Freedom to Choose

Make the most of the flexible nature of our degree programme to focus on the areas that you enjoy the most.

In both first and third year, you have the freedom to choose:

Degree structure

You can choose whether to study a single or joint honours degree. 

For single honours degrees, you can decide to whether to graduate with Psychology: 3 yearBSc or Psychology: BA Hons.  This does not affect what you study throughout3-yeardegree, it is simply what qualification you choose at the end.

With joint honours, you can study:

  • Organisation Studies and Psychology: BA Hons
  • Linguistics and Psychology: BA Hons
  • French and Psychology: BA Hons
  • German and Psychology: BA Hons
  • Spanish and Psychology: BA Hons
  • Marketing with Psychology: BSc Hons
  • Biology with Psychology: BSc Hons

Please note that combined honours with Organisation Studies, Linguistics, French, German and Spanish can give you British Psychology Society accreditation, but psychology with Marketing or Biology cannot. 


First year options

In addition to your core modules Understanding Psychology (PSYC101) and Investigating Psychology (PSYC102), you are able to study another subject entirely of your own choice.  This can be anything that you like as long as it fits in with your timetable.  We find that most of our students tend to opt for subjects such as criminology, sociology or philosophy. 


Third year options

There are two compulsory modules this year: History and Conceptual Issues in Psychology plus your independent research project, which our students enjoy doing.

You then choose a further 5 modules:  3 core plus 2 optional or 4 core plus 1 optional. 

Core modules:

  • Advanced Human Neuropsychology
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • Advanced Cognitive Psychology
  • Advanced Social Psychology

Optional modules:

These are topics which are linked to our latest research here at Lancaster so they do change.  To give you a flavour of the kind of areas you might look at, our current subjects are:

  • The psychology of attention:  from the laboratory to everyday behaviour
  • Topics in clinical psychology
  • Neuroscience of social and emotional development
  • Prozac nation: human psychopharmacology
  • Forensic and investigative psychology