
In year three you will take Critical Perspectives in Psychology, which will help you to discuss, debate and discover psychology from a critical perspective. You will also develop more specialised knowledge in Personality and Individual Differences. You will also have access to a diverse range of optional modules in our Lecturer’s areas of expertise (e.g Psychology of the Family). If you are a single honours or major student, you will also carry out your own empirical research project, designing, conducting, analysing and presenting your study under the supervision of an allocated member of staff.
In addition to curricular activity, we strongly encourage volunteering and graduate placements, and will help you connect with charities and organisations.
For singlehonours Psychology students, we have a work-related and key skills module in year 2 to help you develop your employability skills. We also now offer an optional placement year between the second and third years of study, providing an additional opportunity to get to know the work of professional psychologists and develop practical skills.
Dr Amanda Carr has been conducting research with CBeebies Interactive looking at how children under 3 years old use touch screen tablets. In a study of 18 children and their parents she observed infants and toddlers playing simple interactive games on the tablet and is looking at the developmental impact this type of activity might have on children of this age.