Colossal head of a youth, the remnant of a Greek statue
UCAS Code
C800
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2021, September 2022
Accredited
Yes

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Overview

Are you interested in studying the mind and people's behaviour? Do you want to understand the factors that influence how people think, act and feel, and use this knowledge to embark on a career that makes a positive difference to people's lives?

This BPS-accredited BSc (Hons) Psychology degree gives you a comprehensive understanding of how our minds work. Using specialist facilities and labs, you'll learn how to apply your knowledge to everyday scenarios.

In your first year, you'll get an extensive introduction to psychological theory and research techniques. In year 2, you'll study modules that put you on the path towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist, covering advanced areas of psychology including biological and cognitive psychology, social and developmental psychology, and data analysis.

You'll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge in the field on a year-long work placement between years 2 and 3. You can also spend the year studying abroad.

Your third year gives you the chance to focus on the topics that match your interests and ambitions with optional modules covering everything from sports psychology to neuroscience. You'll also undertake a research project on a subject that interests you.

After the course, you can continue your studies to become a Chartered Psychologist or use the transferable skills you've learnt to work in areas such as teaching, marketing, social welfare and law enforcement.

98% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2020)

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework
Accredited by the British Psychological Society

Accredited by:

This degree confers eligibility for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Graduate Basis for Registration.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – AAB–ABB
  • UCAS points – 128–136 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 30–31

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English Language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Typical offers
  • A levels – AAB–ABB
  • UCAS points – 128–136 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD–DDM

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English Language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Be taught by experienced psychology practitioners and staff who are active in research into areas such as autism, forensic psychology, animal cognition and quality of working life
  • Use specialist psychology equipment and facilities including an observation suite, toddler and infant laboratory, psychophysiology laboratory, psychology of applied cognition laboratory, and digital analysis and video editing suite
  • Specialise your field of study in your final year, with options including sport psychology, neuroscience, educational psychology, and clinical and health psychology
  • Learn transferable skills that employers value including in teamwork, communication, problem solving, self-motivation, critical thinking and time management
  • Use our motion capture studios, which feature the latest Vicon optical system, to explore the mechanics and perception of human movement, looking at how body language influences our appraisal of others and affects interpersonal interactions

You can also:

  • Apply your knowledge in the workplace on a year-long work placement, boosting your employability prospects after the course
  • Study abroad through our links with overseas universities
  • Learn a language while you earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's language programme
Our Psychology BSc facilities

Take a tour of King Henry Building at the University of Portsmouth and the specialist psychology equipment and facilities we use in our Psychology BSc and Forensic Psychology BSc courses.

Careers and opportunities

Studying a psychology degree gives you a broad range of skills and knowledge, giving you lots of options when you finish the course.

Psychology careers

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This allows you to become a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) with appropriate training and experience after the course.

Jobs you could do as a Chartered Psychologist include:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Sports psychologist
  • Counselling psychologist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Occupational psychologist
  • Neuropsychologist

Careers in related fields

The transferable skills you learn on this degree are also in demand in other fields, such as:

  • Teaching (with additional training)
  • Social welfare
  • Police work
  • Research
  • Marketing
  • Careers advice

Organisations and roles previous graduates have gone on to work in, include:

Placement year

Increase your chances of landing your ideal job after the course by taking an optional work placement year between the second and final years of your study.

We'll work with you to find a placement that best prepares you for the kind of work you want to do in your career when you graduate. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Roles previous students have taken on during their placement years include:

  • Assistant Psychologist
  • Assistant Occupational Psychologist
  • Business Operations Assistant
  • Student Clinical Psychologist
  • Student Psychologist
  • Student Researcher

Previous students have completed placements in the following organisations:

  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Talking Change (IAPT)
  • Mind
  • Headway
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Microsoft
  • IBM
  • Solent NHS Trust
  • South Essex Partnership Trust
  • Portsmouth City Council Educational Psychology Service

I have had various placement opportunities that I would not have dreamed of; in fact, one opportunity lead to another since Year One, and I have high hopes for the future.

Khudayja Datoo, BSc (Hons) Psychology

Work experience and career planning

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant study and job opportunities during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and enhance your CV.

