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Full time 3 Year(s)
Psychology is the scientific study of how humans think and behave. Studying this programme will develop your ability to understand and support people, preparing you for a wide range of rewarding careers.
This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which is essential if you wish to pursue a career in professional psychology in the UK, and follows the main themes of modern psychology:
You will learn from passionate academics, all of whom are active researchers and world leaders in their field, which allows you to benefit from their insight, expertise and cutting-edge research.
In the first year, you will gain an in depth overview of the main study themes through our Understanding Psychology module. You will explore the theories underpinning these areas, learn to evaluate scientific journals, and develop your ability to construct formal arguments. Running parallel to this, you will also undertake the Investigating Psychology module, which will equip you with important practical skills for conducting research in psychology, such as data analysis and report writing.
As well as these core modules, you will also take a minor subject, which can be another science, or a subject that is selected from a different part of the University, such as a social science or management programme. This gives you the chance to explore another discipline that interests you and experience another part of the University. Sociology, criminology and philosophy are just some of the more popular minor choices among our students.
During the second year of your degree, you revisit the key themes covered in Year 1 in greater detail. You will study a specialist module for each of the key strands; deepening your understanding and testing your knowledge. You will also explore Personality and Individual Differences, which will introduce you to important theoretical questions and allow you to critically discuss research implications.
In addition to these themes, Research Methods and Statistics modules will be covered this year. These will expand your knowledge of research methods, develop key skills and enable you to gain a detailed understanding of analysis and reporting.
Third year provides you with the freedom to choose from a range of topical modules, as well as carrying out your own research project under the supervision of an experienced researcher. This will allow you to shape your study to suit your own interests and career aspirations.
The optional modules available change to reflect the latest developments in psychology research and those listed are indicative content.
During this year, you will also be able to decide if you want to graduate with a BA or a BSc, dependent on the career you wish to pursue. Both degrees are equivalent and accredited by the British Psychological Society, and our academic staff and careers service are on hand to offer guidance and support.
Structured Work Experience
Alongside your academic study, you will have the opportunity to gain voluntary work experience through our Psychology Employability Programme, allowing you to develop invaluable skills for either a career in psychology or a graduate programme. You can choose between working part-time in the community with charities and organisations that support vulnerable people, or working alongside staff in the Psychology Department on their ground breaking research projects. Crucially, every placement will provide you with experience and skills that are valuable to both psychology careers and more general graduate level occupations, strengthening your CV and enhancing your employability for life after graduation.
Voluntary work can be an enlightening and rewarding experience, enabling you to make a difference to the lives of others, while having the opportunity to try something new, which may lead you to change or confirm your career plans and is recommended by the British Psychological Society.
MPsych Hons Psychology
Our MPsych is a four year undergraduate degree programme with an integrated Masters year and is accredited by the BPS. It has been specifically designed for students who wish to pursue a career in research, and is also suitable for students who want to earn an advanced degree to provide a competitive edge in the job market.
Study Abroad option
Broaden your horizons with our four-year Psychology (Study Abroad) BSc Hons programme. You will spend the third year of your degree undertaking modules at one of our international partnering universities, allowing you to gain experience of a different culture and society before returning to Lancaster for your fourth year to complete your degree.
A Level AAB
GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
This module will equip you with important practical skills and knowledge in conducting research in psychology: using different methods of data analysis from descriptive statistics through to inferential statistics, critically evaluating research, and disseminating research findings through report writing and presentations. You will gain this knowledge through both lectures and laboratory classes.
Investigating Psychology runs in parallel with Understanding Psychology (PSYC101) and the different components of conducting research will be expanded on in Part II.
You will be introduced to the fundamental principles of psychology that will underpin your degree: Developmental and Social Psychology, Brain and Behaviour, Cognitive Psychology, Individual Differences and Historical and Conceptual Issues.
Through a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical classes, you will learn about the theories and findings in each of these areas.
You will be taught about different research approaches, how to access and evaluate scientific journal articles, and how to construct arguments formally in essays.
The module runs in parallel with Investigating Psychology (PSYC102)
Taught by internationally recognised researchers, you will learn about the study of mental processes; how we perceive, think, talk and behave. You'll explore the current issues, debates and approaches in the key areas of cognitive psychology: human memory, attention, language and perception under the guidance of lecturers who are experts and innovators in this field. You will also look at up-to-date theoretical debates and their evaluation in terms of conceptual coherence and empirical support.
You will explore learn cutting edge topics in developmental psychology, including the latest development in foetal research, new theories of communication and learning in infant and children, social cognition, face perception, perception of elementary physic and the theory of the mind.
The presented empirical research in the lectures, spanning from foetal research to toddlers, will provide you with an invaluable insight on how to conduct research into developmental psychology issues.
This module will introduce you to the fundamental neural principles of brain and behaviour relationships, with particular emphasis on the perceptual and cognitive functions that underpin many psychological processes. You will explore in more depth neural transmissions both within the neuron and at synapses, and gain a basic knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and functions of the central and peripheral nervous systems.
You will learn about a range of theories and research methods in cognitive neuroscience, and to demonstrate how knowledge of the psychological processes can aid our understanding of a wide scope of human behaviour.
