Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code C800
Duration 3 years
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Related subjects Psychology

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Department of Psychology
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 6531

Department of Psychology

80% of our research ranked as world-leading
Research Excellence Framework 2014

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.

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.

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 1 specified science subject
A Levels + additional qualifications ABB, including 1 specified science + B in a relevant EPQ; ABB, including 1 specified science + A in Core Maths
International Baccalaureate 34, 5 in a Higher Level specified science subject
BTEC DDD in Applied Science
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + A/B in 1 specified science subject
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA in 1 specified science subject
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • Accepted science subjects include:Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Maths, Further/Additional Maths, Physics, Psychology and Statistics. If you are studying Marine Science, contact the Department of Psychology, as although is is not listed as an acceptable science, we would like to consider your application
  • A Level in General Studies is not accepted
  • GCSE Maths grade 6 or grade B
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
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:

Interventions and treatment in clinical psychology
Participatory Research with Children and Young People
Philosophy of Psychology
Psychoanalytic Perspectives of Infancy and Childhood
What is Learning?
Atypical Brain Development and Degeneration
Biological Basis of Brain Disease 1: Neurodegeneration
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders
Cognitive Neuroscience
Criminal Psychology
Current Controversies in the Psychology of Addiction
Health Psychology
Neural Bases of Learning and Development
Occupational Psychology
Psychology of Sleep
Psychology of eating behaviour and weight management
The Bilingual Brain

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.

Scheduled teaching 13%
Independent study 87%
Placement 0%

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 teaching is informed by cutting-edge scientific research, which ranges from neuroscience through to child development and understanding why psychological therapies are effective. All of this has an impact on wider society.

Our work explores health and wellbeing, lifestyle choices, cognitive behavioural therapy, safe driving, mother-baby interaction, autism, Parkinson's disease, and reducing prejudice and inequality.

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

Your psychology degree prepares you for a range of careers across a variety of sectors. Accredited by the British Psychological Society, your degree gives you the scientific skills to investigate and understand human behaviour and society.

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

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