Psychology BSc (Hons) – 2022 entry
Why choose this course
- Learn from lecturers who are active researchers in key psychological areas such as behavioural, cognitive, developmental, personality and social psychology.
- Enhance your employability through our Professional Training placements, where you can work in a variety of industries such as healthcare, education, human resources and marketing.
- Access our state-of-the-art psychology facilities, including a six-room virtual reality suite and two observation laboratories, and use the latest equipment to conduct experiments.
- Select final-year modules that are taught by experts in their fields and tailored to your interests, exploring topics like clinical, health, occupational and environmental psychology.
- Study a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited curriculum, where you can gain the experience needed to secure Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the BPS, a pre-requisite for many postgraduate courses.
What you will study
On this course, you’ll study the scientific evidence of behaviour, mental health and neuropsychological functioning, to understand what makes us who we are, how our minds work, and what influences our decisions and social relationships.
In your first year, you’ll study core areas of psychology and research methods, to develop your foundations of psychological literacy. This will be supported by small group skills tutorials.
In your second year, you’ll learn about contemporary issues that impact every area of psychology. You’ll also complete a module that supports your professional skills development, covering placements, job preparation and career options available in the psychology field.
In your final year, you’ll study an advanced critical thinking module and select four optional modules, to specialise and delve deeper into your areas of interest. You’ll also receive supervision from a staff member to conduct your own scientific research project, critically evaluating protocols, data and literature.
Our facilities have recently undergone a £5 million investment, giving you access to the latest research equipment, including a six-room virtual reality suite to simulate real-life scenarios and two observation labs to see infant and social interactions.
With our equipment, you’ll be able to conduct experiments using electroencephalography (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). You can monitor eye tracking and physiological measures like heart rate and galvanic skin response, both in the lab and remotely, using mobile data loggers. You’ll also have access to an extensive library of psychometric and clinical tests.
In addition, you’ll have access to 20 bookable project rooms, a breakout space, equipment lockers and a computer lab.
Research apprenticeship scheme
During your second year, you’ll be given the opportunity to volunteer as part of our research apprenticeship scheme. On this scheme, you’ll assist academic staff with their latest projects, giving you an invaluable insight into a career as a researcher. You’ll work with a variety of professionals, learn about new areas of psychology, and develop essential transferrable skills like communication, teamwork and time management.
We have a research-led focus to our teaching, ensuring everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to employers. You’ll be taught by lecturers who are active researchers. These may include Dr Adrian Banks (an expert in reasoning and decision-making), Dr Kathrin Cohen Kadosh (an expert on the effects of the gut biome on the brain), Professor Jane Ogden (an expert in eating behaviour and obesity), Dr Harriet Tenenbaum (an expert in the social development of children) and Dr Eleanor Ratcliffe (an expert on restorative environments).
On this course, you can choose to study a foundation year, designed to develop your skills and make it easier for you to get started at university. As a foundation student, you’ll study full-time for one year at foundation level. During this time, you’ll complete three modules:
- In our Thinking Psychologically module, you’ll be introduced to the world of psychology. You’ll learn how to think like a psychologist, developing the skills to work at university level.
- In our Psychology in the Real-World module, you’ll explore how psychology operates in our day-to-day lives in several different fields. You’ll learn from research active staff who’ll apply their research to your teaching, and you’ll discover how to work and research academically.
- In our Research Project module, you’ll enhance your research skills and submit a mini report.
After successful completion of this year, you’ll move onto your chosen version of this course.
Find out more about our entry requirements, fees and how to apply.
BSc (Hons) - 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.
If you successfully complete this course with a minimum of a 2:2, you’ll have met the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS). This is a pre-requisite for many postgraduate courses, where you can train to become a chartered psychologist. You’ll also have the academic experience needed to apply for graduate membership with the BPS. This membership also entitles you to use the following post-nominal letters: MBPsS.
94% of our graduates from this course go on to employment or further study.* Typical career paths include clinical psychologists, consultants, crime analysts, human resources specialists, market researchers, rehabilitation assistants, social therapists and wellbeing practitioners.
