Psychology addresses our inescapable interest in ourselves. What makes us who we are? What influences how we feel, think and act, and how we relate to others? Psychology developed as a discipline that focuses on the scientific study of behaviour, the human mind and people in social contexts. The School’s modules and study pathways enable students to work towards certificates, diplomas, a foundation degree and honours degrees, as well as a variety of postgraduate qualifications.
Whatever your study aim (whether it's to study the odd module or complete a whole qualification), the best place to start – for almost everybody – is with a Level 1 module. Level 1 modules are roughly equivalent to the level of study in the first year at a conventional university. Level 2 study is more demanding, and we find our students are most successful when they've done the groundwork that Level 1 is specifically designed to cover.
However, for some students, with enough experience, it may be possible to start with a Level 2 module . If you're considering this, further guidance can be found here. In addition, you can speak to a specialist adviser.
If you’re interested in social sciences, criminology, computing or philosophy, there’s the possibility of enrolling on one of our joint honours programmes and studying Computing & IT and Psychology; Criminology and Psychology; Philosophy and Psychological Studies; or Social Sciences (Psychology). You can, of course, choose to focus entirely on psychology and counselling if that’s what you would prefer.
Research from the School of Psychology & Counselling is internationally recognised, and this research expertise feeds directly into our teaching. The modules you will study are written by academics who are active researchers in their field, giving you access to up-to-date findings and expert explanations for the concepts and topics investigated.