Psychology

BSc single honours or in combination with another subject Psychology 2016/17

Psychology has two great strengths as an undergraduate subject. First, it incorporates many different perspectives on, and ways of studying, human behaviour and experience. Psychology graduates therefore have a broad range of skills, making them highly attractive to wide range of potential employers. Second, a psychology degree can lead to a wide range of careers as a professional psychologist. A degree in Psychology gives you the chance to study an inherently fascinating and useful subject while offering you many opportunities for future development and employment. The single-honours degree and the ‘major’ pathway (Psychology with another subject) are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). In order to be on the ‘major’ pathway, combined-honours students must select 80 credits in Psychology in both their second and third years of study This is an important benchmark of quality, giving you the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS.

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.

Year 1

 

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

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

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).

A knowledge and understanding of human behaviour, together with a wide range of highly valued, transferable skills in areas such as information seeking, research, data handling, problem solving, interpersonal communication, and critical evaluation, means that psychology students have a great deal to offer to potential employers. Many psychology graduates find employment in the caring professions, education, business and management, and other people-focused occupations. Others pursue careers as applied psychologists, or as academics and researchers.

Accreditation from the British Psychological Society (BPS) gives graduates of the single-honours or 'major' routes (i.e., at least 80 credits in Psychology in both the second and third years of the programme) the Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), as long as they obtain a 2.2 degree or above and pass their Psychology Research Project in the final year. GBC represents the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and allows graduates to pursue postgraduate vocational training in areas such as Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology and Health Psychology.

Single Honours Modules

Year 1

Core:

  • The Social and Developing Self
  • Brain and Mind
  • Classic Studies in Psychology
  • Key Skills in Psychology 1
  • Research in Psychology 1
  • Practicals
  • Psychology in Practice

Year 2

Core:

  • Neuropsychology
  • Influences on Social Functioning
  • Social and Cognitive Development
  • Exploring Cognition
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Key Skills in Psychology 2
  • Research in Psychology 2

Optional modules:

  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Topics in Clinical Psychology
  • Topics in Health Psychology
  • Psychology and Education
  • Psychology and Work
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Applied Music Psychology
  • Forensic and Investigative Psychology

Year 3

Core:

  • Key Skills in Psychology 3
  • Psychology Research Project
  • Psychology in Critical Perspective
  • Psychology of Sustainable Living

Optional modules:

  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Language Development
  • Slaves to Emotion
  • Animal Cognition
  • Psychology of the Family
  • Psychology of Nations
  • Social Psychology of Intergroup Conflict Resolution
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Psychology and Art
  • Psychology, Religion and Spirituality
  • Atypical Development

Combined Honours Modules

Year 1

Core:

  • Key Skills in Psychology 1
  • Research in Psychology 1
  • The Social and Developing Self
  • Brain and Mind

Year 2

Core:

  • Neuropsychology
  • Influences on Social Functioning
  • Social and Cognitive Development
  • Exploring Cognition
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Key Skills in Psychology 2
  • Research in Psychology 2

Year 3

Core:

  • Key Skills in Psychology 3
  • Psychology Research Project
  • Psychology in Critical Perspective
  • Psychology of Sustainable Living

Optional modules (subject to change):

  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Language Development
  • Memory in Everyday Life
  • Slaves to Emotion
  • Animal Cognition
  • Contextual Behavioural Science
  • Psychology of the Family
  • Psychology of Nations
  • Social Psychology of Intergroup Conflict Resolution
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Psychology and Art
  • Psychology, Religion and Spirituality
  • Third Wave Therapies
  • Adherence to Medical Advice
  • Atypical Development

Fees

The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas*
Full-time

£9,000**

£11,000

Part-time

N/A

N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk or the International Office: ipo@canterbury.ac.uk.

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Learning and teaching methods may include lectures, seminars, individual and group tutorials, directed independent study, practicals and research projects, workshops, reflective practice and structured discussions. Teaching and learning take place in face-to-face and online environments and are informed by student feedback.

Students will be supported at all stages by our team of research-active academics and administrative and technical staff, as well as our dedicated student advisor. They will have access to psychology-specific resources including online study skills materials and our new, state-of-the-art laboratories, which include an eye-tracker, brain imaging equipment (EEG), and an observation suite. In addition to curricular activity, we strongly encourage volunteering and will help you connect you with worthwhile charities and organisations.

Assessment methods may include various forms of written work (e.g. essays, reflective logs, critical reviews), practicals and reports, presentations, portfolios, case studies, in-class tests and examinations.

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