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.
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.
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.