Psychology BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Psychology
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Are you interested in studying the mind and behaviour? This BSc (Hons) Psychology degree course gives you a deeper understanding of how our minds work and how to apply this knowledge to practical scenarios.
It gives you a broad introduction to psychological theory and research techniques, and opens many career opportunities – from health and social care to teaching, marketing and management.
This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This makes you eligible for Graduate Membership of the BPS when you achieve at least a 2:2 in your degree. It's the first step to becoming a fully Chartered Psychologist.
This accreditation also lets employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the industry.
96% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
- Be taught by staff that are active in research into areas such as animal cognition, autism, forensic psychology 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 amongst others
- Learn soft skills that employers value including in teamwork, communication, problem solving, self-motivation and time management
Careers and opportunities
What can you do with a Psychology degree?
After the course, you can continue your study to become a fully Chartered Psychologist or use the transferable skills you've learnt to work in areas such as:
- social welfare
- police work
Our Careers and Employability service can help you find study and job opportunities. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.
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.
What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Psychology degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
Core modules in this year include:
- Animal Behaviour
- Applying Psychological Research Skills
- Exploring Psychology
- Perspectives in Psychology
There are no optional modules in this year.
Core modules in this year include:
- Biological & Cognitive Psychology
- Individual Differences & Psychometrics
- Professional Development and Employability
- Psychological Research Methods
- Quantitative Data Analysis
- Social & Developmental Psychology
There are no optional modules in this year.
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology
- Cultural Psychology
- Educational Psychology
- Exploring Data
- Introduction to Teaching
- Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology
- Language and Communication
- Perspectives on Legal Psychology and Forensic Psychology
- Positive and Social Psychology in Organisations
- Professional Practice in Sports Psychology
- Psychology Research Project
- Psychology Work Placement
- Social Construction of Disability
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.
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.
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.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and enhance your CV.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- small focussed seminars
- one-to-one tutorials
- practical research and experiments
The teaching on this course 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.
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.
At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.
A typical week
We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Psychology 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.
The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- May to June – assessment period 2
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 face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:
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
- 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 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 English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.
BSc (Hons) Psychology degree entry requirements
Tuition fees (2019 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £15,900 per year (subject to annual increase)
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.
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.
How to apply
To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 4 September 2019.
In the meantime, sign up to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
When you apply, you'll need:
- the UCAS course code – C800
- our institution code – P80
How to apply from outside the UK
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can 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.