Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

72 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Benefit from high-quality teaching, excellent support and state-of-the-art facilities as you explore the fascinating discipline of Psychology.

Our foundation year route has opened up new opportunities for anyone keen to understand, explain and predict human behaviour, emotions and mental processes.

Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

Our Psychology courses were ranked in the Top 10 for satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2020

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Exciting career opportunities ahead

Psychology is the scientific study of human thought and behaviour. On this degree, we look at the applications of psychology in a wide range of areas and explore the social, developmental, cognitive and biological dimensions of behaviour.

Knowledge of psychology is invaluable in many walks of life and we place a strong emphasis on preparing you for success in the graduate job market or for further training so that you can become a professional psychologist.

Draw inspiration from our research

This is a research-led degree, so you’ll have the chance to contribute to the pioneering psychological research projects underway at the University and to conduct your own research too.

You’ll work alongside staff who are conducting influential studies into a vast array of topics including body esteem, maths anxiety, paranormal beliefs, social networking and parenting. You’ll also hear from psychology professionals who deliver regular guest lectures.

Our psychology team is leading the way with investigations which have attracted widespread attention. Recent examples include what is believed to be the UK's first study into smartphone addiction and research into the way .

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Predicting smartphone addiction

Lewis Mitchell, BSc (Hons) Psychology graduate, was already interested in technology addiction after studying our Cyberpsychology module, when he began his research into smartphone addiction.

Find out more about Lewis's researchFind out more about Lewis's research

Dynamic teaching, supportive staff

This degree is designed to stimulate your curiosity and enthusiasm. We take great pride in delivering a highly interactive learning experience which encompasses not only lectures and seminars but also group activities, practical workshops and innovative use of the web.

You will make full and effective use of online resources such as our virtual learning environment and it is little surprise that quality inspectors hailed our course as being “at the forefront of technology-enhanced learning”.

Exceptional student support is a hallmark of this degree. Our friendly and approachable staff invest significant time and effort in ensuring you have all the guidance you need to achieve at every stage of your studies. We offer a full range of support systems at departmental and University levels, with our programme of academic facilitation sessions proving especially valuable.

An ideal setting for teaching and research

Our excellent facilities include high specification computing labs, dedicated project rooms and a full range of psychological recording equipment such as the latest eye tracker technology for analysing eye movement. Our observation suite features rooms with two-way mirrors and DVD recording equipment.

From the outset of your studies, you’ll be introduced to specialist software for experiment design and will receive training in qualitative research. This equips you will skills to conduct interviews, manage focus groups and undertake effective, meaningful research.

Choose from a broad variety of modules

You can select from a vast range of optional modules covering both the applied and theoretical areas of psychology. This allows you to match your studies to your personal interests and career aspirations.

The optional modules available vary from year to year but they could cover subjects as diverse as abnormal psychology, cyber psychology, sport and exercise psychology, addictive behaviours, family health, schizophrenia, psychology in education, the psychology of pain and the dark side of psychology.

They also include an optional work placement where you can gain vital experience in a workplace setting.

What you will study

You’ll study modules such as:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Study Skills in Science
  • Research Methods and Data Handling
  • Foundation in Sport and Exercise or Psychology of Education
  • Fundamentals of Human Behaviour
  • Fundamentals of Applied Psychology
  • Sociology

If you already have level 2 English and Maths, you will not be required to take English and Maths core modules.

  • Skills and Careers in Psychology 1
  • Introduction to Biological and Developmental Psychology - This module explores how the brain works by investigating neural structures and neurons. It also introduces concepts and theories relevant to child development
  • Introduction to Social and Cognitive Psychology - This module introduces students to social psychology (the impact that other people have on what we think and do) and cognitive psychology (the mental processes that enable us to think and learn)
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology - In this module you will learn how to design, conduct, analyse, and report qualitative and quantitative research in psychology
  • Psychological Research in Practice - An introduction to conducting and reporting research in psychology, involving studies such as seeing whether swearing can reduce pain, and examining whether you are telepathic!
  • Does Psychology Matter? - This module explores the value of psychology in everyday life by exploring topics such as pre-natal screening, serial killers, body image and psychological screening
  • Psychology in the Modern World - This module explores psychological explanations for a diverse range of behaviours/concepts relevant to the modern world, e.g. Conspiracy Theory, Nature Connection and Hoarding
  • Skills and Careers in Psychology 2 - This module provides students with academic, careers, and employability support. It focuses on careers goals and personal development planning
  • Biological Psychology and Developmental Psychology - The Biological component explores links between the brain and various areas of behaviour. The Developmental component explores psychological theories of several areas of child development
  • Social and Cognitive Psychology
  • Quantitative Methods and Individual Differences - This module builds upon previous modules and gives you a deeper understanding of how to conduct research in psychology, particular relating to differences between individuals
  • Qualitative Methods: The Individual in Society - This module introduces a range of qualitative methodologies and explores the different insights these approaches bring to the area of individual differences

