psychology

Undergraduate Available in Clearing

BSc Psychology

Study human behaviour – including memory, social relationships and child development – using our specialist scanning and testing facilities.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

N/A

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UCAS code

C800

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Course overview

Psychology has been a key area of study at Hull since 1928. This accredited degree will provide you with a firm foundation in the core areas of psychological science – while giving you the option to study the topics that interest you in greater depth.

Our state-of-the-art facilities include an electroencephalography (EEG) machine for measuring activity in the brain and a well-equipped brain stimulation laboratory.

The unique link between our BSc Psychology and our doctorate in Clinical Psychology offers you a fast track to qualification while having your doctorate fees paid – and receiving a salary from the NHS.

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6 reasons to study Psychology at Hull

  1. 96% graduate employability rating#
  2. Link to funded Clinical Psychology Doctorate
  3. Accredited by the British Psychological Society
  4. Opt to study at a European university
  5. Cutting edge brain-scanning equipment
  6. Study under experts in a supportive environment
The British Psychological Society - Accredited Undergraduate Psychology

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Core

    Research Skills 1

    This module will introduce you to the process of psychological research. You will develop skills in quantitative data processing and presentation of descriptive statistics.

    Cognition and Development 1

    Explore the key ideas, research methods and findings that have shaped modern cognitive and developmental psychology. Core topics include: processes involved in attention and perception in adults and infancy; memory and memory development; language and language development; thinking and reasoning; processing of social stimuli and social development.

    Brain and Behaviour 1

    Explore the relationship between the brain and human behaviour, including how we sense the world, how we act in the world and how we think and feel about the world.

    Research Skills 2

    Further develop your research skills with a focus on how we make inferences about the world using data. This module provides practical experience with research methods through the design and running of a group-based experiment.

    Social Psychology and Individual Differences 1

    The module introduces you to the historical and conceptual underpinnings of social psychology and individual differences. You'll explore social-psychological theories at individual and group levels. You'll also gain insight into how psychologists have identified consistent patterns of human behaviour, emotion and ability across time and situations.

    Global Challenge: The Psychological Effects of Adversity

    Explore how psychology can be applied to a critical issue facing societies across the globe today: how one's position in society affects one's physical health and mental well-being. You'll learn about the data behind this cross-disciplinary topic and explore why psychology is key to understanding and explaining this global challenge.

Second year modules

  • Core

    Research Skills 3

    Building on the Research Skills 2 module, you will learn about experimental designs involving multiple conditions and independent variables. You will gain a practical and theoretical understanding of how to analyse data generated by these more complex designs.

    Cognition and Development 2

    In this module we look at recent research into cognition in children and adults - how they reason with and remember information, and how they understand the emotional and social life of other people.

    Brain and Behaviour 2

    Build on the foundations of the knowledge developed in Brain and Behaviour 1. The module covers more advanced topics including cognitive neuroscience and clinical neuropsychology. The module will also introduce you to issues in comparative psychology and animal intelligence.

    Research Skills 4

    Research Skills 4 is focused on non-experimental methods. The first half of the module is focused on the development of qualitative data collection and analysis skills. The second half has a focus on psychometrics and the ability to process complex real-world secondary data sources, as well as how to apply more advanced statistical methods.

    Social Psychology and Individual Differences 2

    Build on the introduction to key areas of social psychology and individual differences. Topics will be covered in greater depth by focusing on specific research studies from recently published journal articles. The module looks at recent developments in social psychology and individual differences, their applied nature and the overlap with other disciplines of the two fields.

    Psychological Wellbeing and Distress

    This module introduces you to key issues in mental health. You'll consider ongoing debates about how to conceptualise wellbeing and distress, learn how clinicians assess and manage distress, and consider theory and evidence about the psychological, social and biological origins of a range of mental health difficulties.

Final year modules

In your final year, you can select your choice of modules from a wide range of options. This allows you to explore topics that interest you in-depth and they are linked to the research interests of our teaching staff.

You will also plan and carry out an individual research project on a topic of your choice under the supervision of a member of staff. One of our recent students won the Experimental Psychology Society and British Science Association’s undergraduate project prize which is awarded for the best piece of research conducted by a psychology student in the UK.

You may also apply to take a number of specialist option modules in Clinical Psychology during the final year. Students who complete these modules may then apply for fast-track entry onto the University of Hull’s Doctorate in Clinical Psychology which enables you to train to become a professional Clinical Psychologist.

