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Three years full-time

Four and a half to nine years part-time

Course Options: 
Professional Placement
Study Abroad
Typical Offer: 

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


  • 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
  • Brand new Health and Wellbeing building, opening early 2022, with dedicated specialist facilities


 The British Psychological Society Accredited logo

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. 

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


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

Year 1 All Mandatory Psychology and Sociology Modules 

Year 2 All Mandatory Psychology and Sociology Modules Plus 1 optional module from the Year 2 options below.

Year 3 All Mandatory Psychology and Sociology Modules Plus 2 optional module from the Year 3 options below.

For Years 2 and 3, optional modules available in any year will be communicated prior to enrolment to facilitate module choice. Some optional modules may not run in every year of study, and the availability of optional modules depends both on student demand and the availability of specialist staff.

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. 

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.

Sociological Imagination (Mandatory)

This module aims to introduce you to key features of the sociological perspective and what many call the sociological imagination. It is concerned with making the everyday strange and the far away near 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. Students will be able to engage with key debates about the nature of inequality and power using contemporary examples and analysis.

Introduction to Criminology (Requisite)

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. 

Policy and Politics (Requisite)

This module will introduce students to political concepts, principles and theories that shape the operation of politics in the UK, and how this affects policy responses to various social issues and problems with a particular emphasis placed upon crime and deviance. As well as introducing students to the political institutions of the UK, the module examines the different ways that political choices are framed and made in the UK and the process of debate and dialogue is a key part of the content of the module.

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. 

Migration and Ethnicity (Requisite)

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.

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 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 (Requisite)

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. 

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.

Medical Sociology (Optional)

The central theme 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.

The World of Work (Optional)

This module allows students to reflect on the world of work by considering their skills and strengths in relation to future career paths, and the kinds of practice and professional skills they may need to cultivate. The module allows students to take a work placement or engage in work shadowing. The module will also consider theoretical aspects of work and employment and 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.

Racialisation, Racism and Resistance: Global Perspectives

This module will encourage students to develop a critical approach to race, racism and resistance from a global perspective, looking not only on conceptions and lived experience in the Western countries but also other parts of the world, including the Global South including Latin American, Africa and Asian contexts, and Central and Eastern Europe. The module will explore key sites of contemporary racism and anti-racist political activism, drawing on examples such as the Black Lives Matter movement and pro- and anti-refugee solidarity activism in Europe and beyond. Attention will also be paid to decolonial and postcolonial approaches, as well as the intersection of gender, race, class and other categories of difference when exploring race, racism and resistance globally

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 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. 

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.

Mental Health Policy and Practice (Optional)

This module introduces the sociological perspective to the discussion about and the debates on mental illness and the development of the psychiatric treatment and services.

Technology and Material Civilisation (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 need to be examined. Material culture is one important element, with considerable contemporary interest, that links to the wider perspective of material civilization. The other major approach is to explore contributions to the study of technology – especially the debate about social construction and technological determinism. The module will take a broad definition of technology to include the important mundane material world (tables, chairs, pavements) alongside contemporary communications technologies (mobile phones, internet). This module will explore definitions and theories of technology and society, important anthropologically inspired accounts of the material world, and more recent work on the impact of communications technology.

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.

Student profiles

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


  • 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)
  • International full-time tuition fee: £13,992 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. 

* 2023-24 tuition fees are subject to change in line with inflation, or a government change in the fee cap.

Entry requirements

Course options

This courses an option for Professional Placement and Study Abroad. 


Course Leader, Politics, Sociology and Criminology

Director, The Centre for Academic & International Partners

Associate Professor in Criminology

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Politics

Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Youth Studies

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

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Lecturer in Psychology

Lecturer in Psychology

Lecturer in Psychology

Lecturer in Criminology

Lecturer in Psychology and Deputy Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Psychology and associated routes

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise 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 cafés 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.

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