How can we harness the brain’s activity to better understand how we think, feel and behave? This is what cognitive neuroscience is all about. And studied side-by-side with psychology, the answers have an impressive range of real-world applications. Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour: how and why we act and think as we do. The value of psychological expertise is now recognised in all walks of life: able to handle and present complex arguments and also organise and analyse different forms of evidence, psychology graduates can explore a wide range of rewarding career possibilities. Recent innovations in research technology and scientific approaches to the subject make this an exciting time to study psychology. For those with an interest in psychological theory and new developments, many opportunities exist for psychology graduates to continue in research positions after graduation. The School of Psychology at the University of Leicester has a long-established reputation for the quality of its undergraduate courses. These are taught through lectures, seminars, discussion groups and practical projects carried out in one of our many specialist laboratories. We have a large and well equipped school, with talented staff who have interests in both pure and applied aspects of psychology. Our research-led teaching means you will learn from leading academics delivering cutting-edge knowledge. We also provide you with the opportunity to conduct your own psychological research, from design right through to analysis of data and write-up – developing your academic and practical experimentation skills in our dedicated research facilities. Research methods are an integral part of the course, enabling you to design and conduct your own psychological experiments and ensuring that you are fully competent in the use of the statistical methods and software required to analyse the data you collect. As well as a thorough grounding in contemporary issues and findings in psychology, your degree will also equip you with useful transferable skills in fields such as communication, information retrieval and data evaluation.
Your first year will give you a firm grounding in both basic and applied psychology alongside practical research experience. This year is common to the degrees in Psychology, Applied Psychology and Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience. Please view our webpage for further information on the module titles.
Most of your course will be delivered through lectures, supported by interactive tutorials and practical sessions in the computer labs. You will have between eight and twelve contact hours per week, and spend twice that amount of time on background reading and private study. About one third of the modules in your first and second years involve lab work. Lecture styles vary considerably depending on the topic – and the lecturer. Some lectures may include practical demonstrations. A tutorial is a small group of students meeting with a member of staff for an hour to discuss a particular topic, which you might be required to research beforehand. You can also attend our lively seminar series, in which visiting speakers from the UK and around the world present new and exciting research to staff and students. We also provide a 'Tutorial on Request' scheme, in which our teaching staff make extra time available for tutorials on subjects chosen by you and your fellow students. These can be on topics covered by the course which you would like to discuss in more detail or other areas which reflect the School's academic expertise. Tutorials can be arranged in advance or just run as a drop-in session, and can be for individuals or groups - it's up to you. We have also a popular psychology help desk which acts as an informal drop-in clinic for those who need extra support in learning strategies for coursework and statistics. Assessment is based on a mixture of exams and coursework, which may include writing up lab reports, tutorial essays, short reports or small group presentations. When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.
How to apply
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2021.
If you already have a 2021 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programme of study and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous examination results.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
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