Our alumni can be found in commercial, charity, private, and public sectors across the UK, with recent graduates working for Forensis, GlaxoSmithKline, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, Hays plc, Salesforce and St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Many students also use this course to apply for careers in law, management and teaching, or go on to further study, including postgraduate research, to specialise in clinical, environmental, health, occupational and social psychology, as well as research methods.
With the critical thinking, analysis, problem solving, decision-making, and communication skills learnt throughout the course, you’ll be highly valued in the workplace, whichever career you choose to pursue.
*Graduate Outcomes survey 2020, HESA.
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.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.
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:
University taught days are typically Wednesdays and Thursdays and trainees are expected to attend 100% of teaching. Trainees are on placement on non-University days. Towards the end of the programme, the number of taught days reduce and placement days increase. A timetable is typically available one month prior to the course start date.
Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:
- Laboratory-based practicals
- One-to-one supervision
- Online learning
In your first- and second-year tutorials, we’ll introduce you to core research methods and techniques, and help you develop your academic skills, such as searching for and critically evaluating research, writing essays and research reports, and preparing for exams. Tutorials take place in groups of approximately 12 students and are led by the same tutor throughout the year.
In your workshops, you’ll investigate key statistical and qualitative methods for analysing research data.
Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays and reading.
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.
There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
We use a variety of methods to assess you, including essays, examinations, research reports, posters and presentations.
We assess modules individually and award credits for the successful completion of each one.
Assessment takes place through a variety of methods that are carefully designed to develop and support a range of both academic and transferable skills, including written essays, research reports, posters, presentations, reflective work and examinations.
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.
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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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other 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.
We normally make offers in terms of grades.
If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.
If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you might still be able to apply for this course with a foundation year. A course with a foundation year includes an extra year of study to prepare you for a full degree course. Find out more about our degrees with foundation year.
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 contact Admissions on +44 (0)1483 682222 with any queries.
The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2022
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- Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms.
- Fees for EU students: The UK is now no longer part of the EU, we are awaiting further instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. Find out more information about Studying in the UK and the Scholarships for EU students.
- Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
- Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
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.
- Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
- International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
- 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
- 50% in January of the same academic year.
The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.
If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.
Professional Training placement fees
If you are studying on a programme which contains a Professional Training placement year there will be a reduced fee for the academic year in which you undertake your placement. This is normally confirmed 12 to 18 months in advance, or once Government policy is determined.
See the information about 2020/21 academic year Professional Training placement fee.
You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.
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.
By completing a placement, you can apply your psychological knowledge to people-facing environments and gain work experience in an area of personal interest.
You can choose to work for a range of employers, hospitals and clinics, schools, social survey companies, and personnel and occupational guidance groups, to practise and enhance your skills.
Previous students have secured placements with the following organisations:
- Broadmoor Hospital
- Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birbeck University of London
- Home Office
- Metropolitan Police
- National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy
- The National Crime Agency
- The Social Communication Disorders Clinic, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
- Wellbeing Service, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.
We also have an extensive number of partner institutions that offer placements exclusively to Surrey students, giving you access to research laboratories across the world. Our partner institutions include:
- Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
- University of Milan, Italy
- University of Oldenburg, Germany
- University of Salzburg, Austria
- University of Turin, Italy.
You can also explore your transferrable skills by working in other fields, including scientific communications, marketing and data analysis.
Applying for placements
You can apply for numerous opportunities via an open and free-to-all process. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however we offer support and guidance throughout the process alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. We also provide support if you wish to source your own placement.
Find out about more about the application process.
Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and procedures, the student regulations , and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our registration terms and conditions (PDF) from the 2020/2021 academic year as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us and before you accept an offer. Read more.
In particular we wish to draw your intention to the following matters affecting the academic year 2021/2022:
- Covid-19 - In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/2021 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach, details of which can be found here [link]. It is anticipated that these programme changes and the hybrid learning approach will be adopted throughout the academic year 2021/2022, however, given the changing nature of the pandemic, this is being kept under continuous review. Detailed information on all changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is available at the coronavirus course changes page. The linked pages set out information relating to general University changes and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.
- Brexit - The UK is now no longer part of the EU. We are awaiting further information and instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. EU students applying for programmes in the academic year 2021/2022 and students applying for courses with placements abroad should visit our dedicated webpages for the latest information on how the UK’s departure from the EU will affect their courses.
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.