BA Psychology and Religion

Start date
September
Duration
3 years
UCAS code
TBC
Course Type
Undergraduate, Joint Honours combined
Fees
September 2023 TBC

An understanding of both psychology and religion is indispensable for anyone operating within a contemporary, multicultural society; and this programme is a unique opportunity for students with varied interests including counselling, policy, research, pastoral care, law and health management.

This innovative programme, which focuses on the role of belief in mind and society, gives you the opportunity to engage with areas of staff expertise such as understanding and confronting radical thinking, philosophy of religion and ethics, science and belief in society, psychological therapies, the Holocaust, mind and brain in adolescence, and more.

In addition to studying psychology and religion, the psychology of religion and belief is a rapidly growing area of research and public interest, and is increasingly prominent in discussions of well-being and social change.

This course is not accredited by the British Psychology Society.

This course is subject to approval for 2023 entry.

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There is such a strong sense of community in the department which really helped me to settle in at university. The fantastic staff are really supportive and constantly push us to pursue what we want academically.

Ross

Why study this course?

  • Innovative programme – Our BA Psychology and Religion is a nationally and internationally distinctive programme at undergraduate level, offering the opportunity to pursue your studies in an exciting and innovative interdisciplinary area taught by specialists in both Psychology and Religion.
  • Religion and public policy – Our academics regularly work with policy-makers and advise governments and public bodies on engagement with faith communities. This degree offers an excellent preparation for any kind of professional role that requires engagement with diverse communities and navigating their particular needs and challenges in the private and public sectors.
  • Taught by experts – You will study your undergraduate degree course taught by specialists in both Psychology and Religion – two areas that in combination can be applied to address significant societal challenges that we face today.
  • Rewarding student experience – At Birmingham we believe that teaching hours should be complemented by a wide-range of academic opportunities and social occasions. In addition to one-to-one tutorial support you will have access to, among many other things, free language tuition, bespoke academic writing advice, a co-ordinated local and University-wide well-being support infrastructure, as well as a programme of extra-curricular Student Experience events including performances, talks, trips, podcasts, quizzes and celebrations.
  • Culturally diverse city – All faiths are well-represented in Birmingham, with more than 650 churches, mosques, synagogues and temples across the city. Birmingham is home to one of the UK’s largest Muslim, Sikh and Buddhist communities, the second largest Hindu community and the seventh largest Jewish community and the Department works closely with the city’s faith leaders and communities.

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Modules

Please note: You will take 120 credits of modules in each year of study. 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 2023. 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.

Year 1 

Compulsory modules:

  • Research Methods A (Psychology - 20 credits)
  • Research Methods B (Psychology - 20 credits)
  • Introduction to the Study of Religion (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology and Religion (20 credits)

You will also choose two optional modules from any first-year Psychology modules and Theology and Religion modules. 

Year 2

Optional research methods:

  • Research Methods C (20 credits  – prerequisite for dissertation in Psychology)
  • Research Methods D (20 credits – prerequisite for dissertation in Psychology)
  • Dissertation Preparation (20 credits – prerequisite for 40-credit dissertation in Theology & Religion)

You will take your remaining credits in optional modules from any second-year Psychology modules and Theology and Religion modules, as well as from new Psychology and Religion modules (at least one from each group). 

Year abroad

You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year. Find out more.

Final Year

Compulsory module:

  • Dissertation: Project (20 credit dissertation in Theology & Religion + 20 credits special study in Theology & Religion or 40 credit dissertation in Theology & Religion or Psychology)

You will take your remaining credits in optional modules from any third-year Psychology modules and Theology and Religion modules, as well as from new Psychology and Religion modules (at least one from each group). 

Fees

September 2023 TBC

How To Apply

Standard offer

International Requirements



Number of A levels required:
3
Typical offer:
AAB
General Studies:
Not accepted.

IB Diploma:
6,6,5 in Higher level subjects plus 32 points overall.

BTEC qualifications:

  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD.
  • BTEC Diploma: DD, plus B at A-level.
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma: D, plus AB at A-level.

Other qualifications are considered - learn more about entry requirements.

Pathways to Birmingham

The University of Birmingham has a long history of welcoming students from a wide variety of social and cultural backgrounds. We are proud to offer prospective applicants at one of our partner institutions the support of our Pathways to Birmingham programmes to access a degree at the University.

We have a range of initiatives for Year 12 students to help make informed decisions about higher education. Our Access to Birmingham (A2B) scheme, for Year 13 students, allows participants to experience university study and prepare for the transition to university.

Successful completion of one of our Pathways to Birmingham programmes means students may be eligible for extensive financial support and an alternative offer, typically up to 2 grades below the standard offer, along with other benefits.

To find out more, please visit the Pathways to Birmingham webpage.

International Students

We welcome applications from international students and invite you to join our vibrant community of over 4500 international students who represent 150 different countries. We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

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.

