Study Patterns: Psychology BSc (Hons) (online)

On this page, you will find the study patterns for our BSc (Hons) Psychology online programme.

These study patterns highlight the modules that you will need study over the next 12 months. Please note that all students are required to re-enrol at the start of every academic year in September and so within your enrolment you can only choose modules for the current academic year.  

The scheduled modules for the remainder of your programme (outlined below) are based on the current plan, however, the order of these may be subject to change. Should any changes be made, we will communicate this to you as soon as possible.   

Please note that any optional modules are subject to viable group sizes. Should you choose a module that is deemed to be non-viable, you will be notified of the alternative available options.   

Please Note: Students should choose an additional Level 5 Option A module if opting out of the Psychology in Practice (5PS520) module which includes a compulsory week-long residential element. Psychology in Practice is a core module for the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme. Students who do not complete this module will exit with a BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies. The Psychological Studies programme is not BPS accredited.

If you have any queries, please contact the Enrolment team on +44 (0)1332 594000 (option 4) or email UDOLenrolment@derby.ac.uk

Pace of your study
For students completing the programme at the standard rate of study, the required minimum number of study time is 20 hours per week. 

If you opt to undertake the accelerated study plan whereby you will study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Should you decide to study on the accelerated rate you must ensure that you have the capacity to fully engage with your studies and achieve the best grades and final award. You will need to balance approximately 40 hours of study per week alongside your professional and personal life and commitments.

It may be useful to consider studying one module at the standard rate of study before deciding whether to then increase to the accelerated rate of study.

BSc (Hons) Psychology - standard rate with September start

Study PatternAutumnSpringSummer
Year 1 Research Methods and Analysis in Psychology
(4PS512)
20 credits
Introduction to Developmental Psychology
(4PS509)
20 credits
Introduction to Biological Psychology
(4PS507)
20 credits
Year 2 Psychology: Traditions and Skills
(4PS511)
20 credits
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
(4PS508)
20 credits
Introduction to Social Psychology
(4PS510)
20 credits
Year 3 Cognitive Processes and the Social World
(5PS514)
20 credits
Quantitative Methods and Individual Differences
(5PS517)
20 credits
Psychology in Practice
(5PS520)
20 credits
Compulsory week long residential
Year 4 Brain, Behaviour and Human Development
(5PS513)
20 credits
The Individual in Psychology: Qualitative Understandings
(5PS518)
20 credits
Option A Module
20 credits
Year 5 Option B Module
20 credits
Option C Module
20 credits
Option D Module
20 credits
Year 6 Option B Module
20 credits
Research Project
(6PS519)
40 credits
Research Project
(6PS519)
40 credits continued

Option A Modules: Sport and Exercise Psychology (5PS538); Psychopathology (5PS512)
Option B Modules: Psychology in Education (6PS526); Forensic Applications of Psychology (6PS529)
Option C Modules: Clinical Applications of Psychology (6PS525); Neuropsychology (6PS530); Language and Literacy Development (6PS547); Positive Psychology (6PS548)
Option D Modules: The Psychology of Pain (6PS532); Autism, Asperger’s and ADHD (6PS523); Applied Psychology of Human Performance (6PS545)

BSc (Hons) Psychology - accelerated rate with September start

Study PatternAutumnSpringSummer
Year 1

Research Methods and Analysis in Psychology
(4PS512)
20 credits

Psychology: Traditions and Skills
(4PS511)
20 credits

Introduction to Developmental Psychology
(4PS509)
20 credits

Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
(4PS508)
20 credits

Introduction to Biological Psychology
(4PS507)
20 credits

Introduction to Social Psychology
(4PS510)
20 credits

Year 2

Cognitive Processes and the Social World
(5PS514)
20 credits

Brain, Behaviour and Human Development
(5PS513)
20 credits

The Individual in Psychology: Qualitative Understandings
(5PS518)
20 credits

Quantitative Methods and Individual Differences
(5PS517)
20 credits

Psychology in Practice
(5PS520)
20 credits
Compulsory week long residential

Option A Module
20 credits

Year 3

Option B Module
20 credits

Option B Module
20 credits

Option C Module
20 credits

Research Project
(6PS519)
40 credits 

Option D Module
20 credits

Research Project
(6PS519)
40 credits continued

Option A Modules: Sport and Exercise Psychology (5PS538); Psychopathology (5PS512)
Option B Modules: Psychology in Education (6PS526); Forensic Applications of Psychology (6PS529)
Option C Modules: Clinical Applications of Psychology (6PS525); Neuropsychology (6PS530); Language and Literacy Development (6PS547); Positive Psychology (6PS548)
Option D Modules: The Psychology of Pain (6PS532); Autism, Asperger’s and ADHD (6PS523); Applied Psychology of Human Performance (6PS545)