About the course
What drives people to make the choices they make and do the things they do? And how do those processes go on to form relationships, groups and society as a whole? This course takes a fascinating look at the individual and social processes that help to shape the world we live in.
The study of behavioural sciences combines elements of psychology and sociology to explore how individuals behave, and how society functions. It looks at life as we live it, and the situations we all know and experience, to understand what goes on under the surface.
We’ll give you lots of opportunities to explore real-life examples and situations, moving beyond the theory to see what it means in context. In your second year you’ll have the chance to go on a work placement, so you can put what you’ve learnt into practice. Previous students have taken placements in schools, colleges, charities, law firms, community organisations and commercial businesses.
You may also have the opportunity to study abroad for a term. It could help to enhance your personal development, enabling you to build your confidence and key skills that will further your future employability prospects.This course could help you find a future career in sectors like the civil service, public service and charities, amongst others. You'll also be eligible for student membership of the British Sociological Association (BSA).
The course has an excellent graduate employment record, 100% of graduates from this course went on to work or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers Survey 2014/15).
Students undertaking Behavioural Sciences have the opportunity to engage with contemporary issues, using the sociology and psychology they learn in an interdisciplinary way to offer positive and innovative responses in a stimulating and supportive environment. Further, they develop a set of essential transferable skills throughout their course that are sought after by employers in a wide range of employment sectors.
Chris Cameron, Senior Lecturer in Behavioural and Social Sciences
Introduction to Sociology - Society and Culture
You'll explore the founding concepts and origins of sociology in the 19th and early 20th Century, and be introduced to key perspectives and approaches within humanist and scientific traditions. You'll also examine different approaches to culture and cultural texts, before going on to study themes within contemporary culture such as cultural identity, the body and consumption, and the self. Assessment on this module will be through coursework, which may be based on the sociological element of the module and on the cultural studies aspect. The coursework will include essays and an annotated bibliography.
Psychology and Lifecourse
On this intriguing module, you will explore a number of psychological perspectives within the context of the individual lifecourse, which will form the foundation for further study. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework, where you will produce two individual workbooks. The module encourages you to engage with theories in social constructivism and social and psychological development to begin to develop an understanding and explain issues that may arise during a persona's lifecourse.
Exploring the Social Sciences
This module guides you through the process of exploring social science subjects at university and develops your ability to be a successful student. You’ll have the opportunity to strengthen your academic study skills, as well as your knowledge of research approaches and methods, using subject-specific topics and case studies. You’ll explore ways to assess your learning needs, set learning goals, develop learning action plans and produce effective academic assignments. You’ll also be introduced to the philosophies, methods and ethics of social research processes. Assessment on this module is through coursework.
You'll be supported to develop an understanding of contemporary sociological theories and concepts and how these are used to inform knowledge concerning the 'individual-society' relationship, and also social and cultural identities. You'll have the chance to explore sociological debates concerning structure and agency, realism and social constructionism. You'll also examine a number of social theories, including social interactionism, structuration theory, post-structuralism, feminism, queer theory and theories of intersectionality. A range of social and cultural identities will be explored within the module, such as race and ethnicity, social class, sexuality, religion, age, gender, work, the body and disability. Your learning will be assessed through two pieces of coursework.
Exploring Work and Careers
You’ll have the opportunity to plan and complete a practical work based experience related to your course. This will give you the chance to apply your theoretical subject knowledge to a professional setting, helping to develop your employability skills in preparation for your future career. You’ll be assessed on your reflection upon the skills you have developed through coursework.
Culture and Society
In this module you’ll study the relationship between culture and society and consider how culture is presented in social theory. Through written coursework (an annotated bibliography and a case study) you’ll have the opportunity to explore the ways in which culture is evidenced within contemporary society.
