Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code C800
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Psychology

Any questions?

Undergraduate admissions team
Department of Psychology
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 6531
Email psy-ug-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/psychology/prospectiveug

Course description

This course covers all aspects of psychology. Topics include biological, social and developmental psychology, cognition, psychological disorders and cognitive neuroscience.

We can also teach you the methods used by professional researchers and psychologists. There are opportunities to work real research projects, some of which might also involve a public or private sector partner. In your final year, you'll carry out a research project of your own.

Modules
In your third year you'll choose from a wide range of optional modules in psychology. You can also choose optional modules in other departments, including some from biomedical science, speech and language science and philosophy.

Accreditation
Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB including a science subject
International Baccalaureate 34, 6 in a Higher Level science subject
BTEC DDD in Applied Science
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 including at least one science subject
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAABB + AB with grade As from either Highers or Advanced Highers in at least one science subject
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA including a science subject
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • A Level General Studies is not accepted
  • Accepted science subjects include: Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Further/Additional Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, and Statistics
  • GCSE Maths grade 6 or grade B
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Department of Psychology website

First year

Core modules:

Cognitive Psychology I
Developmental Psychology I
Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology I
Psychological Research Methodology I
Social Psychology I

Second year

Core modules:

Cognitive Psychology II
Developmental Psychology II
Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology II
Psychological Research Methodology II
Social Psychology II

Third year

Core modules:

Research Project in Psychology
Extended Essay in Psychology

Optional modules:

Cognition and Communication
Philosophy of Psychology
Atypical Brain Development and Degeneration
Biological Basis of Brain Disease 1: Neurodegeneration
Clinical psychology I: Theories and models of psychopathology
Clinical psychology II: Psychological interventions
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders
Cognitive Development
Cognitive Neuroscience
Criminal Psychology
Health Psychology
Literacy : Development and Disorders
Neural Bases of Learning and Development
Occupational Psychology
Psychology of Sleep
Self-Regulation
The Science of Emotion

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 13%
Independent study 87%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 48%
Coursework 52%
Practical 0%

Department of Psychology

Our course explores human behaviour. You'll learn about the biology behind our individual differences, including developmental disorders and how our psychological strengths can be harnessed. Find out about development through the lifespan, human social interaction, and improving mental health.

Our work explores health and well-being, lifestyle choices, psychological therapies, safe driving, mother-baby interaction, Parkinson's disease, and even attitudes towards environmental issues.

We have a full range of experimental psychology laboratories, together with state-of-the-art neuroscience facilities for brain imaging, EEG mapping, and neurophysiological recording from single cells.

Department of Psychology website

What our graduates do

A psychology degree will put you in an excellent position for many jobs in the private or public sector.

Our graduates work in personnel management, market research, advertising, sales, social work, nursing and teaching. They also enter professions such as clinical, health or occupational psychology, usually after postgraduate training. Some of our graduates continue to a PhD to follow a psychology research career.

Student profile


Kendal Smales - Psychology

"Due to psychology being a relatively young science, both students and lecturers are continually learning more and more each day and that's what keeps it fresh and exciting. The course at Sheffield integrates everything I need and more."

Kendal Smales ,
Undergraduate

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and makes you eligible for graduate membership. This is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist. It's necessary for courses in clinical, health and occupational psychology. For more information see www.bps.org.uk

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