University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

If you have an enquiring mind and enjoy investigating and debating ideas, this Psychology course is for you. You will explore human experience across a vast range of contexts and lifespans - from understanding the biological basis of behaviour to questioning contemporary issues such as the impact of social media on child development. Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), BSc (Hons) Psychology will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need for a successful career in Psychology. Plus, a degree in psychology will provide you with a broad range of transferable skills that are valuable in the workplace. You can use this degree to pursue careers in research, within legal, social and welfare settings, business, HR, childcare, health and education professions. Why Choose University of Cumbria You'll study humans' natural curiosities and you will do it innovatively with our course, this is so that you get every chance to boost your employability skills. Backing up your theory with practical skills is an important part of the course. You will develop and hone skills, such as; research techniques, qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods; data handling and analysis skills, laboratory reports and communication skills.

  • Eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) on graduation
  • Flexible module choices so you can carve your degree to suit your interests
  • 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
  • We have a great reputation nationally for research methodology
  • Our excellent links with regional and national charities, not-for-profit and penal institutions offers great work experience and job prospects
  • There's an opportunity for you to study some zoology modules, which prepares you for a wide range of careers including teaching and research
  • You may have the opportunity to participate in field and research trips
  • Our course offers a full range of extra-curricular activities
  • Small class sizes mean we get to know you well and support you throughout your studies
You will be based in the bustling town of Carlisle which is within 20 minutes of Scotland in one direction and the stunning Lake District National Park - now a UNESCO World Heritage site ­- in the other. You'll also be close to the spectacular North West coastline, so you will never be stuck for something to do. Our programme aims to give students an overview of the theory and practice within psychology, whilst also allowing you to advanced skills in research and an in-depth understanding of the mind and human behaviour. 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 will 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 and develop important research and practical skills. 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 Animal Behaviour, Contemporary Issues in Human Development and Cross-Cultural 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 Understanding Memory Disorders, and Preparing for a Career in Research and Teaching.

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, Experimental Design. Year two - Compulsory modules: Research Methods and Statistics, Development, Brain and Cognition, Advanced Research Design, Social and Community Psychology. Optional modules (subject to availability and demand): Animal Behaviour, Contemporary Issues in Human Development, Social Cognition, Independent Study, Cross Cultural Psychology. Year three - Compulsory modules: Critical Psychology, Individual Differences: Abilities, Personalities and Measuring Differences, Dissertation. Optional modules (subject to availability and demand): Independent Study, Psychology of Violent Behaviour, Understanding Memory Disorders, Applied Zoology, Preparing for a Career in Research and Teaching, Applied Zoology Qualificatory Unit.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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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
International £10500 Year 1

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