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BSc/BSc (Hons) Psychology

UCAS Code: C800 BSc/PS

Duration: 3/4 years

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Contemporary psychology attempts to understand, measure,and modify behaviour using scientific methods and evidence. Psychologists are interested in diverse questions such as:"Why are emotional memories better remembered?"; "How does prejudice arise?"; "How do our abilities to perceive and act in the world develop?" ; and "Is there such a thing as personality?".

This course covers a wide variety of material, including classic and contemporary psychology theory, methods and practice, as well as the option to study another subject area up to Year Two. Later years include extensive focus on the cores areas required by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The course will enable you to develop and refine a high level of psychological literacy, including critical thinking and writing, excellence in research skills and ethical practice, all of which are transferable into a number of graduate careers. Successful completion of credits up to and including a fourth year Honours classification of 50% (2:2) and above confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Status (GBC) with the BPS. This allows graduates to undertake further training as a chartered psychologist.

In Year One, you will be introduced to classic and contemporary theory and research in psychology, and will be asked to begin reflection on the historical dimensions of the discipline as a whole. You will be given the opportunity to study either sociology or physiology and pharmacology. In Year Two, you will move towards evaluation of the core domains of social, developmental, individual, cognitive and biological psychology through a variety of teaching and learning methods, including group work, skills practice, and problem-based learning. You will be encouraged to participate in and reflect on current research taking place in the Division, You will also study your other chosen subject for the first semester of level two.

In Year Three, you will continue to critically reflect on the historical underpinnings, and contemporary context of psychology, undertake a critical review of the literature, and progress your knowledge and critical awareness within the core areas. Your research skills will be further refined with the opportunity to gain practical experience of both quantitative an qualitative research, as well as the critical appraisal of research ethics and the preparation of a research proposal. In Year Four, you will choose modules according to your interests and, now immersed in the student research culture, carry out a research-based dissertation in a specific area. This year also offers the opportunity for students to gain credit for reflection on work experience in an area of your choice

You can opt to study for an Honours degree over four years or an Ordinary degree over three years. You will complete a range of modules, as outlined, each year.

  • You will gain a range of transferable skills which are highly sought after
    by employers.

  • There is opportunity for self development through volunteering,
    individual dissertation topic choice and choice of elective modules.

  • From Year One, you will attend lectures, seminars and workshops for approximately 10 - 12 hours per week, in addition to time for personal study and independent learning’. In later years, you will spend less time in a classroom setting.

  • Professional Registration: By gaining a 2:2 or higher, you are eligible for GBC.

    Year One: Introduction to Psychology 1/ Foundations of Psychology/ Introduction to Psychology 2/ Methods of Psychological Inquiry/ Plus 60 credits from either: Sociology (Introduction to Academia and The Sociological Imagination/ Diversity, Identity and Wellbeing); or Physiology & Pharmacology (Introduction to Physiology and Anatomy/ Developmental Biology & Ageing/ Contemporary issues in Biological Science/ Introduction to Neuroscience/ Genetics/ Integrating module)

    Year Two: Social and Developmental Psychology/ Data Analysis/ Psychological Literacy/ Biological and Cognitive Psychology/ Enquiries in Psychology/ Psychology: Practical Investigation/ Psychological Citizenship/ Individual and Historical Perspectives in Psychology/ Plus 60 credits from either: Sociology (Social Inquiry - Philosophy and Design); or Physiology & Pharmacology (Human Physiology and Pharmacology/ Pharmacology/ Drug Abuse and Addiction)

    Year Three: Critical, Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology/ Social Psychology/ Developmental Psychology/ Qualitative Research Methods/ Literature Review/ Psychobiology/ Cognitive Psychology/ Individual Differences/ Quantitative Research Methods/ Research Proposal

    Year Four: Contemporary Issues in Psychology/ Dissertation research project/ Plus six modules from the following options: Neurodevelopmental Disorders/ Identities/ Cognitive Science of Religion/ Abnormal
    Psychology/ Eyewitness Psychology/ Volunteering & Community Engagement/ Evolutionary Psychology/ Risk Behaviours

    *The modules above are correct at time of print (January 2015) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2016.