After you leave the University you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

I’ve never felt so supported as I was at Portsmouth, and the opportunities I’ve had through researching and professional development are amazing.

Oakley Cheung, Psychologist, BSc (Hons) Psychology

Course overview with Dr Roger Moore

Principal Lecturer Dr Roger Moore gives an overview of studying BSc (Hons) Psychology at Portsmouth, including the ways you can get professional experience, build your network and prepare yourself for your career after the course.

Dr Roger Moore: What motivates me to teach psychology is the change and transformation in students.

In the second year of the degree, as part of a module called Professional Development and Employability, students would have the opportunity to go and work in a psychology-related role for a few hours a week. They typically secure the role themselves, but with the help of our placements team in the department.

At the end of the second year, students have the opportunity to do a sandwich year. In that sandwich year, they would, if it's a work placement, they'd go and work in a psychology-related company or organisation. The other sandwich option students have between the second and third year is to go and study abroad with one of our partner institutions, so they could go and study perhaps in Mannheim in Germany for the year, then come back and complete the third year.

In the third year, there's another placement opportunity, where students can opt to take the psychology work placement unit and in that, they'd work in a local psychology-related company or organisation on a kind of day release basis for the whole academic year.

So these placement opportunities would certainly help students to develop contacts, they develop valuable experience and expertise in particular job roles. That's always beneficial when going to secure employment or to get onto postgraduate courses once they've completed their degree.

In terms of highlights on the course, there's a lot of internationally-recognised experts teaching on the course, giving students tuition in how to conduct research methods at a high level, so that they can conduct their own scientific research studies and make their own discoveries.

BPS accreditation is part of the Psychology degree that we run at the University of Portsmouth. Most practitioner psychologist Master's level courses require students to have a BPS-accredited first degree as part of the entry requirements. 

Portsmouth itself is a great city, it's a really fun place to live. There's not many hills if you're a cyclist, which is great news, and it's very nice living by the sea.

The three skills that I think a student would need to have to succeed at Portsmouth, I think they'd need to be committed, I think they'd need to be curious to find out about psychology, and I think they'd need to remain open-minded throughout, cos they might here a few things that surprise them. 

What you'll study

The psychology degree topics on this course are taught in modules, and each module is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules

What you'll do

You'll focus on the underlying mechanisms and evolutionary causes of behaviour. You'll also develop an understanding of methodology in the study of animal behaviour, and critically assess animal behaviour literature.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe and contrast key findings from the literature in animal behaviour
  • Explain different methods and theoretical approaches used in the study of animal behaviour
  • Outline and assess how evolutionary theory can be applied to human behaviour
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (50% of final mark)
  • a 1-hour written exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also develop and practice research skills and analysis techniques by conducting and reporting your own research studies.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Use descriptive and inferential statistics to summarise and analyse empirical data linked to a specific research question
  • Present quantitative data linked to a specific research question in a format that follows recognised scientific conventions
  • Outline basic concepts and theories in the collection and analysis of qualitative data
  • Identify and differentiate between research approaches and designs
  • Perform a selection of quantitative and qualitative analyses on appropriate data
  • Identify key ethical issues in psychological research and apply ethical codes of conduct to research studies
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical classes. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 311 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word coursework project (25% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word coursework portfolio (25% of final mark)
  • a 2-hour written exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll address key issues in psychological research and improve core graduate skills such as searching and referencing literature.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify, retrieve and review information from academic sources (e.g. books, journal articles, appropriate internet sources, etc.) using recognised referencing guidelines
  • Summarise and compare examples of psychological research, using evidence to support scientific judgements and conclusions
  • Work independently, manage a detailed project and be self-reliant
  • Communicate ideas in written form clearly and concisely
  • Reflect on your learning experience and your detailed exploration of topics
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars and tutorials, and take part in research.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 337 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • 2 x 3,000-word coursework portfolios (50% of final mark, each) 

What you'll do

You'll also explore how modern psychological perspectives address current questions and debates in the discipline. Your learning will address the British Psychological Society's core  curriculum requirements for the study of historical and conceptual aspects of psychology.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the basic principles of the scientific method of psychology
  • Outline key concepts and ideologies that have shaped the history of psychological research
  • Describe and contrast the methods and theoretical approaches used by different fields of psychology
  • Apply multiple perspectives to current debates and issues in psychology
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars and tutorials. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 148 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment (50% of final mark)
  • a 1-hour written exam (50% of final mark)