  • Core

    Research Project (Psychology)

    This module offers you the experience of undertaking psychological research grounded in empirical approaches. You'll develop your research skills working alongside a supervisor and engaging in independent empirical work.

  • Optional

    Study abroad - Psychology

    Students have an opportunity to spend a semester abroad at one of our selected European partner universities. Students will complete the equivalent of 40 credits, or two modules, at the overseas University, which will be converted to Hull credits upon return.

    Psychology and Health

    You'll study health psychology, which is the application of psychology to the many social and clinical factors surrounding health, illness and health-related behaviours. The functioning of health care systems, such as the National Health Service, is also considered.

    Neuropsychology

    Explore the effects of brain lesions and neurological diseases on cognition and behaviour. You will be taught on the major neurological deficits and syndromes found with central nervous system malfunctions including their assessment and treatment.

    Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Wellbeing

    ​You will study the core concepts within the positive psychology movement and how this applies to different groups of people. You will also study measurement of happiness and wellbeing an applications within communities​.

    Forensic Psychology

    Learn about the psychological origins of crime, how psychology can inform crime detection and what psychologists can do to reduce offending.

    Clinical Applications of Neuroscience: Theory and Practice

    Gain a deeper understanding of a select range of neuroscience techniques. You'll learn through studying the theoretical background, and through first-hand practical experience in application and data analysis methods.

    Understanding Animal Minds

    Explore the mind and behaviour of human and nonhuman animals from a perspective adopted by naturalists, biologists, cognitive neuroscientists and experimental psychologists. We will examine the biological principles underlying brain evolution. The seminars will unpack these different elements, while a field trip will allow you to observe and record behaviour in a semi-natural environment.

    The Social Brain and Autism

    You will gain an understanding of the intricate ways in which psychology, philosophy and neuroscience contribute to the current insights about how the brain enables social cognition and how that helps us understand autism.

    Memory in the Real World

    This module will provide students with an understanding of human memory and its importance in everyday life. Topics covered include autobiographical memory, prospective memory, false memories, long-term knowledge, and memory for emotional events.

    Advanced Topics in Cognitive Development

    This module covers core areas of theoretical debate in cognitive development, in particular modularity and domain-specificity. You will study how these debates inform current developmental psychology research into topics such as the understanding of the physical world, theory of mind and executive functions.

    Psychology in Education

    Develop an understanding of the ways that individual variations in learning needs in children and adolescents manifest themselves in education.

    The Ageing Brain

    Gain an understanding of ageing within the human brain. You'll explore the environmental, behavioural, psychological, and neurobiological underpinnings of normal and abnormal ageing, including age-related brain diseases and disorders, particularly dementia.

    Clinical and Therapeutic Issues in Clinical Psychology

    ​Discover the importance of the therapeutic relationship in clinical psychology. This module will allow you to explore clinical and therapeutic issues relating to a range of differing therapeutic approaches commonly used in clinical psychology.​

    Professional, Ethical, and Personal Issues in Clinical Psychology

    Gain an introduction to the profession of clinical psychology, its role and context in the NHS and the importance of self-awareness in ethical practice and professional development. You will be able to explore the philosophy and core purpose of the profession, as well as the nature and role of its code of conduct.​

    Introduction to Assessment in Clinical Psychology

    Gain a thorough insight into the main principles and theoretical underpinnings of holistic assessment in clinical psychology. You'll explore topics including: clinical interview and history taking; psychometric assessments across the lifespan; risk assessment; use of outcome measures; and formulation in clinical practice.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

240 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

960 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

70%
30%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

240 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

960 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

66%
34%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

180 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

1020 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

30%
2%
68%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Entry Requirements

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During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades – you’re more than just letters on a page!

Some courses still do have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

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We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

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If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees & funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year*

International

£16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Occupational psychologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Counsellor
  • Sports psychologist

When you graduate with a degree in psychology, you'll have developed the skills and knowledge for a career in numerous areas. As a scientist, the analytical and problem-solving skills - along with experience in research, communication and information management skills - will be valued by a range of employers.

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†You'll have an opportunity to spend a semester abroad at one of our selected European Partner Universities. The list currently includes universities in the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Italy, Hungary and Malta