Psychology (Joint Honours)
What is Joint Honours?
With joint honours, you can study for an honours degree in two subjects. Find out more about joint honours.
Why choose this course?
- In the 2012 National Student Survey, 95% of our students were satisfied with the enthusiasm of our teaching staff and how intellectually stimulating the course is.
- Studying psychology as a joint honours degree allows you to keep your options open by studying two or three subjects and will open up a range of career opportunities for you.
- If you choose to major in psychology and achieve a second class degree or above, you are eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society. This is needed for postgraduate training to become a professional psychologist.
- You'll be supported by our enthusiastic and experienced team of psychology lecturers who will guide you through your studies and help you to reach your full potential.
- We've got some excellent facilities on campus where you can develop your psychological research and practical skills.
- You'll be studying in a department that recognises the importance of teaching, but is also research active with a strong record of publication.
We aim to teach 'research-led' programmes, our psychology modules are taught by staff who are actively involved in research in that area of psychology. As well as being enthusiastic about the subject we're also motivated to make our psychology pathways as interesting and enjoyable as possible, for example interactive teaching sessions and use of the web for lecture support. We also dedicate time to give students the proper support they need, particularly through our programme of academic facilitation sessions. We place a great emphasis on being available and being responsive to student needs through a variety of support systems both at a departmental level as well as a university level.
UCAS code: Y002
Start date: September
Course length: full time: three years, part time: up to six years
Campus: Kedleston Road, Derby
College: College of Life & Natural Sciences
Psychology is the scientific study of human thought and behaviour. You can combine this course with a wide range of subjects including Biology, Criminology, English or Sociology. This allows you to keep your options open and study what you're most interested in. You can choose to study psychology as a major, joint or minor subject as part of your joint honours degree. Your decision will determine how many psychology modules you'll study.
During the course you'll gain a detailed understanding of the different areas of psychology including developmental, social, biological, cognitive and health psychology. You can look at the applications of psychology to a wide range of areas, from understanding the nature and causes of mental health problems to investigating decision-making in real-life situations.
We have excellent facilities including high specification computing labs with software for designing experiments, which you'll be introduced to right from the start of your degree. You'll also receive training in qualitative research design, such as developing your interviewing skills and running focus groups. These skills are crucial for carrying out research effectively. You'll also have the chance to use a range of psychological recording equipment, our observation suite with video recording facilities and project rooms to carry out your research.
Our teaching is research-led where you'll be taught by staff who are actively involved in research in different areas of psychology. As well as being enthusiastic about the subject we're also motivated to make the degree as interesting and enjoyable as possible through interactive teaching sessions and online lecture support. We also dedicate time to give you the support you need.
We use various teaching methods to make sure that the course is interesting, engaging and that you learn in an effective way. We don't just teach you in lectures and seminars, you'll also take part in group activities and practical work, and use online resources such as our virtual learning environment.
We're not involved in animal research.
Visit our Psychology website
For more information please visit our Psychology website to see case studies on current students, details of the staff you'll get to meet and much more.
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Please note that the following optional modules are subject to change. Whilst most of the optional modules will run, we can’t guarantee that they will all be available.
You'll study a selection of these modules:
- Cognition and Development
- Does Psychology Matter
- Psychology in the Modern World
- Psychological Research in Practice
- Research Methods and Analysis in Psychology
- Social and Biological Psychology
You'll study a selection of these modules:
- Brain Behaviour and Human Development
- Cognitive Processes and the Social World
- Quantitative Methods and Individual Differences
- The Individual in Psychology: Qualitative Understandings
- Abnormal Psychology
- Anomalistic Psychology and Parapsychology
- Philosophical Psychology
- Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Placement for Employability and Reflective Practice
- The Psychology of Health
You'll study a selection of these modules:
- Psychology Research Project
- Addictive Behaviours
- Autism, Aspergers and ADHD
- Clinical Applications of Psychology
- Educational Applications of Psychology
- Emotion in Context
- Family Health Psychology
- Forensic Applications of Psychology
- Human Behaviour and Evolution
- Placement for Graduate Employability
- The Dark Side of Psychology
- The Psychology of Pain
- The Psychology of Rationality
Our entry requirements are usually 220-300 UCAS points, of which at least 200-240 will be from your core A2s (full A levels) or equivalent qualifications such as BTEC Diploma, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Highers etc.