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
You'll explore a number of topics from an interdisciplinary perspective, including race and ethnicity, sexuality, health and wellbeing, psychiatric disorder, education and other topics that you may choose study in more detail in your final year. Assessment on this module is through three pieces of coursework. These include an interdisciplinary theory based essay, an individual research proposal and a research report. The module encourages you to utilise (typically but not exclusively) sociological and psychological theories to construct an interdisciplinary approach to a number of topics that will be presented to you in lectures as a series of case studies. You will engage with issues of research ethics, methodology, data analysis and report writing to develop and produce (with supervision) an interdisciplinary research proposal and report.
You may also have the opportunity to study abroad (outside of Europe) for a term in your second year. Within Europe, the University is also part of Erasmus+, the European Commission’s Exchange programme, giving you the chance to study for part of your degree in another country.
Final Year Project for the Social Sciences
You'll research a topic of your choice in depth, giving you the opportunity to develop your own research interests. Drawing on the area you have chosen to study, you'll engage with issues of project design and research methods. You'll be assessed through two pieces of coursework. Firstly through an oral presentation you'll discuss your project proposal. You'll then produce a dissertation about your research topic. You'll receive individual support from a dedicated staff member in supervision sessions, which will include providing feedback on up to 25% of the final draft of the project (if submitted by an agreed date).
Sociology option modules. Choose two from a list which may include:
Representing the Social: Culture and Society
In this module you'll consider that the way we see the world is strongly influenced by social representations, in terms of ideas and images created by the media and broader society that make claims to truth and engender power relations in society. Through written coursework you'll explore the ways in which a contemporary social issue is represented in images and ideas today. This will take a multidisciplinary approach, examining how social representations, ideas and images are created and the implications they have both for the individual and society.
The Body and Society
This module gives you the opportunity to look at the body in historic and contemporary society and challenge the idea that how we perceive the body is natural. You'll be introduced to a range of perspectives within which you'll investigate how the body is gendered, classified, judged, regulated, inscribed and read. You'll also look at how the body can be seen as a project to be worked on and explore the relationship between self identity and the body. This module is assessed through coursework on a topic of your choice, involving a presentation of your ideas and an essay.
Race; Ethnicity and Difference
On this module you'll consider contemporary British society in relation to issues of race, ethnicity and difference. You'll explore the extent to which race and ethnicity continue to shape contemporary society, in relation to education, health, employment, government policies and popular culture such as films and music. The module is assessed through two pieces of written coursework on topics such as multiculturalism, race and sport, and the representation of racialised groups.
Psychology option modules. Choose two from a list which may include:
Behaviourism and Positive Behaviour Change
You'll study the subject of behaviourism, which is useful if you intend to pursue a career in clinical or applied psychology. This includes the principles of behaviour analysis and the philosophy of behaviourism that you'll apply to real life situations including the learning of new skills and reducing self-harm. You'll be assessed through two written pieces of coursework. One will focus on experimental and philosophical issues and the other will be based on applied behaviour analysis.
This module studies the key approaches, concepts and issues within the field of forensic psychology through a series of lectures and online facilities. You'll explore a range of psychological explanations for criminal activity relating to two main themes. Firstly, you'll critically consider various research areas within forensic psychology including prison treatment programmes, eyewitness and expert testimony, investigative interviews, crime and mentally disordered offenders. Secondly, you'll study a range of crimes such as murder, sexual crimes, arson, acquisitive and white collar crime.
Serious Crime Investigation
You’ll explore modern police investigation practice in relation to serious crime, including the contribution of forensic science, offender profiling, surveillance data and new technologies. You‘ll consider how current research into serious crime, such as homicide, terrorism and sexual offences, informs practice and police decision making as well as how investigations and major enquiry management have become increasingly professionalised. Your learning on this module will be assessed through coursework and an exam.
