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BSc (Hons) Psychology - University of Sunderland

Programme Overview

This degree explores the nature of human behavior and experience and the various ways in which they can be studied. It focuses upon the major issues and methods of enquiry in present-day psychology and considers the applications of psychology to problems of modern life in such fields as work, education, physical and mental health and crime. This Psychology course allows you to consider 'big issues' in contemporary psychology as well as studying pioneering approaches and major thinkers. 

This degree is for those who wish to:

  • Explore a coherent pattern of opportunities to acquire a corpus of psychological knowledge

  • Receive a working picture of modern psychology and its methods, including self-awareness, capacity for self-reflection and interpersonal competence

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theory and research in the cognitive, social, physiological and clinical bases of behavior

  • Define a personal problem in need of change, describe what needs to be changed, and create an action plan based on psychological principles for changing behavior

  • Develop skills in the areas of communication, information gathering, critical thinking, problem solving, and quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry, analysis, and interpretation

  • Encourage the development of an appreciation of diversity, values associated with psychological science and a commitment to ethical and professional behavior

 

Structure of the Programme

Teaching methods include, lectures, seminars, group work and e-learning. We encourage you to develop independent study skills. You will also have opportunities to present ideas to other students and develop concepts within groups. Teaching takes advantage of the University’s specialist psychological and computer laboratories. As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are also on-going assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include written coursework, projects, presentations and exams.This degree consists of the following modules:

First year

  • Being a Psychologist (40 credits)
  • Genes to Mind (20 credits)
  • Mind to World (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Mental Health (20 credits)
  • Psychology in the Media (20 credits)

Second year

Core Modules:

  • Psychological Research and Design Analysis (20 credits)
  • Future Selves (20 credits)
  • Cradle to Grave (20 credits)
  • Twenty-Four, Seven: Everyday Motivations and Biases (20 credits)

Third year:

Core Modules:

  • Empirical Project (40 credits)
  • From Research to Reality (20 credits)

Optional modules (choose three):

  • Occupational Psychology (20 credits)
  • Development and Neurodiversity (20 credits)
  • Environmental Psychology (20 credits)
  • Psychology of Addiction (20 credits)
  • Dissertation in Psychology (20 credits)
  • Clinical Neuropsychology (20 credits)
  • Health Psychology and Behaviour Change (20 credits)
  • The Psychology of Serious and Violent Offending (20 credits)
  • Digital Humans: The Psychology of Online Behaviour (20 credits)
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods (10 credits) 
  • Brain Plasticity (10 credits)
  • Applied Memory Research (20 credits)
  • Professional Placement (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice (20 credits)

Career Opportunities

Psychology is applied to many professional contexts. After further qualification, graduates can obtain 'chartered' status as a psychologist. Also, academic psychologists conduct research and teach in higher education. It is widely acknowledged by employers that psychology degrees provide an excellent grounding for a diverse range of non-psychological careers. Graduates of the programme are employed in education, the health service, the police force, human resources management, marketing, the civil service, broadcasting, social work and many other professions.

 

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