Support

You will have access to a comprehensive support system to help you make the transition to higher education when you start at Birmingham. 

Personal tutors – You will be assigned your own personal tutor who will get to know you as you progress through your studies. They will provide academic support and advice to enable you to make the most of your time here at Birmingham.

Wellbeing Officers –You will also have access to dedicated wellbeing officers who provide professional support, advice and guidance to students across a range of issues. They can meet with you to discuss extensions, disabilities, reasonable adjustments, extenuating circumstances, or to talk through any problems you might be experiencing, and help you access wider support on campus and beyond if you need it.

Our Academic Skills Centre helps you to become a more effective and independent learner through a range of high-quality support services. The centre offers workshops on a range of topics, such as note-taking, reading, academic writing and presentation skills.

The Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS) provides guidance on writing essays and dissertations if you need it. You can receive individual support from an academic writing advisor and meet with postgraduate tutors who specialise in particular subjects too.

Our Student Experience Team will help you get the most out of your academic experience. They offer research opportunities, study skills support, and help you prepare for your post-university career. They also organise social events, including trips.

Teaching staff

Students at the University of Birmingham are taught by a mixture of professors, senior lecturers, lecturers and doctoral researchers, thereby receiving a rich diversity of academic knowledge and experience. Many of our teaching staff have published important works about their areas of expertise, whilst others have taught at international institutions and can offer unique perspectives of their subjects.

You can find out more about the members of staff (including their qualifications, publication history and specific areas of interest) in their academic profiles linked below.

Contact Hours

Contact hours will vary across the years of the programme depending on the optional modules you take and as independent study becomes more of a focus.

Contact hours will be a combination of lectures and seminars and the independent research that you conduct in your final year will be supported by 1 to 1 supervision meetings with a lecturer.

 

Assessment Methods

Assessments - you will be assessed in a variety of ways to help you transition to a new style of learning. At the beginning of each module, you will be given information on how and when you will be assessed. Assessments methods will vary with each module and could include:

  • coursework, such as essays
  • group and individual presentations
  • and formal exams

Feedback - you will receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so you can learn from each assignment. You will also be given feedback on any exams that you take. If you should fail an exam, we will ensure that particularly detailed feedback is provided to help you prepare for future exams.

 

Assessment is much more than just a way of measuring performance, it is a tool for learning. In many modules, you will have both formal and informal opportunities for feedback on your performance. In fact, our feedback for formal assessment exercises has frequently been praised by external examiners for being comprehensive, constructive, and offering clear and specific suggestions for future improvements.

Year one

The above data provides an indication of the type of activity a student is likely to undertake during a typical pathway on their chosen programme of study. The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. 

Year two

The above data provides an indication of the type of activity a student is likely to undertake during a typical pathway on their chosen programme of study. The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. 

Year three

The above data provides an indication of the type of activity a student is likely to undertake during a typical pathway on their chosen programme of study. The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. 

Studying Psychology and Religion at the University of Birmingham will provide you with skills highly sought after by employers within the graduate job market:

  • Analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Understanding complex information
  • Writing clearly and effectively
  • Integrating knowledge from different disciplines
  • Critically engaging with information gained from different methodologies 

This programme may be of particular interest to students with counselling/pastoral care/well-being interests.

This programme is not accredited by the British Psychology Society.

Developing your career

The University of Birmingham is the 4th most targeted university by the country’s top graduate employers according to The Graduate Market 2022 report. Our Careers Network are here to offer you tailored, expert advice on your career plans and support you with finding and applying for jobs, internships and further study. There are hundreds of events to help you meet potential employers and learn more about the breadth of opportunities and career sectors available to you.

Support will be offered to you covering the whole job application process, including CVs, LinkedIn, application forms, interviews and assessment centres.  You can also email our experienced Careers Advisers and College Teams to review your applications or answer any careers related question, alongside our on campus and online 1:1 appointments.

We have a number of exclusive Internship Programmes such as our Cultural Internships, which will give you paid, professional experience to set you apart in the graduate market. We also offer work experience bursaries, which allow you to apply for funding to support you during any unpaid internships. 

First years can take part in the The Birmingham Project, with themes including celebrating arts and culture and shaping a global society. There’s also a successful Mentoring Programme, where you can gain access to experienced Mentors who can empower, inspire and inform you about their experiences.  As a University of Birmingham student you will also be given access to LinkedIn Learning giving free access to real world training courses to kick start your careers.

If you want to earn money WorkLink advertises convenient part-time job opportunities on campus to fit round your studies.  

Extra-curricular activities

To enhance your career prospects even further, you may want to engage in extra-curricular activities to broaden your skills and your network of contacts. Our employer-endorsed, award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme.

There are more than 500 student groups and volunteering opportunities offered by the Guild of Students (our Students’ Union) so you’re bound to find activities that you want to be involved in whilst meeting friends who share your interests.

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