UCAS Code: C800
Spend a year on a work placement as part of your course:
|About the course||
In the first year of your degree, you'll study fundamental psychology topics, including how memory and skill work, how we interact with others and our environment, and the biology behind human behaviour. In second year, you'll build on your first year studies and explore study a range of psychology topics in more depth, so that you can qualify for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society – the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. In third year, you have a wide range of modules to choose from, so that you can focus on the subjects that interest you the most.
You'll be able to develop practical scientific skills from the start of your degree. In workshops, students conduct psychological tests on themselves and others, to learn how psychological experiments are designed and conducted, and get experience of how to analyse data and present findings. You'll gain more advanced skills in second year, as you learn how to use professional statistical analysis software and take ethical considerations into account when designing research projects. In third year, you'll put all of these skills into practice with your own in-depth research project, on a topic you've chosen and with access to state-of-the-art psychology research facilities.
Read more about this course on the University of Sheffield's webpages for undergraduate students:
The modules listed below are examples from the 2018/19 academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.
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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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.
Below are a few books that would make useful background reading ahead of you starting the course.
Martin, G. et al (2013). Psychology (5th Edition). Pearson.
Stanovich, K. (2013). How to Think Straight About Psychology. Allyn & Bacon.
Sacks, O. (2012). An Anthropologist on Mars. Picador.
Stafford, T. & Webb, M. (2005). Mind Hacks. O'Reilly.
Degree with Employment Experience
Students on our degrees, can join the University of Sheffield's Degree with Employment Experience programme and do a year-long work placement between their second and third year.
You'll pay reduced fees for the year you're on placement and you'll still have access to your tutor and the support you need from the university. Most students earn salaries during their placements too.
It isn't something you apply for before you get here and placements aren't guaranteed – it's your responsibility to secure one but we’ll do everything we can to help.
Complete your placement successfully and we amend your degree title to reflect your experience, for instance: BSc Psychology with Employment Experience.
Our students have done their placements at organisations including the NHS, Jaguar Land Rover and IBM in roles including Student Psychologist and HR Business Development.