Liberal Studies (Psychology)

BA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation

Programme details

  • Next start date: 23 Sep 2019
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Fee: January 2019: £17,250, September 2019: £17,500
  • UCAS code: LS09
  • Study abroad: Optional

This programme is modelled on the traditional US liberal arts degree. You will major in one subject area, but will also study a variety of other topics.

The Integrated Foundation is designed for those who do not meet the requirements for direct entry onto the BA (Hons) Liberal Arts (Psychology). During this year, you will take a broader look at some of the key topics on the degree programme including international relations, psychology and media studies. This will provide you with a foundation of core knowledge and skills to confidently progress onto the degree programme.

The BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Psychology) programme offers an in-depth examination of the scientific approach to human behaviour and experience. This major focuses on the core principles of psychology and covers both the theoretical and applied aspects of the science. You will study a range of topics such as personality, memory, neuroscience, sexuality, culture and social interaction. At Regent’s, you will have access to specialist facilities including psycho-physiological hardware, software that records brain activity and video monitoring equipment.

In your second year, you will also have the option to spend a term abroad at one of our partner universities. This provides the unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics from another cultural perspective.

You will also take a selection of elective modules across the Liberal Studies curriculum ranging from art history to international relations, psychology to theatre studies. These modules enable you to diversify your education and gain the broad-based skills valuable to any profession.

This programme will develop you into an insightful individual with the ability to access situations and make informed decisions. The highly transferable set of skills you will gain on this programme will open doors into a diverse variety of career pathways.

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Programme brochure

This is a four-year, full-time programme, in which you will combine your Psychology major with a selection of subjects that reflect your interests.

You will be required to combine your specialist modules with five elective modules in other subjects in Years 1 and 2, and three in Year 3.  

You can see the full list of elective modules here.

Study abroad

In addition to studying in London, you will have the opportunity to participate in a term spent studying abroad. This provides you with a unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics offered by other institutions and gain international experience. This term takes place in Year 2 and replaces the second term of your Regent's degree. For more information see the study abroad page.

Please note that an optional study period abroad always take place during degree level studies and is not included in your foundation year.

Foundation Year

Module Title Overview
Foundation Seminar Part 1 and 2 The purpose of these modules is to introduce students to major ideas within the Western tradition through an encounter with its greatest works. The modules considers the Western tradition (including works of literature, philosophy, religion, art and science) from the ancient world to the Enlightenment. The modules will encourage and facilitate discussions and examinations of these ideas and how they relate to each other. The modules will utilise a core text curriculum to deliver these aims.
Quantitative Literacy Quantitative Literacy introduces students to the basic concepts of data analysis. This module covers probability as well as descriptive and inferential statistics. The emphasis throughout is on “real world” application and the mathematical tools available to develop analytical as well as empirical thinking skills.

Scientific Understanding - Principles of Biology This module introduces students to the fundamental principles of biology. The module covers cell biology and introduces the five major kingdoms of life. Genetics, gene expression & evolution are also explored in context with recent discoveries in these fields. The module will also examine the application of current biotechnologies in agriculture, medicine and the environment.
Introduction to the Humanities The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the humanities. It will acquaint them both with the common elements shared between the constituent humanities disciplines and also with the difference in subject matter, approaches and techniques. The module will achieve this by choosing a particular theme that is the subject of interdisciplinary consideration within the humanities. The module will encourage and facilitate discussions and diverse examinations of this theme. The module will utilise a core text curriculum to deliver these aims.
Business and Management The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the study of business, its structure and functions, in a global environment. It will provide students with an understanding of different types of business structure and ownership, key business concepts, economic principles, and major functional areas of a business, including management, marketing, human resources, accounting and finance. The module will also review the role of commercial organisations in society and ethical dilemmas in business.
International Relations This module examines how state and non-state actors confront contemporary global problems. It also introduces students to the subfields of international relations: international security, international political economy, foreign policy, international relations theory, international organizations and international law.
Media Studies In today’s media saturated environments, it can be challenging to understand how media and communications technologies and processes shape societies and our everyday lives. This module aims to provide students with important conceptual tools for making sense of the relationships between media, society and culture. This module introduces students to the history, development and contemporary role of media and communications. In terms of history, this module maps the early development of modern media beginning with the printing press and early electronic media to social and mobile media. In terms conceptual tools, this module provides an overview of influential thinkers in media and communications from theories on media as “mass communications” characterizing the 20th century to “convergence culture” which better characterizes the 21st. Students are expected to develop knowledge and understanding of the field of media and communications and to be able to ask critical questions about future directions in media and communications.
Psychology The aim of this module is to encourage students’ understanding of, and enthusiasm for, psychology by providing a core understanding of the discipline and the topics studied by psychologists. The content will help students build awareness of what modern psychology is and will introduce them to the major branches of psychology. The module will highlight the applied aspects of the discipline and will describe the relevance of psychology to other subjects and disciplines at a theoretical and applied level.
Political Science This module aims to introduce students to the main concepts within the field of Political Science. Class will explore basic concepts such as state, nation, parties, elections, sovereignty, leaderships, power, parliaments, government and many more. Students will be introduced to methods of inquiry and theoretical frameworks that will enable them analytically examine wide range of political phenomena both domestically and internationally.

