Psychology BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

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What you'll study

A Psychology degree at Surrey gives you an unbeatable combination of personal, professional and academic opportunities in the setting of a vibrant and supportive top department (ranked top five in the Guardian University Guide 2017).

Our programme is underpinned by cutting-edge research undertaken by our multidisciplinary research groups, including Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Environmental Psychology; Social Emotions and Equality in Relations; Health, Stress and Fatigue; and the Surrey BabyLab.

Programme overview

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour, mental health and neuropsychological functioning. It seeks to understand what makes us who we are, how our minds work, and what constrains and influences our behaviour.

Psychology is a rewarding and valuable degree, both for the fascinating subject areas it covers and the skills it helps you develop. For instance, advances in science, international conflicts and enjoyment of the arts are all shaped by factors such as our biology, thinking and reasoning processes, patterns of communication and social interaction.

A Surrey Psychology degree provides a versatile springboard for your career. Our graduates are well-placed to train as practising psychologists and therapists. Equally, they are highly valued in any sector that involves people or that requires their key transferable skills such as critical thinking, analysis and communication. We were one of the first universities to offer work experience as part of the degree and have established links with many employers.

As well as learning about core areas of psychology, research methods and statistics, you can tailor your degree by pursuing an optional placement year in a professional organisation of your interest and by choosing your final-year modules and dissertation research topic.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

All programmes operate on a 15 credit modular structure over two semesters. All taught modules are semester based and are worth 15 credits, which is indicative of 150 hours of learning, comprised of student contact, private study and assessment. Project and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

This programme is studied full-time over three or four academic years. Three years without a Professional Training Year and four years with a Professional Training Year. In order to achieve the principal award of BSc (Hons) a student must complete 360 credits, 120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 respectively. In order to achieve the principal award with a professional training year students must also complete 120 credits at level P. Students are also eligible to exit the programme with the following subsidiary awards: 

  • BSc (Ord) – 300 credits with a minimum of 60 credits at FHEQ level 6
  • Diploma of Higher Education (Dip HE) – 240 credits with a minimum of 120 credits at FHEQ level 5
  • Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) – 120 credits at FHEQ level 4 

On successful completion of the BSc (Hons) programme students may apply for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Professional recognition

Students graduating from our degree programmes are eligible for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership – the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Students graduating from other degree programmes which are not accredited by the BPS are required to undertake further courses before being eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. Individuals seeking a career as a professional psychologist are therefore advised to take an accredited programme.

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A range of teaching methods is employed on our programmes as appropriate for the individual modules. These methods range from lectures, seminars and workshops, through small group practicals and tutorials, to one-to-one dissertation supervision.

In addition to lectures, tutorials are generally used to introduce you to the core areas of psychology.

In the first year of the degree, you will receive tutorials in groups of about ten students, which gives you the opportunity to develop your skills such as searching for and analysing research, writing essays and laboratory reports, and preparing for exams.

Tutorials in your first and second years will introduce you to the main research methods and techniques used within psychology, and workshops will provide you with statistical key methods for analysing research data.

Teaching is delivered by staff who are experts in their particular field of psychology and takes place in a friendly and professional environment. Teaching, laboratory and IT facilities are up-to-date, well maintained and have wireless high-speed internet access.


Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.


The School of Psychology provides its students with their own computing laboratories with a large number of Windows-based workstations and PCs. In addition, students have 24-hour access to the University’s computing facilities and the University Library.

The School also has a range of dedicated laboratories for conducting a wide variety of psychological research, including infant observation facilities, laboratories for perception and psychophysiological research, a suite of small project rooms, an extensive library of psychometric and clinical tests, the use of an MRI brain scanner, EEG recorders and TMS equipment.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

Our partner universities, located all over the world, currently include:

  • University of Salzburg
  • Humboldt University
  • Aarhus University
  • University of Turin
  • University of Milano-Bicocca
  • Groningen University
  • University of Berlin

The European universities offer the possibility of doing a laboratory–based training year in one of their laboratories with Erasmus+ funding. Opportunities to work also exist in other parts of Europe, the USA and Australia.

In addition to the exciting opportunity that an overseas experience represents you will also broaden the horizons of your studies and your professional career.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

Our degree programme includes an optional Professional Training placement. This will give you the opportunity to spend part of your degree programme with an outside organisation, gaining invaluable work experience and enhancing employability.

The extensive professional and research activities of our staff enable you to choose from a range of different Professional Training placement settings to reflect your individual interests and needs.

Opportunities exist throughout the UK and include hospitals and clinics, schools, social survey companies, personnel and occupational guidance services, industry and commerce.

Institutions and companies that have participated in the scheme include:

  • Home Office
  • Institute of Psychiatry
  • BMG Records
  • IBM
  • Metropolitan Police
  • HMP Holloway
  • Royal Marsden Hospital
  • Guildford Pupil Referral Unit
  • More House School
  • National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy
  • Action on Addiction
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for Surrey
  • Southern Addictions Advisory Service
  • North Carolina State University
  • The Science Museum
  • University of Kent
  • The Serious and Organised Crime Agency in the Home Office
  • Behavioural and Brain Sciences Unit at the Institute of Child Health
  • The Institute of Psychiatry
  • Broadmoor Hospital
  • Action on Addiction
  • Southern Addictions Advisory Service
  • Social Communication Disorders Clinic at Great Ormond Street Hospital

Graduate prospects

Our Psychology degrees provide you with the basic requirement for eligibility for admission to psychology postgraduate training courses in specialist areas of the discipline, such as clinical, counselling, health, forensic, environmental, social, research methods or occupational psychology, all of which are offered as postgraduate degrees at Surrey.

Some graduates continue their interest in psychology by registering for a research degree (PhD, MPhil) in a specialist area of interest, leading to a career as an academic research psychologist.

Many organisations employ psychology graduates for their specific psychological training and skills in areas such as personnel, research and development, survey and market research, and career guidance.

In addition, many employers are anxious to recruit psychology graduates because the broad curriculum produces a well-rounded individual who communicates well and has analytical skills.

Recent graduates have also embarked on careers in law, accountancy, teaching, computer programming and general management. Virtually all graduates of the programme find satisfactory employment within six months of graduation.

Graduates over the last few years entered employment with organisations such as:

  • Institute of Psychiatry, Project Coordinator
  • St George's NHS trust, Assistant Clinical Psychologist
  • Broadmoor Hospital, Primary Well-Being Practitioner
  • King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Clinical Trust, Trial Coordinator
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital, Assistant Psychologist
  • Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Metropolitan Police Service, Technical Author
  • Queen Mary, University of London, Research Assistant
  • Surrey County Council, Assistant Primary Mental Health Worker
  • Royal Ballet Company, Healthcare Team Assistant
  • LifePsychol, Assistant Psychologist
  • Arbour Vale School, Specialist Teaching Assistant

Many of our students also go on to postgraduate study, including clinical, forensic and organisational psychology.

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



Access to HE Diploma

45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


European Baccalaureate

75 per cent overall

International Baccalaureate

34 overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass

Scottish Highers


Welsh Baccalaureate

Pass overall with AAB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

English Language at Grade B(5) and Mathematics at grade B(5) (or equivalent)

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2017 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years C801 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years C800 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

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The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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