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BA (Hons) Applied Psychology and Sociology

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
UCAS code: 
West Suffolk College
Institution code: 

Three years full-time.

Four and a half to nine years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2017 entry: 110 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.


Who am I and how do I live with others? The answer is in the link between our minds, our bodies, our selves, and other people. This is the central task of discovery involved in studying psychology and sociology. Contemporary Psychology is a scientific discipline dealing with human behaviour, cognition and action. In psychology you will explore and examine the interaction between mind and behaviour, the nature of the unconscious, the functioning of memory, individual behaviour in social situations, prejudice and altruism. Psychology at the University of Suffolk equips students with a thorough grounding in each of the major fields: social psychology, developmental psychology, biological psychology, and cognitive psychology. The focus of the teaching and learning of psychology is on allowing students to explore fundamental questions about human behaviour, while learning about the importance of research, evidence collection and adherence to ethical codes. Sociology is a subject that developed with the modern world and its key task is to analyse the changing nature of the social world with particular reference to recent developments. Sociology at the University fo Suffolk aims to equip students with the tools they need to understand the world they live in by developing relevant analytical and research skills. The aim of the sociology joint programme is to produce knowledgeable sociologists who can develop sociologically informed arguments. Sociology here  is concerned with important classical and contemporary sociological debates in areas such as globalization, social stratification, gender and sexuality, technology, and sociological theory. It also offers students an increasingly specialist knowledge as theyprogress with their studies.


Applied Psychology and Sociology at the University of Suffolk offers:

  • A thorough grounding in the major fields within psychology
  • An emphasis upon research methods
  • Specialist modules to allow students to explore contemporary developments in psychology
  • A focus on contemporary changes to social life
  • A specialist theme of technology and society
  • An emphasis upon transferable research skills


Please note this course at The University of Suffolk at Bury St Edmunds does not have BPS (British Psychological Association) accreditation.

For this course all modules are assessed and a range of assessment methods are used, including essays, reports, case studies, critiques, reviews and formal examinations. We try to keep the timetable for a full time student to be spread over 4 days throughout the degree course.

Course modules

First Year Modules

Applied Psychology: Introduction to Applied Psychology, Psychology in Action, Psychology and Society
Sociology: Introduction to Applied Sociology, Contemporary Social Inequalities, Making Sense of Modernity

Second Year Modules

Dissertation/Project Preparation
Applied Psychology: Methodology for Social Science: Applied Psychology, Criminality, Psychopathology and Deviance, Cyber Psychology
Sociology: Methodology for Social Science: Applied Sociology, Theorising Social Life, Understanding Crime

Third Year Modules

Undergraduate Dissertation
Applied Psychology: Individual differences in the Workplace, Psychology of Health
Sociology: The Sociology of Work and the Professions, The Sociology of Health and Illness

Introduction to Applied Psychology
Psychology in Action
Psychology and Society
Introduction to Applied Sociology
Contemporary Social Inequalities
Making Sense of Modernity
Dissertation/Project Preparation (Mandatory)

NB This is a mandatory module and will count towards one of your combined subjects.

For the remaining modules at Level 5, choose two modules from one subject and three modules from the other

Methodology for Social Science: Applied Psychology (Mandatory)
Criminality, Psychopathology and Deviance (Optional)
Cyber Psychology (Optional)
Methodology for Social Science: Applied Sociology (Mandatory)
Theorising Social Life (Optional)
Understanding Crime (Optional)
Undergraduate Dissertation (Mandatory)

The Dissertation/Project for this joint combination should be registered as being interdisciplinary, i.e. in Applied Psychology and Sociology

Individual differences in the Workplace (Mandatory)
Psychology of Health (Mandatory)
The Sociology of Work and the Professions (Mandatory)
The Sociology of Health and Illness (Mandatory)

Career opportunities
These are also excellent places to go to if you are unsure which career paths are opened up by particular degree courses.

Fees and finance

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £10,080 p.a.

Further Information

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees.
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants 2016.
  • At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for. 

University of Suffolk covers the costs for:

  • Examination fees
  • Printing - students will be credited with the equivalent of £10 printing/copying at the start of each year. If required, additional printing is charged per sheet.
  • All essential reading on the module reading lists can be found in West Suffolk College library as short term loan or e-book.

Prepare for the costs of:

  • Parking (£2 per day)
  • The library resources are wide ranging but should you need an inter-library loan there may be a charge please check this here Library Resources
  • Essential texts £250
  • Travel costs for visits to local organisations £30
  • Visual aids to support presentations £10


Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2017 entry: 110 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).
2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Access to HE Diploma - a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at merit grade or above.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.