Psychology

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

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Studying Psychology involves exploring why humans feel, think and act in the ways that they do. At Keele you will learn about what the latest psychology research, including studies published by our own , tells us about human behaviour. We will show you how to design and conduct your own psychological studies in our well-equipped labs using a range of techniques including interviews, surveys and experiments.

The Psychology BSc undergraduate programme at Keele is excellent in many ways.

We offer a personalised learning experience. Our students can choose whether to take the Single Honours route predominantly taking psychology modules or take the Dual Honours route and combine psychology with another discipline.  We offer fantastic opportunities to study abroad either for a semester or a full year.

You will be taught by research-active staff with expertise in social and developmental psychology, cognition and neuropsychology, 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 like climate change. The aim at Keele is to produce psychology graduates who leave university equipped to use their psychology knowledge and skills to make a real difference.

We offer high levels of student satisfaction. In 2016 82% of our students graduated with a 2i or 1st class degree and Psychology at Keele received 90% overall student satisfaction ratings. Moreover sources of help for our students are outstanding including extra-curricular psychology-specific learning support. Upon graduating, 86% of our students are working or engaged in further study within 6 months of graduation with some choosing to stay longer at Keele following exciting and opportunities available in Psychology.

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

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Psychology with Foundation Year: C802 View Unistats for this course

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

can be combined with:

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Study abroad

Studying abroad is a fantastic opportunity that will allow you to develop your independence and global perspective even further, and not least return with an amazing photo album and a more diverse group of friends. On the Psychology Programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester or even a year abroad. 

There are currently two arrangements for studying abroad:

Semester Exchange
You can go abroad for a single semester in your second year; this option is only possible in semester one for psychology students. No additional tuition fees are payable for semester exchanges.

International Year
You can go on a full year placement between your second and third year; there is an opportunity to take a split placement, for example to study in Europe in your first semester, and then Australia in your second semester.

An international year will incur a tuition fee for the additional year that is spent abroad (i.e., this is the only tuition fee that you will pay for the international year). Depending on the destination you are studying at, there will be additional costs for travel expenses, accommodation and visas/permits. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if you study in the UK, more information on destination countries,  availability  and costs can be obtained from the Global Education Team.

When you are deciding about study abroad our dedicated Study Abroad Coordinator will advise you on choice of institution and modules in order to ensure that your BSc Psychology degree will satisfy the criteria for BPS accreditation when you graduate.

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)