Psychology MPsych Hons - 2020 Entry

UCAS Code
C804

Entry Year
2020

A Level Requirements
AAA see all requirements

Duration
Full time 4 Year(s)

Course Overview

Psychology is the scientific study of how humans think and behave. Take your study to Masters-level through our MPsych programme and develop your ability to understand and support people to an advanced level, preparing you for a wide range of rewarding careers.

Our four year MPsych 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 has been specifically designed for those who wish to pursue a career in research. It is also suitable for students who want to earn an advanced degree to provide a competitive edge in the job market.

You will learn from passionate academics, all of whom are active researchers and world leaders in their field, benefiting from their insight, expertise and cutting-edge research. Your study will follow the main themes of modern psychology:

  • Brain and Behaviour: how neural disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease affect behaviour
  • Cognitive Psychology: our reactions to colours, smells, speech and music
  • Developmental Psychology: the ways in which infants perceive space, patterns, objects and events
  • Social Psychology: how our thoughts, emotions and behaviours are shaped by the presence of others

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.

In your final year, you will conduct a thorough and demanding research project, which allows you to capitalise on your existing theoretical and practical research skills and knowledge, as well as extend your range of expertise into more concentrated and sophisticated avenues of research. You may continue your third year research topic or broaden your knowledge base by exploring a completely new research topic. The project will help you to develop your ability to identify significant research, formulate hypotheses, design experiments, review techniques, and effectively justify and communicate conclusions. Alongside your project work you will study Masters-level modules which you will select from a wide ranging choice to suit your own interests. 

Structured Work Experience

During the first three years of this programme, 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. 

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAA

GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6 (Applicants with a GCSE Maths C or 5 considered on a case-by-case basis)

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.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 36 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.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

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 to complement your main specialism. 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 please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

Year 1

    Core

Year 2

    Core

Year 3

    Core

    Optional

Year 4

    Core

Careers

Careers

Our Psychology graduates gain employment from a wide range of sectors, including health and medicine, education, forensic science and sport and exercise. There are many divisions of the subject to enter into, including Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Neuropsychology, Occupational Psychology and Research and Academic Psychology.

Our graduates are also well-read, versatile and highly regarded by business. Their data handling and people skills open up a range of opportunities and employment rates are very high for psychology degree holders. Many of our graduates choose to pursue careers in human resources, marketing, management, banking, teaching and social work.

Through our degree, you gain valuable, relevant skills that allow you to deliver real impact in your chosen field. Additionally, you are exposed to applied psychology topics based on current research and gain the skills and experience to be professionally accredited by the BPS, preparing you for the real world and a career in the subject.

Alternatively, many of our graduates continue their studies at Lancaster to PhD level in order to pursue scientific research. Our goal is to empower all our graduates with the skills, confidence and experience they need to achieve a successful career. You will be offered a wide range of support, including an academic tutor and dedicated skills based lectures helping you realise your career ambitions and providing you with the skills to reach your full potential. 

Fees and Funding

Fees

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2020/21 are:

UK/EU Overseas
£9,250 £22,550

Undergraduate tuition fees

For students starting at the University for the 2020 session, subsequent year’s fees may be subject to increases. UK fees are set by the UK Government annually. For international applicants, any annual increase will be capped at 4% of the previous year’s fee. For more information about tuition fees, including fees for Study Abroad and Work Placements, please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page.

Applicants from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more information about this on our Island Fees page.

Funding

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

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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Psychology graduate Charlotte Rothwell

Charlotte Rothwell says

"I chose to volunteer in the BabyLab as I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to get some hands-on research experience, in a setting with a great reputation and facilities. It was a good way to have experience doing research in the developmental field to see if it is something I would like to do in the future. The study was about categorisation, so 14-month olds are read a book containing pictures of toys that are unfamiliar to them. Some of these toys are given a made-up name. Using an eye tracker we aim to see whether the baby had learnt the label for the object or not."

Psychology Employability Programme

We will encourage you to apply for placements on this scheme. You will have the opportunity to gain relevant work experience by applying for work placements alongside your studies.

Some placements will involve working in the community with charities and organisations that support vulnerable individuals. Others will give you the chance to work as a research assistant alongside expert researchers in the psychology labs.

These roles are part-time and fit around your studies. This means that you can apply for more than one placement in each year of your degree. By taking on different roles you will get a sense of how your future might look. Each placement will provide you with experience and skills that are valuable to both psychology careers and wider graduate level occupations.

Students at Lancaster University
A student on a study abroad scheme

Your global experience

With our Study Abroad schemes, you can spend one year of your course at a foreign University studying for your degree.

We will help you throughout the whole application process - discussing potential destinations and modules that you could study whilst abroad. The beauty of the different travel opportunities available is that you can either go on a Study Abroad programme or go on a short vacation programme, or you can travel within the student societies that you join.

We also lead trips each year to many different destinations, including Germany, Belgium, France, India, China or Malaysia.

Different ways of learning

Lectures

Lectures provide an introduction to the key issues and findings in each topic. An expert in that particular field will deliver each lecture. They usually last for an hour and we expect you to supplement your lecture notes with further independent reading.

Seminars

Seminars are weekly one hour sessions where we encourage you to discuss your learnings with a small group of fellow students, under the guidance of a tutor. We encourage you to make the most of these groups by speaking out and listening to others. You will learn to present yourself with knowledge and confidence.

Practicals

We design practical classes to help you discover the key psychological research methods. You will also get hands-on experience conducting your own psychology experiments in small groups.

Assessment

In the 1st year, the assessment process varies across modules. We will assess your progress through essays, lab reports, class tests, regular web-based assessments and end of year exams. The assessment methods used in 2nd and 3rd year help you to develop transferable skills. These include oral presentation, posters, media analysis and group work presentation.

Hello Future

Our graduates go on to varied careers within and beyond the field of psychology. You will learn a range of transferable skills that employers value. As you settle into your degree, you'll get a feel for the scope of the subject. From day one we will coach you on valuable employability skills - such as CV writing, communicating with confidence and working in a team. You will need to go on to postgraduate study if you wish to pursue a career in professional psychology. This covers areas such as clinical, educational and forensic psychology.

Skills developed through a psychology degree

  • Communication
  • Literacy
  • Problem-solving
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Critical evaluation
  • Information gathering
  • Independent working

Major employers of psychology graduates

  • Commercial and industrial companies
  • Financial organisations
  • Human resources departments
  • Local and national government
  • Marketing companies and the media
  • National Health Service and Social Services
  • The police force, National Probation Service and prisons
  • Schools, sixth form colleges and further education institutions

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Typical time in lectures, seminars and similar per week during term time

69%

Average assessment by coursework

Important Information

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