The British Psychological Society

Faculty of Health Sciences


UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: C800

What you'll study

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

We offer a foundation year to boost your skills and knowledge if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements.

First year

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

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.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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

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

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.

In the second year, selected topics in the four themes will be developed in more depth with an emphasis on current developments in psychological theory and practice.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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

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

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.

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 modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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 modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • 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.

  • 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.​

  • 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.

  • 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.​

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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More about this course

Psychology has been a key discipline 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.

  • A unique link between our BSc Psychology and our doctorate in Clinical Psychology offers a fast track to qualification while having your doctorate fees paid and receiving a salary from the NHS.
  • 96% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, for the academic year 2016/17 published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018).
  • Our degrees are fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) meaning our students are eligible for the graduate basis for chartered membership of the BPS.
  • You will learn in a thriving, supportive environment and be taught by staff who are committed professionals and research psychologists.
  • Students have an opportunity to spend a semester abroad at one of our selected European Partner Universities, which currently include universities in Italy, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Norway and Denmark.

Our state-of-the-art facilities include an electroencephalography (EEG) machine for measuring activity in the brain. We have a Brain Stimulation Laboratory equipped with equipment for transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), an Eye Tracking Laboratory, an Audiometric Laboratory, and much more.

Teaching and learning

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.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.


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Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

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

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

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Qualify faster, have your fees paid and receive an NHS salary in a unique link between BSc Psychology and our Clinical Psychology Doctorate.

Fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) meaning that our students are eligible for the graduate basis for chartered membership of the BPS. This is essential for anyone who wants to pursue a career as a professional psychologist.

Master specialist techniques under the guidance of professional psychologists in cutting-edge facilities.

Our competitive research apprenticeship scheme gives students hands-on experience of research projects with our world-leading experts.

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Entry requirements

2020 Tariff points: 120 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

  • GCSE: Maths at Grade 4 or C

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 30 points with a 5 in Standard Level Maths
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

International students

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. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: Fees for Home/EU students have not yet been confirmed for 2020/21. 2019/20 fees were £9,250 per year*. The University sets fees in line with Government direction.
  • International: £17,200 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.

Additional costs

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. 

Future prospects

When you graduate with a degree in Psychology you will 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.

You could go on to specialise as a psychologist working in one of the following areas:

  • Educational psychology – working with children and young people experiencing difficulties, helping with their educational and psychological development.
  • Occupational psychology – working with businesses to improve the performance and well-being of employees.
  • Health psychology – promoting healthy lifestyles and helping patients with ill health.
  • Counselling – helping clients resolve personal problems at difficult and stressful periods in their lives.
  • Neuropsychology – assisting with recovery from brain injuries and diseases.
  • Forensic or criminal psychology – assisting with investigation of crimes, in prisons and with offenders.
  • Sports science – working with teams and individuals to help with performance and motivation.
  • Clinical psychology – working with clients to help them with conditions like depression, anxiety and other mental health problems.

Broadcasting, social work, personnel management, teaching, the Civil Service, police work, and banking are other successful careers where a University of Hull Psychology degree has opened doors.

There are opportunities to develop neuroscience skills through volunteering in the Department of Psychology’s Centre for Health and Clinical Neuroscience (CHCN), with clinical specialists from Hull and York, and the Hull York Medical School. The Centre has existing collaborations with Universities in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and New Zealand. CHCN’s research areas include ageing and dementia.

Many students have stayed on for higher degrees at Masters and PhD level.