University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Applied Psychology

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Course summary

Fascinated about human behaviour from how children learn, to managing stress in the workplace and the motivations for and the treatment of offending behaviour? Our course brings all the core areas of psychology together, so you'll learn about the development, social, biological, cognitive and research methodologies in this field, but with a practical focus to make your CV stand out from the crowd. Why Choose University of Cumbria You will not just learn about psychology theoretically, you will be putting it into practice using real people and case studies to bolster your learning. And, thanks to the great links we have with regional and national organisations from prisons to victim support charities and homeless organisations, you will have the opportunity to get career-enhancing voluntary work throughout your studies.

  • Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and you may be eligible for Chartered membership
  • 50% of your studies will be practical - through research, case studies and data collection
  • Opportunities to gain additional professional development and accredited qualifications alongside your course, in areas such as psychometrics
  • Taught by academic tutors with forensics, counselling and clinical backgrounds
  • Tutors carry out pioneering research, which enhances your learning. Plus, it gives you the chance to take part in current research
  • Our excellent links with regional and national charities, not-for-profit and penal institutions offers great work experience and job prospects
  • We have a great reputation nationally for research methodology
  • Opportunity to take part in field trips in the UK and abroad, giving you the chance to deepen your knowledge
  • Complete work experience in prisons with the chance to study alongside prisoners for real-life learning
  • Study on our vibrant and friendly Fusehill Street campus in Carlisle, just 30 minutes from the Lake District National Park and Scotland, with great transport links to major cities of Newcastle and Glasgow
Our course offers a full range of extra-curricular activities, including psychology film club, enrichment evening and daytime seminars led by local and national experts, research participation scheme and staff-student conference. We will also prepare you for a range of postgraduate opportunities, including becoming a Chartered Psychologist and in specialist areas, such as health, forensic, community, counselling and organisational psychology. Whichever career path you choose, the first-class experience you will gain from workplace opportunities on this course will be highly desirable to future employers. Our programme aims to give students an overview of the theory and practice within psychology, whilst also exploring how this can be applied to real-life settings and case studies. Year 1 - You will build knowledge in the foundations of psychology as a discipline and develop key skills through lectures, workshops and problem based learning. You'll build knowledge of the history of the discipline, research methods and analytical techniques and learn about the key theories and psychologists. Year 2 - You will start to develop a more in depth understanding of research, theory and practice. In addition to your compulsory modules, you will be able to select two options to begin exploring the topics you are really interested in. Options include applied modules in forensic, clinical, educational and environmental psychology. Year 3 - You will undertake an independent research project that will allow you to explore a topic of interest and pursue your own research question. You will also be able to further advance your knowledge in your chosen areas of interest with option modules offered such as The Psychology of Violent Behaviour, Psychology and Health and Trauma and Resilience.

Course details


Year one - Compulsory modules: Psychology in Action, Introduction to Psychological Research Methods, Introduction to Data Analysis, Perspectives in Psychology, Professional and Academic Skills, Introduction to Psychopathology. Year two - Compulsory modules: Research Methods and Statistics, Development, Brain and Cognition, Research Methods in Applied Psychology Settings. Optional modules (subject to availability and demand): Psychology and Criminal Justice, The Psychology of Teaching and Learning, Mental Health and Well-being, Environmental Psychology, Political and Cross Cultural Psychology, Independent Study, Psychology of Eating Behaviour and Disorders, Social and Community Psychology. Year three - Compulsory modules: Critical Psychology, Individual Differences: Abilities, Personalities and Measuring Differences, Dissertation. Optional modules (subject to availability and demand): Psychology and Health, Defence, Security and Cyber Psychology, Independent Study, Occupational Psychology, Offender Management and Applying Psychology to Forensic Practice, Trauma and Resilience, Psychology of Violent Behaviour, Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Professional bodies

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

  • British Psychological Society

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
International £10500 Year 1

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