Psychology BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

Why choose this course

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 ten in the Guardian University Guide 2018).

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.

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 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.

Course facts

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.

Psychology placements

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

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.

Professional recognition

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.

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.

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 located all over the world, currently including:

  • 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.


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.


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 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.


This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Programme leader

HEPPER E Dr (Psychology)

Personal tutor

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

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

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

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?


Overall: AAB. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required subjects: N/A.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

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

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD.

Required subjects: N/A.

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

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 34

Required subjects: N/A.

GCSE or equivalent: English and Maths at HL4/SL4 (including MYP).

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 82%.

Required subjects: N/A.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language (1/2), 6, or (3),7 and Maths, 6.

Access to HE Diploma

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

Required subjects: N/A.

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

Scottish Highers

Overall: AAABB.

Required subjects: N/A.

GCSE or equivalent: Scottish National English Language and Maths at grade 5, C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with AAB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required subjects: N/A.

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

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

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.

Select your country

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.

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.

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 £9,250 £20,500 Not applicable
BSc (Hons) 48 months £9,250 £20,500 £1,800

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

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.

How to apply

Learn how to apply for an undergraduate course, see details about the UCAS application process and determine the steps you need to take if you receive an offer to study.

Admissions information

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