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BSc/BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology

UCAS Code: CL83 BSc/PsSo

Duration: 3/4 years

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Psychology is the scientific study of the behaviours of individuals and their mental processes. Psychology attempts to unravel what roles genes, biophysical and cultural factors play in behaviour. Sociology is the scientific study of the meaning and central characteristics of society. Sociology attempts to unpack the social relations that underpin human interactions, social inequality and diversity, social change and social welfare.

Combining the study of both the individual and society, you will be well prepared for a wide range of careers. If you have an enquiring, questioning mind and you want to understand more about human nature, interactions and experiences, this course is perfect.

In Years One and Two you will study a range of modules which will provide you with a thorough grounding in the key concepts, theories and schools of thought in both psychology and sociology. Through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops you will develop a sound understanding of the historical development and contemporary applications of psychological and sociological knowledge, as well as understanding the philosophical debates that underpin psychosocial interpretations of the world around us. In addition, considerable emphasis is placed on enhancing a wide range of transferable skills, paying particular attention to improving your interpersonal and presentation skills, effective reading and writing, analytical thinking and critical reflection, as well as a sustained focus on the development of your research skills.

Years Three and Four are designed to enable you to develop an in-depth understanding of a broad range of substantive debates within the disciplines of psychology and sociology. For example, you will have the opportunity to specialise in abnormal psychology, the psychology of religion and spirituality, language and communication, the sociology of gender and sexuality, sociologies of liberation, and social policy and politics. Working closely with
a member of academic staff, you will conduct your own independent research project in Year Four, in which you will be encouraged to bring together your knowledge of academic theories and concepts, as well as refining your research skills.

Your ability to understand the relationship between complex academic theory and practical research will certainly enhance your employability on completion of this course.

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 ordinary degree, completing three years or an honours degree, completing four 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 develop the ability to make sense of complex and challenging psycho-social phenomena.
- You will be able to reflect on how psychological and sociological knowledge can effect positive changes in the quality of the everydya lives of individuals.
- There is considerable emphasis on ensuring that you are able to develop, plan and manage independent research projects.
- In 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: Successful completion of this degree does not confer Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) which enables access to professional training as a Chartered Psychologist.

Year One: Introduction to Academia & The Sociological Imagination/ Diversity, Identity & Wellbeing/ Introduction to Psychology 1 & 2/ Foundations of Psychology/ Methods of Psychological Inquiry

Year Two: Social Inquiry–Philosophy & Design/ Production & Consumption of Culture/ Social & Developmental Psychology/ Data Analysis/ Psychological Literacy/ Biological & Cognitive Psychology/ Enquiries in Psychology/ Individual Difference & Historical perspectives in Psychology

Year Three: Current Debates in Sociology/ Social Research: Theory & Practice/Sociology Options including: Poverty & Social Exclusion/ Sociology of Liberation/ Interaction & Social Order/ Changing World: Social Movements & Global Change/ Psychology Options including: Social Psychology/ Literature Review/ Developmental Psychology/ Psychobiology/ Cognitive Psychology/ Individual Differences/ Critical, Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology

Year Four: Sociology Dissertation/ Sociology options including: Sociology of Scotland/ European Social Policy & Politics/ Queer Theory, Gender & Sexual Politics/ Gender Justice & Violence: Feminist Approaches/ Psychology options including: Abnormal Psychology/ Autobiographical Memory/ Cognitive Science of Religion/ Eyewitness Psychology/ Identities/ Volunteering & Community Engagement/Risk Behaviours

Scottish Higher: BBCC

A Level: CCD

Irish Leaving Certificate: H3, H3, H3, H3

International Baccalaureate: 26 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: Year 2 - HNC Social Sciences with B in the graded unit. Scottish Higher: BC at Advanced Higher in relevant subjects plus BB at Higher. A Level: BBB in relevant subjects. Year 3 - HND Social Sciences with CB in the graded units.

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5.

The wide range of knowledge, skills and aptitudes which you will develop opens up a diverse array of job options. Graduates often enter careers in social and community work, consumer and social research, teaching, academia, marketing and human resource management.

Erika Boström
BSc (Hons) Psychology & Sociology

I am originally from Sweden and did a degree in physiotherapy. I worked in Sweden for a couple of years but moved to Scotland 16 years ago where I had my three children. When they started school I went back to work as a Physiotherapist, but I decided that I was ready for a career change and applied to QMU. I was interested in health and psychology but I soon realised that I was very interested in sociology too and this course seemed the perfect mix.

Studying at QMU has been very rewarding, but also challenging as I'm having to read and write in a foreign language, however, I can take advantage of my foreign background by looking at issues in society from a different angle. I enjoy the different modules in sociology and find it very exciting to learn about the society I live in, the different theories about how it has developed over the centuries and how globalisation affects nations today. The psychological component of the course complements the knowledge about the overall picture of society and the human beings living in it.

As someone who had been out of education for a while, I decided to use some of the services available to students. I signed up to the mentoring scheme which proved an invaluable experience. Allocated student mentors, in the latter years of the same or similar course to you, will help you through the initial stages of university life. I also found essay writing quite a challenge at the start and I sought help from the Effective Learning Centre who provided advice on how to improve my writing, which has definitely paid off.

I like studying at QMU because there is a wide mix of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, resulting in a positive mix of people with different backgrounds, age and nationalities. I personally have really enjoyed sharing my experience with other mature students and have appreciated the support we have given each other through the highs and lows of academic life.

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