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Course summary

Gain valuable clinical experience with BSc Psychology with Professional Placement, a course that can be tailored to meet your interests. This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and enables you to choose to take further training to become a professional psychologist. It incorporates a year-long placement that will enable you to develop valuable professional skills. The degree will give you a thorough grounding in key areas of psychology and allows you to choose modules that suit your specific interests, including a range of modules from other subjects. Should you wish to study abroad, you can spend a semester of your final year at one of our overseas partner institutions. As a psychology student you can take advantage of research laboratories, neuroimaging facilities and resources for observing participant behaviour. Additionally, we have various in-house NHS clinics, including our Anxiety and Depression and Speech and Language Therapy clinics, the Centre for Autism, as well as the world-renowned Charlie Waller Institute for evidence-based psychological treatments on site. The first year of the course will introduce you to the concepts required for BPS qualification, including cognition, neuroscience, development, perception and research methods. You will then cover these and other subjects in far greater depth during the second year. In the final year of the degree you can develop your knowledge by exploring the areas that interest you most. The vast majority of modules in this year are optional and are regularly revised in order to incorporate the latest developments in psychology. Recent modules have included subjects such as autistic spectrum conditions, behavioural economics, nutritional psychology, and emotion, empathy and their disorders. Throughout the course you will gain practical experience, and learn how to devise and run your own experiments. During the final year you will carry out an original piece of research on a topic of your choice. In the past these have included the effects of emotion on cognition, the effects of Huntington's Disease on quality of life, and using puppets to test children's IQ. You may even have the opportunity to present your work at conferences, and a number of past projects have won awards from the BPS and British Neuroscience Association. For more information, please visit the School of Psychology website. Placement You can gain experience of working with professional psychologists by spending a year working within an NHS clinic, research lab or organisation. You may have the opportunity to carry out this placement at one of our in-house organisations. These include the Anxiety and Depression in Young People clinic, Speech and Language Therapy clinic, the Charlie Waller Institute, Centre for Autism, and the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health. Placement year fees During your placement year you will pay 15% of the full course fee.


The following modules have been approved in principle for delivery in 2024/25. Please note that as part of our current curriculum improvement process, all modules require final University approval and may be subject to change. Core modules for this course: Applied and Professional Psychology Debates in Mental Health Introduction to Psychological Research Learning about Learning The Person and the Brain Cognitive and Biological Psychology Development Across the Lifespan Professional and Clinical Practice Research Methods in Psychology Social Psychology and Individual Differences Professional Placement Project Communicating Current Psychology The University cannot guarantee that all optional modules will be available to all students who may wish to take them. Further information about the content of final approved modules will be available between May and July 2023. We suggest that you regularly revisit this webpage during this time to ensure you have the most up-to-date information regarding the modules offered on this programme.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Qualification requirements

Contextual offers for this programme are typically two grades beneath our standard entry requirement, e.g. BBB.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
TOEFL (iBT)88We require a minimum score of 88 overall with no less than 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.
Cambridge English AdvancedBWe require a grade B or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCWe require a grade C or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.
PTE Academic69We require a minimum score of 69 overall with at least 59 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Institution's Own TestTest of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Trinity ISEMeritWe require a Merit in each element from ISE II. If you take ISE III or ISE IV, we require a Pass in each element.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £27650 Year 1
International £27650 Year 1

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