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Sept 2020

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1 year (foundation)
+ 3 years (degree)



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Claire McLoughlin
Claire McLoughlin

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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.

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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.

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.

Key facts

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • Psychology scored 94% for teaching satisfaction and 92% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey
  • 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.

Course content

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

Foundation year

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

Year one

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

Year two

  • Experience and Employment in Business 
  • Frontiers in Psychology 
  • Qualitative Research Methods 
  • Quantitative Research Methods and Statistics 
  • The Developing Mind 
  • The Primary Classroom: A practical approach 
  • The Social Brain 
  • Transferable Skills for Employment 
  • Work Placement: Contributing to the Community 
  • Work Placement: Experience and Employment in Education 

Year three

  • Counselling Psychology 
  • Critical Health Psychology 
  • Extended Literature Review 
  • Independent Project 
  • Perception 
  • Political Psychology 
  • Psychology of Attention 
  • Psychology of Education 
  • Psychology of Intimate Relationships 
  • Psychopathology and Deviant Behaviour 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

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.

How the degree is taught

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.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750

* 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 2019 or 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 depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

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