Psychology

Psychology BSc (Hons)

This accredited degree course equips you with an understanding of theories and research about mind and behaviour, in line with current thinking and sector developments.

Available in Clearing. Call (0116) 257 7000 or WhatsApp on 07970 655 800 to secure your place

Overview

Watch: John Song, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, talks about the benefits of studying Psychology at DMU.


Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and how it shapes and influences our behaviour. On this course, we explore human behaviour using sound scientific methodology – observation, measurement, and testing – to understand how and why people function in the way they do.

Gaining a professionally accredited psychology degree is an essential first step to a career as a psychologist or to move on to postgraduate study. Our graduates thrive in careers where an understanding of societal issues is key – in criminal justice, education, social work, research, advertising, human resources and healthcare.

On the course you’ll study core areas including biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology, and you’ll cover personality and intelligence, research methods, and historical perspectives. You’ll also complete a work experience placement where you’ll see academic theory applied in practice.

Key features

  • Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), ensuring that our teaching remains relevant and in line with the latest developments in the sector.
  • Benefit from our research excellence – DMU’s Psychology academic Professor Rusi Jaspal was awarded the BPS’s highest honour for his ‘significant contribution to psychology’.
  • We offer excellent facilities including dedicated computer laboratories with the latest analysis software, individual research cubicles, interview rooms, and an observation suite, all supported by our psychology technicians.
  • Gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our #DMUglobal programme. Our students have explored the history of mental health and neuropsychology in Paris, considered inequality and segregation in New York and supported refugees in Berlin.
  • Upon completion of your studies (subject to achieving a minimum of 2:2), you’ll be eligible for graduate membership of the BPS – the starting point of your career as a chartered psychologist. This means you can benefit from exclusive discounts on books, events and e-learning, enjoy networking opportunities and get free access to BPS’s archive of academic journals.

 

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: C800

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: C800

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £13,750

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Entry criteria

  • A typical offer is a minimum of 128 points from at least two A levels, or
  • BTEC National Diploma - Distinction/Distinction/Merit, or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Distinction/Distinction/Merit

Plus five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths.

Alternative qualifications include:

 

  • Pass Access in the QAA accredited Access to HE with at least 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. English and Maths GCSEs required as separate qualifications at grade 4 or above. Equivalency not accepted within the Access qualification.

We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

  • International Baccalaureate: 30+ points

Interview: No

Work experience: No

Personal statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise and accreditation

 

 

First Year

  • Introductory Research Methods in Psychology
  • Core Areas of Psychology
  • Historical Perspectives in Psychology
  • Psychology in Context
  • Empirical Psychology

Second Year

  • Further Research Methods for Psychologists
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Personality and Intelligence
  • Social Psychology

Third Year

  • Psychology Project
  • Conceptual Issues and Critical Debates in Psychology
  • Employability Skills and Psychology
  • Elective Modules

Teaching will be in the form of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials

Lectures are primarily presentation-based. Some lectures may have only 10-20 students whereas others may have up to 100-300 students.  Seminars and workshops typically involve more interactive or practical exercises and demonstrations and commonly have around 10-20 students. Tutorials may be one-to-one or to small groups. In addition to timetabled teaching you are expected to engage in approximately 20-25 hours of self-directed study, including library research, group work and report or essay writing.

Assessment combines various methods including:

  • Essays
  • Written exams
  • Multiple choice exams
  • Presentations
  • Critical reviews

As well as more innovative methods such as oral presentations, research reports, critical reviews of research papers and portfolio assignments. In your final year you will also complete an 6000-8000 word dissertation. Modules use different assessment methods, although most employ a combination of examinations and coursework.

Teaching contact hours

Contact hours in a typical week will depend on your year of study and the optional modules chosen. However, typically you will have between 10-15 contact hours of teaching per week. As an example, within the second year of your studies you might typically have:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 1-3 hours of tutorials per semester, and as per request

Medium group teaching: approx. 5 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: approx. 7 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: approx. 20-25 hours each week

Teaching across the programme is informed by the research interests and expertise of our staff group.  Four key research clusters exist within the division: Health Psychology, Cognition and Neuroscience, Self and Identity and Psychology and Technology.  Staff members have diverse research interests including areas such as decision making, language, vision, eating behaviours, reproduction, identity processes, cybersecurity and cybercrime.  

Accreditation

The course is accredited as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society, provided the minimum standard of a second class honours is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist.

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Facilities and features

Hawthorn Building

Substantial investment in Health and Life Sciences has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.

Further resources to support research projects include test databases, experiment building software, psychophysiological apparatus including eye-trackers, and two dedicated psychology technicians.

Library and learning zones

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers a range of print and online resources to support your studies. Many resources and services can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone. We also have space across campus for group or individual work and study, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology available.

More flexible ways to learn

Our Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has been recognised as leading the university sector. It builds upon our pledge to offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students.

UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures.

This means students can revise taught material in the way which suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

As part of this course you will have the opportunity to complete a self-sourced work experience placement, which helps you apply your knowledge of academic theory to practical applications. Students are encouraged to source opportunities in line with their own career ambitions from different schemes and providers both inside and outside of the university.

Our careers programme #DMUworks can help you secure a placement through activities such as mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and you will be assigned a personal tutor to support you throughout your placement. 

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Graduate Careers

Graduates from this course have gone on to work in a variety of roles across a range of well-respected industries including police services, teaching, social work, human resources, healthcare, research, and advertising.

Psychology graduate Shanley Lewis is now working as an assistant psychologist for the NHS, after she was inspired to pursue a career helping others when her dad suffered a stroke.

"Studying at DMU was exceptional,” she explained. “It was challenging and I learned a lot about myself and had to develop skills such as time management, which still helps me today."

Many of our graduates progress into further postgraduate study, including courses such as Health Psychology MSc and Psychological Well-being MSc.

DMU Global

#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Students on this course have recently undertaken #DMUglobal trips to places such as Paris, where they explored the history of mental health and neuropsychology, and New York, which provided opportunities to consider inequality and segregation in the city. As well as this, students have travelled to Berlin to help support and assist refugees.

 

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