Year 0 - Foundation Year
Contemporary Issues in Politics
This module explores key issues and questions in the study of politics – including how political systems function, how political change occurs, and who holds political power. The module takes an exciting and innovative problem focused approach, enabling you to engage in lively and topical debate on the big issues of the day.
Contemporary Issues in Sociology
This discursive issue focused module enables you to gain an entry level understanding of key critical issues in the study of sociology – including race, class and gender. The module uses the ‘sociological imagination’ to interrogate these issues in an engaging, innovative and informative fashion.
Contemporary Issues in Psychology
This module introduces students to some key areas and concepts in psychology and also begins to explore how psychology may be applied to addressing practical real-world problems and contemporary issues. Students will begin to put into practice the study skills that are required at university level and also begin to understand how to approach psychological theory and application from a critical standpoint.
The module aims to give you the basic transferable skills needed to understand and practice social scientific reasoning, to undertake research methods and to communicate effectively with academic writing and other formats.
This module provides an opportunity for hands-on project work allowing integration, reflection upon, and application of concepts and perspectives covered in subject-specific modules. The module provides a forum for exploring and appreciating the differences between, and the complementarity or otherwise of psychological, sociological and political perspectives on human behaviour.
The individual project allows you to pursue an investigation of a particular topic within your chosen subject area of EITHER Politics, OR Sociology, OR Psychology, and is designed to help you prepare for further study at Level 4 within your chosen degree pathway.
Core for single honours only
Brain and Mind
Psychobiology and cognitive psychology are core areas of the British Psychological Society’s curriculum for accredited undergraduate programmes.This module will introduce you to the contribution that psychobiology and cognition have made to our understanding of the brain, cognition, behaviour, and the links between them.
The Social and Developing Self
Social psychology, developmental psychology and individual differences are core areas of the British Psychological Society’s curriculum for accredited undergraduate programmes. This module will introduce you to the contribution that social and developmental psychology, and the psychology of individual differences, have made to our understanding of the self.
Research in Psychology 1
This module provides the building blocks for the scientific study of thoughts, emotions and behaviours. You will be introduced to the most commonly employed methods of data collection and data analysis. You will also gain practical experience in designing empirical studies and analysing data. This module will emphasise the importance of research methods not only to conduct research, but also to understand and critically evaluate psychological literature in all of your other modules.
Key Skills in Psychology 1*
This module aims to help you identify and develop a range of transferable skills necessary for studying psychology at degree level in year one, which will support your future employability and recruitment. The module will encourage you to develop a reflective approach by helping you to identify your strengths and weaknesses, plan for personal, educational and career development, and introduce you to practices which promote academic citizenship.
Classic Studies and Practicals in Psychology*
This module offers you an opportunity to look in greater detail at classic studies in psychology and their representation in both academic and popular media. An important aim is to develop your awareness of the social and historical contexts in which such studies or works were produced, the different ways in which they are and have been portrayed, and a critical appreciation of their corresponding influence on the development of psychology as a discipline. This understanding will also come-alive as you are introduced to applied psychological practice, via hands-on practical work.
Psychology in Practice*
This module will provide you with the exciting opportunity to hear from practitioners in the field of psychology. You will be introduced to applied psychological practice in some of the major domains determined by the British Psychological Society, such as the divisions of clinical, educational and child, forensic, health, and occupational psychology.
Compulsory for single honours or majors
Biological and Cognitive Psychology
Expanding on content covered in the Brain and Mind module in year one, this module will further your knowledge and understanding of contemporary topics, theories and research in biological and cognitive psychology. The module will also examine the techniques used in neuropsychology and explore the relationship between brain and behaviour to enhance your understanding of issues such as cerebral asymmetry and movement.
Social and Developmental Psychology
This module builds on material covered in The Social and Developing Self in year one, in covering key perspectives and topics in the study of social and developmental psychology. You will be given the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive understanding of topics spanning the breadth of interpersonal relationships to intergroup relations (e.g. social influence), with special attention given to the potential for practical application.This module also considers aspects of development that are relevant to children’s developing understanding of the self and the social world such as infant cognition, play and moral understanding.
Research in Psychology 2
This module builds upon material covered in Research in Psychology 1 by extending your knowledge and understanding of research methods in psychology, introducing you to more sophisticated techniques widely used in the analysis of quantitative data (such as ANOVA) and qualitative data (such as content analysis) and providing further, more independent, experience in designing, conducting and reporting your own research.
Work-related and Key Skills in Psychology*
Continuing your skills development from Key Skills in Psychology 1, this module aims to help you further identify and develop a range of transferable skills necessary for studying psychology at degree level in year two, with a particular focus on supporting your future employability and recruitment.
*Core for single honours and majors only
Personality and Individual Differences
This module builds on material covered in The Social and Developing Self in year one, by covering key perspectives and topics in the study of personality and individual differences. The module aims to provide you with a knowledge and understanding of key theories, research findings, and debates in this area.
Psychology in Critical Perspective
The module will ask you to reflect back on all of your undergraduate study of psychology. You will be encouraged to adopt a critical stance towards psychology as a discipline. This is achieved by introducing you to epistemological issues in, and critiques of, mainstream psychology; alternative epistemologies which have been developed by critical psychologists; and a range of philosophical issues having a bearing on psychology’s methodological and foundational assumptions.
Psychology Research Project*
The final year empirical project is a core requirement of the British Psychological Society’s curriculum. This module offers you the opportunity to undertake a significant piece of independent research, under supervisory guidance, of a particular topic or issue related to and/or arising out of general topics covered by taught courses in the psychology degree programme. The module offers you the opportunity to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in previous years, and a vehicle by which you may further explore the use of quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies used within the discipline.
Likely optional modules
Depending on your chosen degree pathway, you may have a choice of optional modules in your second and third years. Optional modules cover specialist content connected to our four major research themes:
- Creativity and Cognition
- Health and Wellbeing
- Learning and Development
- Society and Environment