BSc

Psychology

Accredited by the British Psychological Society, our BSc Psychology degree at Aberystwyth University will allow you to gain a scientific understanding of the processes from which learn, think, feel, and adapt to our social conditions. In addition, our BSc Psychology degree investigates human behaviour from infancy to old age and deals with the biological, social, and individual factors that affect human psychology. On this course, you will work and engage with lecturers who use their research to create an inspiring learning environment in which you can develop your own thinking in a safe and supportive department.  

Modules September start - 2023

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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Cognitive Psychology PS21820 20
Qualitative Research Methods PS21410 10
Quantitative Research Methods PS21310 10
Social Psychology PS20220 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Evolutionary Psychology PS21020 20
Forensic Psychology PS21220 20
Health Psychology PS20720 20
Issues in Clinical Psychology PS21720 20
Psychology in Practice PS20620 20
Psychology of Humour PS21620 20
The Psychology of Language PS20420 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

About this course

Our ethos is to teach in a way which enables you to develop conceptual and theoretical knowledge to solve problems in real-world scenarios. During the three-year course, you will explore and learn about human development and the intricacies of what makes us humans tick and how we navigate the complex internal and external environment as well as the mechanics and effects of what happens when these systems stop working well.  

At Aberystwyth, we offer a wide range of modules that allow you to explore the varied aspects of Psychology. Students on our Psychology degrees have access to exciting research tools to understand brain and cognitive activity as well as behavioural measurements equipment.  

Our Psychology degree will give you a broad foundation in psychology that enables you to tailor your interests and provide you with a solid platform for a varied number of career opportunities.  

Students on our Psychology course will be joining one of the largest departments in the university. The Department of Psychology consistently ranks in the top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction and teaching quality. The Department prides itself on the high level of academic and pastoral support led by the academic team which ensures that you succeed in your studies and have the best university experience.  

Careers

A Psychology degree from Aberystwyth University will open up a variety of careers for you. Our BSc Psychology degree will enable graduates to pursue a career in the core psychological professions including clinical psychology, educational psychology, counselling psychology, health psychology, neuroscience, development psychology and applied behaviour to name a few. 

We have embedded employability throughout this course, and we have a large number of opportunities that enable students to develop the transferrable skills needed to build a CV for a potential career in a psychology or non-psychology setting.  

The Psychology department offers three variants of its joint and single honours degrees. Each can be a single three-year degree, or each can be taken with a year in industry (WF7F) or a year studying abroad (N1FW) with one of our partner universities in Europe or further afield. 

Graduates on our BSc Psychology degree have pursued careers in clinical and education psychology, healthcare, human resources and marketing and public relations. Your Psychology degree will equip you with the most transferable skills that employs seek, these skills include: effective research and data analysis; effective problem solving; ability to work independently and as part of team; ability to communicate effectively and concisely and information technology skills.  

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn? 

Psychology is a multifaceted discipline and the structure of our degree and how you are taught reflects this. Our ethos is to teach in a way which enables you to develop conceptual and theoretical knowledge that you can apply to solve problems in real world scenarios. To support you in this, your British Psychological Society accredited degree is built around essential core topics in psychology, which serve as the basis for the varied and specialised optional modules we offer in the second and third year. 

During your first year, you will: 

Begin to transform yourself into a psychologist, by developing core knowledge in areas such as social and individual behaviour, Brain and cognition and historical issues in psychology 

Start to develop a wide range of skills by using methods and techniques that will enable you to investigate psychological phenomena. 

In your second and final year, you will: 

Shape your degree by choosing from our distinctive range of optional modules. This will give you the opportunity to create your own personalised path through your degree 

Apply skills learnt throughout your degree by constructing your own research dissertation, built around your personal ideas and interests within a psychological context. 

How will I be taught? 

Your academic and intellectual development are at the heart of the Aberystwyth Psychology experience. 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. When you join us, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will support you throughout your degree and is there to advise and guide you on a range of academic and personal matters. 

From traditional lectures to small group work, we deliver inspirational teaching through a wide variety of different formats. You will also get to apply your knowledge in lab-based workshops and practicals, where you will be able to benefit from our wide range of specialists research equipment and facilities. Your development will be assessed in a broad variety of ways including; traditional exams, essays, wikis, blogs, observations, and presentations. 

At Aberystwyth you can be confident that you will receive the best learning experience at the very forefront of the discipline. 

Student Testimonials

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

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 96

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
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BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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