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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, behavioural science, cognitive and behavioural neuroscience, to the evolutionary basis and contextual determinants of thoughts, feelings, and 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: 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 totalling 60 credits A tutorial-based module on Contemporary Issues in Psychology (20 credits) Advanced Research Methods and Statistics (40 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) Emotion and Social Perception (20 credits) Clinical Neuropsychology (20 credits) Neuropsychology of Amnesia (10 credits) Fetal Development (20 credits) Sport and Exercise Psychology (10 credits) The Ever Adapting Brain – Sensory Neuroplasticity (10 credits) Face Recognition (10 credits) Hippocampus and Memory: Clinical and Health perspectives (10 credits) Vision and Visual Neuroscience (10 credits) Human Evolutionary Psychology (10 credits) The Multisensory Body (10 credits) Atypical Development (10 credits) Cognitive Development (10 credits) The Psychology of Illness (10 credits) Criminological Psychology (10 credits) Mind, Brain and Consciousness (10 credits) Psychological Practice (10 credits) Reward and Addiction (10 credits) Close Relationships (10 credits).

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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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:

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
EU £30250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
International £30250* Year 1

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