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Kickstart your career in psychology and explore the brain, human behaviour, and experience

C800
3 years Full Time
Bishop Otter Campus

Top 10

University for Psychology

1. Guardian University Guide 2022

1st

for research intensity out of 101 UK Psychology departments

2. Complete University Guide League Tables 2021

3rd

for student satisfaction in Psychology in the UK

3. Complete University Guide 2023

Overview

Psychology is the scientific study of experience and behaviour. It explores why we act the way we do, how we interact with other people, and the emotional significance we attach to these interactions.

On this BSc (Hons) Psychology degree you will explore all areas of psychology and gain a scientific understanding of the mind, brain, behaviour, and experience, as well as the complex relationship between them. You will ask how certain behaviours can be explained using psychological constructs and methods of investigation. You will use research and analytic skills to explain everyday experiences and complete practical experiments to support your learning.

Psychological studies are important across a wide range of sectors including human resources, education, sport, social care and the creative industries. This degree will give you a solid psychological understanding and prepare you for a successful career.

On this course you will:

  • Explore all areas of psychology.
  • Engage with complex, challenging and authentic real world problems.
  • Use University laboratories.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the psychological principles and theories underlying people’s everyday experience.
  • Learn from research-active lecturers.
  • Have opportunities to complete industry work placements and internships.
  • Be able to study abroad and undertake Erasmus placements.
  • Have the opportunity to volunteer as a Research Assistant in the psychology department.
  • Investigate psychological principles and theories using advanced research methods.
  • Complete specialist training in advanced research methods and transferable skills.

Accreditation

BSc (Hons) Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This means you’ll graduate with an industry recognised qualification.

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Optional Foundation Year

We also offer an integrated foundation year with BSc (Hons) Psychology. 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.

The Course

What you will study

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.

Your first year focuses on the science of our everyday experiences and you will be introduced to statistics. In Year Two you will expand your knowledge of all areas of psychology and develop your analysis and criticism skills. In your final year you will apply your skills and understanding as you develop your professional skills and complete a final year project.  

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. 

This list is indicative and subject to 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. You will 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. 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. 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. You will study the selected experiences of relationships through some 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 such as seeing them, talking to them and meeting them socially. 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 involves the study of development and maturation in cognitive, personality, and social processes. the module will 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. 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 an understanding of survey and qualitative designs and associated methods of analysis related to Psychology.

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

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 first degree 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

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Teaching

You will build your subject knowledge and practical experience through lectures, workshops, and tutorials in small classes. These sessions will encourage theoretical and critical inquiry, debate, and practical research skills.

You will study core and optional teaching modules and develop skills central to professional practice and psychological research.

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.

Assessments

You will be assessed through a range of assignments including scientific reports, essays, group and individual presentations, poster design, multiple choice papers, short answer papers, research participation and essay exams. You may also be assessed on in-class debates, quizzes and how you apply analytical techniques to problem solving.

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.

Facilities

Use industry standard equipment

Use facilities including the Brain Imaging Unit, VR Immersive Suite, Psychological Test Centre, Interview and Observation Suite and individual fully equipped testing cubicles and use industry standard equipment and software throughout your studies.

Work Placements

Gain practical experience

Throughout your degree you can complete a range of work-related placements to build your experience as you study.

Study 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.

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.

Careers

Where you could go after your studies

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.

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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