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Psychology with Health and Wellbeing in Society Modules

In the first and second years, the focus is upon providing a good foundation in what the British Psychological Society (BPS) recognises as the core areas of Psychology alongside social science perspectives with regard to understanding health issues.  All modules in the first and second years are compulsory.

First year

  • Psychological and Sociological Theories of Health and Illness - introduces a range of psychological and sociological theories and concepts which are relevant to health and social care
  • Core Areas of Psychology - provides a concise overview of the core paradigms in psychology, including biological, cognitive, developmental, personality and social psychology
  • Historical Perspectives in Psychology - explores the nature of psychological explanation in historical context
  • Introduction to the Sociology of Health and Illness - provides an introduction to sociological perspectives and methods as well as their application to health and health care

Second year

  • Further Research Methods for Psychologists - more advanced statistical tests, concepts and methodological designs
  • Biological Psychology - examines the biological processes underlying psychological mechanisms, including visual and auditory perception, and language as well as the brain mechanisms of psychological disorders
  • Cognitive Psychology - explores the key areas of cognition such as attention, memory, language and reasoning and focuses on the practical implications of research
  • Developmental Psychology - focuses on the way humans develop, from early childhood through to old age. It also examines the development of self, identity and gender roles
  • Personality and Intelligence - explores how psychologists have conceptualised and researched some of the key ways in which people differ
  • Social Psychology - explores concepts that serve to govern our social interactions, including attitude change and persuasion, social representations and inter-group conflict
  • Social Aspects of Health and Illness - this module provides an overview of how social concepts and theories can be applied in healthcare.

Third year

The following three modules are compulsory.

  • Psychology Project - gives you the opportunity to design and conduct an empirical study showing originality and expertise in methodological and data handling techniques
  • Conceptual Issues and Critical Debates in Psychology - explores conceptual issues in contemporary psychology, including an examination of modernist and post-modernist approaches and the concept of social constructionism
  • Employability Skills and Psychology - you will undertake a period of work experience and consider how psychological theory can be applied in a work environment

Also choose one of the following options:

  • Psychology of Eating Behaviours - develops an understanding of human appetite and eating behaviours from a variety of biological and psychological perspectives
  • Psychology of Chronic Illness - build on prior knowledge of social, differential and developmental psychology and applies this to the area of chronic illness

Plus one of the following options:

  • Health Promotion and Public Health - reviews the development of health promotion/public health and considers the concepts and principles that underpin the new public health movement

Or choose two from:

  • Gender, Health and Social Care - examines the relationship between gender and health; in particular gender differences in relation to health and wellbeing and the use of healthcare services
  • Ageing and Health - critically examines what it means to age ‘healthily’, drawing on biological, psychological, sociological and gerontological theory
  • Social Exclusion and Health - explores theoretical perspectives on the concept of social exclusion

Or both 

  • Gender, Health and Healthcare - examines the relationship between gender and health, including gender differences in relation to health status and the use of health care services


  • Globalisation and Health - examines the global experience of health, well-being and disease through a number of themes

Plus one of the following options:

  • Criminological and Forensic Psychology - explores approaches to defining and measuring crime and how psychological theories can be applied to criminal behaviour
  • Counselling Psychology - introduces the basic principles of counselling psychology and practice
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology - provides an overview of modern cognitive neuropsychological approaches to dysfunction following head injury and how theory is applied to case histories
  • Work Psychology - helps students to gain a broad knowledge base in work psychology
  • Well-being and Positive Psychology – introduces the scientific study of optimal human functioning within areas such as happiness, wellbeing, personal strengths, positive emotions, optimism, hope and flow
  • Psychology and Education - gives an overview of various aspects of psychology as applied to education
  • Cyberpsychology – covers all aspects of human interaction with technology, with a focus on the impact of cyberspace and the Internet on individual and group behaviour
  • Vision - provides an overview of vision research and develops skills to critically evaluate current vision science literature

Our final year options allow you to tailor your study to specific career pathways. The range of modules available are subject to change and are dependent on student numbers enrolled and could be withdrawn without prior notice due to limited numbers.

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