The Psychology programme is designed to offer a coherent treatment of subject knowledge, research skills, practical application, and personal development at all levels of study.
In Year 1, students are familiarised with the subject matter of psychological research (including biological, cognitive, evolutionary, social, developmental and individual difference approaches), the basic methods of psychological research, and study skills including reporting and essay writing.
Throughout this year students engage in a wide range of practical coursework, gathering and reporting data from their own investigations and analysing it using state-of-the-art computer software. Single-honours students also explore past and present philosophical and theoretical issues in psychology, complete additional practical exercises, and are given an insight into the work of applied psychologists through talks from practitioners in the field.
Year 2 systematically builds on these foundations and offers a choice of more specialised modules.
All students continue to study key skills in psychology. Students on the single-honours route and those who have chosen Psychology as the 'major' component of their combined-honours degree (Psychology with another subject) learn more about research methods and their practical application. Additionally, and depending on their degree pathway, students may take modules on particular sub-disciplines and applied topics (which may include, for example, neuropsychology, influences on social functioning, health or clinical psychology).
Year 3 rounds off the degree programme.
All students take 'Psychology and Sustainable Living', which addresses how psychological theory and research can help us understand and overcome the obstacles to developing a sustainable future.
For those on single-honours or 'major' routes in Psychology, key skills now centre on employability and career choices, whilst advanced subject knowledge is interrogated from a critical perspective, and methodological training culminates in a research project designed, conducted, analysed and presented by the student under the supervision of an allocated member of staff.
Depending on their chosen pathway, students may also take advanced specialist modules to acquire more subject and applied knowledge (which may include topics such as creative problem solving, conflict resolution, or atypical development).