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BSc (Hons) Psychology

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Course options: Professional Placement, Study Abroad
Institution code: S82
UCAS code: C801
Start date: September 2024
Duration: Three years full-time.
Location: Ipswich
Typical Offer: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC), Merit (T Level).
Course options: Professional Placement, Study Abroad
Institution code: S82
UCAS code: C801
Start date: September 2024
Duration: Three years full-time.
Location: Ipswich
Typical Offer: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC), Merit (T Level).

Overview

Psychology enables you to study the workings of the human mind and how this is revealed in human behaviour, both consciously and unconsciously. As a psychology student, you will be introduced to psychological theories and will learn to critically evaluate them so that you can reach your own well-informed conclusions about the nature and origins of human and non-human behaviour.  

You’ll have access to excellent facilities and equipment. We have recently invested £320,000 in new hardware and software for our psychology laboratories and we also have a laboratory in the new £13m state-of-the-art Health and Wellbeing Building officially opened in June 2023.

On this course, you will be equipped with a thorough grounding in each of the major fields in psychology: social psychology; developmental psychology; biological psychology; and cognitive psychology. In addition, you will explore abnormal psychology, contemporary and historic issues in psychology and individual differences. This will be underpinned by thorough training in research methods, both qualitative and quantitative, and exploration of the scientific method. You will be encouraged to evaluate a range of theories and research evidence, helping you to become a critical thinker whilst encouraging you to reach your own informed conclusions. 

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which means that on successful completion of your degree, eligibility for graduate based chartership (GBC) of the BPS will be conferred. GBC of the BPS is a mandatory requirement for access to most professional practitioner training programmes. 

Further information about the University's relationship with the British Psychological Society (BPS) is available in the PSRB register.

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Course Modules

Our undergraduate programmes are delivered as 'block and blend' - more information can be found on Why Suffolk? You can also watch our .

From your second year of study, you can tailor your learning to suit your interests. In your second year, we offer modules including Cyberpsychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Psychological Aspects of Health and Wellbeing, Psychology and Crime and Psychology in Education. These are delivered alongside the British Psychological Society mandatory modules which are Biological and Cognitive Psychology, Social and Developmental Psychology, Qualitative Research Methods, and Quantitative Data Analysis. 

In your final year of study, we offer modules including Applied Health Psychology, Cyberpsychology, Forensic Psychology, Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology in Education and Psychology of Gender and Sexuality. These are delivered alongside the British Psychological Society mandatory modules which are Abnormal Psychology, Individual Differences, and the Psychology Project. 

Downloadable information regarding all 5X社区 courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

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Foundations in Biological and Cognitive Psychology is a mandatory module for all students taking a psychology degree route. Together with the “Foundations in Social and Developmental Psychology” module, level 4 students will attain a holistic underpinning to the major approaches in psychology. The module will cover conceptual and historical issues of behavioural, biological and cognitive approaches to psychology.

Social Psychology is concerned with the scientific study of human social behaviour, experience and thought. Developmental Psychology is concerned with the scientific study of systematic changes in human psychology across an individual’s lifespan, particularly cognitive, perceptual, social and emotional development in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. 

This module is designed to provide students with two essential aspects of further psychological study. Firstly, an introduction to psychological research methods; including a consideration of methodology and data analysis for both quantitative and qualitative data.  Secondly, this module will also equip students with the essential academic study skills required for their degrees.

This module will introduce issues that are relevant to the way individuals interact within and between groups in everyday life. It will explore fundamental questions in addressing the work of philosophers, theologians and early scientists that contributed to the development of psychology. Enabling the study of a comprehensive range of ideas and issues in understanding human behaviour from historical to current perspectives. 

Introduction to Criminology aims to introduce students to the history of criminological thought, combining biographical fact with historical and cultural context. Students will develop an understanding of how crime is defined and measured and examine theoretical perspectives that seek to explain causes of criminal behaviour. 

In modern society, there are various approaches claiming to support quality of life and well-being.  This module deals with the effects of interactions among the individual, the social environment and the specialist leading to decision making in everyday living. It aims to give students the opportunity to appreciate and describe the reasons for dealing with health and positive psychology as a significant contributor of psychological and scientific knowledge.

This module will introduce the major aspects of social change that have led to and developed within modern societies. The emphasis will be upon structural changes in Britain and Europe, but will give room for students to explore social change in rapidly changing middle income countries as well. 

Biological psychology (biopsychology) looks at psychological processes from a biological perspective, dealing with issues such as behaviour genetics, endocrinology and physiological psychology. Cognitive psychology studies how information is processed by the brain and sense organs. It is concerned with issues of how people perceive, understand, make decisions about and remember information. 

