University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

Course Overview Half of your course will be practical, focusing on research techniques, qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, data handling and analysis skills, laboratory reports and communication skills. You’ll learn from industry-expert tutors through lectures, seminars, and field trips. You’ll be encouraged to engage in career-enhancing voluntary work, giving you hands-on experience. Flexible module choices mean you can carve out your degree to suit your interests. You will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). The skills, knowledge and understanding you gain from the course will help you access a range of rewarding professions within psychology. You will be in the ideal position for a career in clinical, forensic or educational psychology, health education and promotion, counselling, social work, teaching, organisational behaviour, human resources, and prison or probation work. On this course you will:

  • Explore and apply psychological literature to current issues, contexts and experiences.
  • Be taught and given high-quality support and guidance by our lecturing team, who are active in research and practices.
  • Learn valuable transferrable skills in research, which are highly sought after by employers.
  • Have the opportunity to choose topics and areas that you want to learn more about to tailor your learning experience.
  • Be able to shape your degree experience to your interests and career goals, allowing us to help you to reach your ideal future career.
What you will learn On this degree, you will study five key themes within psychology:
  • The contextualised bio-psychosocial nature of human development and experience
  • Ethical decision making and professional values
  • Gathering and analysing evidence using robust, population relevant and ethical research techniques
  • The pivotal role of academic, professional and graduate skills
  • Experiential problem-based learning
Year one In your first year, 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 key theories and psychologists. Year two In the second year, you will develop a more in-depth understanding of research, theory, and practice, and develop research and practical skills. This will include a work experience module, and an opportunity to engage in a negotiated learning project that is individually chosen and tailored to suit your particular interests. Year three In your final year, 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 of psychology and psychological skills. How you will learn The curriculum will involve you in activities that promote engagement with a range of challenges and opportunities that extend beyond the classroom. Some of the activities that support this include:
  • Guest speaker sessions
  • Liaising with professional bodies
  • Staff-student research participation projects
  • Evening seminars
  • Psychology film clubs
  • Field trips
We adopt a blended learning approach that involves a combination of face to face and online learning. We encourage you to collaborate remotely, share materials and discuss work outside of the classroom. There will be opportunities to volunteer within some modules, such as Learning Together at HMP Haverigg. Co-teaching on this programme of modules usually involves mentoring prisoner students who do not have access to the internet, therefore offering wider reading and opportunities for the same in-depth critical understanding.

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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Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £13250 Year 1

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