Year 2

Core modules

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify structures and functions of the human nervous system relevant to the study of psychology
  • Identify the role of physiology in human behaviour, emotion, and cognition
  • Appraise different research methods and techniques used in biological and cognitive psychology
  • Identify and evaluate the relationship between theory and method in contemporary biological and cognitive psychology research
  • Evaluate influential experiments in the development of biological and cognitive psychology
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3-hour written exam (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll explore the theoretical issues in intelligence and personality assessment, and the practical application of psychometric tests. 

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe, compare and contrast classical theories of personality or intelligence
  • Critically discuss individual differences in the context of personality or intelligence
  • Competently administer a psychometric test
  • Create derived scores for psychometric test results, referencing relevant norms
  • Interpret psychometric test scores and provide appropriate candidate feedback
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word coursework report (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll then specialise in skills by selecting one of four module pathways: careers in psychology (CIP), research-based learning (RBL), work-based learning (WBL) or social enterprise (SE). 

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Recognise career opportunities open to psychology graduates and understand the skills, qualities and experience those career areas require
  • Examine your own employability skills, interests, motivations and experience and recognise where you may need to develop further to achieve career goals
  • Identify and evaluate the requirements and nature of at least one type of work in which you're interested, through research and/or practical experience of work in that area
Teaching activities

On this module you'll take part in work-based learning and attend lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 155 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

This includes the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, experience with statistical analysis software (SPSS) and the development of data presentation and report writing skills.

You'll experience practical work developed from topics in the core domains of cognitive, biological and developmental psychology.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Prepare a research proposal for a planned independent research study
  • Consider practical, ethical and resource issues and develop an effective study rationale
  • Devise, prepare and conduct quantitative research investigations using testable research hypotheses and appropriate methodologies
  • Apply advanced statistical analyses in order to interpret, reason, and write about quantitative research data, using accepted scientific conventions
  • Manage complex qualitative research data, apply suitable analysis techniques and develop interpretations of empirical findings
  • Evaluate your choice of analysis and consider the implications for the interpretation of qualitative research findings
  • Present and critically discuss empirical findings in the context of previous psychological research
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops. You'll also work with other students in your practical group to collect and analyse research data.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 140 hours studying independently. This is around 8.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word coursework report (50% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also develop your skills in questionnaire construction, data presentation and evaluation skills for use in report writing. You'll take part in practical work based on the core knowledge domains of social psychology.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Apply basic scale construction and research design principles to plan and build a psychological measurement scale, utilising findings from previous psychological literature
  • Compare theoretical concepts in psychological scale construction including different forms of reliability and validity, and assess these properties from behavioural data
  • Perform and interpret analyses using statistical software (SPSS) for a range of descriptive, graphical and inferential analysis techniques
  • Justify your use of statistical tests for common experimental and correlational designs
  • Analyse and present research data from simple and factorial experimental designs
  • Evaluate the results of psychological research studies and present your findings under accepted scientific conventions
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word coursework report (50% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word coursework exercise (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll explore how theoretical approaches have changed over time, and learn about concepts and theories that have influenced methodology and discussion in each sub-domain.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Examine and apply findings from social and developmental psychology in analytic, imaginative, and creative ways
  • Evaluate theoretical and methodological issues in social and developmental psychology
  • Evaluate the relevance and application of social and developmental psychology to everyday situations, problems, and practice
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures and apply your knowledge in practice essays and practice MCQs. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 134 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module. Reading should begin with the relevant textbook chapters, and learning will extend to include research articles.

Assessment

Before your final assessment, you'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally through practice essay questions and practice MCQs.