The Neuroscience of Cognition
You'll cover key concepts within neuroscience and link neuroscientific evidence that underpin core cognitive theory. Through a series of themed lectures, case studies and examples will be used to demonstrate the links between neuroscience, cognition and behaviour. Lecture themes include: Atypical and Abnormal (effects of specific damage or traumatic brain injury), Typical and Functional (underlying mechanisms and neural correlates for typical function and Cognitive abilities) and Issues in Neuroscience (practical, ethical and workplace/professional application). You'll be assessed through two pieces of coursework including an electronic case study portfolio and essay exploring a particular topic in Cognitive Neuroscience.
Psychology of Health and Wellbeing
You'll be introduced to the critical issues related to health, illness and disability in clinical and health psychology. The module challenges some of the preconceptions of ill-health from mainstream perspectives and considers how health and illness can be influenced by factors including culture, poverty, gender and sexuality. You'll be encouraged to consider how these factors impact on wellbeing and the experience and treatment of physical and mental illness and disability. Multiple perspectives will be considered in the critical, applied and research oriented module design. You'll complete one piece of coursework, in the form of an essay demonstrating a comprehensive and critical understanding of theoretical and applied approaches to the psychology of health and wellbeing.
Psychology of Education
The complex factors which interact to construct learning will be explored, using a mix of psychological theories and their influence on educational policy in schools and on further and higher education. You'll be supported to develop an understanding of how different people are enabled and disabled, in participating in learning and education. You'll also use qualitative research methods to explore the educational narrative of an individual, through coursework involving a written report and a presentation.
You will explore the field of Investigative Psychology and cover a wide range of areas, including the work of Professor David Canter, Offender Profiling, Geographic Profiling, Investigative Interviewing and the Detection of Deception. You will demonstrate your knowledge of Investigative Psychology by producing two pieces of written coursework.
States of Consciousness
This module investigates states of consciousness, and starts by asking what consciousness is and how we should study it. You'll then explore altered states of consciousness such as sleep, dreaming, meditation, religious and mystical experience, and the effects of psychedelic drugs. You'll be assessed through two pieces of coursework. Firstly, a portfolio of your experiences, integrated with the literature. Secondly, an essay on a key research topic in consciousness studies.
Exploring Clinical Psychology
This module explores how clinical psychologists make use of psychological theory and research in the real world. The teaching is delivered by both practising clinical psychologists and University tutors and takes place via lectures and online learning. Both the face-to-face and the virtual teaching are designed to provide the opportunity for you to discuss contemporary clinical practice with practitioners.You will be assessed through three pieces of coursework which require you to explore the links between theory, research and practice.
Work and Organisational Psychology
This module focuses on the application of psychological expertise in work settings. You'll be provided with an overview of the range of tasks psychologists are expected to undertake when working in organisations and learn about evidence-based methods for improving life at work. Assessment will involve completing two pieces of coursework; a problem-focused case study and a MCQ open-book class test.
You will be taught through seminars, group work, practical experience, lectures, workshops, Blackboard and Work placement. Student-centred learning is used where appropriate and its role generally increases throughout the course. Modules are designed to embed transferable skills and to allow students to progressively increase their knowledge and confidence.
Assessment will include coursework, practice/ competency based learning and examination. The nature of the assessment varies from module to module, and mirrors the modes of communication expected of graduates in this field, for example, report writing, presentations and essays.15% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Bobbie, graduated Behavioural Sciences BSc(Hons) in 2016
“I really enjoyed the content of my course and the lectures were of high quality, so I would definitely recommend it to others.”
BBCat A Level
112 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a grade B in an A Level or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
If you were educated outside the UK, you are required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 6.0 with no lower than a 5.5 in any single component. If you have alternative qualifications or do not meet the IELTS requirement we also offer a range of Pre-Sessional English Programmes.
You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.
If you have alternative qualifications you may wish to contact us for advice before applying.
Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.
The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. You can study this course on a part-time basis but, as this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.
Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.
If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.
- Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
- We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
- Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA, 2018).
- For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
- We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.
*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.
At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services
A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which you would be a part of should you decide to study this course. The school provides you with support in a variety of areas, these include:
Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.
Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.
Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.
Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.
Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Unilearn System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
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