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Psychology BSc(Hons)

2024-25 (also available for 2025-26)

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Start date

16 September 2024


3 years full-time

About the course

Reasons to study

  1. You’ll have the opportunity to enhance your studies by using specialist equipment in our psychology labs. You’ll gain first-hand experience conducting your own experiments and research, using electroencephalogram (EEG) machines, biopacs, an eye movement tracker, an Oculus Rift (a virtual reality system), and specialist polygraph (lie detector machine).
  2. This Psychology BSc(Hons) degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society. You’ll be able to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership if you graduate with a Lower Second Class Honours or higher and complete the empirical psychology project.
  3. You’ll be taught by psychology lecturers who are experts in several fields and have a wide range of specialisms.

What makes people behave in certain ways? What are the mental and physical processes that underlie our actions? How do we perceive and understand things – and what role does the unconscious mind play in our day-to-day lives?

This undergraduate Psychology BSc(Hons) degree provides valuable insight into the nature of human behaviour, answering all these questions and more. It gives you the opportunity to gain skills that can be applied to many situations, careers, and further study, combined with the flexibility to explore a wide range of topics relating to mental processes and social behaviours. These include perception, cognition, emotions, motivation, personality and interpersonal relationships.

You’ll also look at current and sometimes controversial issues by examining case studies.

Why study Psychology BSc(Hons)

During the course, you’ll be encouraged to think and apply your knowledge, looking at how psychological theories apply in the real-world.

You’ll have the chance to enhance your studies by using specialist equipment in our psychology labs, Using electroencephalogram (EEG) machines, biopacs, an eye movement tracker, an Oculus Rift (a virtual reality system), and specialist polygraph (lie detector machine), You’ll gain first-hand experience conducting your own experiments and research.

You’ll be able to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society, (this course is accredited by the Society), if you graduate with a Lower Second Class Honours or higher and complete the empirical psychology project.

Some of our final-year optional modules are partly taught by professional clinical and forensic psychologists, giving you the opportunity to learn directly from those in professional practice. Many of our lecturers are members of our Centre for Cognition and Neuroscience, too, and produce world-leading research in this field, ensuring you’ll be taught by some people at the cutting-edge of their discipline.

If you’re keen to enrol on a Psychology course, consider broadening your skills on our Psychology BSc(Hons). This course aims to ensure you’re more attractive to employers or will prepare you for further study.

Not quite ready to start Psychology BSc(Hons)? Successful completion of our Health Foundation Pathway leading to a BSc(Hons) Degree will equip you with the foundation knowledge to study Psychology.

Course detail

Core modules:

Child Development

You'll study the major perspectives and methodologies in child development. The module focuses on applied settings such as education, the mental health system, the criminal justice system and the wider social world. You'll consider how developmental concepts have influenced the work of professionals in understanding development. The module will also help you in your transition to studying at degree level.

Exploring Contemporary Issues in Psychology

You'll explore non-mainstream areas of psychology through the study of published literature and will attend lectures based on a variety of current psychological research topics.

Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology

You'll be introduced to theoretical approaches and debates in cognitive and biological psychology, as well as analytical research skills using quantitative methods. You'll carry out research in our laboratories to identify and explain internal mental processes and biological factors that underpin behaviour.

Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

This module will introduce you to research methods and data analysis in psychology. It provides the opportunity to develop both a theoretical understanding and practical skills. It covers key research issues, methods and data analysis in both quantitative and qualitative approaches. You'll also gain experience as a participant in several research projects.

Introduction to Social Psychology and Personality

In this module you will study Personality and Social Psychology. The module addresses three important questions. How do psychologists study personality? How do psychologists study individual and group behaviours, such as attitudes and language? Is Personality best understood as originating in constitutional or social factors?

Entry requirements

To find out if you’re eligible to start this course in September 2024 and get more information on how to apply, please see our Clearing pages or call our Clearing Helpline on 0333 987 900001484 472777.

If you’re interested in studying this course in September 2025, please view the 2025-26 course information.

Your career

Previous Huddersfield Psychology graduates have gone on to work in education, healthcare, research, business and public services in organisations including the NHS, The Kirklees Dementia Hub, UK Home Office, Reed in Partnership, Practice Plus Group, BBT Group Ltd and Holmfirth High School.**

*Percentage of graduates from this course who were in work and/or further study within fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020/21, including both UK and non-UK domiciled, other activities excluded).



88% Graduates employed*

Student support

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 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, extension requests, course progression, suspension and welfare support, organising appointments with academic staff and signposting to other support networks.

Academic Skills Development Team: support students to develop their academic skills and build their confidence in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with academic skills including essay writing, being critical, reflective writing, numeracy, research skills, presentations and group work skills; as well as personal development for example time management.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Brightspace Learning System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing and using modules, and with the PebblePad platform, which is used by students when they go out on placements.

Important information

Although we always try and ensure we deliver our courses as described, sometimes we may have to make changes for the following reasons

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by our terms and conditions, Handbook of Regulations and associated policies. It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan.

Although we always try and ensure we deliver our courses as described, sometimes we may have to make changes for the following reasons

Changes to a course you have applied for but are not yet enrolled on

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment. We may occasionally have to withdraw a course you have applied for or combine your programme with another programme if we consider this reasonably necessary to ensure a good student experience, for example if there are not enough applicants. Where this is the case we will notify you as soon as reasonably possible and we will discuss with you other suitable courses we can transfer your application to. If you do not wish to transfer to another course with us, you may cancel your application and we will refund you any deposits or fees you have paid to us.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

Changes to option modules:

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have an equivalent range of options to that advertised for the course. We will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes:

We will only make major changes to non-optional modules on a course if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change is a change that substantially changes the outcomes, or a significant part of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum. For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators or a commissioning or accrediting body. We may also make changes to improve the course in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback or to ensure you are being taught current best practice. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment, or pandemics.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but may happen sooner in an emergency. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed in accordance with the student protection plan.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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