This module introduces the key topics and debates relating to personality and individual differences. It blends learning on both the important theoretical questions with discussion of the research implications for practice at work and across society as a whole. Current views will be explored and placed within their historical context. Notions such as trait and type on psychological accounts of human behaviour will be critically evaluated. The theoretical and practical insights into psychometric testing and other methods for capturing individual differences in behaviour and performance will also be described. The module further examines the impact of individual differences in particular areas, including cognition, thinking and development.
Whilst aiming to expand on students’ knowledge and skills on research methods acquired in the Part I modules, this module aims to develop knowledge and skills on experimental research methods employed across the different topics in psychology, such as social, developmental, cognitive and neuroscience approaches. This will involve learning about how to plan, conduct and report research and how to evaluate research studies. Students will be accustomed to research methods and APA style. They will also look at the effects of sleep on learning as well as addressing the complexities and confounds in experimental studies.
This module will develop the ability to be clear, accurate, complete and concise in writing up research. There is also a strong emphasis on collaborative work. Students will develop the ability to generate and explore hypotheses and research questions, and will carry out empirical studies drawing on a variety of psychological methods. Additionally, students are required to plan, conduct and report empirical research including defining a research problem, formulating testable predictions, choosing appropriate methods, planning and conducting data gathering, demonstrate evaluation of data and producing a professional report. Students will employ evidence-based reasoning when presenting, interpreting and evaluating psychological research, and will use some psychological tools such as experimental software and computer packages including at least one statistical package.
This module provides students with an introduction to non-experimental methods by which psychological research is conducted, data collected and analysed, whilst also addressing the ethical issues relevant to a range of experimental and non-experimental methods. Students will undertake blocks of exercises in which they design, report and evaluate different forms of psychological research through questionnaires and surveys, in addition to interviewing and qualitative analysis.
Working in small groups, students will design and implement research projects on a given topic, followed by independent analyses and interpretation of the results, which are then written up in the research reports. Students will also engage with the various ethical issues affecting psychological research on human participants and the strategies for addressing those issues in ethical psychological research. The module will support further development of the ability to be clear, accurate, complete and concise in writing up research. Students will also develop the ability to use appropriate software and online resources in the generation and analysis of data.
Expanding on the knowledge gained in Part I, you will further develop your knowledge of theory and research in a number of core areas in this field. Starting with the history of social psychology, you will explore topics such as social beliefs and judgements, intergroup relations and applying social psychology to everyday life.
Lectures will cover contemporary and empirical developments in the key areas, and the accompanying seminar programme will help you develop a range of academic skills (use of technical language, integrating knowledge, analytic skills, argument construction and presentation) in relation to social psychological subject matter.
You will gain the knowledge and skills to (1) understand how psychological research findings reported in journals and textbooks have been obtained, (2) carry out your own analysis of data collected during practical classes and report the results, and (3) analyse and report the results of your own research project.
The module will teach you how to evaluate the reliability and generalisability of research reported in the media, and how to apply the analysis skills to research in other areas beyond psychology.
This module will enhance your knowledge of some of the major developments in psychology's history. Specifically, you should have a better knowledge of the kinds of factor that allowed psychology to emerge both as an academic discipline and as a set of practices. This will introduce you to debates about what kind of science psychology could be, what kinds of objects it should study, and what kinds of effect it has had on how we think of ourselves and others.
A significant part of the module will be devoted to considering how evolutionary thought has informed the way in which we think about psychological topics and has led to specific claims about explaining human behaviour. Finally, the module will examine the status of psychological concepts and categories to consider how these became psychological and what this might tell us about the nature of the discipline.
Your project is a piece of empirical work that you will complete under the guidance of a member of the lecturing staff. Exploring a topic of your choice, you will gain significant knowledge and understanding of how to develop and conduct psychological research. In collaboration with your supervisor, you will develop the ability to formulate specific research hypotheses, and to carry out and write up an independent piece of research. It will equip you with in depth and specialised expertise in a specific area of psychological inquiry.
You will explore recent developments in research methods in neuroscience and develop the skills needed to evaluate critically the assumptions underlying these techniques. Additionally, you will gain in-depth knowledge of selected important real world disorders, such as schizophrenia and Parkinson’s Disease. You will be able to integrate research on demographic, neuropsychological and neuroanatomical aspects of these disorders.
This module focuses on how psychology can help in forensic settings, including police investigations, dealing with antagonists and courtrooms. Specific topics discussed include offender profiling, lie detection and hostage negotiation.
You will gain an appreciation of what can be learned from studying the behaviour of criminals in a scientific framework, and understand and be able to discuss different explanations and theories of crime and criminal behaviour. We will show you how to apply psychological theories of behaviour to explain criminal case studies and experiences in criminal contexts, including within the court, as well as understand and discuss the strengths and limitations of classifications of criminal behaviour. Another part of the module is being able to critically discuss the merits of different approaches to offender treatment, interviewing, and detecting deception, plus the capacity to think critically about a range of controversial issues within forensic / investigative psychology.