All researchers require a basic understanding of qualitative research methodology. This module develops the knowledge gained in the Psychological Research Methods Module, and provides students with the skills to carry out research of sufficient quality and rigour to complete their own independent studies.

This module provides students with the skills to carry out quantitative research of sufficient quality and rigour to complete their own independent studies.  Students will attain a holistic underpinning to the major research skills utilized within psychology.

This module will build on the broad introduction at Level 4 and seek to provide research-based accounts of social and developmental behaviour in key areas, such as people in groups, prejudice and discrimination, aggression, social influence, emotional and social development, life-span adult development and developmental social psychology.

The internet has arguably become an essential part of 21st century living.  It is not therefore surprising that there is growing interest in examining our online behaviour, our online presence and the impact this can have on our lives in terms of careers, friendships, relationships and wellbeing. This module will apply psychological research and theory to provide an explanation for our online behaviour.

This module will explore evolutionary psychology and how it can be used to understand human behaviour and cognition. The module will begin by examining evolution, specifically focused on human evolution, and the challenges of our ancestral environment. These concepts will then be applied to a range of cognitive and social topics, such as: cooperation, morality, emotion, attraction, child rearing, and kinship.

The Psychological Aspects of Health and Wellbeing module will introduce the background to health psychology. This module will introduce students to some of the core perspectives and models in health psychology.  This module will provide students with an understanding of how psychological theory and research contribute to our conceptualisation of health and wellbeing.  

Psychology and Crime explores the ways in which psychology can be applied to criminology and examines how psychology can be applied to criminal and deviant behaviour. The module explains a number of psychological theories of crime, in addition to the psychology of responding to crime.

This module will guide students through the psychological knowledge that underpins a variety of practitioners work in educational settings. A key focus of the module will be how this psychological knowledge has informed and shaped educational practice in classroom settings. The module explores challenges such as learning difficulties, social and emotional problems, issues around disability as well as more complex developmental disorders. As such, this module introduces students to key theories and approaches in psychology of education.

Abnormal Psychology seeks to explain unusual or maladaptive behaviour through the examination of rigorous, research-based subject matter. The concept of ‘abnormal’ can be problematic given negative connotations with ‘not normal’ and this will be a key area of debate: the essence of normality and the appropriateness of labels which may have important ramifications for how people suffering psychopathology are in some way perceived as ‘not normal’ or as inferior members of society.

This module seeks to primarily explore and touch upon individual differences in personality and intelligence. The module also aims to introduce students to other elements of differential psychology for example creativity, cognitive styles, motivation and leadership.

Research is an important and integral part of your degree, and the Research Dissertation gives students the opportunity to expand learning and develop interests in a particular topic. Students will critique research by others and will reflect on their own work, moving students from a theoretical knowledge of research toward a more informed level of skill and application.

Applied health psychology with its connections to positive psychology and wellness related concepts can play an important role in enhancing adaptive central behaviours, motivate towards improved practices and support lifelong changes. Psychologists need to be in position to explore realistic and effective ways to promote health enhancing practices. This module discusses such concepts and practices.

The internet has arguably become an essential part of 21st century living.  It is not therefore surprising that there is growing interest in examining our online behaviour, our online presence and the impact this can have on our lives in terms of careers, friendships, relationships and wellbeing. This module will apply psychological research and theory to provide an explanation for our online behaviour.

This module will involve discussions of the theory and practice of contemporary forensic psychology and an exploration of the role it plays in prisons, probation, policing and the courtroom. In studying this module students will appreciate the interaction between psychology and the investigation and detection of crime, legal and trial processes and in dealing with offenders.

Psychologists conduct experiments to examine cognitive processes such as perception, attention, memory, language, intelligence, and emotion.  But how do the brain and body interact and affect these cognitive processes? Where in the brain do these processes occur? How are these processes represented in the human brain? Psychologists and cognitive neuroscientists aim to understand the relationship between our brain and behaviour, and this contemporary module investigates the brain mechanisms underlying a number of cognitive processes.

This module will guide students through the psychological knowledge that underpins a variety of practitioners work in educational settings. A key focus of the module will be how this psychological knowledge has informed and shaped educational practice in classroom settings. The module explores challenges such as learning difficulties, social and emotional problems, issues around disability as well as more complex developmental disorders. As such, this module introduces students to key theories and approaches in psychology of education.

This module will help students review and critically evaluate some of the most germinal research within the field of LGBTQ+ psychology. The intersection between LGBTQ+ psychology and relevant topics such as social and developmental psychology, health, education, discrimination, and class will also be discussed.

Course Modules 2024

Our undergraduate programmes are delivered as 'block and blend' - more information can be found on Why Suffolk? You can also watch our .

