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UCAS code: 
C801
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Duration: 

Three years full-time.

Course Options: 
Professional Placement
Study Abroad
Typical Offer: 

2022-23 entry; 96 UCAS tariff points (or above), CCC (A-Level), MMM (BTEC).

2023-24 entry; 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC) 

 

  • This course has been accredited by The British Psychological Society.
  • Take advantage of guest lectures from world leading experts with backgrounds in a range of related fields. 
  • Excellent links with Suffolk Constabulary, local magistrates, the Crown Prosecution Service and the probation service.
  • Ability to choose between a single Psychology route or a joint degree with Criminology or Sociology.
  • Brand new Health and Wellbeing building, opening early 2022, with dedicated specialist facilities.

Introduction

Our BSc (Hons) Psychology course has been accredited by The British Psychological Society.

 

 

 

Psychology at the University of Suffolk explores and examines the interaction between mind and behaviour, the nature of the unconscious, the functioning of memory, individual behaviour in social situations, prejudice and altruism. This equips students with a thorough grounding in each of the major fields: social psychology; developmental psychology; biological psychology; and cognitive psychology. 

Students can choose to study Psychology as a single route or as a joint degree with Criminology or Sociology.

Psychology at Suffolk offers a wide range of teaching techniques incorporating a blended online/face-to-face approach.  Lectures include world leading experts from different fields of psychology who provide insights into their most recent research and the impact that this cutting edge research has on the current understanding of psychological functioning.  Asynchronous online activities enable students to engage with their studies more flexibly.

Psychology student, Sarah, tells us about her experience of studying at the University of Suffolk. Take a look at Sarah's story below.

Further information about the University's relationship with the British Psychological Society (BPS) is available in the PSRB register.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Foundations of Biological and Cognitive Psychology (Mandatory)

Foundations in Biological and Cognitive Psychology is a mandatory module for all students taking a psychology degree route. Together with the “Foundations in Social and Developmental Psychology” module, level 4 students will attain a holistic underpinning to the major approaches in psychology. The module will cover conceptual and historical issues of behavioural, biological and cognitive approaches to psychology.

Foundations of Social and Developmental Psychology (Mandatory)

Social Psychology is concerned with the scientific study of human social behaviour, experience and thought. Developmental Psychology is concerned with the scientific study of systematic changes in human psychology across an individual’s lifespan, particularly cognitive, perceptual, social and emotional development in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. 

Psychological Research Methods and Skills (Mandatory)

This module is designed to provide students with two essential aspects of further psychological study. Firstly, an introduction to psychological research methods; including a consideration of methodology and data analysis for both quantitative and qualitative data.  Secondly, this module will also equip students with the essential academic study skills required for their degrees.

Everyday Psychology (Requisite)

This module will introduce issues that are relevant to the way individuals interact within and between groups in everyday life. It will explore fundamental questions in addressing the work of philosophers, theologians and early scientists that contributed to the development of psychology. Enabling the study of a comprehensive range of ideas and issues in understanding human behaviour from historical to current perspectives. 

Introduction to Criminology (Optional)

Introduction to Criminology aims to introduce students to the history of criminological thought, combining biographical fact with historical and cultural context. Students will develop an understanding of how crime is defined and measured and examine theoretical perspectives that seek to explain causes of criminal behaviour. 

Introduction to Health and Wellbeing (Optional)

In modern society, there are various approaches claiming to support quality of life and well-being.  This module deals with the effects of interactions among the individual, the social environment and the specialist leading to decision making in everyday living. It aims to give students the opportunity to appreciate and describe the reasons for dealing with health and positive psychology as a significant contributor of psychological and scientific knowledge.

Social Change (Optional)

This module will introduce the major aspects of social change that have led to and developed within modern societies. The emphasis will be upon structural changes in Britain and Europe, but will give room for students to explore social change in rapidly changing middle income countries as well. 

Biological and Cognitive Psychology (Mandatory)

Biological psychology (biopsychology) looks at psychological processes from a biological perspective, dealing with issues such as behaviour genetics, endocrinology and physiological psychology. Cognitive psychology studies how information is processed by the brain and sense organs. It is concerned with issues of how people perceive, understand, make decisions about and remember information. 

Qualitative Research Methods (Mandatory)

All researchers require a basic understanding of qualitative research methodology. This module develops the knowledge gained in the Psychological Research Methods Module, and provides students with the skills to carry out research of sufficient quality and rigour to complete their own independent studies.

Quantitative Data Analysis (Mandatory)

This module provides students with the skills to carry out quantitative research of sufficient quality and rigour to complete their own independent studies.  Students will attain a holistic underpinning to the major research skills utilized within psychology.

Social and Developmental Psychology (Mandatory)

This module will build on the broad introduction at Level 4 and seek to provide research-based accounts of social and developmental behaviour in key areas, such as people in groups, prejudice and discrimination, aggression, social influence, emotional and social development, life-span adult development and developmental social psychology.  

Cyberpsychology (Optional)

The internet has arguably become an essential part of 21st century living.  It is not therefore surprising that there is growing interest in examining our online behaviour, our online presence and the impact this can have on our lives in terms of careers, friendships, relationships and wellbeing. This module will apply psychological research and theory to provide an explanation for our online behaviour.

Evolutionary Psychology (Optional)

This module will explore evolutionary psychology and how it can be used to understand human behaviour and cognition. The module will begin by examining evolution, specifically focused on human evolution, and the challenges of our ancestral environment. These concepts will then be applied to a range of cognitive and social topics, such as: cooperation, morality, emotion, attraction, child rearing, and kinship.

