Our psychology degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society, and so is your first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist working in areas such as forensic, health and clinical psychology.
The abilities you develop will also serve you well in related areas such as teaching, human resources, health and social care, and research. You’ll have opportunities to examine topics such as what brain events occur during a phobic reaction, how to maintain psychological wellbeing, and why some people are psychopaths.
In your first year you’ll cover the core conceptual frameworks in psychology, how to investigate psychological questions, and ways that psychology can help us in everyday life. In your second and third years you’ll choose from a range of specialist topics – from psychology of forensics and wellbeing to gender, sexuality and cognitive neuroscience.
Students have recently investigated psychopathy and brain activity, psychological issues around eating disorders, animal therapy and motivations in physical exercise. You’ll use specialist facilities in our psychology laboratories, including electroencephalogram (EEG) equipment to measure brain activity, and virtual reality facilities to investigate how environments shape thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
Your work will be assessed in a variety of ways to develop career-relevant skills – including reports, presentations, blogs and portfolios, as well as traditional essays and exams. You’ll also have a chance to pursue a topic of personal interest for your research dissertation.