psychology

Undergraduate

BSc Psychology

Study human behaviour – including memory, social relationships and child development – in a department at the cutting edge of research.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Typical offer

120 - 128 points

A Level grades: BBB - ABB

UCAS code

C800

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Start date

Course overview

Choose Psychology at Hull and you’ll explore the most fascinating subject of all – the human mind.

Psychology has been a key area of study at Hull since 1928, spanning major milestones in the discipline from Freudian theory to the introduction of high-tech brain scanners. 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.

You’ll study fascinating areas 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, under the guidance of professional psychologists.

Our specialist facilities include an electroencephalography (EEG) machine for measuring activity in the brain and a well-equipped brain stimulation laboratory. You’ll study in a friendly, supportive department that has strong links with the NHS as well as the private sector; all of which helps ensure what you’re learning is industry-relevant.

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.

You can also study for a semester in countries like Norway, Germany and Malta. Classes are taught in English and you’ll expand your cultural and subject knowledge while you’re there.

Our lecturers are at the cutting edge of psychology research. And that expertise inspires their teaching too, making sure what you learn is the most up-to-date theory and practice. Our research has real-life applications, like our work with international manufacturer Siemens. We are studying the psychological effects of the tough environment that wind turbine engineers must face while working out in the North Sea. Our psychologists are helping Siemens better understand this to support their engineers in their vital work and keep them safe.

Learn more about your course in our subject sessions

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Psychology

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Six reasons to study Psychology at Hull

  1. 91% 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

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

    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

    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.

    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. 

    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. 

Second year modules

  • Core

    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.

    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

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

    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.

    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. 

    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.

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)

    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.

  • Optional

    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. 

    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.

    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.

    Forensic Psychology

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

    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.

    Understanding Animal Minds

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

    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.

    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.

    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. 

    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 underpinnings of normal and abnormal ageing, including age-related brain diseases and disorders.

    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.

    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.​

    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.

    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.

    Programming for Psychologists

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

    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.

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

38%
9%
53%
  • 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.

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

46%
9%
45%
  • 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.

Overall workload

180 hours

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

1,020 hours

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

Indicative assessment proportions

41%
9%
50%
  • 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

Typical offer

  • A level grades BBB - ABB

  • BTEC grades DDM

  • Points required 120 - 128

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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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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

Applicants should also have

  • GCSE Maths at Grade 4 or C or above

Alternative qualifications

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

Why is there a range of points for the course I'm interested in?

If you apply for one of these programmes, you'll receive an offer that aligns to your predicted points. At Hull, you're a name not a number. We treat everyone as an individual and that starts from when you apply. We know your grades aren't the whole story and that everyone has different circumstances and experience when they apply. That's why we tailor our offers specifically to you - because we think that everyone deserves the opportunity to be extraordinary, and study what they love.

Worried you don’t quite meet our entry requirements?

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.

If you have any questions, our admissions team will be happy to help.

Don't meet our requirements?

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

Switch to the foundation year

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 and funding

UK

£9,250 per year*

EU/International

£17,550 per year

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

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

The fees shown are for 2021 entry. The fees for 2022 have not yet been confirmed and may increase.

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan of up to £9,488 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

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

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