BSc (Hons) Psychology

Explore the brain, behaviour, and the human experience

Explore the brain, behaviour, and the human experience

C800
3 years Full Time
Bishop Otter Campus
  • Explore all areas of psychology
  • Learn from our team of research-active lecturers
  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Use dedicated facilities including research laboratories 
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Overview

Gain a scientific understanding of the mind, brain, behaviour, and experience

Engage in the scientific study of experience and behaviour

Our BSc (Hons) Psychology course allows you to explore why we act the way we do, how we interact with other people, and the emotional significance we attach to these interactions.

Explore all areas of psychology

Throughout your studies, you will explore the core principles that underline everyday human experience, as you examine how certain behaviours can be explained using psychological constructs and methods of investigation.

Study core principles including:

  • Biological psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Individual difference psychology
  • Mental health and forensic psychology
  • Social psychology

Undertake your own practical research

Using our range of specialist psychology equipment and facilities, you will use your own practical research and analytic skills to explain everyday experiences and complete experiments to enhance your learning.

You are also encouraged to select your own dissertation project and research method in your final year with a dedicated supervisor to support your individual approach, and you can also volunteer as a research assistant in the Psychology Department.

Small teaching groups for more personalised support

Our small, interactive seminars mean you are seen as an individual, not just another face in the crowd as our lecturers get to know you and how best to support your academic and personal development.

Learn from expert and experienced practicing researchers

All our lecturers are active researchers or practitioners alongside their teaching roles, meaning that they bring their knowledge and research directly into the classroom with them, so you can be sure that you are engaged in the latest from the field of Psychology.

Prepare for your future career

Psychology graduates are sought after across a wide range of sectors including human resources, education, sport, social care, and the creative industries, and so this degree will help develop your prospects in a variety of future careers.

Accreditation

BSc (Hons) Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which means you’ll graduate with an industry-recognised qualification ready that acts as a first step to becoming a psychologist.

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On this course you will:

  • Explore all areas of psychology as you engage with complex, real-world problems.
  • Investigate psychological principles and theories using advanced research methods.
  • Learn from research-active and experienced lecturers who get to know you and your needs.
  • Choose your own research dissertation topic with the support of a dedicated, expert supervisor.
  • Have the opportunity to volunteer as a Research Assistant in the psychology department.
  • Learn on a BPS-accredited course and take the first step to becoming a psychologist.

The Course

Develop an in-depth understanding of the psychological principles and theories

Year One

In your first year, you will explore the fundamental principles of psychology studies, as you begin to explore the science of our everyday experiences and learn the key research methods and skills you will use throughout your degree.

Year Two

You second year will expand your knowledge of all areas of psychology and further develop your experiment design, research analysis, and criticism skills.

Year Three

In your final year, you will apply your skills and understanding to a variety of real-world context, as you develop your professional research skills ahead of a final year project on a topic of your choice.

Choose to specialise in a range of practical applications

In addition to the modules below you will be able to select additional optional modules to specialise in the practical application of theory to a range of disciplines including sport and exercise, health, business, marketing, early years, education, and the creative arts.

Indicative modules

You will study a selection of core and optional modules during your degree. Each module is worth a particular number of credits and is delivered differently depending on the needs of the module.

This list is indicative and subject to future change.

Select a year

Analysing Attitudes to Work & Performance

On this module, you will define a range of everyday experiences using psychological models of attitudes, as you learn to analyse attitudes and to explore psychological constructs, methodology and theories associated with experiences.

You will develop your fundamental data analysis skills through lectures and the use of statistical software with a focus on understanding patterns of data via visualisation.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a coursework assignment and a practical report.

Everyday Experience & Psychological Methods: Exploring Positive Psychology

The module explores the experience of positive psychology relating the need to understand one’s own motivation, aspirations, and goals to self-development, personality, need for achievement, self-efficacy, and self-esteem. You will explore psychological theories and empirical findings from investigations into needs, motivation, and self-concept.

Experimental Design in Context: Usability and Cognition

In this module, you will explore functions and experiences relevant to using technology, focusing on the criteria used to assess technology’s usability and how human limitations relate to this usability and usage.

You will be introduced to certain psychological theories and empirical findings from investigations into information processing by the mind, and discuss a range of methodologies and analyses such as laboratory experimentation and inferential statistics.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a practical report and research participation.

