Module
descriptions

for BSc (Hons) Psychology

Core modules

Applied Cognitive Psychology

The focus here is on a detailed analysis of selected major topics in cognitive psychology. Mental processes are examined as are the theories that account for these processes.

Applied Social Psychology

This module continues with the focus on fundamental topics in social psychology and theories and explanations relating to interpersonalsocial relationships, individual and group processes and the contexts in which these occur, also examining them from an applied perspective.

Biological and Cognitive Psychology

This module presents you with a conceptual overview of cognitive psychology and introduces topics relevant to the study of human information processing as well as examining aspects of biological and comparative approaches to psychology.

Biopsychology

This module aims to develop an understanding of the biological substrates of behaviour. It focuses on the interrelation between the biological mechanisms and systems in both humans and other species.

Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

In this module you are given an insight into the history and development of psychology as an independent discipline. In addition this module examines a range of relevant conceptual issues from a critical and cross-cultural perspective.

Cultural Psychology

This course introduces not only the major areas in which cross-cultural variations have been observed, but also the methodologies employed in uncovering them. It promotes an understanding of the issues related to universality and cultural variability in behaviour, perception and motivation.

Global Perspectives

This is a new, university-wide module for first-year students. It is not subject-specific and includes a range of inspiring and exciting presentations, performances, keynote addresses, simulations and experiments that are led by internal and external experts and reflect the University’s values. You will discuss topics and undertake activities and creative tasks in cross-disciplinary groups facilitated by academic staff. The module features a strong emphasis on self-assessment and reflective learning.

History and Concepts in Therapies and Counselling Psychology

This half module introduces you to the theoretical background in counselling psychology. It will familiarise you with the four main approaches of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, existential and humanistic counselling.

Individual Differences and Society

Individual behaviour (and difference/variation) occurs in a social setting. This module introduces social psychology and particular issues, both theoretical and practical, in relation to individual differences and personality and group behaviour.

Life Span 1

In this module you will be introduced to various theories regarding human development. In addition you will be encouraged to think openly and critically about current issues related to development and lifespan such as childcare, attachment and family structures.

Life Span 2

This module provides an overview of human development and changes that take place in psychosocial transitional periods from early years through adolescence, adulthood, midlife to old age and death.

Positive Psychology

Psychology has long been concerned with concepts of pathology in the human psyche but positive psychology seeks to redress the balance and understand life satisfaction, happiness and contentment in contemporary living. This module will examine how rising affluence does not necessarily account for increased life satisfaction.

Research Methods 1

This module functions as an introduction to research methods, statistics and experimental design. You will acquire the relevant skills which you will be able to apply practically in lab sessions. Classes will introduce the nature of experimentation and experimental design, and the principles of research reporting.

Research Methods 2

This builds on and applies the skills acquired and assessed in the first semester in Research Methods 1. You will continue with lab classes, report writing, and the study and application of statistics, as well as the design and analysis of short investigations.

Research Methods 3

In this module more advanced statistical techniques and forms of experimental design are introduced. You will design, run and analyse a short experiment in small groups. You will then independently write up the experiment in the form of a lab report.

Research Methods 4 – Mini Project

You will undertake a short mini project as a method for honing the skills necessary for the final year research project.

Research Project (double module)

The research project is a substantial piece of independent empirical work which gives you the opportunity to study, in depth, an area of particular interest, and to develop the skills needed to become a competent researcher.

Elective modules

(Modules offered may vary according to demand)

Counselling Psychology

This module introduces counselling and therapeutic practices in Britain today and the theoretical ideas underlying these approaches, and encourages you to evaluate these approaches from a scientific point of view.

Forensic Psychology

Crime and punishment are eternal topics of debate. The issues affect everyone at some level and are of interest to anyone wishing to understand society and the role of psychology. Forensic and criminal psychology involves applying psychological knowledge to the legal and criminal justice system. You will examine the theories, models, contributions and understandings that psychology has developed in relation to contemporary issues played out in courts of law and criminal behaviour. You will also look at the role that professional psychologists play in contemporary legal and criminal justice systems.

Health Psychology

Health issues linked to longevity and lifestyle present society with considerable challenges. Health psychology is a growing psycho-social area and a key issue for the 21st century. You will explore the psychological processes involved in health, illness and health care and examine current topics of research in health psychology.

Psychopathology

This module provides an introduction to and conceptual understanding of major psychological disorders such as anxiety disorders and schizophrenia, as well as the relationship of various personality theories to psychopathy.

Psychology of Fashion

This module builds on social topics addressed in the programme, and also issues relating to personality and well-being. It considers the down side or possible consequences of fashion, fame and beauty, and also cognitive processes. Fashion, beauty and celebrity create a fascinating triumvirate of topics and consequently an examination of the psychosocial processes at work in these areas presents itself as innovative and exciting.

Psychology of Sexuality and Gender

This is a comprehensive module covering issues related to sexuality and gender from ‘cradle to grave’. The biological nature of sex and the social and personal aspects of gender and identity in relation to sexuality are considered.

Psychology of Sport and Performance

This option offers you the chance to engage with this particularly varied and applied area of psychology. Performance is about ability, not only in sport, but across a range of arenas.