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 module(s) that you will need to study and select for the upcoming academic year. The scheduled modules for the remainder of your programme, outlined below, are based on the current plan, however, please note that the order of these may be subject to change. Should any changes be made, we will communicate this to you as soon as possible. Should you have any concerns regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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 contact us on +44 (0)1332 594000 or onlineadmissions@derby.ac.uk to discuss your 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.

For our students completing the programme at the standard rate of study, we recommend that you study 20 hours per week. For our students completing the programme at the accelerated rate of study, we recommend that you study 40 hours per week.

Psychology, BSc (Hons) - standard (6 years) with Autumn (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 
The Individual in Psychology: Qualitative Understandings
(5PS518)
20 credits 
Psychology in Practice
(5PS520)
20 credits 
Year 4 Brain, Behaviour and Human Development
(5PS513)
20 credits
Quantitative Methods and Individual Differences
(5PS517)
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); The Psychology of Health (6PS538); 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); Contemporary Issues in Psychology (6PS546); Applied Performance Psychology (6PS545)

Psychology, BSc (Hons) - accelerated (3 years) with Autumn (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

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); The Psychology of Health (6PS538); 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); Contemporary Issues in Psychology (6PS546);