Psychology (2016 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Psychology, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Course Overview

BPS accredited logo smaller still Sept16 Studying Psychology involves exploring why humans feel, think and act in the ways that they do.
At Keele you will find out what the latest research tells us about human behaviour and learn how to design and conduct your own psychological studies in our well-equipped labs using a range of quantitative and qualitative techniques.

The course is taught by staff who are actively engaged in research in social and developmental psychology, cognition and neuropsychology, health and wellbeing and in a range of applied areas. The emphasis of the course is on understanding how psychology impacts on everyday life; from developing a sense of self and negotiating personal relationships to influencing judgments about matters of global significance, such as climate change. The aim at Keele is to produce psychology graduates who are psychologically literate citizens.

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Psychology.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Individuals and Society
  • Research Methods 1
  • Natural, unnatural, supernatural: the psychology of unusual phenomena
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology 1
  • Research Methods 2
  • Introduction to Applied Psychology

Elective modules: 

  • Understanding self and others better: an introduction to counselling theories
  • Distress and Mental Health

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Survey and Qualitative Research Methods
  • Biological Psychology, Perception and Cognition
  • Cognitive and Biological Research Methods
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Social Psychology in the Modern World

Elective modules: 

  • Psychopathology
  • Psychology of Advertising
  • Cognitive Development

Third year

Core modules:

  • Psychology Project
  • Key Readings in Cognitive Psychology
  • Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
  • Culture and Psychology

Elective modules:

  • Health Psychology
  • Psychology in Education
  • Faces, Forgetting and Forensic Psychology
  • Groups, Crowds and Conflict: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives
  • Making a difference with psychology: Turning theory into practice
  • The Psychology of Deviance
  • Current Perspectives on Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Everyday Memory and Amnesia
  • Happiness and Wellbeing: Social Scientific Approaches

Students who take Study Abroad in the second year can take ‘Research Methods in Social and Developmental Psychology for Third Year Study Abroad Students’ in third year as a Psychology elective module if required in order to fulfil British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation requirements.

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Psychology.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Individuals and Society
  • Research Methods 1
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology 1
  • Research Methods 2

Elective modules: 

  • Natural, unnatural, supernatural: the psychology of unusual phenomena
  • Understanding self and others better: an introduction to counselling theories
  • Applied Psychology
  • Distress and Mental Health

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Survey and Qualitative Research Methods
  • Biological Psychology, Perception and Cognition
  • Cognitive and Biological Research Methods

Third year

Core modules:

  • Psychology Project
  • Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

Elective modules:

  • Health Psychology
  • Psychology in Education
  • Faces, Forgetting and Forensic Psychology
  • Groups, Crowds and Conflict: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives
  • Making a difference with psychology: Turning theory into practice
  • The Psychology of Deviance
  • Current Perspectives on Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Everyday Memory and Amnesia
  • Happiness and Wellbeing: Social Scientific Approaches

Students who take Study Abroad in the second year can take ‘Research Methods in Social and Developmental Psychology for Third Year Study Abroad Students’ in third year as a Psychology elective module if required in order to fulfil British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation requirements.

Major Minor

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of major honours Psychology.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Individuals and Society
  • Research Methods 1
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology 1
  • Research Methods 2

Elective modules: 

  • Natural, unnatural, supernatural: the psychology of unusual phenomena
  • Understanding self and others better: an introduction to counselling theories
  • Applied Psychology
  • Distress and Mental Health

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Survey and Qualitative Research Methods
  • Biological Psychology, Perception and Cognition
  • Cognitive and Biological Research Methods

Third year

Core modules:

  • Psychology Project
  • Key Readings in Cognitive Psychology
  • Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
  • Culture and Psychology

Elective modules:

  • Health Psychology
  • Psychology in Education
  • Faces, Forgetting and Forensic Psychology
  • Groups, Crowds and Conflict: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives
  • Making a difference with psychology: Turning theory into practice
  • The Psychology of Deviance
  • Current Perspectives on Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Everyday Memory and Amnesia
  • Happiness and Wellbeing: Social Scientific Approaches

Students who take Study Abroad in the second year can take ‘Research Methods in Social and Developmental Psychology for Third Year Study Abroad Students’ in third year as a Psychology elective module if required in order to fulfil British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation requirements.

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 23%
  • Guided independent study – 77%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 20%
  • Guided independent study – 75%
  • Placement - 5%

Third year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 15%
  • Guided independent study – 85%

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

The single, major and dual honours Psychology programmes at Keele are accredited by the British Psychological Society. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and a requirement for further study and training for a career in psychology. You could take up any number of very interesting careers in psychology, perhaps working as a neuropsychologist or as a clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, occupational or sports psychologist. Whatever career path you choose, the Keele Psychology degree aims to develop a psychological perspective on human behaviour which is valued in a huge range of careers.

Many of our graduates choose to pursue an exciting range of careers beyond psychology, including in education, health, social care, management, marketing and many more.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

can be combined with:

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Psychology with Foundation Year: C802 View KIS Stats

Full Unistats data is available at unistats.direct.gov.uk (opens new window)

Study abroad

On the Psychology Programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. This option is only possible in semester one. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

Because studying abroad has potential implications for British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation of the Psychology degree, if you wish to study abroad you must discuss this in advance with the School of Psychology ‘Study Abroad tutor’. 

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if you study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination.

Accreditation

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This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) - Single, Major and Dual awards only. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Please note the following:

Module Selection: It is a requirement of the BPS that the Final Year compulsory module PSY-30061 (Psychology Project) is passed and that students achieve a minimum standard of Second Class Honours for GBC.

Study abroad: Because studying abroad has potential implications for BPS accreditation students wishing to Study Abroad must discuss this in advance with the School of Psychology ‘Study Abroad tutor’ to identify that the modules studied at the partner institution cover material equivalent to that which would have been studied at Keele during their period of Study Abroad.061 (Psychology Project) is passed and that students achieve a minimum standard of Second Class Honours for GBC.

Psychology students who study abroad cannot be guaranteed accreditation for GBC, as the BPS make accreditation decisions for such students on a case-by-case basis after students have graduated.

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF) Dual Honours and Major Minor Course Information Document (PDF)

2017 Entry details

Our full course information for 2017 entry is yet to be finalised. We may make changes to our course content from year to year in order to keep pace with current research and innovation.

Here is a list of indicative modules for 2017 entry:

First year

  • Individuals and Society
  • Research Methods
  • Natural, Unnatural, Supernatural: the Psychology of Unusual Phenomena
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

Second year

  • Development and Social Psychology
  • Survey and Qualitative Methods
  • Biological Psychology, Perception and Cognition
  • Cognitive and Biological Research Methods
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Social Psychology in the Modern World

Third year

  • Psychology Final year Project
  • Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
  • Key Readings in Cognitive Psychology
  • Culture and Psychology
  • Faces, Forgetting and Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Current Perspectives on Autism Spectrum Disorders

It is important that you read the information at Terms and Conditions which explains how and why we might need to make changes to the educational services that we provide.