School of Psychology

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Interested in how people think, act and interact? Discover how thoughts, feelings and motivations shape our behaviour. Learn about social, developmental, clinical, cognitive and physiological psychology and specialise in the areas that interest you. Gain in-demand skills for a range of careers, from education and health to business and the media. You’ll graduate equipped to carve out your future in anything from professional psychology to marketing and management.

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3 years
(+ optional placement)
Start date
September 2014
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Key features

  • Take your first step to becoming a professional in your field – as a successful graduate, you’ll be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society, putting you on the ladder to becoming a professional psychologist.
  • Expand your horizons and experience with opportunities for international exchange and a year studying abroad.
  • Develop your skills as a scientist working alongside leading researchers with the Research Apprentice Scheme.
  • Maximise your learning with a personal tutor assigned throughout your studies to provide the support and guidance you need to get the most out of your course.
  • Shape your own study path with an exciting range of topics available through lectures, optional courses and project supervision.
    Gain invaluable experience and cultivate professional contacts by taking an optional placement year.
  • Benefit from studying on a course that Research Assessment Exercise rates as excellent for research and Quality Assurance Agency praises for being well structured, with a focus on active and independent learning, with quality placements and a responsive and reflective academic team.
  • Immerse yourself in an innovative and imaginative curriculum that’s continually shaped by the latest developments in psychological research.
  • Make the most of our specialist facilities – we’ve got 22 labs to choose from, including a virtual reality laboratory with 3D modelling software, sound-proof cubicles with a range of stimulus equipment and computer laboratories. You'll be able to get your hands on everything you need for your own research.
  • Receive outstanding student support with our award-winning Psychology eBooks scheme – we’ll give you free eBooks when you start, saving you over £1,500 in printed copies. Our Psychology eBooks scheme won the award for Teaching Excellence in The Guardian University Awards (2013).

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll lay the foundations for your studies in psychology, getting to grips with the core theories and developing important intellectual and practical skills. Whether it’s social, developmental, clinical, cognitive or physiological psychology, your work will stretch across the psychology spectrum. You’ll develop your skills in the methods of psychological research, information technology, communication and critical thinking.
    Core modules
    • PSY148 Cognitive Psychology, Psychobiology and Neuropsychology

      This module is an introduction to cognitive psychology, psychobiology and neuropsychology. It introduces the basic methodologies, key findings and concepts of cognitive psychology, the structure and organisation of the brain, and the neural basis of perception, motor behaviour and cognition.

    • PSY155 Contemporary Topics in Social and Developmental Psychology

      This module develops students¿ understanding of core theories and methods of enquiry in social and developmental psychology, using topics selected to demonstrate how psychological theory can help professional and research psychologists understand human development as well as relationships with other people and the environment.

    • PSY147 Learning, Clinical, Social and Developmental Psychology

      This module introduces students to theories of conditioning and their application, key concepts and models of clinical psychology, core disorders and their treatment, major theoretical perspectives and studies in social psychology, and the perspectives and methodologies of developmental psychology.

    • PSY154 Practical Psychological Research and Tutorials

      By engaging students in a series of practical exercises, small scale research projects, and tutorials, this module provides an opportunity to integrate a developing knowledge of psychological topics with basic skills in research design, computer analysis, verbal presentations, and report and essay writing.

    • PSY145 Psychological Research Methods and Critical Thinking

      This module introduces two elements. The first develops the concept of psychology as a research-based science, and covers design issues and analytical techniquqes essential to quantitative research. The second element develops critical thinking and analytical skills in the context of psychological issues and constructs.

    • PSY157 The Psychology of Everyday Experience

      This module will introduce students to psychological research into various aspects of everyday experience. Topics will be related to such issues as common beliefs about psychology, positive psychology and wellbeing, health psychology and decision making, psychology of everyday activities. Students will gain an appreciation of how everyday phenomena are related to psychological knowledge and research.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you'll build on your growing knowledge of psychology, developing your understanding of how it is applied in practical, real life settings, as well as in research settings. As part of your second year, you'll also develop your critical understanding of psychology and put more sophisticated research methods into practice.
    Core modules
    • PSY249 Applied Topics in Health and Cognition

      This module explores applications of basic research and psychological theory in two areas: health psychology and cognitive psychology.

    • PSY248 Biological and Cognitive Psychology

      This module covers several core areas of psychology: psychobiology (basic neurophysiology and neurochemistry of brain function); neuropsychology (the functional architecture of the brain); perception (visual and auditory processing) and language (language comprehension and production).

    • PSY247 Individual Differences, Clinical, Social and Developmental Psychology

      This module examines four areas of psychology: individual differences in abilities and personality and their influence on behaviour, clinical approaches to psychological disorders and their treatment, contemporary approaches to social cognition, social interaction, and group bevaviour, and the development of cognitive and social abilities in infants and children.

