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



Joint Honours

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

Broaden your career scope by combining psychology joint honours with another subject to build a degree which matches your ambitions and interests.

Psychology is the scientific study of human thought and behaviour. The skills and knowledge you gain by studying psychology as a Joint Honours subject are invaluable in many professions and will open up diverse career avenues for you.

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Keep your options open

You can combine Psychology Joint Honours with a wide range of subjects at Derby – popular options include Biology, Criminology, English and Sociology. This enables you to study what you’re most interested in and to keep your options open as you chart your future career direction.

You can choose to study psychology as a major, joint or minor subject as part of your Joint Honours degree. Your decision will determine how many psychology modules you study.    

A thought-provoking subject

You’ll gain a detailed understanding of different areas of the subject including developmental, social, biological, cognitive and health psychology. 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.

Professional recognition

We have accreditation from The British Psychological Society (BPS). It means that, if you choose to major in psychology and achieve at least a second class degree, you are eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the Society. This is needed if you want to progress to postgraduate training to become a professional psychologist.

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 experiment design and statistical analysis. You'll be introduced to this software right from the start of your degree. You’ll also receive training in qualitative research design, such as developing your interviewing techniques and running focus groups. These skills are crucial for undertaking research effectively.

To pursue your own investigations, you'll also have the chance to use a range of psychological recording equipment including the latest eye tracker equipment, our observation suite with video recording facilities, and dedicated project rooms.

Research in focus

We aim to teach ‘research-led’ programmes. Your psychology joint honours modules are 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.

Our 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.

Please note that we're not involved in animal research.

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A dynamic learning experience

Building on our enthusiasm for psychology, we are committed to making our psychology pathways as interesting and enjoyable as possible. We offer interactive teaching sessions and extensive use of the web for lecture support.

We dedicate time and effort to ensure you have the right level of support to succeed at every stage of your course through personal tutorials and meeting the programme leadership team. 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.

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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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What you will study

You can study Psychology as either a joint, major or minor subject. This will determine how many modules you’ll study at each stage. Please check your other subject to ensure it is possible to create your chosen combination.


The modules you study at stages two and three will depend on whether you select Psychology as a major, joint, or minor subject.

In your first year you'll study modules such as:

  • 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

If you major in Psychology from stage two onwards (to obtain GBC), you’ll study the following modules:

  • 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 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

If you are majoring in Psychology by Stage three (to obtain GBC), you’ll need to study the following module:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Autism, Asperger's and ADHD
  • 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 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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Find out more about Psychology

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

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.

At stages one and two, you'll follow a traditional lecture and seminar/workshop format. Each week, you'll need to attend one lecture and a seminar and/or workshop per module. In your third year, some of the modules will require a two hour interactive lecture a week. However, lectures and seminars are intended to give you the basic information you'll need to pass the module. It's expected that most of your time will be spent working independently; for example, reading journal articles and books, conducting experiments and evaluating theories and research.

 How you're assessed

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.

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
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualitications

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. 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.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

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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Because psychological knowledge is invaluable to employers in many sectors, your career options will be broad. By combining psychology with another subject through our Joint Honours scheme, you’ll have even more potential career directions to consider. In addition, the communication, IT and behavioural research skills you gain on the course will stand you in good stead wherever your future takes you.

If you choose to major in psychology and achieve a second class degree or above, you are eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society. This will be needed if you want to progress to postgraduate training to become a professional psychologist.

“With Joint Honours, you end up with a much wider knowledge base and more choice of what to study and how to use your knowledge.” Graduate Rachel Christmas, who studied Joint Honours Psychology with Criminology and is now working as a custody administrator at Her Majesty’s Prison in Peterborough

Some of our psychology joint honours graduates have gone on to qualify in areas such as clinical and educational psychology or have embarked on PhD study. Some have used their skills to pursue careers in teaching, management training and mental health care.

You could go on to masters level study with the University of Derby, including 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 BPS. 

Programme leader

Dr Keith Clements

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

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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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