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BSc (Hons) Psychology

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
UCAS code: 
C801
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Duration: 

Three years full-time.

Four and a half to nine years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)

BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

  • 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, Early Childhood Studies, Sociology or Youth Studies.
     

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, Early Childhood Studies, Sociology or Youth Studies.

Psychology at Suffolk offers:


•    The Suffolk Psychology Society offers a series of lectures in psychology. At these lectures, world leading experts from different fields of psychology provide insights into their most recent research and the impact that this cutting edge research has on the current understanding of psychological functioning. 
 

Psychology and Criminology student, Emma, tells us about her experience of joining us through Clearing. Take a look at Emma's story below.

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. 

Everyday Psychology (Mandatory)

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. 

Social Science Research Skills (Mandatory)

Social Science Research Skills aims to give students an introduction to social science research methods, in addition to progressing important study skills during Level 4. Social Science Research Skills provides the foundation for the Level 5 Quantitative and Qualitative Data modules. 

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. 

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.  

Psychological Aspects of Health and Wellbeing (Requisite)

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 of Belief (Requisite)

The Psychology of Belief module will introduce students to a relatively new and emerging field of research known as Anomalistic Psychology. This subject will provide students with insights into the psychological and, in some cases, physiological reasons why people believe in extraordinary phenomena.  

Experimental Design and Analysis (Mandatory)

This module develops on from the level 4 social science research skills module to provide students with the skills to carry out experimental research of sufficient quality and rigour to complete their own independent studies. With psychology students potentially going on to a role of a practitioner it is essential for students within psychology to have sufficient knowledge of methods, methodology and data analysis associated with experiments so as to critique the literature and data presented through research articles and organisational reports around the practice of psychology.

Questionnaire Design and Analysis (Mandatory)

Questionnaire Design and Analysis provides students with the skills to carry out research of sufficient quality and rigour to complete their independent studies. The module aims to promote a critical and questioning approach, provide students with an advanced awareness of SPSS in addition to ethical concerns, reliability and validity in research. 

Qualitative Research Design and Analysis (Mandatory)

Qualitative Research Design and Analysis serves as a basis for the Dissertation research at Level 6, providing students with the opportunity to develop and apply skills in managing, collecting, analysing and reporting qualitative data. Students will identify and discuss ethical considerations relating to qualitative research. 

Advanced Qualitative Research Design and Analysis (Mandatory)

All researchers require a basic understanding of qualitative research methodology. This module provides students with the opportunity to further develop and apply skills in managing, collecting, analysing and reporting qualitative data that was touched upon in the Qualitative Research Design and Analysis module. Ethical issues will also be discussed.

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.

Applied Sports Psychology (Optional)

Mental preparation has many positive implications for human sporting performance. Every athlete is required to excel in a challenging environment, that can either hinder or help positive psychological states and human potential. A number of psychological skills can be implemented within these environments, which may help to create a real and meaningful mental advantage. 

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.

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. 

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 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

2017-18

  • 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.

2018-19         

Subject to approval of maximum fee by parliament                    

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £11,500 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • 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 your course that you will need to budget for.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

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

Plus GCSE grade A-C including English and Mathematics (or equivalent) or new GCSEs grade 4-9.

Also see How to Apply.

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.  

Staff

Senior Lecturer and Psychology Coordinator

Lecturer in Psychology

Lecturer in Psychology

Lecturer in Psychology

Psychology Technician

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