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  • Accredited by The British Psychological Society, making you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, if you achieve a 2:2 – an essential first step to becoming a fully Chartered Psychologist.
  • Our graduates go onto work in education, marketing, social care, mental health services and business development and more, as well as pursuing careers within psychology.
  • We are ranked the 5th in London for Psychology (Complete University Guide, 2020).
  • Get practical experience in our state-of-the-art research facilities, which include EEGs to record brain activity, eye-tracking systems and specialist software.

Summary

Learn more about yourself and others and discover how the human mind works and affects behaviour, to propel you in your future career after you graduate.

The British Psychological Society Accredited

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

On Roehampton’s BSc Psychology you’ll develop an excellent understanding of the core areas of psychology, including:

  • Biological psychology, where you’ll study how the brain, nervous system and other physiological systems affect mental functioning and behaviour.
  • Social psychology, looking at how our behaviour is influenced by the presence and behavior of others.
  • Developmental psychology, studying how our thoughts, feelings and behaviours change throughout our lives.

You will also have the chance to shape your degree around your own interests and study the latest developments in specialist fields including mental health, health psychology and forensic psychology.

Our degree is designed to help you succeed in whatever career you choose after graduation. As well as preparing you for further study to become a fully Chartered Psychologist, the versatile transferrable skills you learn will make you a great candidate for a wide range of graduate jobs.

You’ll be learning from our enthusiastic and supportive academic tutors, who are also practitioners and involved in the latest research. On campus our world-class library and dedicated psychology facilities, including electroencephalograms (EEGs) which are used to evaluate electrical activity in the brain and eye tracking systems which allow you to gain a deeper understanding of cognitive processes during tasks, will help support your studies and research. You will also be part of a research active community from your first year, with many of our students taking part in 3rd year student research projects, giving you first-hand experience in a range of different projects and research methods.

Our BSc Psychology is professionally accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS). If you graduate with at least a second-class honours degree, you’ll be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS – a key first step if you choose to become a Chartered Psychologist.

Year one

  • You’ll be introduced to a range of topics, including child development, cognitive and biological processes, psychological research methods and social psychology.
  • Modules include Psychology in the Real World, which will help you understand how to apply theory to real-life situations; and Psychological Problem Solving, which develops your academic and employability skills.

Year two

  • Continue to expand your understanding of the core areas of psychology, and learn more about mental health, including how mental disorders are classified, and explore conditions such as autism and schizophrenia.

Year three

  • Complete your own year-long supervised research project in an area you are passionate about, and choose modules that most interest you and your future goals. You could study Communication and Social Interaction, Cognition and Emotion or Criminal and Forensic Psychology.

Teaching and learning

You’ll be learning through both timetabled and independent study. Your timetabled sessions will be a mixture of larger lectures and small group seminars where you’ll be able to discuss different topics with your peers and lecturers. Outside of this, you will also spend time studying independently, reading and researching, completing coursework and preparing for exams.

The facilities at Roehampton will help support you throughout your studies. On campus we have 24-hour computer suites, rentable laptops, excellent research facilities and a world-class library. Online, you’ll also have access to our 24/7 academic guidance system, Studiosity, as well as access to thousands of online journals and publications.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through a mixture of coursework, which can include essays, lab and research reports, portfolios and group presentations, as well as exams. In your final year, you’ll also complete your extended research project.

Support

  • Academic Guidance Tutors: you’ll be assigned an Academic Guidance Tutor from your department who will be on hand to help you through your studies, help you pick your modules, and provide careers advice.
  • Office hours: your lecturers have drop in office hours, so you can go to them directly, or simply email to ask any questions.
  • Study Skills for Psychology: The department runs Study Skills for Psychology sessions on a weekly lunchtime basis. These sessions support all students who want to improve their academic writing, achieve better grades in their essays, overcome exam anxieties and fulfill their potential. You can find out more about the topics covered here
  • Study skills support: as studying in higher education can be different from school and college, our team of Academic Achievement Advisers are here to help you reach your academic potential and support you in developing the skills to become a successful graduate.
  • Welcoming community: when you join Roehampton’s Department of Psychology, you’ll become a part of a supportive community of students and academics. Why not join the Roehampton Psychology Society to connect with your peers and join in with different events, talks, debates and socials?

Becoming a psychologist

Some of our graduates want to continue on to become practicing psychologists.

To become a Chartered Psychologist, you need to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) by completing a BPS accredited degree, like this one. You then go onto further training in the area of psychology that you want to work in, such as Counselling Psychology, Forensic Psychology or Educational Psychology.

You can find out more about specific career paths, and what training and qualifications you’ll need, on the BPS’ Career Flowchart.

Careers outside of psychology

Many of our students choose study psychology as the knowledge and skills you gain provide you with a great foundation for a wide range of careers. You’ll learn about human behaviour, data analysis, communication and teamwork. Some of the careers you could pursue include:

  • Human Resources and recruitment
  • Media, marketing and public relations
  • Research
  • Project management
  • Business analysis
  • Law enforcement

Careers support

Whether you want to gain work experience in the field of psychology, or look for placements in other industries, our careers team will make sure that you will have the opportunity to build the career skills to help you succeed in whatever you go onto after you graduate.

Academic progression at Roehampton

If you do want to continue in postgraduate study after completing your degree, Roehampton has excellent pathways to further study. If you’re passionate about the scientific study of the brain, we offer an MSc Applied Cognitive Neuroscience, or if you want to apply the science of psychology to business and occupational settings, we offer an MSc Occupational and Business Psychology. We also have one of the largest therapeutic training departments in the country, with leading courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Dr Lottie Rowe
Programme Covenor

Lottie Rowe

I'm Lottie and I'm the Programme Convener of the Psychology BSc. I also teach qualitative research methods on the core module Research Methods and Statistics 2 and I teach seminars on the module Psychological Problem Solving. What's most enjoyable about this degree for me is the opportunity to think and talk about psychology and how it relates to real-world concerns and contemporary issues. I love the seminar discussions and workshop activities. My own interests in Psychology are varied, but my research of late focuses on the prejudice towards Gypsies and Travellers and therapeutic discourse, specifically how depression is constructed in therapy. Do not hesitate to email me if you would like more details about the programme: lottie.rowe@roehampton.ac.uk.

Dr Paul Dickerson
Principal Lecturer

Paul Dickerson

I’m Paul Dickerson, I’m a Principal Teaching Fellow and I started at Roehampton way back in 1991! Even though I have been at the University for nearly 30 years each year still feels fresh. I teach across multiple modules and programmes with a particular interest in qualitative research and social psychology and I want to enthuse everyone about this amazing subject. I love sharing my passion for psychology in all of my teaching and writing and – but don’t tell anyone – I do sometimes share a song I have written for the students that I teach. I have a particular interest in helping you to reach your full potential and I run weekly lunchtime sessions to help with this – use this link https://study.sagepub.com/psychologybrilliantessays to find out about the sorts of things covered. I hope that I will have the opportunity to help you enjoy this wonderful subject as much as I have.

Dr Kaz Brant
Principal Lecturer

Kaz Brant

Hi I’m Kaz and I am a Cognitive Neuropsychologist based in the Department of Psychology. I’m currently researching memory in healthy adults and those with selective brain lesions. My research is multi-disciplinary and I also investigate the effects of heat stress on cognitive performance with a team of researchers in the Department of Life Sciences. I have been working at Roehampton since 2009 and enjoy the beautiful campus and running around Richmond Park.

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Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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