In this module, you are encouraged to engage critically but constructively with social psychological research and theory. The topics covered reflect the lecturers' active research interests, and have recently included the psychology of animal treatment, nostalgia and propaganda/advertising, and social media.
The module will equip you to be able to summarise the current state of knowledge on a given topic, and also be able to evaluate such knowledge, weighing it's strengths and limitations, and tracing it's implications. In particular, you will be encouraged to question the standard textbook treatment of social psychological topics.
You will be introduced to the concepts of human psychopharmacology, and to the theoretical background of drug-induced modification of nervous system function and behaviour. You will gain insight into psychoactive drugs and how they act upon the brain to influence behaviour.
We'll teach you about the biological bases of drug actions and how these might contribute to our knowledge of psychological function in general, the acute and long term consequences of psychoactive drug use and current pharmacological treatment strategies for Alzheimer's, depression and schizophrenia.
You will explore why individuals differ in responsiveness to psychoactive drugs and discuss current controversies in the area of psychopharmacology.
Explore the role of different psychological processes in our understanding and appreciation of art. This module will enable you to recognise that differents forms of artwork, such as visual art, mucis and dance, are all multi-dimensional and can be analysed, evaluated and experienced from various psychological perspectives.
This module will enhance your knowledge of developmental psychology, building on knowledge gained during Year 2. You will explore in more depth developmental theoretical problems such as Nativist vs. Empiricist accounts on infant knowledge and reasoning, and the development of empathy and prosocial behaviour. You will also look at moral reasoning and emerging understanding of moral rules, and social and emotional development in adolescence.
A longer period of development is covered compared to PSYC205, spanning from infancy through early and late childhood, and through to adolescence.
Examine and explore striking instances of hallucination, delusions and disorders of consciousness in the normal, clinical and pathological population. You will learn over-arching theoretical concepts which influence neurocognitive theory and our understanding of brain function. You only know what is real because your brain tells you what is real. However, your brain is lying to you - find out how and why in "The Lying Brain".
You will examine in depth the different topics within developmental psychology from a social neuroscience approach. You will be presented with various key aspects of typical and atypical socio-emotional development, and how social cognitive and affective neuroscience core principles and methods have helped advance their understanding.
A specific emphasis will be put on how different processes interact during development, and how this influences the outcome at different points during their ontogenic trajectory.
This module discusses the use of the term ‘attention’ in a variety of settings. Attention is relevant to a wide range of psychological phenomena, and this course provides the opportunity to consider what attention is (and what it isn’t) in more detail than is commonly provided. The course discusses various theoretical models of attention, but also examines how attentional concepts have been used in areas that include atypical development in childhood (specifically, autism and ADHD), anxiety states and disorders of attention.
The module bridges laboratory research with applied behaviour, and this is reflected in the curriculum content and also in the assessment. Thus coursework involves short group presentations on attentional research, and individual analysis of media stories for their potential attentional relevance
You will discover what clinical psychology is - learn about key theoretical frameworks and treatment approaches, and develop an understanding of how research is related to practice. Covering various populations (including children, adults and older adults), this module will discuss various psychological disorders in terms of their assessment, aetiology, research background and interventions. A small series of guest lectures delivered by experienced practitioners will introduce you to issues in professional practice and confer a realistic appreciation of the work of clinical psychologists. By the end of the module, you will recognise and be able to discuss several specific and overarching aspects of clinical psychological practice, as well as a range of prominent psychopathologies.
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Our Psychology degree will equip you with both specialist and transferable skills that are valued by all employers, such as communication, critical thinking, numeracy and self-management. From research analysts to retail managers, a good grasp of human behavioural patterns and the science of the mind make psychology graduates attractive to a wide range of employers.
Some psychology graduates go on to become chartered psychologists, specialising in clinical, educational, occupational, forensic, health or sports psychology. There are also new and emerging areas such as neuropsychology, environmental psychology, consumer psychology and animal psychology. It is a fiercely competitive field which needs a strong academic background, lots of relevant work experience, determination and resilience.
Helping you to prepare for your future career is important to us. We will help you decide upon your career path and give you the chance to develop the right skills.
There are three Academic Employability Champions within the Psychology Department whose role is to ensure that our students become highly sought after, employable graduates. This includes providing students with information about pathways to various careers inside and outside of psychology, and advice about further study. We offer one-to-one careers sessions, regular drop-in Psychology Careers Cafés, as well as careers fairs.
Within the degree itself, you will be taught vocational skills that you will need to obtain and sustain a career in psychology and other fields, such as CV writing, interview skills, team work and presentation skills.
Some of our recent graduates have chosen careers outside of professional psychology. These are just a few of the pathways a psychology degree can lead to:
There are various options for postgraduate study too, should you wish to gain chartered status to practice specialist areas such as clinical, educational, forensic or occupational psychology. Likewise, many psychology graduates who do not wish to become psychologists often study further in a different area such as advertising, marketing or teaching.
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2019/20 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2018 were:
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Students will need to account for occasional travel to and from work placements. It will also be necessary for students to pay for a Criminal Record Bureau check. There is also the option for students to join the appropriate professional body, however membership is voluntary.
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.
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