    Scottish Higher: BBCCC or 280 UCAS Tariff points

    A Level: BBC or 280 UCAS Tariff points

    Irish Leaving Certificate: BBBC or 280 UCAS Tariff points

    International Baccalaureate: 30 points

    Required Subjects: Maths and Eng at S/ Int2/N5/'GCSE level

    Mature/Access: Access to Humanities / Arts / Social Sciences. We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications and /or experience.

    Advanced Entry: is ONLY available to Year 2. Year 2 - HND Social Sciences. Scottish Higher: BC at Advanced Higher in relevant subjects plus BB at Higher. A Level: BBB in relevant subjects. Relevant HNCs will be considered for entry into Year.

    This degree can lead to various employment opportunities as graduates have a wide range of transferable skills. Graduates are employed in social work, nursing, sales, the NHS and voluntary organisations. Successful completion of this degree at Honours confers Graduate
    Basis for Chartered Status (GBC) with the BPS, enabling access to professional training as a Chartered Psychologist (educational, organisational or forensic psychology). In addition, graduates may also pursue postgraduate study.

    Anna Trejnowska
    BSc Hons Psychology

    I left Poland to study Psychology and English at the University of Wolverhampton. However, psychology was my main interest and I wanted to move to Edinburgh, so I applied to QMU , and due to my previous course, I was able to enter into Year Two.

    I really enjoyed the course , especially the last two years; it was intellectually challenging with interesting lectures and tutorials. I enjoyed the opportunity to study with other students and share ideas. The relationship between students and staff was great and staff were always available to meet with students to discuss any concerns.

    At the end of Year Three, I was chosen to help my lecturers carry out research on paranormal beliefs. I conducted and transcribed interviews. It was really exciting to be able to see how the academic work gets done 'from the kitchen'.

    Initially my career aspiration was to become a clinical psychologist so I looked for a relevant part-time job to get some experience. I used the university's JobShop and found a job as a nursing assistant in the Royal Edinburgh Psychiatric Hospital and worked there for the last two years of my degree. It was great being able to apply my knowledge in a work-setting. However, because of the research project I did, I decided that I wanted to pursue an academic career in psychology, rather then go down the clinical route.

    After graduating, I went back to QMU working as a research assistant in psychology and got lots of experience: I worked on three different projects. I am now included within the authors of the reports that came out of the work too; and I also did some teaching, which I enjoyed very much.

    I am now studying towards a Masters in Occupational Psychology back at Wolverhampton University.

    Jessica da Costa

    BSc Hons Psychology

    n my last year at high school I dropped higher maths for higher psychology and it turned out to be the best decision I ever made. I chose QMU because from the moment I stepped foot on campus it felt just right; it has a wonderful community and atmosphere.

    I am currently in my third year and I think the best part so far has been being able to take part in other students' experiments. I took part in one that involved watching clips from 'Would I lie to you' and trying to figure out who was truthful. It was great fun and different to what I had expected. These types of practical exercises make the subject more real and you can actually see yourself doing something similar the future. It’s not just taking in and reproducing information it’s about creating and giving you, as one of my lecturers would say, 'a toolbox' of skills to use.

    The teaching is very good. I am so grateful to the time and effort put in by my lecturers; they go the extra mile to help and make sure we understand. At QMU help is never far away and the lecturers are really approachable and that for me is very important. Apart from my studies, I am the class representative which allows me to be more involved with my course. I have become one of the student ambassadors which allows me to show people the campus and give them a student’s view. Also I am a student mentor which is run by QMconnect and aims to help new students coming to QMU to find their feet. As a student mentor, I get to help people through this transitional stage, even if just answering questions about where to find things on campus.

    My future plans are not definite, however, once I complete my course I hope to continue onto a Masters then possibly a PhD.

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