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BSc (Hons) - Psychology

1st in the UK for student satisfaction (Guardian University Guide 2023)

Are you fascinated by what makes people tick, the human mind and debating psychological ideas?

On this psychology degree, we’ll guide you through a vast range of contexts and lifespans – from the biological basis of behaviour to questioning contemporary issues.

This degree programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society, and is designed to give you the knowledge and expertise that allows you to kickstart a successful career. What’s more, our psychology courses are ranked 1st in the North West and 11th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2023 Results). We're also 1st in the UK for students satisfied with course, teaching and feedback for psychology (Guardian University Guide 2023 Results).

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Course Overview

Half of your degree course will be practical, focusing on research techniques, qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, data handling and analysis skills, laboratory reports and communication skills. You'll learn from tutors who are researchers and practitioners, through lectures and seminars. You’ll be encouraged to engage in career-enhancing voluntary work, giving you hands-on experience.

You will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). The skills, knowledge and understanding you gain from the course will help you access a range of rewarding professions within psychology. You will be in the ideal position to take the next steps towards a career in clinical, forensic or educational psychology, health education and promotion, counselling, social work, teaching, organisational behaviour, human resources, and prison or probation work.

On this course you will...

  • Study psychology at the University of Cumbria, exploring and applying psychological literature to current issues, contexts and experiences.
  • Be taught and given high-quality support and guidance by our lecturing team, who are active in research and practices.
  • Learn valuable transferrable skills in research, which are highly sought after by employers.
  • Have the opportunity to choose topics and areas that you want to learn more about to tailor your learning experience.
  • Be able to shape your psychology degree experience to your interests and career goals, allowing us to help you to reach your ideal future career.

Course Structure

What you will learn

On this degree, you will study five key themes within psychology:

The contextualised bio-psychosocial nature of human development and experience
Ethical decision making and professional values
Gathering and analysing evidence using robust, population relevant and ethical research techniques
The pivotal role of academic, professional and graduate skills
Experiential problem-based learning
The following modules will take you through these themes, allowing you to investigate your independent interests in the curriculum.

Year one

In your first year, you will build knowledge in the foundations of psychology as a discipline and develop key skills through lectures, workshops and problem-based learning.

You will build knowledge of the history of the discipline, research methods and analytical techniques and learn about key theories and psychologists.

  • Psychology in Action
    Introduction to a range of theories and models from developmental, cognitive and biological psychology and their application to human contexts.
  • Introduction to Psychological Research Methods
    Introduction to the nature of psychological enquiry and research skills. Exploring quantitative and qualitative research methods, philosophical underpinnings and practical applications.
  • Introduction to Data Analysis
    Introduction to the processes involved in the analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Perspectives in Psychology
    Introduction to a range of perspectives and key debates in psychology that aid in the understanding of individual and social phenomena.
  • Professional and Academic Skills
    Introduction to working with others in a professional setting, employability, and professional practice that includes listening skills and providing constructive feedback.
  • Introduction to Psychopathology
    This module will provide a basis for diagnostic classification systems (e.g. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)), and give an overview of the various different forms of psychopathology. It will outline theoretical frameworks which form the basis for assessment and interventi
Year two

In the second year, you will develop a more in-depth understanding of research, theory, and practice, and develop research and practical skills.

This will include a work experience module, and an opportunity to engage in a negotiated learning project that is individually chosen and tailored to suit your particular interests.

  • Research Methods and Statistics
    Introduction to statistical techniques dealing with more than one independent variable at two or more levels, including within, between, and mixed participant designs.
  • Development, Brain and Cognition
    Explore the potential impact a range of factors have on human development and behaviour.
  • Research Methods in Applied Psychology Settings
    Introduction to a range of research designs used in psychology and applied psychology settings.
  • Work Experience
    The module will give you an opportunity to link your academic study with work experience. This will allow you to enhance your employability and develop your reflective writing skills through writing a report reflecting on your work experience.
  • Negotiated Learning
    This module permits you to independently undertake an agreed piece of work that is relevant to your own interests and/or career plans.
  • Social and Community Psychology
    Study theories of social psychology with the goal of understanding the experiences and behaviours of people within their community.
Year three

In your final year, you will undertake an independent research project that will allow you to explore a topic of interest and pursue your own research question.

You will also be able to further advance your knowledge of psychology and psychological skills.

  • Critical Psychology
    You will engage in a critical debate about the ideological basis of psychological knowledge, methods, and applications.
  • Individual Differences: Abilities, Personalities and measuring differences
    Introduction to the nature of individual differences in human behaviour across a wide spectrum of human development. With a specific focus on ability, personality and the use of Psychological testing to assess difference.
  • Dissertation
    You will pursue an investigation on a topic of your own interest.
  • Psychological Literacy and Careers
    The module will give you an opportunity to apply your psychological knowledge and skills to applied psychology settings. It will invite you to engage in an in-depth exploration of a career within, or allied to, psychology.
  • Counselling and Coaching Psychology
    This module includes the development of basic counselling and coaching skills to complement their developing employability skills and psychological literacy.

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An Open Day is your opportunity to explore one of 5 campuses, meet your lecturers, and find out how the University of Cumbria could become your new home.

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