We'll accept up to 60 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS levels (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project or Music qualifications.
We don't accept points from Key Skills Level 3. If you have any questions about what is or isn't accepted, please contact our Admissions team.
We also accept the Access to HE Diploma.
Your points at level 3 will be in addition to 5 GCSEs at grade C or equivalent level 2 qualifications.
The UCAS tariff points are a guide - we'll also consider all the information that you've included in your application. We'll also want to see that you're enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from coming to university.
- Full time students should apply for this course through UCAS.
- Part time students should apply directly to the University.
- If you want to start in September, you usually need to apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Information for international applicants
This is a resource intensive course.
We are in the process of finalising our international fees for 2015/16. In 2014/15 the fee for this course was £10,725 per year (full time).
These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2015 and August 2016. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year.
We use various teaching methods to make sure that this course is interesting and that you'll learn in an effective way. We don't just teach you in lectures and seminars, you'll also take part in group activities and practical work, and use online resources such as our virtual learning environment. Recent quality inspectors praised us for ‘being at the forefront of technology-enhanced learning’.
In your first and second year, you'll generally follow a traditional lecture and seminar format. Each week you'll need to attend one lecture and one seminar per module. In your third year some of the modules will require a two hour interactive lecture a week.
However, lectures and seminars are intended to give you the basic information you'll need to pass the module. It's expected that most of your time will be spent working independently; for example, reading journal articles and books, conducting experiments and evaluating theories and research.
How you're assessed
In your first year you'll mainly be assessed through assignments although you may have to take some class tests. In your second and third year, you'll be assessed either by assignments or exams. For the assignments you'll need to complete essays on specific topics but you'll also carry out and write up practical reports in qualitative and quantitative methods and give oral and poster presentations. In exams, you would usually be asked to complete essay questions. However, sometimes exams will include multiple choice and/or short answer questions.
If you choose to major in psychology and achieve a second class degree or above, you are eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society. This is needed for postgraduate training to become a professional psychologist.
You'll gain a range of different skills which are all useful for going into many different careers or training when you graduate. You'll develop good communication and IT skills plus an understanding of behavioural research. These key transferable skills are all highly valued by potential employers.
Some of our previous graduates have qualified in areas such as clinical and educational psychology or enrolled for PhD's. Some have worked in other professions where psychological knowledge is relevant (such as lecturing in psychology, or working in mental health settings). While others have entered careers where transferable skills are more relevant such as management training. Once you have graduated, you could also go on to study our MSc Health Psychology course if you would like to specialise in the area of health psychology.
One of our graduates, Rachel Christmas, who studied Joint Honours Psychology with Criminology is now working in Her Majesty's Prison in Peterborough as a custody administrator. She says, "You end up with a much wider knowledge base and more choice of what to study and how to use your knowledge."
The following comments are from students on the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree, which overlaps extensively with our combined pathways.
Shaista Laher, current student
"When I first started university I was very scared to be in new surroundings and starting fresh, but I met so many people from my course who were all really friendly. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year of studying psychology; I have learnt a lot of interesting workings of many psychologists and their theories. I have enjoyed it a lot as the lecturers have been really supportive and approachable and have always been happy to help and it gave me a lot of confidence."
One of our current students
"There were many aspects of the course at Derby that I found particularly beneficial to my development. The first was the lecturing staff. I found them to be student focused as opposed to being pretentious and completely wrapped up in their own research."
One of our current students
"The course has been fantastically interesting incorporating a wide range of topics in the area and taught by enthusiastic and friendly staff. As a joint honours student I was worried about how the course would fit in with my other subject: English, but I have found that the knowledge I have learnt in Psychology has proven to be very useful in creating a new angle to my English work."
"I feel this course has built my knowledge of all aspects for a future career in criminal justice. The degree has also helped me get used to doing presentations and application forms, as well as writing personal statements. The overall the university experience has built my confidence and gave me the opportunity to meet like minded people." Read Monica's full story here.