From your second year of study, you can tailor your learning to suit your interests. In your second year, we offer modules including Cyberpsychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Psychological Aspects of Health and Wellbeing, Psychology and Crime and Psychology in Education. These are delivered alongside the British Psychological Society mandatory modules which are Biological and Cognitive Psychology, Social and Developmental Psychology, Qualitative Research Methods, and Quantitative Data Analysis. 

In your final year of study, we offer modules including Applied Health Psychology, Cyberpsychology, Forensic Psychology, Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology in Education and Psychology of Gender and Sexuality. These are delivered alongside the British Psychological Society mandatory modules which are Abnormal Psychology, Individual Differences, and the Psychology Project. 

Downloadable information regarding all 5X社区 courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Lecturer teaching in seminar

Foundations in Biological and Cognitive Psychology is a mandatory module for all students taking a psychology degree route. Together with the “Foundations in Social and Developmental Psychology” module, level 4 students will attain a holistic underpinning to the major approaches in psychology. The module will cover conceptual and historical issues of behavioural, biological and cognitive approaches to psychology.

Social Psychology is concerned with the scientific study of human social behaviour, experience and thought. Developmental Psychology is concerned with the scientific study of systematic changes in human psychology across an individual’s lifespan, particularly cognitive, perceptual, social and emotional development in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. 

This module is designed to provide students with two essential aspects of further psychological study. Firstly, an introduction to psychological research methods; including a consideration of methodology and data analysis for both quantitative and qualitative data.  Secondly, this module will also equip students with the essential academic study skills required for their degrees.

This module will introduce issues that are relevant to the way individuals interact within and between groups in everyday life. It will explore fundamental questions in addressing the work of philosophers, theologians and early scientists that contributed to the development of psychology. Enabling the study of a comprehensive range of ideas and issues in understanding human behaviour from historical to current perspectives. 

Introduction to Criminology aims to introduce students to the history of criminological thought, combining biographical fact with historical and cultural context. Students will develop an understanding of how crime is defined and measured and examine theoretical perspectives that seek to explain causes of criminal behaviour. 

In modern society, there are various approaches claiming to support quality of life and well-being.  This module deals with the effects of interactions among the individual, the social environment and the specialist leading to decision making in everyday living. It aims to give students the opportunity to appreciate and describe the reasons for dealing with health and positive psychology as a significant contributor of psychological and scientific knowledge.

This module will introduce the major aspects of social change that have led to and developed within modern societies. The emphasis will be upon structural changes in Britain and Europe, but will give room for students to explore social change in rapidly changing middle income countries as well. 

Biological psychology (biopsychology) looks at psychological processes from a biological perspective, dealing with issues such as behaviour genetics, endocrinology and physiological psychology. Cognitive psychology studies how information is processed by the brain and sense organs. It is concerned with issues of how people perceive, understand, make decisions about and remember information. 

All researchers require a basic understanding of qualitative research methodology. This module develops the knowledge gained in the Psychological Research Methods Module, and provides students with the skills to carry out research of sufficient quality and rigour to complete their own independent studies.

This module provides students with the skills to carry out quantitative research of sufficient quality and rigour to complete their own independent studies.  Students will attain a holistic underpinning to the major research skills utilized within psychology.

This module will build on the broad introduction at Level 4 and seek to provide research-based accounts of social and developmental behaviour in key areas, such as people in groups, prejudice and discrimination, aggression, social influence, emotional and social development, life-span adult development and developmental social psychology.

The internet has arguably become an essential part of 21st century living.  It is not therefore surprising that there is growing interest in examining our online behaviour, our online presence and the impact this can have on our lives in terms of careers, friendships, relationships and wellbeing. This module will apply psychological research and theory to provide an explanation for our online behaviour.

This module will explore evolutionary psychology and how it can be used to understand human behaviour and cognition. The module will begin by examining evolution, specifically focused on human evolution, and the challenges of our ancestral environment. These concepts will then be applied to a range of cognitive and social topics, such as: cooperation, morality, emotion, attraction, child rearing, and kinship.

The Psychological Aspects of Health and Wellbeing module will introduce the background to health psychology. This module will introduce students to some of the core perspectives and models in health psychology.  This module will provide students with an understanding of how psychological theory and research contribute to our conceptualisation of health and wellbeing.  

Psychology and Crime explores the ways in which psychology can be applied to criminology and examines how psychology can be applied to criminal and deviant behaviour. The module explains a number of psychological theories of crime, in addition to the psychology of responding to crime.

This module will guide students through the psychological knowledge that underpins a variety of practitioners work in educational settings. A key focus of the module will be how this psychological knowledge has informed and shaped educational practice in classroom settings. The module explores challenges such as learning difficulties, social and emotional problems, issues around disability as well as more complex developmental disorders. As such, this module introduces students to key theories and approaches in psychology of education.

