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Psychology

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2018: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: C801
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Social Sciences
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Overview

Study the mind and human behaviour systematically and scientifically with our BSc (Hons) Psychology programme.

You’ll develop a strong understanding of core Psychological concepts and practices, the professional applications of psychology, and specialist areas such as:

  • psychobiology and neuroscience
  • quantitative research methods and data analysis
  • cognitive, developmental, social and forensic psychology

You’ll be able to design and carry out investigations in our psychology laboratories, and will undertake a research project in your final year.

We offer clear Master's and PhD progression routes from this BSc (Hons) programme. Entry to areas such as clinical, occupational, forensic, counselling, health or educational psychology requires a postgraduate qualification following a first degree in psychology which is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of qualification of Second-Class Honours is achieved and the empirical psychology project is passed. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and/or Practising Psychologist.

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"My experience of the course has been brilliant, engaging and thoroughly rewarding, becoming an active member of the University and taking advantage of the various opportunities and events has enriched my experience even more. Becoming a member of the Psychology Society encouraged me to meet new people and do things outside my comfort zone."

BSc (Hons) Psychology, 2015

Why Bradford?

The Division of Psychology has a range of dedicated laboratories which support teaching and research.

These include:

  • Social and Developmental Psychology Laboratory
  • Experimental Psychology Laboratory
  • Eating Behaviour Laboratory
  • Speech and Language Laboratory
  • Psychology Observation Suite

You’ll learn in a vibrant research-led environment. Our active Psychology research groups conduct work funded by the government, research councils and industry on a range of topics.

Our research gives insights into the fundamental nature of human behaviour, and develops practical applications from psychological theory.

Teaching is informed by this research, ensuring you gain the cutting-edge knowledge and skills you need to practice.

The Division of Psychology has an active work experience opportunities scheme designed to assist students in gaining experience whilst studying.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 112 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Modules

The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Stage 1: Level 4

  • Brain and Behaviour. 20 credits, core
    An introduction to the major psychological theories and concepts that explain how we become thinking individuals.
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology. 20 credits, core
    An introduction to the basic concepts and procedures used to conduct and evaluate psychological research.
  • Thinking Psychologically at Bradford. 20 credits, core
    An introduction to the basic concepts and procedures used to conduct and evaluate psychological research.
  • Critical and Philosophical Issues in Psychology. 20 credits, core
    An introduction to the critical issues inherent to psychology and its philosophical underpinnings as a discipline.
  • Understanding Social Development. 20 credits, core
    An introduction to the major psychological theories that explain how we become social beings.
  • Applications of Professional Psychology. 20 credits, core
    Understand the application of psychological theory, knowledge and principles to a range of real life contexts that benefit individuals and society.

Stage 2: Level 5

  • Cognitive Psychology. 20 credits, core
    Gain insight into human cognitive processes, including how people reason, think and perceive, and how we use language to communicate with others.
  • Social Psychology. 20 credits, core
    The description and explanation of human behaviour in situations where people are interacting with others.
  • Quantitative Research Methods and Data Analysis. 20 credits, core
    Expand on skills acquired in PSY4006-B and learn more advanced techniques for analysing data collected from experiments.
  • Methodological Issues and Qualitative Research. 20 credits, core
    This module builds on `Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology` and Critical and Philosophical Issues in Psychology studied in Year 1.
  • Developmental Psychology. 20 credits, core
    This module builds on issues studied in Becoming a Person 1 and 2.
  • Psychobiology and Neuroscience. 20 credits, core
    Investigate the structure of the nervous system, actions of neurotransmitters and the drugs that affect them.

Stage 3: Level 6

  • Research Project in Psychology. 40 credits, core
    Produce a dissertation reporting a piece of original empirical research, conducted under appropriate supervision.
  • Abnormal Psychology, Health and Intervention. 20 credits, option
    A critical appraisal of a number of key issues related to the conceptualisation, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology.
  • Advanced Issues in Child Development in Education Contexts. 20 credits, option
    Explore a range of contemporary theoretical and methodological issues within the field of child development in educational contexts.
  • Advanced Issues in Neuropsychology. 20 credits, option
    Gain an advanced level understanding of topics in neuropsychology.
  • Forensic Psychology. 20 credits, option
    Explore the concept of 'crime', who commits crime, assessment and treatment of criminal behaviour, legal psychology and psychology and the courts.
  • Psychology of Health and Eating. 20 credits, option
    Become familiar with contemporary theoretical and methodological issues in health psychology and in the psychology of eating.
  • Psychology Life Skills and Employability. 20 credits, option
    A structured opportunity for professional development through the provision of support, feedback and supervision in an applied setting.
  • University Elective. 40 credits, option

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

73% of our 2016 graduates in BSc Psychology found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Career prospects

We have always had an excellent graduate employment record, which reflects on important aspects of our courses that are highly valued by employers, namely: the ability to examine issues in depth and to make constructive judgements on them; and the capacity to work in groups to resolve problems, or research issues. 

