Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and its functions. Our Psychology extended degree will help you to learn about yourself and others by studying how the human mind works and how it affects behaviour. One hundred per cent of our Psychology research is rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' for its impact (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society
The extended degree programmes include a foundation year, which will provide you with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying Psychology at degree level. Our extended degree programme will provide you with a thorough and supportive academic preparation for study. The foundation year is carefully designed to build confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide you with the subject specific knowledge essential for success.
During this degree, you will develop an excellent foundation for understanding all the core areas of psychology including the biological, social and developmental aspects in a supportive environment. You will also explore how psychology can have a positive impact on people’s lives. The course content includes contemporary developments in psychology such as clinical aspects of neuropsychology and criminal psychology.
You will have the opportunity to learn from enthusiastic and dedicated tutors who are also practitioners. This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and if you graduate with a 2.2 or above, you will automatically gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of BPS. This is the first step required to become a chartered psychologist.
We offer diverse and practical modules such as ‘Mind, Body, & Brain’ which teaches biological psychology - the study of how the brain, nervous system and other physiological systems interact with mental functions and behaviour. Other modules include ‘Personality Psychology and Abnormal Behaviour’ which covers different approaches to the studying personality and ‘Psychology in the Real World’ which addresses topical issues such as criminal profiling and social media use in connection with psychological theory and practice.
During the foundation year, you will take modules in English and Maths which will develop your core academic and study skills. The syllabus includes a year-long module relevant to your chosen degree subject such as An Introduction to Scientific Thinking. This will provide you with a subject specific knowledge in Psychology which is essential for success in your degree.
In your first year, you will be introduced to a range of topics including child development, cognitive and biological processes, psychological research methods and social psychology.
Cognitive, social, biological and developmental psychology, and research methods are taught in greater depth in the second year, along with personality psychology and abnormal behaviour.
In your final year, you will undertake a year-long, supervised research project. You also have the opportunity to study diverse range of optional modules that reflect the research interests and expertise of the teaching team. Recent examples include Autism; Body Movement, Gaze and Gesture; Psychology of Music; Hands-on Cognitive Science; Neuropsychology; and contemporary developments in the discipline as a whole (eg Positive Psychology, Criminal and Forensic Psychology, Critical Psychology, Health Psychology, and Practical Creativity and Problem Solving).
Here are examples of the modules we currently offer:
Extended Research Project
Autism: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Cognition and Emotion
Peer-assisted Learning and the Study of Psychology
The Psychology of Music
Advanced Abnormal Psychology
Cognitive Development for Schools
Practical Creativity and Thinking Skills
Criminal and Forensic Psychology
"I have developed skills that I can use in any future job such as presenting and working effectively in a group."
BSc Single Honours
4 years (full-time)