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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.

  • This degree programme is 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).

Why study Psychology (with a Foundation Year)?

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

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, decision making and visuomotor processing.

The department also has a strong relationship with the Student Psychology Society, working together to enhance the student learning and experience at St Mary's. The Student Psychology Society aims to bring together those 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.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement during your degree, organised alongside the Workplace Learning Team and in a location that is convenient to you. Previous students have worked with charities, schools, hospitals and care settings, and within businesses.

About the Foundation Year

Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

On successful completion of the Psychology Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the three-year undergraduate degree in Psychology.

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Entry requirements

48-72 UCAS points required

CDE - DD

A Levels

MMP - PPP

BTEC Extended
Diploma

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To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

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Course content

On successful completion of the foundation year you will be automatically enrolled on to the first year of the undergraduate degree.

Foundation year

  • Personal Learning Competencies Core
  • Taking a Professional Approach Core
  • Performing Identities Core
  • Investigating Psychology Core
  • Thinking Critically, Creatively and Ethically Core
  • Individual Project Core

Year one

  • Research Methods and Statistics I Core
  • Research Methods and Statistics II Core
  • Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology Core
  • Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology Core
  • Everyday Psychology Optional
  • Deconstructing Psychology Optional

Year two

  • Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis Core
  • Quantitative Research Methods and Statistics Core
  • The Social Brain Core
  • The Developing Mind Core
  • Frontiers in Psychology Optional
  • Transferable Skills for Employment Optional
  • Contributing to the Community Optional
  • Experience and Employment in Education Optional
  • Experience and Employment in Business Optional
  • Experience and Employment in Sport Optional
  • The Primary Classroom: A Practical Approach Optional

Year three

  • Independent Project Core
  • Extended Literature Review Core
  • Applied Child Psychology Optional
  • Psychology of Education Optional
  • Political Psychology Optional
  • Health Psychology Optional
  • Perception Optional
  • Counselling Psychology Optional
  • Psychology of Ageing Optional
  • Psychology of Intimate Relationships Optional
  • Psychology of Attention Optional
  • Critical Health Psychology Optional
  • Psychopathology and Deviant Behaviour Optional
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology Optional
  • Artificial Intelligence Optional
  • Managing in the Workplace Optional
  • The Enterprising Workplace Optional

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

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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.

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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

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.

In year one, class sizes range from 70 to 80 students in lectures. In year two, class sizes range from 65 to 70 students in lectures as you choose your optional modules, and seminar sizes throughout all three years ranges from 30 to 35 students.

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.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 22%
  • Guided learning: 43%
  • Independent study: 35%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

Assessment methods

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

Feedback

We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

See how your final degree mark is calculated...

Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 fees

  • Home: £9,250*
  • International: £12,900

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

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

Additional costs could be incurred should you choose to buy copies of the core textbooks rather than loan from our library. There may also be costs incurred from travel to and from your work placement should you opt to do one.

Scholarships

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

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Facilities

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Further information


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Visit the campus

Open days

Attending an open day is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what life is like as a St Mary's student. During the day you'll have the chance to:

  • Speak to current students to hear about their experiences so far
  • Meet your future academics to put a name and a face to who you'll be learning from
  • Take a tour of the University and the on-campus accommodation options
  • Get involved with activities going on across campus as you explore new surroundings

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day.

We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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