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3-hour written exam (100% of final mark) - half of the exam will assess social psychology and half will assess developmental psychology

Optional sandwich year

Optional sandwich year

What you'll do

You'll get support to identify placement opportunities, and placements are established, conducted and evaluated in line with the procedures of the Science Faculty Placement Office (FPO). You'll also have a placement tutor to support you while on placement.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify and demonstrate skills developed in the work place such as professional autonomy and accountability, language and/or interpersonal communication, time management and planning, assessment and analytical skills, and evaluation of impact of own actions
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage and complete tasks in a work environment relevant to your course
  • Demonstrate an appropriate level of skill, initiative, independence and performance
  • Identify and reflect on your learning experience and the relevance of this to future employability and personal development, identifying areas for improvement or further training
  • Evaluate how work placement activities relate to knowledge and practice covered on your course, and/or broader perspectives on the world of work
Teaching activities
  • 10 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 1,190 hours on placement
Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 4,000-word coursework portfolio (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)

What you'll do

You'll get support to set up a study exchange with your department's ERASMUS exchange programme partner institutions and topics covered by your placement will vary according to the institution you choose. You need to to be accepted by the host institution to enrol on this study abroad year.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify and demonstrate skills developed through overseas study such as personal autonomy and accountability, language and/or interpersonal communication, time management and planning, and assessment and analytical skills
  • Demonstrate your ability to manage and complete tasks in an overseas study environment relevant to your course
  • Demonstrate an appropriate level of skill, initiative, independence and performance
  • Evaluate how study placement learning relates to knowledge and practice covered on your course, and/or broader global or international psychological perspectives
Teaching activities
  • 10 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 1,190 hours studying abroad
Assessment

Assessments on this module will vary depending on the forms of assessment provided by the host university – this may include a coursework portfolio.

Year 3

Optional modules

What you'll do

You’ll address how specific aspects of behaviour, cognition and emotion can be studied from a comparative and evolutionary perspective. You'll develop your knowledge by critically assessing relevant theory and research findings.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify and reflect on the fundamental principles of evolution
  • Identify and consider aspects of human and animal behaviour that have been shaped by evolutionary processes
  • Critically assess relevant theory and research findings in evolutionary and comparative psychology
  • Critically evaluate different approaches to the study of behaviour and cognition both in an evolutionary and comparative perspective and compared to other disciplines
  • Present a reasoned argument that integrates knowledge from comparative and evolutionary perspectives as well as other scientific disciplines
Teaching activities
  • 21 x 2-hour lectures
  • 6 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3-hour written exam (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll focus on methodological and theoretical issues in cross-cultural research and their empirical findings. This module will also highlight the implications of understanding culture in terms of psychology.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify and reflect on the influence of culture on psychology
  • Outline and systematically evaluate selected topics in cultural psychology
  • Critically assess relevant theory and research findings in cultural psychology
  • Critically evaluate different methodological approaches when studying the influence of culture on psychological phenomena
  • Be familiar with issues surrounding the nature of culture
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures and seminars. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 4,000-word written assignment including essay (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll look at compulsory to post-compulsory education, and its relationship with philosophical, scientific and cultural developments. You'll explore key topics and debates around contemporary education, the current state of research and theory, and how this informs practice and policy. 

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically discuss different practices in various educational settings considering relevant research and theory
  • Determine the relevance of psychological theory and research to current issues in educational contexts
  • Describe and critically explore psychological research on specific topics in educational psychology evaluating the method and use of research findings
  • Reflect on the history, concepts and practice of educational psychology and the role of the educational psychologist in supporting learning and development
  • Explore whether an educational practice has the potential to impact learning and development
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 4,000-word coursework portfolio (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll focus on effect sizes and confidence intervals in data. You'll develop advanced statistical analysis skills using relevant computer packages, as well as your reporting and interpretation skills. 

