University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

Overview Psychology can change lives for the better. On this BSc (Hons) Psychology degree, which is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), you’ll study the mind and behaviour, examine how people think, act and feel – and take your first steps towards a career that really matters.

  • Access specialist psychology equipment and facilities including an observation suite, toddler and infant laboratory, psychophysiology laboratory, and digital analysis and video editing suite
  • Use our motion capture studios, which feature the latest Vicon optical system, to explore the mechanics and perception of human movement
  • Have the chance to study abroad or take part in a year-long work placement, boosting your employability prospects after the course
  • Create your own bespoke final year by choosing the subjects and specialisms that most interest you from a fully optional module list
  • Be inspired by regular one-on-one tutorials with experienced psychology practitioners involved in trailblazing research, including the Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology and the Dog Cognition Centre
  • Become eligible to apply for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (with a 2:2 or higher)
Accredited by: This degree confers eligibility for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Graduate Basis for Registration. Careers and opportunities When you graduate, you’ll be ready to continue your training to become a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol). On the course, you'll be able to customise your final year to your own preferred field of study and choose modules that lay the groundwork for a professional specialism, including sport psychology, educational psychology, and clinical and health psychology. After completing your BSc (Hons) Psychology, the next step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist would be a Masters in your chosen specialism, such as MSc Forensic Psychology, MSc Health Psychology or MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology. Or, if there's another sector you'd rather go into, you'll also have what you need to take on roles in health associated professions, marketing, and education – to name just a few. What can you do with a psychology degree? As a Chartered Psychologist, areas you could specialise in include:
  • clinical psychology
  • sports psychology
  • counselling psychology
  • educational psychology
  • forensic psychology
  • occupational psychology
The transferable skills you'll learn are also in demand in other fields, such as:
  • teaching (with additional training)
  • social welfare
  • police work
  • research
  • marketing
Graduate roles and destinations Roles our previous graduates have gone on to work in, include:
  • assistant psychologist
  • lecturer in policing
  • domestic abuse worker
  • wellbeing lead
  • occupational therapy support officer
  • head of learning and professional development
  • HR director
  • National Crime Agency (NCA) officer
They've gone on to work in the following organisations:
  • Mind
  • Care UK
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Ministry of Defence
  • The Home Office
  • Office for National Statistics
  • Metropolitan Police
  • EMEA at Michael Kors
Placement year You'll be able to increase your chances of landing your ideal job after your degree by taking an optional work placement year between your second and third years. A placement year gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a real workplace, boosting your employability and making you stand out to employers after the course. You can work for a company or organisation here in the UK or overseas, or you could go independent by setting up and running your own business with other students. Previous students have completed placements in the following organisations:
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Mind
  • Solent NHS Trust
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Microsoft
  • IBM

Course details


Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Applying Psychological Research Skills
  • Exploring Psychology
  • Perspectives in Psychology
Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Biological & Cognitive Psychology
  • Individual Differences & Psychometrics
  • Professional Development and Employability
  • Psychological Research Methods
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Social & Developmental Psychology
Placement year (optional) On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. Year 3 Optional modules currently include:
  • Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Exploring Data
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Language and Communication
  • Neuroscience
  • Perspectives on Legal Psychology and Forensic Psychology
  • Positive and Social Psychology in Organisations
  • Professional Practice in Sports Psychology
  • Psychology Research Project
  • Psychology Work Placement
  • Social Construction of Disability
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through written examinations, practical reports and essays, poster presentations, oral presentations, self-led research project. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Psychological Society

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
PTE Academic61An overall score of 61 with a minimum of 54 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)9191 with a minimum of 20 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 20 in Writing
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
Trinity ISETrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
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
International £18300 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 | EU – £925 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £1,800. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to
Psychology at University of Portsmouth - UCAS