Psychology BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
Our BSc Psychology programme will provide you with an unbeatable combination of personal, professional and academic opportunities in a vibrant and supportive setting.
We were ranked top 10 for psychology in the Guardian University Guide 2018. As one of the first universities to offer work experience as part of the degree, we have established links with many employers and our programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
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.
What you will study
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 influences our behaviour and social relationships.
As well as learning about core areas of psychology, research methods and statistics, you can tailor your degree by pursuing an optional Professional Training placement in an organisation of your interest and by choosing your final-year modules and dissertation research topic.
Our course is informed by cutting-edge research conducted by our multidisciplinary research groups, including Developmental Psychology; Environmental Psychology; Social Emotions and Equality in Relations; Health, Stress and Fatigue; and the Surrey BabyLab.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||36 months||C801||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||C800||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.
Professional Training placements offer students an invaluable opportunity to gain work experience and insight into a job role relevant to psychology graduates, and to refine a host of skills that employers look for, giving them an employable edge.
The extensive professional and research activities, and networks, of our staff will 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 beyond and include hospitals and clinics, schools, social survey companies, personnel and occupational guidance services, industry and commerce.
Our psychology students have undertaken placements at organisations such as:
- Home Office
- National Crime Agency
- Metropolitan Police
- Hays Specialist Recruitment
- National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for Surrey
- Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development
- Social Communication Disorders Clinic at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
British Psychological Society (BPS)
Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
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 keen 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 roles such as:
- Assistant Clinical Psychologist, St George's NHS Trust
- Primary Wellbeing Practitioner, Broadmoor Hospital
- Trial Coordinator, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Clinical Trust
- Assistant Psychologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital
- Rehabilitation Assistant, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
- Account Manager, Genesis Medical
- Recruitment Researcher, Walker Hamill
- Marketing Analyst, Masterclassing
- Junior Market Research Project Manager, Kantar Health
- Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, ThinkAction
- Graduate Leadership Scheme, Waitrose
- Assistant Crime Analyst, National Crime Agency.
Many of our students also go on to postgraduate study, as graduates are eligible for graduate basis for chartered membership of the BPS, which is essential for admission to postgraduate training in specialist areas in order to become a chartered psychologist. These specialisms include clinical, counselling, health, 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.
Study and work abroad
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. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
You will have the opportunity of a Professional Training placement abroad at one of our partner universities, currently including:
- University of Salzburg
- Humboldt University
- Oldenburg University
- University of Turin
- University of Milano-Bicocca
- University of Berlin.
The European universities offer the possibility of doing a research-based placement year in one of their laboratories with Erasmus+ funding. Professional Training placement opportunities also exist in other parts of Europe, the US and Australia.
Our School of Psychology will provide you with access to computing laboratories with a large number of Windows-based workstations and PCs.
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 year structure
The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.
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.
Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6
Two Level 6 modules are CORE to the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme. All Level 6 students take PSY3065 and PSY3095.
In addition, students select 4 optional modules. Due to PSRB requirements, students must pass each unit of assessment within their selected modules at 40%. Compensation is not available.
Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators.
A range of teaching methods are 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 12 students, which gives you the opportunity to develop your skills such as searching for and critically evaluating 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 key statistical and qualitative 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.
There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.
HEPPER E Dr (Psychology)
All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:
- Academic progress
- Pastoral/welfare issues
- Personal/professional development and employability.
Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of written coursework, research reports, presentations, and examinations. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
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 modules section for more information.
Policies and regulations
Learning and disability support
We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.
Student Personal Learning and Study Hub
SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Additional Learning Support
ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.
The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.
See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.
What qualifications do you need?
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
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.
Recognition of prior learning
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees||Professional Training fees|
|BSc (Hons)||36 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||Not applicable|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
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"The highlight of my placement was gaining independence by applying and developing the transferable skills I learnt and being able to develop myself both personally and professionally."
"I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to take a novel, creative approach to tasks and I feel that studying Psychology at Surrey has fostered this trait. With every assignment, we are encouraged to critique literature and go beyond merely regurgitating content."