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BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
UCAS code: 
LC38
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Duration: 

Three years full-time

Four and a half to nine years part-time

Typical Offer: 

2019 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC)

Please see Entry Requirements below.

  • Our Psychology course is accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • Students are eligible for Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society
  • Our course includes specialist themes such as technology and society
  • The Psychology and Sociology team has extensive links with all local agencies that operate within the field
     

Introduction

Psychology at the University of Suffolk at the main campus in Ipswich is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Students who wish to become professional psychologists are eligible for Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society, providing that they gain a minimum of second class honours and have completed all the required psychology modules.

 

Who am I and how do I live with others? The answer is in the link between our minds, our bodies, ourselves, 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 at the University of Suffolk 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.

The aim of the sociology joint programme is to produce knowledgeable sociologists who can develop sociologically informed arguments. It also offers students an increasingly specialist knowledge as they progress with their studies.  

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Course modules

Typical course content will follow the below format, with some optional modules being available subject to appropriate student numbers and specialist staff availability

Level 4 All Mandatory Psychology and Sociology Modules Plus 1 optional module from the level 4 (Year 1) options below.

Level 5 All Mandatory Psychology and Sociology Modules Plus 1 optional module from the level 5 (Year 2) options below.

Level 6 All Mandatory Psychology and Sociology Modules Plus 2 optional module from the level 6 (Year 3) options below.

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 in Biological and Cognitive Psychology (Mandatory)

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. 

Introduction to Sociology (Mandatory)

This module is concerned with making the everyday strange and the far away near so as to gain a better grasp on key aspects of social life. This leads into a key concern of sociology with questions of power and inequality. 

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. 

Social Change (Requisite)

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. 

Media, Crime and Deviance (Optional)

Media, Crime and Deviance aims to introduce students to some aspects of media sociology by critically examining everyday common sense notions about crime and deviance. Students will be invited to consider the socially constructed nature of crime and deviance and how these typologies change over time and between cultures. 

Migration and Ethnicity (Optional)

The module will look into the history of people’s movement across the globe. Moreover, a focus on migration also includes discussions about different causes of migration, and its voluntary and forced forms, as well as asylum seeking.

Introduction to Youth studies (Optional)

This module will introduce some of the key issues and debates in the academic study of young people, and also introduces students to a range of theoretical and philosophical perspectives on culture and subculture, resistance and citizenship in modernity and late modernity. 

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. 

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 Development 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. 

Social Theory (Mandatory)

Social Theory provides students with the opportunity to engage with the ideas of a range of important theorists from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, allowing for an engagement with the insightful, often challenging and sometimes counter-intuitive perspectives that come from a range of contemporary social theorists. 

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.

Mental Health Policy and Practice (Optional)

The central theme running through this module is the social nature of health. Understanding the broad patterns of morbidity and mortality are fundamental to enabling informed discussion regarding the social nature of health. The module seeks to broaden student’s understanding of contemporary health and illness with a content which is topical, wide ranging combining contemporary issues in health with classic debates within this field.

Work and Employment (Optional)

The module will consider theoretical aspects of work and employment, as well as, it will review the most recent sociological research related to work and employment.  The examples will focus on Ipswich, Suffolk, and more widely on the UK and a global dimension of work and employment.

Globalisation (Optional)

This module intends to examine definitions of globalisation, the dimensions of globalisation and the evidence to evaluate the extent to which globalisation is now a key element in important aspects of social life. This module will allow students of sociology should be able to engage with these debates by evaluating a range of data and arguments about globalisation.

Political Sociology (Optional)

We aim to identify key topics, concepts and theorists that are highly influential in contemporary scholarship in this field. The starting point is to analyse the relations between state, society, and political agents in the contemporary world. We will identify some of the major topics related to state, its institutions and its interaction with citizens. The module will critically examine the concept of “citizen” and its role in contemporary politics with a particular focus on rights and forms of political participation.

Abnormal Psychology (Mandatory)

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 builds on the central concepts, theories, current issues and research evidence  introduced  in  the  level  4  and  level  5  modules  exploring  the  main approaches in psychology. It will complement other level 6 modules and seek to establish a range of theoretical paradigms which will foster critical evaluation.

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.

This module will invite students to participate in a process of discovery and critically consider   a   range   of   influences   on   psychological   functioning,   including   an examination of a range of research paradigms, research methods and their application to the study of personality and intelligence. This will be achieved through the adoption of a topic based approach which will consider historical and scientific considerations in attempting to define personality, current paradigms in explaining personality and intelligence, issues in the assessment of personality and intelligence, the origins of intelligence testing, and theories of intelligence, including social, emotional and practical intelligence.

Level 6 Research Dissertation (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.

Technology and Material Civilization (Optional)

To explore the relationship between technology and society is to look at the relationship between people and things. In this respect important debates about material culture and their origin in anthropology will be explored. To be human is to interact with an environment and use tools and objects as part of daily life. The study of human material culture is one very important approach with considerable contemporary interest to be examined in this module. 

Gender and Sexuality (Optional)

Gender and sexuality are an everyday experience for most people and impact on their daily lives. However, great complexity surrounds gender and sexuality in a contemporary society and culture. The module will consider theoretical aspects of gender and sexuality, as well as, it will look at different ways, both qualitative and quantitative, of researching gender and sexuality and it will deploy the most recent sociological research related to gender and sexuality.

Career opportunities

  • The most recent figures available from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) reveal that 85% of Psychology and Sociology graduates in 20154/165 found employment within six months of graduation
  • Around 60% of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any discipline and Psychology and Sociology graduates are well equipped with the advanced skills and confidence to thrive in a variety of occupations
  • Psychology and Sociology graduates are good problem solvers, have good analytical and research skills, and have excellent information and data management skills
  • Employability is taken very seriously at the University of Suffolk and employers are directly involved in a number of taught and additional sessions over the 3 years
  • 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 of our student

What our students say

"Choosing to study BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology at University of Suffolk was a gateway for me to become something I have always wanted to be. I went into this new experience thinking what on earth am I doing, during this first year of the course yes, I had moments where I was left feeling discouraged; I thought was it all really worth it, but by the ending I had no regrets. If anything, I was left thinking was that it.

Coming from a practical background such as graphic design, and entering into the world of psychology I am sure anyone would struggle with great unfamiliarity, but honestly the switch was one of the best decisions I've made thus far.  Right now, I am studying a course that I have great interest in, with several amazing lecturers and tutors, at the same time I am learning more about myself as an individual also the people around me." Kyristol Smith, first year student.

I chose to study at the University of Suffolk due to not only being very familiar and close to home but also due to the class sizes. Due to the small classes the teaching style is made more personal with the lectures actually knowing your name and ability. This has helped me really ...

Fees and finance

2019-20

  • 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: £11,790 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.  See Course Costs.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2019 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC) or Access to HE Diploma - a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at merit grade or above.

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.  

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.

Staff

Associate Professor in Sociology

Associate Professor in Criminology

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Senior Lecturer in Law and Criminology

Lecturer in Psychology

Course Leader in MSci Psychology and Lecturer in Psychology

Lecturer in Criminology

Lecturer in Sociology

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Youth Studies

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Lecturer in Psychology

Facilities and Resources

Psychology and Sociology 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 and Sociology 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 and sociology at the University of Suffolk.