Interpersonal Skills

The module will begin by considering the nature of interpersonal skills and the elements that constitute effective communication. This will provide an opportunity to explore models of communication and effective verbal and non-verbal communication. You will also consider how interpersonal skills may be evaluated and improved.

Perspectives On Psychology

This module seeks to enable you to understand the contribution of key thinkers to the development of modern psychology and to appreciate their biographical backgrounds. The lives and work of key thinkers will be introduced and contextualised with reference to contemporary ideas and mores.

Principles of Psychology

This module examines the origins and development of modern psychology. You will focus on the main approaches to studying and describing human behaviour, for example, behaviourism, the psychodynamic approach, the humanistic approach, the cognitive approach, and the biological basis of behaviour.

Study & Research Skills for Social Scientists

This module is an opportunity to advance your personal, research and study skills and will support other content-led teaching. You will be assessed through a report and research participation.

The Study of Human Interaction

This module explores the functions of understanding relationships, as you study the selected experiences of relationships.

You will examine the processes related to forming an impression of someone, feeling attracted or not to them, wanting to be their friend or partner, getting to know them, and forming a relationship with them through a variety of behaviours.

Certain psychological theories and empirical findings from investigations into impression formation, attraction, prejudice, and stereotyping and relationship formation will be introduced and a range of methodologies and analyses, such as interviewing, content analysis and observational approaches will be explored.

Biological Psychology

This module explores the ways biological processes have been studied, for example through brain lesions and cell stimulation methodologies.

The areas of behavioural genetics, neuro-imaging, neuropsychology, socio-biology and evolutionary psychology will be investigated in terms of underlying theory and empirical research.

Cognitive Psychology

This module will introduce you to the ways cognitive processes have been studied in the past. This includes studying experimental and cognitive neuropsychological methodologies. You will investigate the areas of attention, perception, learning, thinking and language and relate your findings to underlying theory and empirical research.

Developmental Psychology

This module explores the study of development and maturation in cognitive, personality, and social processes, as well as introduce you to basic theory, research findings, and methods of investigation in childhood, adolescence, and lifespan development.

You will consider the ways in which behaviour is influenced by developmental factors, the nature of developmental processes, and the ways in which empirical research can help us to understand how developmental processes influence what we do.

Individual Differences Psychology

On this module, you will be introduced to how individual differences processes have been studied in the past, for example through psychometrics and case study methodologies.

You will investigate areas of personality, intelligence, cognitive style, motivation, gender, and ethnicity in terms of underlying theory and empirical research.

Assessment

You will be assessed through an essay and a lab report.

Mental Health and Forensic Psychology

This module is an opportunity to explore a comprehensive range of key constructs, theories, and research in mental health and forensic psychology. You will examine the numerous ways that psychological research, methods, and expertise are applied to the study of criminal behaviour and the issues that psychopathology create within the context of the criminal justice system.

Research Methods: Experimental Designs & Analysis

This module will develop your understanding of experimental designs and associated methods of analysis, and introduce you to research ethics.

Research Methods: Survey and Qualitative Designs and Analysis

The module aims to develop your understanding of survey and qualitative designs and associated methods of analysis.

Social Psychology

This module acts as an introduction to social psychology and social cognition. the module will cover topics such as person perception, social influence, stereotyping and prejudice, attitudes, attributions, group processes, and attraction and close relationships.

Applied Sports Psychology: Professional Practice

The ‘soft’ skills required by a sport and exercise psychologist are imperative to effectiveness as a practitioner. the aim of the module is to examine the nature of applied sport psychology practice and discuss and critique how sport psychologists work with clients in relation to initial assessment, case formulation, intervention planning, and delivery, monitoring, and evaluation.

Exercise and Physical Activity Interventions

This module applies health behaviour change theory and research to the promotion of physical activity in specialised populations, such as those with chronic health conditions or physical disabilities. It looks at different types of interventions, such as those targeting individuals, groups, and national campaigns.

Independent Project

In this module, you are encouraged to adopt a problem-oriented approach. the first stage is to identify a problem in psychology of interest and relevance to your studies.

You will determine an appropriate approach to addressing the problem through discussion with tutors who have relevant theoretical and practical expertise.

Your investigation may be based within a single discipline, or it may involve more than one discipline, but it must be based within your chosen degree programme.

Project Management and Presentation Skills

This project will support you to develop a wide range of skills from project management to the ability to present your research results in an accessible form. You will develop their scientific reasoning and reporting skills and produce a poster to present your research work.

