Undergraduate Course

Artificial Intelligence in Psychology

BSc (Hons)*

 * This course is subject to validation 

Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2024/25)

International fee

£14,900 per year (2024/25)

UCAS points

112 (September 2024 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road and Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Artificial intelligence and Psychology is a new degree in this emerging field where you will study intelligent behaviour in machines and in human beings. You will be at the forefront of this exciting new discipline and a future thought leader in what is an ever-growing area of impact.   

This course develops student understanding of how natural cognition can be understood with the help of artificial cognition and how psychological phenomena arise in artificial cognition. Students will learn how to apply this understanding of human psychology in the complex programming of AI technology.  

You will consider simple and complex AI alongside a broad range of theories of human behaviour. Psychologists have the unique perspective to consider the ethics and impact of AI on human beings. Scientists are examining how much is AI shaping our world, changing our daily lives and interactions, and creating a new reality.   

AI is perhaps the future modern forum for individuals, companies, and even countries. The psychologist who can understand, interrogate and navigate this technology and its impact will be integral to our future at all levels in society.   

There are many positives to be gained from AI. It can analyse huge amounts of data swiftly, provide therapy services, it can help doctors predict health challenges in groups and patients earlier and create automated bespoke treatment plans.   

You will graduate with the skills to tackle some of the biggest challenges in the study of the human mind and machine behaviour, whilst applying your knowledge to offer future focused solutions.  This course will position you at the cutting edge of this graduate job market. You will graduate with the skills, knowledge and expertise to maximise the opportunities that this new technology will provide.  

This course will help you learn the mathematical foundations of AI and how to construct AI systems and models. Dealing with data is one of the biggest challenges that society faces – but it also offers huge opportunities from autonomous vehicles to medical systems. Combining this expertise with psychological theories means you will have an advantage in understanding the human mind, behaviour and how this influences AI. 

10%of vehicles will be driverless by 2030Forbes 2022
64%of businesses expect AI to increase productivityForbes 2022
1millionUsers on ChatGPT within the first five days of its releaseForbes 2022
An abstract image of a brain.

Specialist Facilities 

Our facilities are used for both teaching and research. They include computing labs with specialist software for designing experiments and research. You'll use a range of psychological recording equipment such as the latest eye-tracker equipment for analysing eye movement and our Babylab for ethical research with babies and young children. 

A student conducting an observation suite activity.

What you will study

You will graduate with the skills, knowledge and expertise to maximise the opportunities that this new technology will provide for all industry sectors. You will study a range of psychology modules alongside the application of AI tools in practice.  

Your knowledge will be uniquely underpinned by your study of a range of topics that include the fundamentals of mathematics and programming, the application of AI tools, contemporary issues and ethical considerations of AI tools and machine learning. For psychology modules these will include topics like Social and Cognitive Psychology, forensic psychology, cyberpsychology and behaviour change.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus entrance

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How you will learn

You’ll learn in different ways, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and team working. On the Individual Project module, you’ll be encouraged to use and apply research and innovation tools and approaches in a practical context.  

You will learn from lecturers and tutors who are carrying out research designed to offer fresh perspectives on issues that are significant at every stage of life as well as those who develop and apply the latest AI tools in domains ranging from health to manufacturing. Your lecturers bring their latest thinking to your studies. And, in some cases, you’ll have opportunities to get involved in research projects yourself. 

How you are assessed 

For Artificial Intelligence with Psychology, a variety of assessment methods are used. Some modules are assessed through coursework only, others by a combination of:  

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Entry requirements

2024 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2024 entry. Contextual offers may apply to students who meet certain criteria.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEN/A

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding



£9,250 per year



£14,900 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

If you are in Year 13 and applying for a full-time undergraduate course (including our joint honours courses), we recommend that you apply through UCAS.

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If you are applying to study part-time, or already have your qualifications, or wish to join at Year 2 or 3, you should apply directly to the University.

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Artificial Intelligence careers include: 

Studying psychology opens doors to many different sectors and professions - anywhere an understanding of people is valued - so your career options will be broad. Our Psychology graduates have gone on to successful roles in sectors such as:    

Through our Professional Development Package, you'll gain valuable transferable skills, including:   

Careers and Employment Service  

Our Careers and Employment Service can help you boost your employment skills by connecting you with employers for work placements, part-time jobs, and volunteering. They can also offer guidance on career options, CV writing, or starting your own business. 

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.