The courses are the first step towards entry into areas such as clinical, occupational, forensic, counselling, health or educational psychology which would require a further postgraduate qualification.

However, our courses are also suitable for those interested in psychology as a subject without being committed to a career as a Psychologist. The course provides key transferable skills relevant to a variety of careers including social work, personnel management, market research, advertising, teaching, broadcasting, nursing, the police and the Armed Forces. 

There are also opportunities for further study and research for MPhil and PhD. The Faculty has been working at the cutting edge of research for more than 40 years. The Psychology research groups focus predominantly on the areas of health psychology and behaviour change. The Applied Health and Social Psychology Group has an increasing national and international reputation, receiving Economic and Social Research Council and NHS funding for research.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 Psychology graduates was £16,667.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Study Support

We have a commitment to strong pastoral care for all of our students, which includes a Personal Tutor for all students, regular contact hours for tutor groups and our supportive student service teams who are always ready to help with any questions and provide the advice that you need. In addition to standard study support through taught sessions, our Virtual Learning Environment allows students to access resources, participate in group work and submit work from anywhere in the world 24/7. University central services are rich with support teams to assist students with every aspect of their journey through our degree programmes. From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.

Research

Academics in the Division of Psychology at the University of Bradford are involved in an exciting and innovative range of research at the cutting edge of psychology.

Our research expertise focuses on the application of psychology to understanding health and well-being; cognition and brain research including neuropsychology, perception and developmental psychology, and the connections between identity, social constructionism and narrative.

We have two active research groups:

Applied Health and Social Psychology Group

‎The work of this group draws upon psychological principles and theory to research how a range of issues impact upon health and wellbeing.

Our work has an applied focus and explores the link between subjectivity and the social world in relation to health and well-being, as well as the relationship between biological and psychological processes. The group includes links with a number of researchers from across and outside the University.

Bradford Cognition and Brain Group

This group is a collaboration between the Division of Psychology and the School of Optometry and Vision Science.

It promotes alliance and the sharing of research across the University of Bradford (and beyond) among anyone interested in Cognitive Psychology, or any type of brain functioning or behaviour.

Regular seminars allow individuals to present their research to the rest of the group and encourage discussion of potential research links, including funding opportunities.

Facilities

Social and Developmental Psychology Laboratory

Completed in 2008 the Social and Developmental Psychology Laboratory offers both students and staff the tools they need to observe and analyse human behaviour (e.g. group processes, parent child interactions). This laboratory has state-of-the-art equipment, with one-way mirrors, digital speakers and 360 degree tracking digital cameras. Facilities for digitally recording, editing and analysing observation data are also a feature of the social and developmental psychology laboratory. This laboratory also has a fully equipped interview suite where you are able to develop communication and analysis skills, and undertake qualitative interviews. In Year Two you will have the opportunity to run experiments and other practicals with support from qualified technical staff; moving on in Year Three to work more independently when undertaking your dissertation research.

Experimental Psychology Laboratory

A central feature of any BPS accredited course is the design and undertaking of experimental research. Using experimentation, ideas and theories about how the brain operates and how we process information can be tested and investigated. The Experimental Psychology Laboratory includes 12 fully equipped testing rooms designed for cognitive research. Each testing room has a networked PC loaded with specialist software used in the investigation of cognitive processes. These rooms are also used for biopsychology where students are able to measure heart rate, galvanic skin response and brain waves (EEG) using the Biopac System.

Eating Behaviour Laboratory

There is growing interest in the psychology surrounding eating behaviour. The Eating Behaviour Laboratory has equipment that enables students to measure body composition (e.g. body mass index, % body fat and visceral fat level, lean body mass, predicted bone mass). These body composition measures are used alongside other data to explore the detailed facets of health and eating behaviour.

Psychology Teaching Laboratory

Throughout your studies you will develop practical skills and knowledge. The Psychology Teaching Laboratory enables students to be taught specific research skills in a fully equipped space with a staging area for research and individual workstations. The laboratory accommodates small groups where students are given individual support with practical work from lecturers and psychology learning support officers.

Speech and Language Laboratory

Auditory information is all around us, and the way we use and respond to speech and language is a central feature of psychology research. This laboratory houses a sound proof booth and has a dedicated audio-processing computer and two data collection stations. This laboratory is highly specialised and has been used by students undertaking their dissertation research.

Psychology Observation Suite

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2018/19:

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £14,950

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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