Abnormal Psychology seeks to explain unusual or maladaptive behaviour through the examination of rigorous, research-based subject matter. The concept of ‘abnormal’ can be problematic given negative connotations with ‘not normal’ and this will be a key area of debate: the essence of normality and the appropriateness of labels which may have important ramifications for how people suffering psychopathology are in some way perceived as ‘not normal’ or as inferior members of society.

This module seeks to primarily explore and touch upon individual differences in personality and intelligence. The module also aims to introduce students to other elements of differential psychology for example creativity, cognitive styles, motivation and leadership.

Research is an important and integral part of your degree, and the Research Dissertation gives students the opportunity to expand learning and develop interests in a particular topic. Students will critique research by others and will reflect on their own work, moving students from a theoretical knowledge of research toward a more informed level of skill and application.

Applied health psychology with its connections to positive psychology and wellness related concepts can play an important role in enhancing adaptive central behaviours, motivate towards improved practices and support lifelong changes. Psychologists need to be in position to explore realistic and effective ways to promote health enhancing practices. This module discusses such concepts and practices.

The internet has arguably become an essential part of 21st century living.  It is not therefore surprising that there is growing interest in examining our online behaviour, our online presence and the impact this can have on our lives in terms of careers, friendships, relationships and wellbeing. This module will apply psychological research and theory to provide an explanation for our online behaviour.

This module will involve discussions of the theory and practice of contemporary forensic psychology and an exploration of the role it plays in prisons, probation, policing and the courtroom. In studying this module students will appreciate the interaction between psychology and the investigation and detection of crime, legal and trial processes and in dealing with offenders.

Psychologists conduct experiments to examine cognitive processes such as perception, attention, memory, language, intelligence, and emotion.  But how do the brain and body interact and affect these cognitive processes? Where in the brain do these processes occur? How are these processes represented in the human brain? Psychologists and cognitive neuroscientists aim to understand the relationship between our brain and behaviour, and this contemporary module investigates the brain mechanisms underlying a number of cognitive processes.

This module will guide students through the psychological knowledge that underpins a variety of practitioners work in educational settings. A key focus of the module will be how this psychological knowledge has informed and shaped educational practice in classroom settings. The module explores challenges such as learning difficulties, social and emotional problems, issues around disability as well as more complex developmental disorders. As such, this module introduces students to key theories and approaches in psychology of education.

This module will help students review and critically evaluate some of the most germinal research within the field of LGBTQ+ psychology. The intersection between LGBTQ+ psychology and relevant topics such as social and developmental psychology, health, education, discrimination, and class will also be discussed.

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Entry Requirements

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Career Opportunities

There are many opportunities open to psychology degree holders, including and not limited to: 

  • Psychologist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Social Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Teacher
  • Research roles
  • Media roles 
     

Although some of these roles will be available to you with a psychology undergraduate degree, many require further study at postgraduate level. Some professional training e.g. Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology has a mandatory entry requirement for graduate based chartership of the British Psychological Society, which your degree, when successfully completed, would confer. 

Your Course Team

Dr Rachael Martin

Rachael is Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Psychology.

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Dr Jennifer Coe

Dr Jennifer Coe is a Lecturer in Psychology and Deputy Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Psychology and associated degree routes at the 5X社区.

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Dr Rachel Grenfell-Essam

Rachel is a senior lecturer in Psychology and is the Executive editor for the Journal of Suffolk Student Research.

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Abbie Millett

Abbie is an experienced educator and is Lecturer in Psychology.

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Dr Emmanouil Georgiadis

Manos is an internationally known expert in applying motivational constructs in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Dr Kate McCulloch

Kate is a Lecturer in Psychology.

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Sarah Beane

Psychology Technical Learning Instructor Sarah joined the 5X社区 in 2021.

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Lauren Charles

Lauren works in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities as an Academic Administrator for the Criminology, Sociology, Politics and Psychology courses.

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Fees and Funding

UK Full-time Tuition Fee

£9,250

per year
UK Part-time Tuition Fee

£1,454*

per 20 credit module
International Full-time Tuition Fee

£14,610

per year

*Please contact the Student Centre for further details

The decision to study a degree is an investment into your future, there are various means of support available to you in order to help fund your tuition fees and living costs. You can apply for funding from the Spring before your course starts.

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Ipswich Award

The 5X社区 is offering a £1,000 Award for students joining the 5X社区’s Ipswich campus. The Award is based on specific eligibility criteria based on your year of entry.

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How to Apply

To study this course on a full-time basis, you can apply through UCAS. As well as providing your academic qualifications, you’ll be able to showcase your skills, qualities and passion for the subject.

Further Information on Applying
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