BSc Psychology

UCAS Code: C800
Typical offer:
Three years

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About the course

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, BSc Psychology

Our undergraduate degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society, which means that it covers all the topics and training that you need to complete the first steps towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. You'll be able study topics ranging from developmental psychology and social psychology, to cognitive psychology, to neuroscience and clinical psychology and psychological research methodology. A full list of current modules is included in the 'Course structure' tab.

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.



Course structure

The modules listed below are examples from the 2018/19 academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.

First year

Compulsory modules:

Options include:

Second year

Compulsory modules:

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

Options include:

The core modules in second year are designed so that our students can qualify for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

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Third year

Compulsory modules:

Options include:

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.

Reading list

Below are a few books that would make useful background reading ahead of you starting the course.

Psychology text bookMartin, G. et al (2013). Psychology (5th Edition). Pearson.
Our level 1 textbook. Not a cover-to-cover read but gives a good overview of the topics covered by the degree.
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How to think straight about psychologyStanovich, K. (2013). How to Think Straight About Psychology. Allyn & Bacon.
Level 2 students should read this book, which contains key ideas about what Psychology is and isn't, and how, as a science, it is carried out.
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How the mind worksPinker, S. (1999). How the Mind Works. London: Penguin.
Engaging popular science book from a famous psychologist.
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An anthropologist on MarsSacks, O. (2012). An Anthropologist on Mars. Picador.
Tales of individuals with unusual brain conditions. Sacks writes with both scientific curiosity and compassion.
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Mind hacksStafford, T. & Webb, M. (2005). Mind Hacks. O'Reilly.
100 do-it-yourself experiments that you can try at home to illustrate how your mind works. Co-authored by a lecturer in the department.
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