Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. It is concerned with understanding the thoughts, feelings and motivations that underpin behaviour.
Our high quality research reputation, cutting edge laboratory and computing facilities, and our research active academics, makes us the ideal place to study psychology.
On this course you can:
Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which provides eligibility for graduate membership of the BPS and the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership – the first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist.
However, studying psychology fosters the development of a diversity of skills that prepares you to also enter a range of other employment areas.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
I like that the lecturers are not afraid to introduce to you controversial debates and ideas which deepen your knowledge and understanding of key ideas.
Amelia Woodard, BSc (Hons) Psychology student 2013
Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:
In the first year you take a broad-based approach to core aspects of psychological theory and research.
Core units in this year include:
You will continue to build on your knowledge, including a greater in-depth approach to the different psychological disciplines.
Core units in this year include:
In the final year you can begin to develop more specialist areas of knowledge and undertake a large scale research project of your choosing.
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work or study placement).
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
You will be taught by academics at the cutting edge of their subject. We strive to keep a close link between research and teaching, and aim to keep your learning experience stimulating through a blend of lectures, small focused seminars, one-to-one tutorials, alongside practical research and experiments.
The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
We operate a range of assessment techniques and publish the assessment criteria so you know how your work will be evaluated. Here’s how we assess your work:
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
Professor Vasudevi Reddy
The course deals with current theoretical issues and recent empirical findings with relevance for everyday life. You will be taught by staff who are actively engaged in research in these areas.
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You will benefit from our range of modern, high quality facilities. Monitor behaviour using our eye-tracking equipment or test minority influencing scenarios in our Observation Suite. Other labs include:
Train in the art of forensic interviewing. Use the suite’s state-of-the-art audio and video-recording facilities to uncover your subjects bluff. Or detect deception using our thermal imaging cameras, specifically looking for the blush reflex around the eyes, cheeks and neck.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
Placements are an optional course component and you will be required to pay for additional costs for you work placement abroad. These will vary depending in the location and length of stay. These costs range from £50 - £2000 to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence.
If you want to become an accredited psychologist, you will need to enrol on a postgraduate course to continue your studies. However, by this point you will have a better idea of which area of psychology you wish to specialise in such as development, occupational, counselling, educational, forensic, health, or sport and exercise.
This course serves as an excellent starting point for many other graduate career paths. You will become excellent at teamwork, communication, problem solving, self-motivation and time management, which are skills highly desirable to employers in a vast range of sectors.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
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To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.
After you apply, we'll invite you to an Applicant Experience Day where you’ll get to speak to lecturers and meet your future classmates.
Come to an Open Day and explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.