Psychology and Social Issues

This module will introduce psychological and interdisciplinary focus on ten issues of current social concern. You could explore: discrimination (gender, age, race, disability and sexual orientation ), perceptions of rape and rape victims, child abuse and family violence, the psychology of material possessions, shopping and shopping addiction, childhood (non-verbal communication and interventions), health and health inequalities , sexual health, contraception and abortion, chronic illness, dying, death and bereavement, health promotion, disease prevention or the health care system.

Psychology in Context: Cultural Psychology

This module takes an interdisciplinary approach to the major topics of psychology, including Biological, Cognition, Development, Health, Individual Differences, Social, and the Self, and will relate them to life in a multicultural world. You will be introduced to cultural psychology, culture and human nature, cultural evolution, methods for studying culture and psychology, development and socialisation, and cultural differences in: the self and personality, motivation, cognition and perception, interpersonal attraction, close relationships, group processes, living in multicultural worlds, physical health, mental health, morality, justice, and emotions. You will be assessed through a research proposal and a two hour unseen exam.

Psychology in Context: Professional Skills in Psychology

You will consider some of the key methods and assessment techniques commonly used by psychologists in their daily working lives. This module will introduce some of the key principles of effective counselling psychology and the importance of empathy and positive regard to the success of the therapeutic relationship. You will identify effective interviewing skills for psychologists and participate in a recorded interviewing session. You will be assessed through a clinical interview report and test administration report.

Psychology in Context: Work and Organisations

You will consider a range of relationships between working conditions, jobs and organisational processes, psychological outcomes, and their impact on job and organisational performance. Psychological reactions including job satisfaction, job stress, motivation, work engagement, and organisational commitment are investigated, and organisational functions such as job design, health and safety at work, and organisational team-working, are considered.

Teaching and Assessment

Feel the support of our experienced and expert staff

Smaller class sizes for better learning

You will build your subject knowledge and practical experience through lectures, workshops, and tutorials in small classes, which means our expert teaching staff really get to know you and what support you need.

Peer-assisting learning for even more support

Students in their third year often act as teaching assistants in first- and second-year classes to help ensure that no-one falls behind, as they offer extra help available if you don’t feel confident to raise your hand.

Contact time

Each module has three hours of contact time per week. You will study four modules per semester, so you will have 12 contact hours per week including lectures, seminars, and workshops.

Learn more about our teaching staff

Professor Antonina Pereira

Professor of Neuropsychology and Neuroscience; Director of the Institute of Psychology, Business and Human Sciences

Antonina has a PhD in Psychology and an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology, as well as an MRes in Educational Psychology.

Antonina’s research is particularly focused on Prospective Memory assessment and rehabilitation in prodromal Alzheimer’s disease through behavioral and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) paradigms.

Dr Moitree Banerjee

Reader in Clinical Psychology, Head of Psychology Programmes

Moitree is the Programme Co-ordinator for the Psychology programmes at the University of Chichester and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Moitree’s research is primarily focussed on third-wave psychotherapies. Her research interests include development and evaluation of psychotherapeutic interventions.

Moitree has a PhD in Psychology and an MSc in Foundations of Clinical Psychology and Mental health.

 

Dr Esther Burkitt

Professor of Developmental Psychology

Esther is a Chartered Psychologist, a Chartered Scientist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Esther is Year 1 Academic Adviser for Psychology students, as well as the Admissions Tutor for many courses within the department.

Dr Karen Rodham

Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology

Karen has a wealth of university teaching experience, having held posts across well-respected institutions since 1995.

Karen’s research revolves around how to better support people who are coping with complex and long-term physical conditions, with a focus on qualitative approach to data collection and analysis.

Dr Ian Tyndall

Reader in Cognitive Psychology

Dr Ian Tyndall is a cognitive-behavioural psychologist in the Department of Psychology.

Ian’s research is particularly focused on experimental investigations of cognitive and behavioural processes underpinning clinical psychology conditions.

Ian is the Study Abroad officer and the Employability Officer for the Department.

Dr Roy Spina

Senior Lecturer in Psychology in Cultural and Individual Differences Psychology

Roy completed his BSc in Psychology at University of British Columbia, before undertaking his MSc and PhD in Social and Personality psychology at Queen’s University (Canada), acquiring a strong background in research methodology and statistics, with an emphasis on quantitative experimental research.

In addition to being Academic Advisor and Research Degrees Co-ordinator, Dr Spina is the Research Lead for the department.

