Undergraduate Courses - Psychology (inc integrated year in industry)
BSc Psychology (inc integrated year in industry)
The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.
In choosing to study a Psychology Degree at Aberystwyth University, you will be immersed in both the fundamentals of human mind and behaviour as part of an accredited BPS programme. During this variant of our popular single honours Psychology degree you will also have an opportunity to work in industry. You will benefit from developing general skills and competences, such as analytical and communication skills demanded by employers. You will apply these while learning new skills during a year in industry. As such, you will develop capabilities sought by the main employers in the discipline and you will graduate with the competences necessary to undertake the career you choose.
This variation of our single honours degree (C800) offers a 4 year degree with the opportunity to spend a year in industry. As with the standard single honours degree you will study the psychological processes that underpin daily activities such as thinking, reasoning, memory and language, learn the consequences of brain injury, as well as how to improve health-related behaviour. Between years 2 and 3 you will have the opportunity to source an approved work placement for your year in industry. Upon your return to Aberystwyth, you will then have the opportunity to study several option modules provided by our specialist staff while also engaging in your own research project.
Why study Psychology at Aberystwyth?
The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, the internationally recognized UK learned society responsible for ensuring standards of quality within the subject, giving you a head start on graduation when you enter the competitive jobs market.
The Department of Psychology at Aberystwyth was rated joint first in the UK for Student Satisfaction in 2013, so you can be sure that you will receive not only the very best training in your chosen subject, delivered by our highly qualified and dynamic staff, but also the very best student learning experience in the country.
The Department moved into new premises in 2012 offering state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for teaching and research including eye tracker, sensory isolation chamber and EEG and biological measurements lab, so you will gain hands-on experience using the very latest equipment.
The lively student-led Psychology society organises regular events, including guest speakers and a programme of social activities.
The Department offers a number of modules taught through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the Department.
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.
From the start of your Psychology degree you will be introduced to the key ideas, theories and research findings that have influenced psychology, including social psychology, individual difference theory, and biopsychology. You will begin to learn methods of psychological research, so that you can conduct your own investigations into human behaviour. No prior knowledge of psychology is assumed or is necessary.
The first year covers the essential groundwork, introducing you to the fundamental concepts of Psychology. You will be introduced to the methods and interpretation of psychological research, which will allow you to understand how the results of psychological research are applied in disciplines as varied as marketing and healthcare. You will become familiar with the basic terminology and concepts of both qualitative and quantitative research methods, and will gain an overview of the central concepts and theories in the sub-disciplines of social, developmental psychology and the psychology of individual differences.
In the second year you will build upon the subjects introduced in your first year, and your ability to understand complex concepts will really be tested. You will start to use advanced computer software to handle statistics, and will learn more advanced qualitative research methods and more sophisticated ways of interpreting data. You will critically examine current psychological theories and research, and apply your knowledge to a range of complex problems associated with a rapidly changing world.
Your third year will be based in your work placement where you will have the opportunity to develop your employability skills and gain valuable experience for your CV.
In your fourth year you will continue to develop the skills taught at levels 1 and 2 and complete the final BPS required modules. In addition you will conduct your final year project where you will produce a high quality research report in a subject area of your own choice. You will have a dedicated supervisor to support you throughout.
Welsh medium modules available
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.
Year 1 Core (100 Credits) Students must take the following core modules
Introduction To Core Topics In Social And Individual Behaviour PS11420
Developmental Psychology And Individual Differences PS34320
Final Year Options Students must take the compulsory module PS33140 (or SC33140 - Welsh Language Alternative). In order to be awarded BPS Accreditation with confers Graduate Basis for Chartership students must achieve at least a 2:2 degree and pass the dissertation module.
Psychology Research Project For Single Honours PS33100
Prosiect Ymchwil Seicoleg Ar Gyfer Anrhydedd Sengl SC33100
Psychology Research Project For Single Honours PS33140
Prosiect Ymchwil Seicoleg Ar Gyfer Anrhydedd Sengl SC33140
Final Year Options Students take 80 credits of optional modules to choose from the list below:
Child Language: Development And Assessment PS31820
Psycholinguistics: The Psychology Of Language PS32020
A degree in Psychology from Aberystwyth will prepare you for a pathway to training in a whole range of areas, including clinical psychology, educational psychology, occupational psychology, or sport and exercise psychology, as well as other career paths include psychotherapy, counselling, social work, health care, human resources management, careers advisory service, teaching (following a PGCE), academia and research. Psychology graduates from Aberystwyth are particularly appreciated for their knowledge of human behaviour, their academic skills, and their valuable research capabilities, and the transferable skills you will acquire mean that you are also well-placed to pursue other non-vocational options in management, market research, sales, the creative industries, the legal sector, local and regional government and administration. Employability is a particular focus here and we work closely with careers and advisory services at the University to bring you skills in personal development, and workplace and employability awareness, many students will take a module called psychology in practice - designed to help students apply their skills in a placement setting where experiential learning is key. A degree in Psychology will prepare you for postgraduate study towards a career as a clinical psychologist, educational psychologist, occupational psychologist, or sport and exercise psychologist, as well as other career paths include psychotherapy, counselling, social work, health care, human resources management, careers advisory service, teaching (following a PGCE), academia and research. Psychology graduates are appreciated for their knowledge of human behaviour, their academic skills, and their valuable research capabilities, and the transferable skills you will acquire mean that you are also well-placed to pursue other non-vocational options in management, market research, sales, the creative industries, the legal sector, local and regional government and administration.
Studying for a degree in Psychology with a year abroad will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:
research and data analysis skills
effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
the ability to work independently
time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
self-motivation and self-reliance
team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
information technology skills
the ability to adapt to new environments
awareness of work and cultural differences
Year in Employment scheme (YES)
Students can defer their status as a student for one year to gain valuable work experience. The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.
Please note that YES differs from the WF7F degree scheme. Please contact Psychology@aber.ac.uk to find out more information.
GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Our 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 will be taught by dynamic and enthusiastic individuals who are active in their areas of research in theoretical and applied fields and use the latest research findings to inform their teaching. You can therefore be confident that you will receive the best learning experience at the cutting edge of the discipline.
You will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, and a variety of contemporary learning techniques such as online learning, wikis, and problem-focused learning sessions as well as practical sessions and workshops. You will learn to present arguments, test your own ideas and reflect on your own experiences, all of which will enhance your communication skills and analytical competence. Practical work, conducted both in the laboratory and the field, will enable you to learn additional skills, such as interviewing techniques, survey work, psychometric testing and experimental skills.
All modules are supported by electronic resources designed to enhance your self-directed learning experience.
Assessment will be by examination and continuous assessment, allowing you to develop new skills and demonstrate your academic progress throughout your course.
You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.
You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.
Key Information Set
UCAS Code: WF7F
Tariff Required: 280
Entry Requirements: GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh and Mathematics. Grade B in any A level subject.