Information for Combined Honours BSc Psychology


Hi and a very warm welcome to the Combined Honours BSc Psychology course. You will be spending 50% of your time at university in the School of Psychology and the psychology teaching team and I intend that the next three years will be full of discovery and excitement as you read and learn about some of the key ideas, theories and research from within the discipline of Psychology. Whether you are new to Keele or progressing from Foundation Year, it’s great that you are considering joining the Keele Psychology community!

Dr Richard Stephens, Course Director



Naomi Hughes-White, BSc Neuroscience and Psychology

""My highlight from studying Psychology at Keele has been conducting my final year project. Though this is something that many final-year students experience, the range of resources available at Keele do not limit you so you can study whatever interests you"."

Naomi Hughes-White, BSc Neuroscience and Psychology

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Studying Psychology as one half of a combined honours course will enable you to develop your psychological knowledge and skills, particularly your critical thinking and research skills, while studying a second subject to degree level. The psychology that you study as part of a Combined Honours Psychology course at Keele follows the same curriculum as Single Honours and is taught by the same dedicated group of academic staff. This means that the choice of topics is broadly similar to that in Single Honours, ranging from brain electrophysiology to studies on alcohol, and from conflict resolution and forgiveness to research on how young people respond to advertising. Where Combined Honours Psychology differs from Single Honours is that it includes approximately half of the Psychology content of the Single Honours Psychology course, and so Combined Honours students do not study as full a range of topics within Psychology as the Single Honours students would. Nevertheless, the combined honours Psychology courses is British Psychological Society accredited, such that it is recognised as a Psychology BSc necessary when applying for postgraduate or employment opportunities in Psychology.


Your course consists of a combination of compulsory and optional modules. Please see your combined honours course page for Year 1, 2 and 3 modules. You can view module descriptors, via the module selector, to give you further insight into the module content. All of the modules are shared with students on other BSc Psychology routes including Single Honours Psychology.

Please note that staffing changes may lead to modules being removed or replaced.

Your personal tutor can help you decide which modules to choose.

Teaching and assessment 

Teaching is by a combination of lectures, practical classes, and seminars, supplemented by individual meetings and supervision. You should, of course, attend all classes, meet all deadlines for coursework and attend scheduled examinations. Note that registers of attendance are used for many classes. 

The programme is assessed through a range of formats including: 

  • formative and summative assessment
  • essays 
  • laboratory reports (individual or group)
  • personal blogs 
  • exams 
  • presentations 
  • journal article critique
  • multiple choice exams 
  • coursework 

Coursework is generally submitted electronically.Most coursework receives a mark out of 100. A mark of 70 or above is First Class, 60-69 is Upper Second Class, 50-59 is Lower Second Class, 40-49 is Third Class and a mark below is 40 is deemed to be a fail. Here’s some advice – when marked work is returned try not to focus solely on the mark, but instead read the written feedback from your marker. This is a key element of university teaching, shaping student work towards a professional ideal. It will congratulate on what you did well and offer concrete advice on how the work could be improved. Our external examiners regularly comment on the depth and helpfulness of the feedback our staff provide on student work. It is something that all staff take very seriously.

Please view our Psychology Undergraduate 2020 brochure‌.

Ryan Stanyard, BSc Neuroscience and Psychology

Abisola Adebayo, BSc Neuroscience and Psychology