Lancaster University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Psychology

Make sure you check on the university, college or conservatoire website for any updates about course changes as a result of COVID-19.

Course summary

Psychology is the scientific study of how humans think and behave. Our four year MPsych degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which is essential if you wish to pursue a career in professional psychology in the UK, and has been specifically designed for those who wish to pursue a career in research. It is also suitable for students who want to earn an advanced degree to provide a competitive edge in the job market. You will learn from passionate academics, all of whom are active researchers and world leaders in their field, benefiting from their insight, expertise and cutting-edge research. Your study will follow the main themes of modern psychology:

  • Brain and Behaviour: how neural disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease affect behaviour
  • Cognitive Psychology: our reactions to colours, smells, speech and music
  • Developmental Psychology: the ways in which infants perceive space, patterns, objects and events
  • Social Psychology: how our thoughts, emotions and behaviours are shaped by the presence of others
In the first year, you will gain an in depth overview of the main study themes through our Understanding Psychology module. You will explore the theories underpinning these areas, learn to evaluate scientific journals, and develop your ability to construct formal arguments. Running parallel to this, you will also undertake the Investigating Psychology module, which will equip you with important practical skills for conducting research in psychology, such as data analysis and report writing. As well as these core modules, you will also take a minor subject, which can be another science, or a subject that is selected from a different part of the University, such as a social science or management programme. This gives you the chance to explore another discipline that interests you and experience another part of the University. Sociology, criminology and philosophy are just some of the more popular minor choices among our students. During the second year of your degree, you revisit the key themes covered in Year 1 in greater detail. You will study a specialist module for each of the key strands; deepening your understanding and testing your knowledge. You will also explore Personality and Individual Differences, which will introduce you to important theoretical questions and allow you to critically discuss research implications. Third year provides you with the freedom to choose from a range of topical modules, as well as carrying out your own research project under the supervision of an experienced researcher. This will allow you to shape your study to suit your own interests and career aspirations. The optional modules available change to reflect the latest developments in psychology research and those listed are indicative content. In your final year, you will conduct a thorough and demanding research project, which allows you to capitalise on your existing theoretical and practical research skills and knowledge, as well as extend your range of expertise into more concentrated and sophisticated avenues of research. You may continue your third year research topic or broaden your knowledge base by exploring a completely new research topic. The project will help you to develop your ability to identify significant research, formulate hypotheses, design experiments, review techniques, and effectively justify and communicate conclusions. Alongside your project work you will study Masters-level modules which you will select from a wide ranging choice to suit your own interests. Structured Work Experience During the first three years of this programme, you will have the opportunity to gain voluntary work experience through our Psychology Employability Programme. You can choose between working part-time in the community with charities and organisations that support vulnerable people, or working alongside staff in the Psychology Department on their ground breaking research projects.

Course details


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
C804
Institution code:
L14
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We also require: GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
75%
Student satisfaction
60%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
90%
Go onto work and study

The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data. For further information, see the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

for details of the fees for Channel Islands and international students, please visit our website for details of the specific fees for the degree programme you wish to study.
Psychology at Lancaster University - UCAS