The aim of the programme is to give students a thorough grounding in the psychology of human behaviour, which they will then be able to use to understand animal behaviour. This is an applied programme and students will be investigating how a better understanding of animal behaviour can contribute to the health and wellbeing of human and animal behaviour. For example, the L6 module dealing with Animal Therapy looks at how psychologist might be involved in the treatment of animals with psychological or behavioural problems. This module will also look at how animals are used in animal assisted therapy for the treatment of human psychological and physical health problems.
You will study for three years and in each year you will take six, 20 credit modules. In the first year you will study introductory modules in both psychology and animal behaviour. For example in the first semester you will study Introduction to Developmental Psychology and Social Psychology; Introduction to Human and Animal Interaction and Introduction to Research Methods (continues in semester 2). In the second semester of your first year you will take modules in Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology; Introduction to Individual Differences; and Introduction to Animal Behaviour. In the second year your study becomes more specialized and you will study modules in Further Research Methods; Further Biopsychology & Cognition; Animal Welfare; Developmental & Social Psychology; Individual Differences; and Primate Behaviour and Conservation. In your final year you will take the Dissertation module (40 credits) which is a major piece of research chosen by yourself and supervised by specialist staff. In addition you will choose four modules from a range including Animal Cognition and Social Complexity; Animal Therapy(Assisted and Individual); Occupational Psychology; Brain and Behaviour; Work Placement; Media Psychology; Psychology of Children in Need; Psychology of Global Issues; Psychology and Health; Educational Psychology; Psychology of Mental Health; Evolution, Development and Adaptation.
Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. Percentage of the course assessed by coursework The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows: Year 1* 50% coursework, 40% written exams, 10% practical exams Year 2 50% coursework, 40% written exams, 10% practical exams Year 3 70% coursework, 30% written exams Feedback You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We aim to provide you with feedback within 10 working days of hand-in (practice assessment) and 20 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment). *You must achieve a pass mark of 50 and above in all Year 1 compulsory modules as a prerequisite, before progression to Year 2 optional modules.
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5 GCSE subjects at grade C/4 or above preferred. Must include GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C/4.
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English language requirements
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
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