Study Patterns: Psychology BSc (Hons) (online) - UC8AG

On this page, you will find the study patterns for our BSc (Hons) Psychology online (UC8AG) programme.

Please use the links below to move directly to the relevant study pattern for the term you are enrolling onto.

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.   

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 Pattern Autumn (September) Spring (January) Summer (May)
Year 1 Understanding Psychology
(4PS511)
20 credits

Skills and Careers in Psychology 1
(4PS534)
0 Credits
Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
(4PS541)
20 credits
Introduction to Social Psychology
(4PS510)
20 credits
Year 2 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
(4PS508)
20 credits
Introduction to Lifespan Psychology
(4PS509)
20 credits
Introduction to Biological Psychology
(4PS507)
20 credits
Year 3 Individual Differences and Quantitative Methods
(5PS540)
20 Credits
Qualitative Methods: The Individual in Society
(5PS518)
20 Credits
Option A Module
20 credits
Year 4 Biological and Developmental Psychology
(5PS513)
20 Credits
Social and Cognitive Psychology
(5PS541)
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
Psychology Research Project
(6PS519)
40 credits
Psychology Research Project
(6PS519)
40 credits continued

Option A Modules: Psychopathology (5PS512); Cyberpsychology (5PS505); Psychology, Nature and Wellbeing (5PS524)
Option B Modules: Psychology in Education (6PS526); Forensic Applications of Psychology (6PS529)
Option C Modules: Clinical Applications of Psychology (6PS525); Applied Positive Psychology (6PS548); Neuropsychology (6PS552)
Option D Modules: Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD (6PS523); Psychology of Pain (6PS532); Applied Psychology of Human Performance (6PS545)

BSc (Hons) Psychology - accelerated rate with September start

Study Pattern Autumn (September) Spring (January) Summer (May)
Year 1

Understanding Psychology
(4PS511)
20 credits

Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
(4PS508)
20 credits

Skills and Careers in Psychology 1
(4PS534)
0 Credits

Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
(4PS541)
20 credits

Introduction to Lifespan Psychology
(4PS509)
20 credits

Introduction to Biological Psychology
(4PS507)
20 credits

Introduction to Social Psychology
(4PS510)
20 credits

Year 2

Individual Differences and Quantitative Methods
(5PS540)
20 Credits

Biological and Developmental Psychology
(5PS513)
20 Credits

Qualitative Methods: The Individual in Society
(5PS518)
20 Credits

Social and Cognitive Psychology
(5PS541)
20 Credits

Option A Module
20 credits

Option A Module
20 credits

Year 3

Option B Module
20 credits

Option B Module
20 credits

Option C Module
20 credits

Psychology Research Project
(6PS519)
40 credits 

Option D Module
20 credits

Psychology Research Project
(6PS519)
40 credits continued

Option A Modules: Psychopathology (5PS512); Cyberpsychology (5PS505); Psychology, Nature and Wellbeing (5PS524)
Option B Modules: Psychology in Education (6PS526); Forensic Applications of Psychology (6PS529)
Option C Modules: Clinical Applications of Psychology (6PS525); Applied Positive Psychology (6PS548); Neuropsychology (6PS530)
Option D Modules: Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD (6PS523); Psychology of Pain (6PS532); Applied Psychology of Human Performance (6PS545)

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BSc (Hons) Psychology - standard rate with January start

Study Pattern Spring (January) Summer (May) Autumn (September)
Year 1

Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
(4PS541)
20 credits

Skills and Careers in Psychology 1
(4PS534)
0 Credits

Introduction to Social Psychology
(4PS510)
20 credits
Understanding Psychology
(4PS511)
20 credits
Year 2 Introduction to Lifespan Psychology
(4PS509)
20 credits
Introduction to Biological Psychology
(4PS507)
20 credits
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
(4PS508)
20 credits
Year 3 Qualitative Methods: The Individual in Society
(5PS518)
20 Credits
Option A Module
20 credits
Individual Differences and Quantitative Methods
(5PS540)
20 Credits
Year 4 Social and Cognitive Psychology
(5PS541)
20 Credits
Option A Module
20 credits
Biological and Developmental Psychology
(5PS513)
20 Credits
Year 5 Option C Module
20 credits
Option D Module
20 credits
Option B Module
20 credits
Year 6 Option C Module
20 credits
Psychology Research Project
(6PS519)
40 credits
Psychology Research Project
(6PS519)
40 credits continued

Option A Modules: Psychopathology (5PS512); Cyberpsychology (5PS505); Psychology, Nature and Wellbeing (5PS524)
Option B Modules: Psychology in Education (6PS526); Forensic Applications of Psychology (6PS529)
Option C Modules: Clinical Applications of Psychology (6PS525); Applied Positive Psychology (6PS548); Neuropsychology (6PS530)
Option D Modules: Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD (6PS523); Psychology of Pain (6PS532); Applied Psychology of Human Performance (6PS545)

BSc (Hons) Psychology - accelerated rate with January start

Study Pattern Spring (January) Summer (May) Autumn (September)
Year 1

Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
(4PS541)
20 credits

Introduction to Lifespan Psychology
(4PS509)
20 credits

Skills and Careers in Psychology 1
(4PS534)
0 Credits

Introduction to Biological Psychology
(4PS507)
20 credits

Introduction to Social Psychology
(4PS510)
20 credits

Understanding Psychology
(4PS511)
20 credits


Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
(4PS508)
20 credits

Year 2

Qualitative Methods: The Individual in Society
(5PS518)
20 Credits

Social and Cognitive Psychology
(5PS541)
20 Credits

Option A Module
20 credits

Option A Module
20 credits

Individual Differences and Quantitative Methods
(5PS540)
20 Credits

Biological and Developmental Psychology
(5PS513)
20 Credits

Year 3

Option C Module
20 credits

Option C Module
20 credits

Option D Module
20 credits

Psychology Research Project
(6PS519)
40 credits

Option B Module
20 credits

Psychology Research Project
(6PS519)
40 credits continued

Option A Modules: Psychopathology (5PS512); Cyberpsychology (5PS505); Psychology, Nature and Wellbeing (5PS524)
Option B Modules: Psychology in Education (6PS526); Forensic Applications of Psychology (6PS529)
Option C Modules:
Clinical Applications of Psychology (6PS525); Applied Positive Psychology (6PS548); Neuropsychology (6PS530)
Option D Modules: Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD (6PS523); Psychology of Pain (6PS532); Applied Psychology of Human Performance (6PS545)

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