Dr Rachel King

Lecturer in Biological Psychology

Rachel leads several second-year modules in the Department, in addition to supervising extended project qualification and BSc dissertation projects.

Currently, Rachel is interested in the functional impact of prospective memory deficits and the potential of hyperthermic conditioning for slowing the progression of cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease.

She is also a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.

Dr Stephanie Jane Bennett

Programme Coordinator for BSc Criminology, Lecturer in Criminology and Forensic Psychology

Stephanie has been teaching for over 20 years and has experience of working for the NHS, and the charity sector (Down Syndrome Education International) as well as extensive experience of teaching and researching both Psychology and Criminology in academic settings.

Stephanie is a specialist in quantitative research methods, in particular survey design and analysing survey data using descriptive and inferential methods.

Stephanie holds a BSc, MSc, PhD in Psychology, and a MSc in Crime Science Investigation and Intelligence.

Valentina Canessa-Pollard

Lecturer in Psychology

Valentina is Head of BSc Counselling Psychology Programme, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Chartered Psychologist with British Psychological Society.

Valentina’s research interest centre around human non-verbal communication and sexual violence prevention and recovery.

Assessments

You will be assessed through a range of assignments including:

  • Scientific reports
  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Poster design
  • Research participation

You may also be assessed on in-class debates, quizzes and how you apply analytical techniques to problem solving.

Facilities

Discover our range of specialist research equipment and facilities

Bishop Otter campus

Our Bishop Otter Campus in Chichester is set in beautiful surroundings with plenty of relaxing green space and a combination of attractive, historic buildings and excellent modern facilities.

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

We support students who wish to broaden their academic and cultural experience by choosing to study abroad for one semester as part of their degree studies.

This is an exciting chance for students who wish to widen their horizons and immerse themselves in a different culture and encounter how the discipline of Psychology is viewed and taught at universities in Europe or North America.

For example, under Erasmus agreements, students might study for a semester at either Maastricht or Radboud universities in the Netherlands, where Psychology classes are delivered through the English language.

Careers

Feel prepared for your future career

This BSc (Hons) Psychology degree qualifies for Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the BPS. This gives you a recognised foundation to progress to specialist areas of psychology and eventually become a Chartered Psychologist.

There are currently 10 professional divisions within the BPS including Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sport and Exercise Psychology. Each of these pathways has a professional training programme which starts with attaining a GBR.

As well as providing a basis for work as a professional psychologist, a psychology degree provides a good insight into human behaviour that will equip you with the skills to work in a wide range of fields.

Your psychology degree could lead to a career in:

  • Industry
  • Media
  • Teaching
  • Work with children, adults, and families
  • IT
  • Computing
  • Marketing
  • Civil Service

Further Study

You may choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

At the University of Chichester you could study:

  • MSc Health Psychology

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Optional Foundation Year

Develop your academic confidence and skills with an initial foundation year

We also offer an integrated foundation year with BSc (Hons) Psychology where you have the option to complete an extra year of study before starting the BSc to build your subject knowledge and develop your academic writing, reading and research skills.

This option is for you if you are interested in psychology but do not meet the course entry requirements yet, or if you want more time to prepare for higher education.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2023/24

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£15,240

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

UCAS
104-120
tariff points from A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical.
A Levels
BBB-BCC
including Psychology or a Science at B.
BTEC/Cambridge Technical
DDM-DMM
(Applied Science)
Access to HE Diploma
Pass
including 12 science credits at Merit.
GCSEs
C/4 or higher
English language, mathematics and a science
IB
26-28
points including science Higher at 4.
IELTS
6.0 overall
with no element lower than 5.5.

Are you interested in this course and would like to learn more? Please email Professor Esther Burkitt on e.burkitt@chi.ac.uk for admissions queries.

Integrated Foundation Year

We also offer BSc (Hons) Psychology with an integrated foundation year. This means you have the option to complete an extra year of study before starting the BSc to build your subject knowledge and develop your academic writing, reading and research skills. This option is for you if you are interested in psychology but do not meet the course entry requirements yet, or if you want more time to prepare for higher education.

Non-standard Application Entry Routes

The University has an alternative entry route for applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the formal minimum entry qualifications required. Applicants who demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to enter a course of higher education will be asked to complete an entry task involving the completion of specially set assignments.

Do you have any questions about the entry requirements? Contact our Admissions Team.

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