Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

128 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

This course is available as a Joint Honours degree.

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If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

Explore the fascinating subject of psychology and gain the undergraduate qualification you need to enter postgraduate training to become a professional psychologist.

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Joint 5thin the UK for student satisfaction**Guardian University Guide 2020
6thout of 109 UK institutions for teaching quality**Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
93%overall student satisfaction on the course**National Student Survey 2019

A degree with research at its heart

Psychology is the scientific study of human thought and behaviour - skills and knowledge in psychology are invaluable in many professions and will open up diverse career avenues for you. We will introduce you to contemporary research into the social, developmental, cognitive and biological dimensions of behaviour. As part of your studies, you’ll look at the applications of psychology in a wide range of areas – from understanding the nature and causes of mental illness to investigating decision making in real life situations.

Ours is a research-led degree, which means you'll be taught by expert staff who are conducting influential studies into the specific areas of psychology you study. You'll also benefit from guest lectures by world-class researchers.

As part of the course, you’ll conduct your own research and have the opportunity to contribute to the cutting-edge psychological research projects underway at the University.

Our psychology team is leading the way with investigations into a vast array of topics including body esteem, maths anxiety, paranormal beliefs, social networking and parenting. Their work attracts international attention: in just one example, our psychology team are actively looking into smartphone addiction.

Romaana Kapadi at Derby

Romaana's rare research feat

Our undergraduate Psychology student Romaana Kapadi used her passion for her subject and her research skills to achieve the rare feat of seeing her work published in an academic journal.

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Professional recognition

Our BSc (Hons) Psychology course is accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS) so – as long as you achieve at least a second class honours qualification and obtain at least 40% in your Independent Study in Psychology – you will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the Society.  

You can then progress to accredited postgraduate qualifications and training to gain chartered membership.

A dynamic learning experience

Building on our enthusiasm for psychology, we are committed to making your degree as interesting and enjoyable as possible. We offer interactive teaching sessions including lectures, small group seminars, practical workshops and innovative use of the web to ensure you learn in the most effective way. 

Quality inspectors have commended us for being “at the forefront of technology-enhanced learning” and you will make full use of online resources such as our virtual learning environment.

We dedicate time and effort to ensure you have the right level of support to succeed at every stage of the course, especially through our programme of academic facilitation sessions. We pride ourselves on being responsive, approachable and available to meet your learning needs through a variety of support systems at departmental and University levels.

State-of-the-art facilities

You’ll benefit from our excellent facilities, which are used for both teaching and research. 

They include high specification computing labs with specialist software for experimental design. You'll be introduced to this software right from the start of your degree and will also receive training in qualitative research design. This will help you to develop your skills in interviewing and running focus groups, which are crucial for carrying out qualitative research effectively.

To undertake your investigations, you'll also have access to dedicated project rooms and a range of psychological recording equipment such as the latest eye tracker equipment for analysing eye movement. 

Pursue your personal interests

This course can be tailored to match your particular interests and career ambitions, including an independent study researching a theme of your choice. You can also undertake an optional placement to apply theory to practice in the workplace. 

We offer a vast range of optional modules – covering both the applied and theoretical areas of psychology – for you to select from. These vary from year to year but they could span subjects as as diverse as behavioural addictions, digital health and applications of theory into practice in clinical, forensic and educational settings.

What you will study

You’ll study modules such as:

  • Skills and Careers in Psychology 1 (1)
  • Introduction to Biological and Developmental Psychology (1) - 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 (1) - 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 (1) - In this module you will learn how to design, conduct, analyse, and report qualitative and quantitative research in psychology
  • Psychological Research in Practice (1) - 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 (1) - This module provides students with academic, careers, and employability support. It focuses on careers goals and personal development planning
  • Biological and Developmental Psychology (1) - 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 (1)
  • Quantitative Methods and Individual Differences (1) - 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 (1) - 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 (1) - 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

(1) Prescribed Joint Honours modules 

Students graduating with the non BPS-accredited BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies award have the option of taking Psychology Literature Review Project, in place of Independent Study in Psychology.

Please note, optional modules vary from year to year.

Students talking

Within the first few minutes of arriving at the University, I felt a positive energy and could already see myself attending in September; something which I had not felt at other Open Days.

Mike Rayyan
Open Day Visitor for Psychology

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 BSc (Hons) Psychology course includes an optional work placement module.

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points128 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualitications

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*

£1,155 per module*


£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.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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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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Psychological knowledge is invaluable in many walks of life, so your career options will be broad. The communication, IT and behavioural research skills you gain on the course will also stand you in good stead wherever your future takes you.

Our graduates are now enjoying success in roles including health service supervisors, assistant therapeutic care workers, mental health support workers, charity leadership, human resource management and scientific or clinical research.

This course also prepares you for further training in psychology and provides an essential platform if you would like to become a professional psychologist. You could go on to masters level study with the University of Derby, including our MSc Behaviour Change, MSc 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 BPS.

Some of our graduates have advanced to qualify in areas such as clinical and educational psychology or have embarked on PhD study. Others have progressed to careers in teaching or management training.

Programme leader

Dr Ian Baker

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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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