    • PSY259 Practical Psychological Research and Case Study

      This module extends training in research methods and gives students practice in translating research questions into feasible studies and their design, execution, analysis and interpretation. Other elements develop students' understanding of psychological scale construction and give practice in relating psychological theory to applied problems.

    • CPIE200 Preparation for Work Placement

      This module is designed to assist students in their search and preparation for a work placement. It is aimed at students who would like to undertake a placement year to enhance both programme specific and personal, employment-related skills during Stage 3 of their degree programme.

    • PSY245 Psychological Research Methods and History and Philosophy of Psychology

      This module extends the treatment of research methods and statistics to more advanced topics and introduces the student to the principal concepts in the history and philosophy of psychology.

    • PSY250 Workplace Learning and Skills Development

      This module has two elements. the Visits Prograamme allows students to gain experience in an approved work setting, to which knowledge of psychology can be applied. The Skills Programme offers a range of opportunities for personal and professional skills development.

  • Year 3
  • If you choose, you can take an optional work placement after your second year, applying your knowledge in psychology in a variety of real world contexts across the UK. Spend a year of study honing your skills on a psychological professional/work placement, in areas from adult mental health to children, community, consultation, neuropsychology, forensic, research or education. Gain invaluable experience, make professional contacts and receive a Certificate of Professional/Industrial Placement.
    Optional modules
    • CPIE301 Placement: Psychology

      Sorry no description available at present.

  • Final year
  • In your final year you'll take part in academic debates, gaining an advanced understanding of the central areas of psychology. You’ll select advanced topics that reflect your own specialist interests and undertake a comprehensive piece of research as your final year project with the support of your academic supervisor.
    Core modules
    • PSYC379 Current Topics in Psychology A

      This module allows students to develop a critical appreciation of recent research in psychology. Students choose two study topics, which are introduced by staff teaching in their research area. Students then engage in independent study geared around recent research work in the topic.

    • PSYC380 Current Topics in Psychology B

      This module allows students to develop a critical appreciation of recent research in psychology. Students choose two study topics, which are introduced by staff teaching in their research area. Students then engage in independent study geared around recent research work in the topic.

    • PSYC378 Psychobiology and Cognition

      This module provides advanced coverage in the core areas of psychobiology and cognition. In Psychobiology, the module deals with evolutionary and comparative approaches to understanding human behaviour, and a psychobiological approach to mental disorders. In Cognition, the module deals with three topics in higher cognition: language anhd thought, memory, and reasoning.

    • PSYC388 Psychology Project A

      This module provides students with an opportunity to design, carry out, and report an original research project under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

    • PSYC389 Psychology Project B

      This module provides students with an opportunity to design, carry out, and report an original research project under the supervision of a member of academic staff

    • PSYC377 Social and Developmental Psychology

      This module has two elements. In the social psychology element, students will study advanced topics in social cognition, group behaviour and discursive social psychology. In the developmental psychology element, students will focus on language development, theories of children's mind and the development of socialisation.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

300 points from three A levels. Typical A level offer BBB. Other combinations and non-A level qualifications considered.

International Baccalaureate: 28 points. All relevant international qualifications will be considered - please contact

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DDM.

12 Unit BTEC National Certificate/QCF Diploma: DM plus a B grade from one A level or DM plus an A grade from one A level.                                                                                                           
Access courses: pass an Access to HE course in a relevant subject (science, humanities, combined, social sciences) with at least 33 credits units at merit.

Candidates concerned about meeting this offer are encouraged to contact the Institution direct.

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Fees & funding

Home/EU £9,000 International £11,500
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Free e-Books

To give you a great start, if you are studying psychology as your only or major subject, we'll give you a free set of 12 eBooks when you start your first year. That's your main recommended reading for your core psychology lectures covered!

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Study abroad year

Expand your horizons and gain invaluable experience by choosing to spend year two of your degree studying at a university abroad

"I can proudly say that it has been one of the best and wisest choices I could have ever made!"

A challenge year in​ the USA by Simge Engelkiran

Psychology Research Apprenticeship Scheme

One of the experiments I was helping with got published in the scientific journal and... my name got mentioned!

Every year around 60-70 first and second year students volunteer to work with a member of staff as a 'Research Apprentice'

School of Psychology Research Apprentice Scheme

Sporting Excellence Scholars

Learn how Plymouth University is inspiring and enabling BSc (Hons) Psychology student and Team GB Olympic Swimmer Antony James to achieve his sporting and academic goals

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Teaching and learning

Your experience will be enriched by a variety of teaching methods and you'll have your own personal tutor who will provide academic and personal support during your time at Plymouth

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