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse multivariate data sets
  • Interpret multivariate results
  • Conduct appropriate transformations of data
  • Critically evaluate statistical methods reported in journal articles
  • Distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate interpretations of statistical results
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 158 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,000-word written assignment including essay (75% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word written assignment including essay (25% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop fundamental skills needed to be a teacher, and the capability to structure and deliver a short lesson.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse the expectations of a professional teacher in terms of skills, knowledge and conduct
  • Discuss the importance of safeguarding students
  • Apply fundamental concepts of teaching and learning theory to plan an effective, peer-assessed lesson
  • Deliver lesson plans with clear objectives, student-centred learning and assessment of learning
  • Reflect on the use of active learning methods within subject specialism
Teaching activities
  • 10 x 2-hour seminars
  • 2 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 10 x 1-hour lectures
  • 4 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a practical skills assessment (50% of final mark)
  • a written assignment including essay (50% of final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Distinguish between psychological approaches and methodologies used in the study of psychological distress and physical health/illness
  • Understand the strengths, limitations and suitability of psychological approaches and methodologies
  • Apply theory and research findings to applied topics and problems in clinical and health psychology
  • Outline and critically evaluate approaches to clinical and health psychology
  • Identify and critically evaluate key ethical implications associated with promoting health and wellbeing
  • Understand how psychological approaches are used to impact health in different settings
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 180-minute written exam (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn how to show the relationship between the theories and psychological, philosophical, scientific and cultural developments. This module explores how to apply theories in research, and how they inform aspects of everyday life.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Compare and evaluate theories of communication and language
  • Critically examine theories and research on the relation between culture and communicative practices, with reference to contexts, settings and individual difference and language disabilities
  • Apply different methods of investigation to communicative phenomena, and generate ideas and solutions to describe these
  • Identify and systematically assess verbal and non-verbal interactional modalities and strategies
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 4,000-word written assignment including essay (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll get an introduction to topics such as consciousness, transhumanism, neuro-feedback and neuropsychology. In each topic, you'll consider the use of neuroscience techniques, introducing you to the neuroimaging methodologies in the field.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Provide a detailed evaluation of the structures and functions of the human nervous system related to the study of psychology
  • Systematically examine and compare key methods in modern neuroscience, emphasising their strengths, weaknesses, possibilities and limitations
  • Explain and evaluate clinical and non-clinical applications of neuroscience, referencing research and theory
  • Describe and evaluate key domains of interest in neuroscience, including current and historical areas of interest
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures and tutorials. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 90-minute written exam (50% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also look at the major theoretical frameworks and research methodologies used. The module focuses on how sub-fields of psychology, such as cognitive, social and developmental psychology, inform forensic psychology.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate major theoretical frameworks and research methodologies used in forensic psychology
  • Critically evaluate the contribution of forensic psychology to current practice
  • Synthesise literature across several research areas that forensic psychology draws from
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3-hour written exam (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll apply this understanding to Human Resource Management (HRM), Human Resource Development (HRD) and talent management consulting projects. You'll look at strength-based assessment and development, individual and social identity in an organisation, and psychological coaching interventions.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse, explain and evaluate positive and social psychology theories in an organisational context
  • Apply theoretical frameworks of positive and social psychology to HRM, HRD and talent management related case studies
  • Align theories in positive and social psychology with other business studies and context, such as innovation, process and operation in an organisation
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 3-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word coursework exercise (50% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop an appreciation of theory and research related to coaching in sport and will consider how best to apply this in practical setting.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe and analyse key concepts and principles of the practice of sport psychology
  • Select the appropriate techniques to conduct psychological assessments for athletes, teams and coaches in a safe, reliable, and precise manner
  • Critically examine data derived from psychological assessments for athletes, teams and coaches to analyse client psychological issues
  • Critically evaluate core techniques and strategies aimed at improving athlete, team, and coach performance in sport
  • Synthesise information from a variety of sources to produce appropriate evidence-based recommendations to improve client performance
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars and tutorials. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word coursework report (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll present your rationale for your study, your research methodology and your findings in an extended report. Your intended study must go through a formal ethical review process before you can begin. 

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Formulate and apply an informed psychological research question(s) and rationale
  • Critically evaluate academic literature in your topic and conduct an independent empirical study informed by this evaluation
  • Identify key ethical issues in psychological research and apply an appropriate ethical code to your own study
  • Use appropriate psychological terminology and recognised psychological report writing conventions to report your study
  • Analyse and critically reflect on your findings and their implications in a written report
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures and project supervision meetings.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 182 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 4,000-word dissertation (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll present your rationale for your study, your research methodology and your findings in an extended report. Your intended study must go through a formal ethical review process before you can begin, and you will take part in a project interview assessment for your study and approach.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Formulate and apply an informed psychological research question(s) and rationale
  • Critically evaluate academic literature in your topic and conduct an independent empirical study informed by this evaluation
  • Identify key ethical issues in psychological research and apply an appropriate ethical code to your own study
  • Use appropriate psychological terminology and recognised psychological report writing conventions to report your study
  • Analyse and critically reflect on your findings and their implications in a written report
  • Justify and evaluate your rationale and its scientific contribution, your methodology, and the personal skills you've gained through your research, in an oral interview
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures and project supervision meetings.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 381 hours studying independently. This is around 12 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 7,000-word dissertation (90% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (10% of final mark)

What you'll do

Your placement must relate to psychology or involve the application of psychology to a work situation. You'll liaise with a placement tutor who will evaluate your progress and attend to any welfare issues that may arise.

