Undergraduate

Psychology

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Gain the skills you need to pursue a career as a psychologist in a clinical, forensic, neurological, educational, occupational or sports field.
Delve deeper into the human mind, covering topics such as memory, social relationships, child development, the ageing brain, and forensics.
Psychology opens up so many careers. Our graduates also go on to work as teachers, marketers and HR professionals in the public or private sector.
You learn from professional psychologists and clinical practitioners. We’ll introduce you to the cutting edge of research that’s making a difference.
Learn how to measure brain activity using an electroencephalography (EEG) machine and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS).
Hull Psychology student, Aaron Hall, smiling in front of a screen showing an animation of a human brain.
Hull Psychology student with brain monitoring equipment undergoing a psychology brain test.
Hull Psychology student stands smiling looking off-camera with the sun shining through the window.
Hull Psychology student and lecturer using the brain monitoring equipment in the Brain Simulation Laboratory.
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Study human behaviour: memory, social relationships and child development. And get the rare chance to fast-track onto a fully-funded Clinical Psychology doctorate.

Hull’s been teaching Psychology since 1928. We were here when Freudian theory was in its infancy, and when high-tech brain scanners were introduced. And we’re here at the forefront now.

As we speak, our experts are researching the psychological effects of the latest challenges the world faces. Dementia, trauma, mental health, and high-risk workplaces. Want to join us in making a positive difference to people? Now’s your chance.

  • Fast-track

    to a Clinical Doctorate 1

  • Boost your CV

    with an internship or placement

  • Study abroad

    at a European university

  • Accredited

    by British Psychological Society 2

  • 96.7%

    of students in work or further study 15 months after graduating 3

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About this course

Explore the most fascinating subject of all: the human mind. Our accredited degree covers all the key areas, including cognition, development and neuroscience. You’ll study topics such as memory, social relationships, child development, the ageing brain and forensics. And you’ll develop practical and technical skills which can help tackle real-life issues such as dementia.

You have the freedom to delve deeper into the topics that interest you the most. As well as the option to graduate with a named-pathway degree in areas such as Neuroscience or Applied Psychology. Or choose our specialist clinical psychology modules and fast-track onto our fully-funded ClinPsyD programme.1

You can also study for a semester in countries like the Netherlands, Norway and Germany. Take up an internship or an optional placement year in industry.

And work as a research assistant or intern while you study, gaining hands-on experience for your CV.

You’re guided by professional psychologists and clinical practitioners. Ours is a friendly, supportive department with strong links to the NHS and the private sector. So everything you learn is up to date and industry-relevant.

Scheduled study hours and how you’re assessed

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.

How you'll be assessed depends on the course you study, and the modules you choose. You may be assessed through a mix of examinations, coursework, presentations and group projects.

Choose your modules

Each year, you’ll study modules worth a certain number of credits, and you need 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits – so you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more. In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120. Some modules are compulsory, some are optional, so you can build a course that’s right for you.

Preparing for Learning in Higher Education

This module is designed to give you the best possible start to your university studies, making sure you have all the essential skills you need to succeed. Through lectures and workshops we will teach you how to write in an academic style, how to find quality sources, how to reference work, culminating in writing up a mini-research project.

Core20 credits

Group Challenge (Sciences)

In a group, you'll formulate questions that can be tested by scientific investigations and take part in weekly workshops with academics.

Core20 credits

Foundation in Data Analysis

Develop a strong foundation in data collection and analysis. This module will introduce you to qualitative and quantitative data and how to analyse it; the collection of primary and secondary data; the production of high quality graphics; and report writing.

Core20 credits

Introduction to Biological Sciences 1

This module covers basic knowledge on cells and biological molecules and how they are connected to the function of major organ systems in animals, plants and humans. The main topics are cell structure, exchange and transport, the genetic code, microbiology and energy processes.

Compulsory20 credits

Introduction to Psychology

Module information coming soon.

Compulsory20 credits

Foundation Maths Skills

This module delivers core mathematics skills at level two and three to give a solid basis for future studies. You will study the following topics: manipulation of numerical data and converting between different units of measurement; exponentials and logarithms; and standard form and problems involving ratio, proportion and percentages.

