Psychology BSc with Integrated Foundation Year (Dubai)

Our Foundation Pathways combine the highest standards as one of Britain's leading global universities with a fully integrated student experience.

Choosing to study on the Integrated Foundation year provides an opportunity to enter the university environment before starting Year 1 of your Psychology undergraduate degree programme.

As a Foundation year student, you will be fully immersed in student life and you will be a greatly valued member of the student community, studying alongside our undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Psychology plays a significant part in modern day life, from the school classroom to the courtroom, in industry, business organisations and in universities. Our degree covers the full breadth of the subject area that is psychology.

We are ranked 1st in the Russell Group for graduate prospects - Complete University Guide 2019.

Ku Nurul Izzah Ku Seman

BSc Psychology

“What attracted me the most was that when I looked at the modules, there were many different areas of psychology offered. This has exposed me to new things and indirectly helps me to choose an area in which to specialise in the future.”

Psychology is often defined as the study of behaviour, brain and mind, but this simple explanation doesn't truly capture the tremendous variety of things that you will actually encounter when studying psychology.

The topics that you will study range from apparently simple acts like learning, to much more complex skills like language and social interaction. These behaviours are studied at different levels by considering their social context, development, biological basis, and what happens when they go wrong. In this way, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of normal and abnormal human behaviour.

Our four-year undergraduate programme includes an integrated foundation year, which you may need to take depending on your previous studies.

Foundation Year

As part of your Foundation Year, you will study the core areas of psychology e.g. cognitive psychology, social psychology etc., as well as biology, maths for life sciences, and academic English and study skills.

These modules have been designed to provide you with a solid foundation in relevant subjects while supporting your English language and study skills, preparing you to move on to the next stage of your chosen degree programme. We will ensure you are fully prepared for your undergraduate programme, immersing you in the University environment.

Because the study of psychology encompasses a biological level of understanding, as well as statistical research methods, a fundamental grounding in biology and maths is the ideal preparation for Years 1-3.

Years 1 – 3

Our Psychology degree is structured so that you follow a common programme in all of the areas that make up the core of contemporary psychology. In addition, in the third year you are offered a scheme of options, which allows you to concentrate on the themes which interest you most.

First and second years

In your first two years you will study the core theories and methods of psychology, covering child development, learning, cognitive psychology, perception, personality, social psychology, and brain and behaviour. You will also learn how to design experiments and collect and analyse data. 

Third year

Year 3 is designed to allow in-depth coverage of a more limited range of topics. The modules on offer may vary from year to year, but examples include: Rehabilitating the Brain, Why we eat what we eat, Why we remember and why we forget. In year 3, you will also engage in the research process in a more extensive and in-depth manner, which may include an independent Research Project.

Why study this course

  • The University of Birmingham is home to one of the largest and most active psychology schools in the UK, with an excellent reputation for teaching and research across the breadth of contemporary psychology
  • Psychology is ranked 1st in the Russell Group for graduate prospects in The Complete University Guide 2019. You will graduate with excellent career prospects
  • We are in the top 100 for psychology (QS World University rankings by subject 2018)
  • The University of Birmingham is the first of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group universities to open a campus in Dubai
  • The University of Birmingham Dubai’s programmes have been approved by KHDA

Modules

Foundation Year

Compulsory modules

  • Academic English and study skills or Advanced Academic English and study skills (40 credits)
  • Introduction to Biology (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology 1 (20 redits)
  • Introduction to Psychology 2 (20 credits)

Optional modules

  • Quantitive Business (20 credits)
  • Mathematics for Life Sciences (20 credits)
  • Politics (20 credits)

Year One

All modules are compulsory:

  • Research Methods A: Basic Skills (20 credits)
  • Research Methods B: Introduction of Psychological Investigation and Statistics (20 credits)
  • Cognitive Psychology (WHM) (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychobiology: from Ion channels to behaviour (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Learning (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology (10 credits)

Year Two

All modules are compulsory:

  • Social and Cognitive Development
  • Introduction to Social and Differential Psychology (20 credits)
  • Neural Basis of Vision and Action (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Psycholinguistics (10 credits)
  • Research Methods C (20 credits)
  • Research Methods D (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology (10 credits)

Final Year

All modules are compulsory:

  • Project (40 credits)
  • 4 additional compulsory modules to be confirmed

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees and funding

The foundation year fee of your programme is AED 82,030.

Scholarships

We have a number of scholarships available for 2019 entry. Find out more.

Entry requirements

Foundation Pathway entry requirements

International students:

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

How to apply

To find out more information about our application process please visit our 'How to apply page' before starting your application.

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In 2017, we received a Gold rating by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), demonstrating our commitment to providing our students with outstanding teaching. The University of Birmingham is proud to count 11 Nobel Prize winners among our staff and alumni, including three prizes awarded in 2016.

We use a range of teaching methods to help you become an independent and self-motivated learner. You will have access to a comprehensive academic support system that will assist and encourage you, including a welfare tutor who can provide guidance on all academic and non-academic needs.

Your learning will take place in a range of settings, from scheduled teaching in seminars, lectures and small group tutorials, to peer group learning where you may be asked to prepare and deliver a presentation with your classmates.

Psychology is a broad discipline and you will develop a range of transferable analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills. Our graduates are very successfully working in a range of sectors both in the UK and overseas. They are highly regarded and successful in finding careers both within psychology/neuroscience and in the wider professional, commercial and industrial world.

Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Global employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. 

What do Psychology graduates do?

As a Psychology graduate you may enter a career in which your knowledge of psychology is a useful foundation, including but not limited to: business management, journalism, human resource management, teaching, marketing and market research, social work or government. You may wish to pursue a career in a psychology profession such as clinical, forensic or educational psychology. Many graduates go on to further study (Masters and PhD) either at Birmingham or at other universities across the globe.

96.8% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating - 2016/17 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey.

 

 

The course provided a wide range of research and analytical skills that I was able to apply to a range of professional jobs

Gagandeep - BSc Psychology