Optional modules:

  • Psychopathology: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Issues
  • Anomalistic Psychology and Parapsychology - This module covers the psychology of paranormal experiences and beliefs, including ghostly experiences, religious belief, and how and why people report such experiences
  • Cyber-psychology - This module explores the use of technology (e.g., smartphones, the Internet) on human behaviour and how psychological research and theory can help explain our interactions with technology
  • Philosophical Psychology - This module tackles the big questions that make your brain hurt; monism, dualism, consciousness, free will and determinism
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology - This module provides an overview of various sport and exercise psychology topics and focuses on how psychology can be used by practitioners to enhance performance and physical activity 
  • The Psychology of Health - This module applies psychology to understanding and explaining our experience of health, ill-health (illness) and our engagement with healthcare systems

This course offers an ‘Industrial Placement Year’ giving you the opportunity to enhance your practical skills by putting theory into practice, network in your industry and stand-out in the graduate job market. The placement year takes place in your third year, once completed, you would return to University to complete your final year of studies.

  • Applied Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice
  • Independent Study in Psychology - Under academic supervision, students formulate meaningful psychological research questions and/or hypotheses, select appropriate methods, collect and analyse empirical data, and produce a scientific report

Optional modules:

  • Addictive Behaviours - The module examines how psychological theories can help understand addictions, including those involving both legal and illegal substances; and behavioural addictions not involving substance use
  • Autism, Asperger’s and ADHD
  • Atypical Language Development - Communication is at the heart of everything we do as humans. In this module, we explore how to support children whose language acquisition is atypical
  • Clinical Applications of Psychology
  • Emotion in Context - Have you ever wondered to what extent emotion influences our daily functioning; from what we perceive, to the way we feel and/or perform, to the day-to-day decisions we make? If so then this module is for you – providing the scientific underpinnings of emotion
  • Family Health Across the Lifespan - This module takes a lifespan perspective to explore how psychological theory can be applied to understanding family experiences of health and illness
  • Forensic Applications of Psychology - The module gives students a thorough introduction to the application of psychology to our understanding of criminal behaviour and the criminal justice system
  • Human Behaviour and Evolution - This module explores the role of evolution and culture in explaining a diverse range of behaviours such as war, homosexuality, and religion
  • Neuropsychology - The purpose of the module is to try to explain what it is like to be without a cognitive facility. The module draws on real case studies to help explain the difficulty of drawing conclusions about the relationship between brain and behaviour
  • Schizophrenia - This module tackles the real problems faced by people who are suffering from schizophrenia
  • Psychology in Education
  • The Dark Side of Psychology
  • The Psychology of Pain - This module explores and integrates current theory and research in key areas of pain and pain management from a psychological perspective
  • The Psychology of Rationality
  • Work Readiness - This module aims to give students an advantage in a competitive graduate job market by ensuring they have graduate-level experience, and are prepared and ready for work

Please note, optional modules vary from year to year.

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.

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How you will learn

Teaching and learning

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. You'll also benefit from guest lectures from world-class researchers from around the world. 


We use a variety of assessment methods, including essays, exams, posters, presentations, and reports. Our assessments enable you to develop a wide range of transferable skills.

You’ll mainly be assessed through assignments, although you may have to take some class tests. For your 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.

Work placements

Our course includes an optional work placement module.

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*



£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Psychology has a huge impact on all areas of life, including education, health, business, sport and the law, so your career scope will be broad and exciting. This degree not only gives you the scientific knowledge to explain human behaviour but also equips you with communication, IT and behavioural research skills that will prove invaluable wherever your future takes you.

On completing this course, our graduates have progressed into roles such as health service supervisor, assistant therapeutic care worker, mental health support worker, charity leadership, human resource management and scientific or clinical research.

Many, however, choose to use their qualification as a platform for further training to become a professional psychologist and our graduates are now succeeding in areas such as clinical and educational psychology.

Opportunities for postgraduate study at the University of Derby include our MSc Behaviour ChangeMSc Applied Developmental PsychologyMRes Psychology or MSc Health Psychology. As an accredited course, the MSc Health Psychology will take you further down the route towards becoming a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Some of our graduates also advance to careers in teaching and management training or build on their interest in research to complete a PhD.

Programme leader

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Additional information about your studies

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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.

Included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

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.

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