Biology and Psychology 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Biology and Psychology.

Combined Honours
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International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: CC81

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Course Overview

Biology at Keele focuses on the amazing world of organisms – from how they’ve evolved to their relationships with the environment and each other. Keele takes a broad approach to biology, examining the diversity of life and its evolution from the geological past. You’ll consider the complexity of biological processes and mechanisms at molecular, cellular, organismal and ecosystem levels, exploring related philosophical and ethical issues. You’ll sample, record and analyse data in the field and in our excellent labs, and learn how biology can help to improve the quality and sustainability of life. Complete this course over three years, or it may be possible (subject to combined course schedule) to add an extra year with an Applied Life Sciences work placement or a one year Study Abroad Placement between the second and third year.

This degree is combined with the study of Psychology. Our British Psychological Society accredited courses enable you to explore why humans think, feel, communicate 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 techniques. The course is taught by staff who are actively engaged in research with specialisms in social psychology, developmental psychology, cognition and neuropsychology, biological psychology health and wellbeing and 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. At Keele we aim to produce psychology graduates who are ready to use their psychology skills and knowledge to make a real difference.

What will this mean for my future?

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. Biology at Keele offers both breadth and depth of knowledge, preparing you for a range of directly or indirectly related careers. You might work as a research scientist, as an environmental consultant, conservationist, in quality control areas of the food industry, in the pharmaceutical industry or as a scientific writer. The single, major and dual honours Psychology courses at Keele are accredited by the British Psychological Society. Choosing one of these courses 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 path you choose in your working life, 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 exciting careers beyond psychology, including in education, health, social care, management, marketing and many more.

Indicative modules

Year One

  • Introduction to Statistics for Psychology
  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Research Design for Psychology

Year Two

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

Year Three

  • Final Year Psychology Project 
  • Individual Differences and Conceptual Issues