Durham University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Psychology

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Course summary

Durham’s Psychology Department is a department with excellence in both research and teaching. This research strength extends across the wide variety of academic interests of the Department’s staff, from child health and development, perception, cognitive and behavioural neuroscience to the evolutionary basis of behaviour. The wide range and quality of the research interests of the staff in the Department allows us to offer a broad range of final-year option courses. Our breadth of research strength means that you are guaranteed to be taught by some of the leading figures in their field of research. Furthermore, as an expanding department, we expect that the range of opportunities for students will grow over the coming years. Our BSc (Hons) course in Psychology follows the British Psychological Society (BPS) guidelines with an extensive range of options in the final year, drawing both from work in fundamental scientific research and in applied psychology. These final year modules include topics in social psychology, developmental psychology, cognition and behavioural neuroscience, as well as neurorehabilitation, education and health. Excellent research facilities are available, including a virtual reality suite, developmental testing facilities, and EEG labs. You are encouraged to get involved in experiments being carried out by your lecturers, thus gaining a deeper and more hands-on understanding of the issues you are learning about in your degree, and adding to your contextual experience. Psychology is essentially concerned with understanding the mind and behaviour in humans and non-human animals, and it is closely related to a wide range of other disciplines, including biology, anthropology, philosophy and education. You will get the chance to study people in terms of their internal mental processes, the biological mechanisms that underlie their behaviour, and the social and developmental context in which they act. The degree provides the opportunity for the development of extensive subject-specific and transferable skills. You will take modules to the value of 120 credits each year. Year 1 In the first year, you will take three core modules in Psychology: Introduction to Psychology 1: Cognitive and Biological Psychology (20 credits) Introduction to Psychology 2: Developmental and Social Psychology (20 credits) Introduction to Psychological Research (40 credits). In addition, you will take the following compulsory tutorial-based module: Classic Papers: A Tutorial Introduction to Psychological Science (20 credits). The above compulsory Psychology modules count for 100 of your 120 credits (three single modules, plus the double module), so in addition, you may choose: Year 2 In the second year, you will build upon your first year and complete 120 credits of compulsory Psychology modules: Modules in the core areas of Psychology: Abnormal Psychology, Biological, Cognitive, Developmental, Individual Differences, and, Social Psychology (6 x 10 credits) A tutorial-based module on Contemporary Issues in Psychology (20 credits) Research Methods in Psychology (20 credits) Statistics for Psychology (20 credits). Year 3 In your final year, you may choose to take modules to the value of up to 80 credits in Psychology. Alternatively, you may choose 60 credits in Psychology and modules up to the value of 20 credits from another department (including Modern Foreign Languages). In Psychology, we offer a range of 10 and 20 credit modules. In addition to your chosen modules to the value of 80 credits, you will carry out and write up your own Research Project (Psychology Dissertation), supervised by a member of staff. The range of possible topics is very wide and research can take place in settings such as schools or hospitals, as well as in research laboratories in the Department of Psychology. The Dissertation is a core double module (40 credits). For more information on this course, please see our website.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 In the first year, you will take three core modules in Psychology: Introduction to Psychology 1: Cognitive and Biological Psychology (20 credits) Introduction to Psychology 2: Developmental and Social Psychology (20 credits) Introduction to Psychological Research (40 credits). In addition, you will take the following compulsory tutorial-based module: Classic Papers: A Tutorial Introduction to Psychological Science (20 credits). The above compulsory Psychology modules count for 100 of your 120 credits (three single modules, plus the double module), so in addition, you may choose: A module to the value of 20 credits (including modules from other departments and the University’s Centre for Foreign Language Study). For modules taken from another University department you must meet their entry requirements and must be able to timetable your additional subjects to fit in with your compulsory modules. Year 2 In the second year, you will build upon your first year and complete 120 credits of compulsory Psychology modules: Modules in the core areas of Psychology: Abnormal Psychology, Biological, Cognitive, Developmental, Individual Differences, and, Social Psychology (6 x 10 credits) A tutorial-based module on Contemporary Issues in Psychology (20 credits) Research Methods in Psychology (20 credits) Statistics for Psychology (20 credits). Year 3 In your final year, you may choose to take modules to the value of up to 80 credits in Psychology. Alternatively, you may choose 60 credits in Psychology and modules up to the value of 20 credits from another department (including Modern Foreign Languages). In Psychology, we offer a range of 10 and 20 credit modules. The final-year Psychology modules are on specialist topics and include lectures, workshops, practical work and continuous assessment. In addition to your chosen modules to the value of 80 credits, you will carry out and write up your own Research Project (Psychology Dissertation), supervised by a member of staff. The range of possible topics is very wide and research can take place in settings such as schools or hospitals, as well as in research laboratories in the Department of Psychology. The Dissertation is a core double module (40 credits). The list of final-year Psychology option modules may vary from year to year, but has included in the past: Learning and Animal Cognition (20 credits) Social Perception (20 credits) Clinical Cognitive Neuropsychology (20 credits) Psychology in the Workplace (20 credits) Psychopathy (10 credits) Forensic Psychology (10 credits) Psychological Practice (10 credits) Psychology and Health Promotion (10 credits) The Psychology of Illness (10 credits) Sport and Exercise Psychology (10 credits) Reward and Addiction (10 credits) Mind, Brain and Consciousness (10 credits) Vision and Visual Neuroscience (10 credits) Neuropsychology of Amnesia (10 credits) Cognitive Neuropsychology (10 credits) Child Health in a Social Context (10 credits) Fetal Development (10 credits) The Multisensory Body (10 credits) Human Evolutionary Psychology (10 credits) Atypical Development (10 credits) Cognitive Development (10 credits). Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered.


How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE Mathematics at grade B / 5 or above is required for this course. Our contextual offer for this programme is A level BBB (or equivalent), GCSE grade 4 in Mathematics. To find out if you’re eligible, please visit: www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/contextualoffers/.

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https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/entry/


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £28500 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £28500 Year 1

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