Psychological Aspects of Health and Wellbeing (Optional)

The Psychological Aspects of Health and Wellbeing module will introduce the background to health psychology. This module will introduce students to some of the core perspectives and models in health psychology.  This module will provide students with an understanding of how psychological theory and research contribute to our conceptualisation of health and wellbeing.  

Psychology and Crime (Optional)

Psychology and Crime explores the ways in which psychology can be applied to criminology and examines how psychology can be applied to criminal and deviant behaviour. The module explains a number of psychological theories of crime, in addition to the psychology of responding to crime.

Psychology in Education (Optional)

This module will guide students through the psychological knowledge that underpins a variety of practitioners work in educational settings. A key focus of the module will be how this psychological knowledge has informed and shaped educational practice in classroom settings. The module explores challenges such as learning difficulties, social and emotional problems, issues around disability as well as more complex developmental disorders. As such, this module introduces students to key theories and approaches in psychology of education.

Abnormal Psychology (Mandatory)

Abnormal Psychology seeks to explain unusual or maladaptive behaviour through the examination of rigorous, research-based subject matter. The concept of ‘abnormal’ can be problematic given negative connotations with ‘not normal’ and this will be a key area of debate: the essence of normality and the appropriateness of labels which may have important ramifications for how people suffering psychopathology are in some way perceived as ‘not normal’ or as inferior members of society.

Individual Differences (Mandatory)

This module seeks to primarily explore and touch upon individual differences in personality and intelligence. The module also aims to introduce students to other elements of differential psychology for example creativity, cognitive styles, motivation and leadership.

Psychology Project (Mandatory)

Research is an important and integral part of your degree, and the Research Dissertation gives students the opportunity to expand learning and develop interests in a particular topic. Students will critique research by others and will reflect on their own work, moving students from a theoretical knowledge of research toward a more informed level of skill and application. 

Applied Health Psychology (Optional)

Applied health psychology with its connections to positive psychology and wellness related concepts can play an important role in enhancing adaptive central behaviours, motivate towards improved practices and support lifelong changes. Psychologists need to be in position to explore realistic and effective ways to promote health enhancing practices. This module discusses such concepts and practices.

Cyberpsychology (Optional)

The internet has arguably become an essential part of 21st century living.  It is not therefore surprising that there is growing interest in examining our online behaviour, our online presence and the impact this can have on our lives in terms of careers, friendships, relationships and wellbeing. This module will apply psychological research and theory to provide an explanation for our online behaviour.

Forensic Psychology (Optional)

This module will involve discussions of the theory and practice of contemporary forensic psychology and an exploration of the role it plays in prisons, probation, policing and the courtroom. In studying this module students will appreciate the interaction between psychology and the investigation and detection of crime, legal and trial processes and in dealing with offenders.

Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience (Optional)

Psychologists conduct experiments to examine cognitive processes such as perception, attention, memory, language, intelligence, and emotion.  But how do the brain and body interact and affect these cognitive processes? Where in the brain do these processes occur? How are these processes represented in the human brain? Psychologists and cognitive neuroscientists aim to understand the relationship between our brain and behaviour, and this contemporary module investigates the brain mechanisms underlying a number of cognitive processes.

Psychology in Education (Optional)

This module will guide students through the psychological knowledge that underpins a variety of practitioners work in educational settings. A key focus of the module will be how this psychological knowledge has informed and shaped educational practice in classroom settings. The module explores challenges such as learning difficulties, social and emotional problems, issues around disability as well as more complex developmental disorders. As such, this module introduces students to key theories and approaches in psychology of education.

Psychology of Gender and Sexuality (Optional)

This module will help students review and critically evaluate some of the most germinal research within the field of LGBTQ+ psychology. The intersection between LGBTQ+ psychology and relevant topics such as social and developmental psychology, health, education, discrimination, and class will also be discussed.

Career opportunities

  • The most recent figures available from the Higher Education Statistics Agency(HESA) reveal that 85% of Psychology graduates in 2014/15 found employment within six months of graduation.
  • Around 60% of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any discipline and Psychology graduates are well equipped with the advanced skills and confidence to thrive in a variety of occupations
  • Psychology graduates are good at problem solving, have good analytical and research skills, and have excellent information and data management skills
  • Employability is taken very seriously at University of Suffolk and employers are directly involved in a number of taught and additional sessions over the course of the degree
  • Excellent links with Psychology and Therapeutic Services (Suffolk County Council), Suffolk Constabulary, local magistrates, the Crown Prosecution Service, and the probation service.
  • Quite a number of our graduates also go on to pursue further qualifications at masters and doctoral levels
  • Online and face to face resources and advice are available from the University Careers and Employability Service for all University of Suffolk students
     

Fees and finance

2022-23*

  • UK full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a
  • UK part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information)
  • Full-time International tuition fee:  £12,996 p.a

Further Information

At 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. 

* 2022-23 tuition fees are subject to change in line with inflation, or a government change in the fee cap.

Entry requirements

Staff

Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc Applications of Psychology

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Lecturer in Psychology

Lecturer in Psychology

Lecturer in Psychology

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Lecturer in Criminology

Lecturer in Psychology

Lecturer in Psychology

Facilities and Resources

Psychology teaching takes place at our modern, fully-equipped Waterfront or Atrium buildings at our Ipswich campus. As a University of Suffolk student, you will have full access to our well-stocked library in addition to discounts at our cafes and restaurants. If you are looking for a quiet place to work, our break-out areas on each floor of our Waterfront Building are an excellent choice. 

The Psychology team has extensive links with all local agencies that operate within the field, and as such they are able to embed contemporary research into their teaching demonstrating the applied nature of psychology at the University of Suffolk
 

View the below video to find out more about our brand new Health and Wellbeing building, opening early 2022.