BSc Psychology

The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

A BSc Psychology lecturer conducting an experiment

In choosing to study this Psychology Degree at Aberystwyth University you will immerse yourself in the study of the human mind and human behaviour. Systematically understanding human mental life and behaviour, you will investigate normal and abnormal human development, interpersonal and social interaction, the relationship between personality and culture and the wider complexities of human thought and action. The Psychology degree is BPS accredited and you will successfully emerge with the skills, competences, and abilities demanded by the many graduate employers of Psychology graduates. These skills include analytical and communication skills, alongside the discipline-specific competences. You will study in a state-of-the-art department, and you'll have the opportunity to work with the most up-to-date equipment and technologies during your studies. Expand the sections below to find out more...

Overview

Psychology is the scientific study of the brain and human behaviour and experience. You will study the psychological and neuroscientific processes that underpin daily activities such as thinking, reasoning, memory and language, and learn the consequences of brain injury and how to improve health-related behaviour.

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 has recently moved into new premises 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 university has a proud tradition of research excellence, as demonstrated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It placed the university in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

90% of our Psychology graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating, a 15 percentage point increase on the previous year (DLHE 2014). This increase reflects our investment in innovative and strategic student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic Institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

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.

Course Content

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

Semester 1

Introduction To Core Topics In Social And Individual Behaviour PS11420

Applications Of Psychology PS11520

Personal Development Plan PS11710

Semester 2

Perspectives On Psychobiology And Cognition PS11220

Introduction To Psychological Research Methods PS11610

Conceptual And Historical Issues In Psychology PS11820

Year 1 Options You must take either PS11320 or SC11320 (Welsh language alternative)

Semester 1

Introduction To Psychology: Investigation And Communication PS11300

Cyflwyniad I Seicoleg: Ymchwilid A Chyfathrebiad SC11300

Semester 2

Introduction To Psychology: Investigation And Communication PS11320

Cyflwyniad I Seicoleg: Ymchwili A Chyfathrebiad SC11320

Year 2 Core (60 Credits) Students must take the compulsory modules listed below.

Semester 1

Behavioural Neuroscience PS20120

Qualitative Research Methods PS21410

Semester 2

Social Psychology PS20220

Quantitative Research Methods PS21310

Year 2 Options You must take either PS20620 or SC20620 (Welsh language alternative)

Semester 1

Psychology In Practice PS20600

Seicoleg Mewn Gweithred SC20600

Semester 2

Psychology In Practice PS20620

Seicoleg Mewn Gweithred SC20620

Year 2 Options Students should select 40 credits from the optional modules below (20 credits in each semester)

Semester 1

Drugs And Behaviour PS20820

Evolutionary Psychology PS21020

Forensic Psychology PS21220

Semester 2

Health Psychology PS20720

Gender And The Media PS21520

Psychology Of Humour PS21620

Final Year Core (40 Credits) Students must take the compulsory modules listed below.

Semester 1

Cognitive Psychology PS34220

Semester 2

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.

Semester 1

Psychology Research Project For Single Honours PS33100

Prosiect Ymchwil Seicoleg Ar Gyfer Anrhydedd Sengl SC33100

Semester 2

Psychology Research Project For Single Honours PS33140

Prosiect Ymchwil Seicoleg Ar Gyfer Anrhydedd Sengl SC33140

Final Year Options Students take 40 credits of optional modules to choose from the list below:

Semester 1

The Social Psychology Of Music PS31620

21st Century Self: Critical And Constructionist Approaches To Contemporary Personhood PS31720

The Psychology Of Counselling, Coaching And Mentoring PS31920

Semester 2

Psychology Critical Review PS31520

Child Language: Development And Assessment PS31820

Psycholinguistics: The Psychology Of Language PS32020

Employability

Career prospects

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.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Psychology 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

Year in Employment scheme (YES)
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.

GO Wales
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

What will I learn?

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 and third years 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. In the third year you will design and conduct your final year project where you will produce a high quality project report and research poster in a subject area of your own choice. You will have a dedicated supervisor to support you throughout.

How will I be taught?

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.

Student Views

The lecturers are good and the topics covered are varied and interesting. You also learn a lot of transferable skills. I have met some really nice people through psychology who have become close friends. It is an interesting subject that can be applied to every aspect of life and studying it has genuinely changed the way I see the world. Faith Mathews

 I love my tutors - they are truly amazing, passionate about their specific psychology areas and very, very kind!  I also love my department - new, modern and accessible! I love how this course made me think deeper, explore new theories and come up with new ideas. C800 is also very receptive to bilingual people coming from other countries! Maryna Chwaszczewska

I love being able to learn more about people, by asking them to participate in my studies, often forming new friendships because of it. I love learning how the brain works and responds to different stimuli. I love furthering my knowledge on culture differences, especially with regards to treatment. But most of all, I love being a student, having the freedom to control my life, access so much information I never knew existed and being able to explain the strangest of things. Yvette Lavelle

Key Information Set

Key Facts

UCAS Code: C800

Tariff Required: 280

Entry Requirements: Grade B in any A level required. GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh. Grade C in Mathematics.

Course Length: 3 Years

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