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Single/Joint

Honours

120

UCAS points required

3 Years

Attendance

C800

UCAS code

Nigel Domingos

Programme Administrator, Psychology/Psychology and Counselling, and Charity Management

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The Psychology degree at St Mary’s provides you with a scientific understanding of the mind, brain and behaviour. Alongside the academic content of the programme you will gain transferable skills, including the capacity for self-directed, reflective learning and project management. Psychology is also available as an undergraduate degree with a foundation year.

Psychology is also available as an undergraduate degree with a foundation year.
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Why study Psychology?

A Psychology degree provides you with a scientific understanding of human experience, including behaviour, mental processes, emotions and development. This will prepare you for starting your career working directly in psychology-based jobs. These include counselling, clinical work, education, and mental health work.

A degree in psychology will make you attractive to employers for roles working with people and positions requiring good communication, relationship and data analysis skills. Psychology therefore provides superb preparation for a wide range of other career paths.

Why St Mary's?

The BSc Psychology programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Graduation through the accredited route means that you will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society

St Mary's also provides a range of Joint Honours Degrees which allow students to combine Psychology with another subject. If students choose to major in Psychology and minor in the other subject, the degree will be accredited. If students choose subjects of equal weighting, the degree will be non-accredited.

With a smaller size year group than many universities, the Psychology department creates a community environment where students are provided with more support by staff and fellow students.

Staff are research active and their work covers areas such as non-traditional romantic relationships, understanding intergroup relationships, attentional biases associated with anxiety, intergenerational relationships within the family context, and the performance of gender identities in dance classes.

The Psychology Society aims to bring students together who have an interest in the subject through academic and social events. Throughout the year they aim to give members the chance to enjoy a variety of experiences ranging from appearances by guest speakers to psychology socials.

Teaching methods

Our aim is to help you develop as an independent thinker, able to work individually and in a team, and capable of managing your workload. Innovative teaching methods are delivered within traditional settings such as lectures and seminars, or within more contemporary settings such as virtual learning environments. You will also engage in workshops and practical tasks that develop your research skills.

Psychology Laboratory Resources

In the psychology department, we have two laboratories used for staff and student research. One of the labs has four separate cubicles with individual computers that contain a number of computer programmes. These include; SuperLab, EPrime, DirectRT and MediaLab. We also have access to Bristol online, which is used to develop and collect data via the web through questionnaires.

In the second lab, we have an EEG, TMS and eye tracker, including software to support these systems. We also have access to video cameras and laptops that belong to the psychology department, which students can have access to.

Assessment methods

Courses are assessed through a variety of methods including examinations, presentations, essays, research, practical reports and case studies.

Key facts

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • 92% of our Psychology graduates are in employment or further study one year after graduating, the 5th highest across the UK. (Department for Education LEO data, 2017)
  • One year after graduating, our Psychology students are earning £2,500 more per year on average than the median salary for the sector. (Department for Education LEO data, 2017)
  • A range of Joint Honours Degrees allow you to combine Psychology with another subject.
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus.
Please note: this programme is subject to revalidation.

Joint honours

Psychology can be combined with any of the following courses to create a joint honours degree programme:

Course content



Year one

  • Everyday Psychology 
  • Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology 
  • Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology 
  • Research Methods and Statistics 1 
  • Research Methods and Statistics 2 
  • Skills for Psychology 

Year two

  • Contributing to the Community 
  • Experience and Employment in Business 
  • Experience and Employment in Education 
  • Psychology Today 
  • Research Methods and Statistics 3 
  • Research Methods and Statistics 4 
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Year three

  • Counselling Psychology 
  • Critical Health Psychology 
  • Extended Literature Review 
  • Eyewitness Testimony 
  • Independent Project 
  • Perception 
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Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional; you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.

Career opportunities

Students can undertake further study in education, clinical, research or occupational fields, subsequent to them being awarded Graduate Basis for Registration with the British Psychological Society.

The knowledge and skills acquired during the degree are very marketable and can enhance job prospects in almost any career option.

"Because of the wide range of generic skills and the rigour with which they are taught, training in psychology is widely accepted as providing an excellent preparation for a number of careers." - The Council for Industry and Higher Education

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.

Facilities

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Fees and funding

Home/EU: £9,250
International: £11,220

The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2018/19 academic year.

For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact nigel.domingos@stmarys.ac.uk.

Further information

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