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 of Psychology and Sociology. You will also study your other chosen subject for the first semester of Year 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 and 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.
The modules above are correct at time of posting (Mar 2017) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2018. Please check the website for any updates.
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.
Special Information for EU Applicants
The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2017/8 and 2018/9 academic years will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website.
- 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.
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)
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
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
Contemporary Issues in Psychology/ Dissertation research project/ Plus three modules from the following options: Neurodevelopmental Disorders/ Identities/ Cognitive Science of Religion/ Abnormal Psychology/ Eyewitness Psychology/ Volunteering & Community Engagement/ Evolutionary Psychology/ Risk Behaviours
Irish Leaving Certificate:
H3, H3, H3, H3, H3
Maths and Eng at S/ Int2/N5/GCSE level
Access to Humanities/ Arts/ Social Sciences. We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications and/or experience.
Year 2 - HND in Social Sciences will be considered with CB in the graded units. HNC Social Sciences with B in the graded units may be considered.
IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5.
As graduates have a wide range of transferable skills, opportunities exist in many areas including social work, nursing, sales, the NHS and voluntary organisations. Successful completion of this degree (2:2 or above) 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.
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. Its not just taking in and reproducing information its 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 students 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.