This will develop your skills in line with the Health and Care Professions Council’s Standards of Proficiency for Practitioner Psychologists (HCPC, 2015).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Manage and complete tasks in a work area relevant to your course, with an appropriate level of skill, initiative and independence
  • Critically evaluate how placement activities relate to the psychological theory, research and practice covered on your course, and how applying your learning might improve work procedures and environments
  • Critically reflect on the workplace learning experience and the relevance of this learning to future personal development
  • Identify areas for improvement or further training in your personal development
  • Systematically record experiences and training from your placement
  • Produce evidence to support your acquisition of knowledge and practical competencies, and the application of psychological skills as outlined in the HCPC Standards of Proficiency
Teaching activities

On this module you'll take part in a placement and attend tutorials, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 187 hours studying independently. This is around 11.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 4,000-word coursework portfolio (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll explore competing approaches and models of disability knowledge, intersectionality and disability, empowerment and the psychology of helping. You'll also explore community and social capital, sex and sexuality, quality of life and stigma, as well as disability research.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the constructionist perspective of the social psychology of disability
  • Compare and contrast competing models of disability such as the medical and social models of disability
  • Critically examine the production of disability knowledge and practices
  • Engage in an ethnographic disability research exercise
  • Critically evaluate a disability research report and other texts
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials and seminars, and take part in fieldwork.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 170 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 4,000-word coursework report (100% of final mark)

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

"There is a strong emphasis placed on employability and the skills that course will enable me to develop throughout my time here. I did not really see this at other universities I visited."

Jessica Rees Matcham , BSc (Hons) Psychology

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written examinations
  • practical reports and essays
  • poster presentations
  • oral presentations
  • self-led research project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • small focussed seminars
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • practical research and experiments

The teaching is based on current research and professional practice to make sure what you learn is up to date.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

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

Teaching staff profiles

These are 2 of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course:

Dr Zarah Vernham, Course Leader

I'm the Undergraduate Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Psychology and BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology degrees. I lead a Level 6 (year 3) module called Psychology of Security and teach on other modules such as the Psychology of Offending Behaviour and Research Methods and Data Analysis modules.

I'm the Deputy Director of the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology (ICRFP). My main research interests are in the areas of investigative interviewing, deception detection, offender behaviours and cognitions, and mental health.

Dr Roger Moore, Principal Lecturer

I lead a Level 4 (year 1) module called Applying Psychological Research Methods and also teach on the Level 6 (year 3) Neuroscience module. My research interests are centred around experimental neuroscience. This involves investigation into the relationship between central nervous system (CNS) activity and personality and between CNS activity and movement. 

I studied my first degree in Psychology here at the University of Portsmouth over 25 years ago and I consider myself very lucky to still be based in the Psychology Department at Portsmouth.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

In 2021/22, we're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as tutorials, lectures, seminars and practical classes and workshops for about 10.5 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • Teaching block 1 – early October to January
  • Assessment period 1 – late January to early February
  • Teaching block 2 – February to May
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

Learning support tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • Understanding and using assignment feedback
  • Managing your time and workload
  • Revision and exam techniques

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from the faculty librarian for science.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2021 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase) 
  • International students – £17,600 per year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

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.

If you do an optional placement unit during your study, you’ll need to pay additional costs.

These costs will vary depending on the location and length of the placement. You’ll normally pay £50–£2000 to cover travel, accommodation and living costs.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2021, apply through Clearing by completing this short application form, calling our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or going to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing updates and book a call back on results day.

International and EU students

Clearing is open to all applicants. But if you'd prefer to apply without going through Clearing, use our online application form.

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – C800
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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