Typical A-level offer
BBC with B in any subject
Our BSc in Psychology with integrated year in industry, will enable you to discover another culture and life in another country whilst at the same time expanding your knowledge of Psychology. As a scientific study of the mind and behaviour, psychology is a diverse and dynamic field of study and our BPS-accredited degree is designed to bring this exciting subject to life. When you study with us, you will be taught by academic staff members who are established experts in their respective fields, many of whom are BPS-accredited Chartered Psychologists (CPsychol). The Department has outstanding teaching and research facilities, including state-of-the-art eye-tracking equipment, a child development laboratory, a biopotential recording laboratory, an EEG laboratory and sound attenuated chamber, a video laboratory and control room for observational research, and a dedicated computer lab.
Top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Psychology (NSS 2016)
Department of Psychology: 93% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)
100% of undergraduates who graduated from the Department of Psychology in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
- Teaching & Learning
Why study Psychology with integrated study abroad at Aberystwyth?
- We offer one of the highest quality student experiences - in 2016, the Department was rated as 1st in Wales and 4th in the UK for student satisfaction (NSS, 2016).
- All our degree schemes are designed with employability in mind and are accredited by the British Psychological Society – perfect for graduate-level careers or access to postgraduate training.
- This course is identical to its sister course C800, however you will have an additional year of funding to undertake your year industry. If you are unable to obtain a work placement, you can simply transfer to our three year sister programme. Students who take part in the year abroad will pay a discounted tuition fee, of which the information can be found here.
- Study in a supportive, student-focused environment – our academic, support and technical staff are here for you every step of the way.
- Innovative approach to learning and teaching – the Department houses state-of-the art research facilities and top-class student learning spaces.
- Broaden your horizons beyond Aberystwyth with the opportunity to spend a year in industry or studying abroad.
Department of Psychology’s teaching staff are all research active and all permanent staff are qualified to PhD level with most having either a PGCTHE or are fellows/senior fellow of the higher education academy. Over half of the staff also have the qualification CPsychol; an indicator of the BPS’ highest standard of psychological knowledge and expertise.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
- Applications Of Psychology
- Introduction To Core Topics In Social And Individual Behaviour
- Personal Development Plan
- Conceptual And Historical Issues In Psychology
- Introduction To Psychological Research Methods
- Perspectives On Psychobiology And Cognition
- 21st Century Self: Critical And Constructionist Approaches To Contemporary Personhood
- Child Language: Development And Assessment
- Prosiect Ymchwil Seicoleg Ar Gyfer Anrhydedd Sengl
- Psycholinguistics: The Psychology Of Language
- Psychology Critical Review
- Psychology Research Project For Single Honours
- The Psychology Of Counselling, Coaching And Mentoring
- The Social Psychology Of Music
Your year abroad:
A recent Erasmus Impact survey showed that 64% of employers considered international experience important for recruitment and that studying or working abroad will increase their chances of finding employment by up to 41% compared to students who do not study or work abroad.
What career options are available to me?
A degree in Psychology from Aberystwyth University will prepare you for a range of careers, and access to wide range of further training opportunities; including:
- Clinical, Educational, Occupational, Sports and Exercise psychology
- Psychotherapy and Counselling
- Social Work
- Health Care
- Human Resources
- Careers Advisory Service
- Marketing, Publishing, Advertising
The skills you learn whilst studying here are highly sought after by employers and include:
- Research and Data analysis skills
- Effective problem-solving skills
- The ability to work independently and present material clearly and effectively
- Time management and organisational skills
- The ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner
- Self-motivation and independence
- Teamwork and project management skills
- Information technology skills
What opportunities are there as a student at Aberystwyth University?
Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.
Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department.
Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
Psychology provides us insights into human behaviour. You will study the origins of the subject and how research has shaped and changed it and how it has developed into the modern science it is now.
The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.
During your first year, you may:
- discover modules which cover topics such as social and individual behaviour, psychobiology and cognition, and research methods and historical issues in psychology
- Tailor your degree to your interests and future career goals by choosing from our exciting range of specialist optional modules, such as:
- Health psychology
- Psychology and Psychology of Counselling
- Coaching and Mentoring
In your third year you will undertake your year abroad in an international University.
In your final year you may:
- Forensic Counselling
- Drugs and Behaviour
- Psychology of Humor
- Evolutionary Psychology
- You may also will apply your research and analytical skills by completing a research dissertation on a topic of your own choosing, with support from your supervisor.
How will I be taught?
We deliver our courses through lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. We offer our students specialist laboratory facilities for research including eye trackers, a sound attenuated chamber, an EEG and biological measurements lab and a dedicated developmental laboratory. You will gain hands-on experience using the very latest equipment.
Our modules are assessed in a number of ways which include examinations, presentations, essays and workshops.
You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree to help you through any issues you may have and direct you to any opportunities.
Our dynamic and enthusiastic staff are committed to a student focused approach to teaching, making your learning needs a priority in both what we teach and how we teach you. You can be confident that you will receive the best learning experience at the very forefront of the discipline.
A Levels BBC with B in any subject
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
30 points overall