Optional20 credits

Foundation Mathematics 1

This module delivers core mathematics skills to build a solid basis for future studies. You will study the following topics: factors, multiples, indices, fractions and standard form; algebra, linear and quadratic equations; averages and spread; functions, exponentials and logarithms; and right angled triangles and trigonometry.

Optional20 credits

Foundation Mathematics A

You will study pure mathematics topics, including proof, algebra, trigonometry, differentiation, integration, exponentials, logarithms, sequences and series. The applied topic is probability and statistics.

Optional20 credits

The foundation year is designed to provide you with the core skills you will need to succeed as an undergraduate. You will take six modules that will introduce you to Psychology as the scientific study of human behaviour, and will prepare you for study in higher education.

8 Modules

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.

Core20 credits

Cognition and Development 1

Explore the  ideas, research methods and findings that have shaped modern cognitive and developmental psychology. 

Core20 credits

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.

Core20 credits

Research Skills 2

Develop your research skills further with a focus on how we infer things about the world using data. This module gives you practical experience of research methods.

Core20 credits

Social Psychology and Individual Differences 1

Explore social-psychological theories and gain insight into how psychologists have identified patterns of behaviour, emotion and ability across time and situations. 

Core20 credits

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. 

Core20 credits
6 Modules

Research Skills 3

Discover experimental designs involving multiple conditions and independent variables. You'll learn how to analyse data generated by these more complex designs.

Core20 credits

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.

Core20 credits

Brain and Behaviour 2

Study more advanced topics including cognitive neuroscience and clinical neuropsychology. This module also introduces issues in comparative psychology and animal intelligence.

Core20 credits

Research Skills 4

On this module, you'll develop your qualitative data collection and analysis skills, and focus on psychometrics and the ability to process complex real-world secondary data sources.

Core20 credits

Social Psychology and Individual Differences 2

Focus in more depth on studies from recent journal articles. You'll look at developments in social psychology and individual differences and the overlap with other disciplines. 

Core20 credits

Psychological Wellbeing and Distress

This module introduces you to key issues in mental health. You'll consider theory and evidence about the psychological, social and biological origins of a range of mental health difficulties.

Core20 credits
6 Modules

Research Project (Psychology)

Carry out your own psychological research grounded in empirical approaches. You'll develop your research skills working alongside a supervisor and engaging in independent empirical work.

Core20 credits

Study Abroad (Psychology)

You'll have an opportunity to spend a semester abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, studying two modules which will count towards your degree in Hull. 

Optional20 credits

Psychology and Health

Study the application of psychology to social and clinical factors surrounding health, illness and health-related behaviours. You'll consider the function of health care systems like the NHS.

Optional20 credits

Neuropsychology

Explore how brain lesions and neurological diseases affect cognition and behaviour. You'll study the major neurological deficits and syndromes found with central nervous system malfunctions.

Optional20 credits

Forensic Psychology

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

Optional20 credits

Neuroscience Techniques

Gain a deeper understanding of neuroscience techniques. You'll study the theory, and then learn through first-hand practical experience of application and data analysis methods.

Optional20 credits

Understanding Animal Minds

Explore human and animal behaviour from a perspective adopted by naturalists, biologists, cognitive neuroscientists and experimental psychologists. 

Optional20 credits

The Social Brain and Autism

Learn about the ways that psychology, philosophy and neuroscience contribute to the current insights about how the brain enables social cognition -  and how that helps us understand autism.

Optional20 credits

Memory in the Real World

Build your understanding of memory and its importance in everyday life. You'll cover topics including autobiographical memory, false memories and memory for emotional events.

Optional20 credits

Advanced Topics in Cognitive Development

Explore how debates in cognitive development inform developmental psychology research into topics such as the understanding of the physical world and executive functions. 

Optional20 credits

Psychology in Education

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

Optional20 credits

The Ageing Brain

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

Optional20 credits

Clinical and Therapeutic Issues in Clinical Psychology

​Discover the importance of the therapeutic relationship in clinical psychology and explore clinical and therapeutic approaches commonly used in clinical psychology.

Optional20 credits

Professional, Ethical, and Personal Issues in Clinical Psychology

An introduction to clinical psychology and its role in the NHS. You'll explore the philosophy and core purpose of the profession, as well as the nature and role of its code of conduct.​

Optional20 credits

Introduction to Assessment in Clinical Psychology

You'll explore topics including: clinical interview and history taking; psychometric assessments across the lifespan; risk assessment; and formulation in clinical practice.

