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Psychology BSc

Department of Psychology

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Course description

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Our British Psychological Society accredited course will give you the skills and knowledge to investigate and understand human behaviour and mental processes.

We'll show you how the brain works and how it links to behaviour, from a scientific standpoint. Plus, you can specialise in the topics that interest you most – from the nitty-gritty of neurological networks to the vast web of social interactions.

You'll get the chance to explore important topics with real world relevance such as psychosis, addictions, procrastination, health behaviours, eating disorders and depression, under the guidance of our internationally recognised experts. You'll also run your own experiments and learn from some of the UK’s top psychology researchers.

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.


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 directly.

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Title: Psychology BSc course structure
UCAS code: C800
Years: 2021

In the first year of your degree, you'll study fundamental psychology topics, including how memory works, how we interact with others and our environment, and the biology behind human behaviour. You’ll take modules across the breadth of psychology ranging from developmental psychology and social psychology, to cognitive psychology, neuroscience and clinical psychology. Through your training in psychological research methodology you’ll also be learning how psychological experiments are designed and conducted, and get experience of how to analyse data and present findings.

Core modules:

Cognitive Psychology I

This unit provides an overview of core components of cognition, and principles of their investigation. The module covers perception, attention, performance, cognitive neuroscience, language, learning, memory and reasoning. It introduces and explored key concepts, theoretical perspectives and foundational methods. Examples of key studies in cognitive psychology will be considered critically.

20 credits
Developmental Psychology I

This module provides an overview of the fundamentals of Developmental Psychology from infancy to adolescence, and into later life. The module introduces concepts of development, including cognitive development, social development, and neurological development. It summarises major developmental changes, and discusses theoretical perspectives underlying developmental research. Examples of key studies in developmental psychology will be considered critically.

20 credits
Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology I

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the key principles within neuroscience and clinical psychology. The module will introduce students to the basic structure and function of the brain, techniques and assessments used within neuroscience and clinical psychology, and an awareness of the ethical issues. The module will cover the aetiology, development, assessment and treatment of specific psychological and neurological disorders. Students will develop their knowledge, skills and understanding by attending lectures, engaging with activities/discussions within the lectures and engaging with the reading for this module.

20 credits
Psychological Research Methodology I

This module provides an introduction to the knowledge and skills that underpin the science of psychology. We consider why psychological scientists conduct empirical research the way they do, and how to conduct research in psychological science. Topics span the various stages of the research process, including the logic of hypothesis testing; types of research designs, methodologies, and measurement strategies; descriptive statistics; simple qualitative and quantitative analytic techniques; and critical thinking about published research. Students will develop their knowledge and skills by attending lectures and participating in activities and discussions in workshops and tutorials.

20 credits
Social Psychology I

This module will provide an overview of the fundamentals of social psychology. The module will introduce and explain key theories and research, and their application, for understanding social psychological phenomena. Content is organised around two themes: How people think (Semester 1), and how people feel and behave (Semester 2). The module will include lectures that will provide opportunities to learn how to critically evaluate social psychological research and theories, as well as to describe how social psychology theory can be applied to address real world issues.

20 credits

Students will also be able to take 20 credits of optional modules.

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. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Learning and assessment


We use a range of teaching methods to make sure that our undergraduate students get the skills and knowledge that every psychologist needs. You'll learn through lectures, small group tutorials and workshops, practical sessions in the lab and research projects.

We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

Learning support facilities and library opening hours


Throughout the course you will be assessed through a variety of methods including exams, tests and coursework.

Programme specification

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Entry requirements

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The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
including a science subject

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
including a science subject

A Levels + additional qualifications | ABB, including a science subject + B in a relevant EPQ; ABB, including a science subject + A in Core Maths ABB, including a science subject + B in a relevant EPQ; ABB, including a science subject + A in Core Maths

International Baccalaureate | 34, with 5 in a Higher Level science subject 33, with 5 in a Higher Level science subject

BTEC | DDD in Applied Science DDD in Applied Science

Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher | AAABB + B in a science subject AABBB + B in a science subject

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | B + AA including a science subject B + AB including a science subject

Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in science, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit 60 credits overall in science, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit

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English language requirements

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

Visa and immigration requirements

Other requirements
  • Science subjects include Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Psychology or Statistics

  • GCSE Maths grade 6/B

Pathway programme for international students

If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for an International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

Pathway programme for international students

If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for an International Foundation Year in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Department of Psychology

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.

Department of Psychology students are based at Cathedral Court in the heart of Sheffield city centre, where you'll find our state-of-the-art computer lab, seminar rooms, tutorial rooms and social space. We're within easy walking distance of all of the main University of Sheffield facilities, including the Information Commons, the Diamond, and our award-winning Students' Union.


We have a suite of newly-refurbished testing cubicles where you can use computer stimulus presentation software to run experiments as part of your own mini projects. You can access a range of tools for testing participants in your third year research project. This includes eye-tracking technology used in perception studies, our state-of-the-art EEG suite for measuring brain activity, biomimetic robots, motion capture equipment and a virtual reality suite.

Department of Psychology

Why choose Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield

  A top 100 university 2022
QS World University Rankings

  Top 10% of all UK universities
Research Excellence Framework 2014

  No 1 Students' Union in the UK
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

Department of Psychology

80% of our research ranked as world-leading

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Graduate careers

Department of Psychology

A psychology degree will put you in an excellent position for many jobs in the private or public sector. Many of our graduates go on to be Clinical Psychologists, IAPT practitioners or train in the NHS.

Our degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society, and covers all the topics and training that you need to complete the first steps towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

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.

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The majority of people I work with did an English degree, so having a different and scientific background is a useful thing to bring to the team

Louise Baird-Smith BSc Psychology

Louise is a Commissioning Editor at Bloomsbury, where she analyses the market for gaps and finds authors who can fill them. Her Sheffield Psychology degree gives her a unique insight into the job, allowing her to bring ideas to the table that others would not

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My course gave me the understanding of the subject that underpins my work now as an Assistant Psychologist

Kurt Armstrong BSc Psychology

During his second year, Kurt did a paid placement with the Sheffield Autism Research Lab (ShARL). The experience he gained on this placement fuelled his passion for the subject and gave him invaluable experience for a future career in research and clinical psychology

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Sheffield seemed a great balance of a city and outdoor spaces, like the Peak District

Amber-Sophie Dugdale BSc Psychology

After completing her BSc Psychology degree, Amber chose to stay in Sheffield and secured a place on the competitive clinical doctorate. Amber is about to complete her first year as a trainee Clinical Psychologist

Work experience

If you want to do a full year of work experience as part of your course, you can join the University of Sheffield's Degree with Employment Experience programme and do a year-long work placement between your second and third year. You can test out a career path that you're considering - whether that's within the field of psychology or applying your transferable skills in industry. Most students earn salaries during their placements too.

Our students have previously completed their placements with organisations including the NHS, Jaguar Land Rover and IBM in roles including Student Psychologist and HR Business Development.

Fees and funding


Additional costs

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Examples of what’s included and excluded

Funding your study

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