Optional20 credits

Human Factors

On this module you will explore the impact of work on health, safety and wellbeing.  You’ll cover topics such as human error, and examine how work-system design can explain major industrial disasters.

Optional20 credits

Programming for Psychologists

You will learn how to programme in Python and apply those skills to various areas in Psychology. For instance, you'll learn how to programme your own experiments (PsychoPy), manipulate datasets, and model vision.

Optional20 credits

Psychological Treatments and Services

On this module you will study how psychological treatments can help people with mental health problems, addictions and other psychological difficulties. You will learn about the importance of the therapeutic relationship and the kind of settings where psychological treatment is delivered.

Optional20 credits

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.

18 Modules

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Entry requirements

What do I need?

When it comes to applying to university, you'll need a certain number of UCAS points. Different qualifications and grades are worth a different amount of points. For this course, you'll need…

We consider experience and qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations above.

But it's not just about the grades - we'll look at your whole application. We want to know what makes you tick, and about your previous experience, so make sure that you complete your personal statement.

Have questions? Our admissions team will be happy to help.

What do I need?

If you require a 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.

See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University of Hull.

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 & funding

How much is it?

Additional costs you may have to pay

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme. 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:

  • Books (you can borrow books on your reading lists from the library, but you may buy your own)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (incl. travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (incl. travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want 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, food and more.

How do I pay for it?

How much is it?

Additional costs you may have to pay

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme. 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:

  • Books (you can borrow books on your reading lists from the library, but you may buy your own)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (incl. travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (incl. travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want 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, food and more.

How do I pay for it?

Take a look at our facilities

Brain Simulation Laboratory

Learn how to measure brain activity using an electroencephalography (EEG) machine and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). We also work with nearby Hull Royal Infirmary to use MRI scanning.

Baby Lab

Our ‘baby lab’ is equipped with specialist equipment to help you understand the fascinating world of infant development.

Eye-tracking lab

Study areas of cognitive psychology such as attention and visual perception. Plus, you’ll have access to an audiometric lab for studying human responses to sounds, including noise, speech and music.

Psychology social area

Psychology students at Hull also have access to their own social area. It’s a bright, modern space where you can meet before and after lectures. And it’s ideal for group study too.

See more in our virtual tour

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Psychology Collaboration Space
Brain Simulation Laboratory
An adult's hand holding a baby's finger
student undergoing psychology brain text using monitoring equipment
Psychology Collaboration Space
Hull Psychology student and lecturer using equipment in one of the University's research labs.

Future prospects

When you graduate with a degree in psychology, you'll have developed the skills and knowledge for a career in numerous areas. Whether as a psychologist in a clinical, forensic, neurological, educational, occupational or sports field. Or as a teaching, marketing or HR professional in the public or private sector.

Many of our students choose our fast-track route to a fully-funded Clinical Psychology Doctorate (ClinPsyD).1 Not only do you qualify faster, but all your tuition fees are paid. And the best bit is, you even get an NHS salary while you’re studying.

Read our case study with ClinPsyD graduate, Abigail Daniels on why she chose psychology at Hull. 

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Your next steps

Like what you’ve seen? Then it’s time to apply.

The standard way to apply for this course is through UCAS. This will give you the chance to showcase your skill, qualities and passion for the subject, as well as providing your academic qualifications.

Not ready to apply?

Visit our next Open Day, and see all that Hull has to offer for yourself. Talk to our lecturers about your subject, find out what university is really like from our current students, and take a tour of our beautiful campus and amazing facilities.

  1. A unique link between BSc Psychology and our Clinical Psychology Doctorate offers University of Hull and York BSc Psychology students a fast-track to qualifying while having your doctorate fees paid and receiving an NHS salary.
  2. If you graduate with at least a 2:2 and pass your empirical psychology project, you can become a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). This is an essential step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
  3. (Psychology) UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Higher Education Graduate Outcomes statistics, for the academic year 2020/21, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency June 2023.

 

All modules, pathways and placements presented on this course page are subject to availability and may change at any time.

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