Year 1 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Introducing Psychology This module revisits some areas touched on at level 3 and expands on them in more depth, along with introducing students to a wider range of material and issues within psychology thus creating a foundation from which the student might progress to more advanced, specialized courses. Topics include aggression, the biological basis of behaviour, human development, adjustment and mental health, social behaviour and issues related to health and well-being. Core module for Psychology majors.
Conceptual and Historical Aspects of Psychology The module seeks to provide students with an understanding of the historical and philosophical context in which psychology developed as an academic discipline. Students will be introduced to early psychological thought, from ancient times through to the scientific revolution and beyond. The influence of prominent philosophers, physicians and physiologists throughout the ages will be discussed. Moreover, the module will cover the key individuals and events that contributed to each of the major schools of thought in 20th century psychology (e.g. humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive, behaviourist, biological, evolutionary), and students will be encouraged to engage in critical evaluation of the main theories, assumptions and methods of each of these schools of thought. Throughout the course, a range of conceptual/philosophical areas of debate will be considered, and students will have the opportunity to discuss these issues and consider opposing views. Finally the students will engage with contemporary issues and controversies in psychology and consider the ways in which psychology might progress in the future. Core module for Psychology majors.
Personality and Individual Differences This module introduces students to two essential components of the discipline of psychology personality and individual differences. The module will describe, evaluate, and give a flavour of some of the debate in personality theory – it will consider what personality is, and will present all major personality theories from the views of the Ancient Greeks to psychoanalytic theory to trait theory, situationism and the current accepted model, the Big Five. Core module for Psychology majors.
Introduction to Psychological Research Methods I As the scientific study of behaviour, psychology involves research methods and statistical analyses. Students beginning the first-year of a degree are likely to have had, at most, only minimal experience in these areas. Therefore, this module aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of both areas by progressively building their knowledge at a manageable pace. Core module for Psychology majors.
Introduction to Psychological Research Methods II As the material covered in research methods is progressive, Introduction to Psychological Research Methods II aims to build on the content of Introduction to Psychological Research Methods I. As such, Week 1 is comprised of a refresher of the main topics covered in the previous module, including the concepts and terms relating to research designs, as well as the theory underlying significance testing, in particular the t-test. Core module for Psychology majors.
Psychology of Child and Adult Development This module aims to provide an overview of the psychology of human development, including child and adult cognitive, social and emotional development. It will take a chronological perspective and explore development from conception through to the school years, into adolescence and early adulthood. It will then explore development further throughout the lifespan, into adulthood, middle and old age. It will focus on the development of the brain, cognitive abilities, social skills, gender and identity and emotional development. Core module for Psychology majors.
Five elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Media & Communications, Political Science and Public Relations.

Year 2 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Psychology of Fashion London is a world centre for fashion, publishing, film and British culture has embraced these aspects along with the celebrity cult and the fascination with the famous and beautiful. The module builds on social topics addressed in the programme, and also issues relating to personality and well -being if we consider the down side or possible consequences of fashion, fame and beauty. Fashion, beauty and celebrity create a fascinating triumvirate of topics and consequently an examination of the psycho-social processes at work in these areas presents itself as innovative and exciting. Core module for Political Science majors.
Abnormal Psychology This module aims to provide an understanding of the characteristics, classification, biological, psychological and social aetiology (causes) and treatments associated with a range of psychological disorders. The first part of module will aim to provide students with an introduction to abnormal psychology; general theoretical perspectives will be discussed as well as issues related to assessment and diagnosis. Thereafter, the module aims to take a critical approach to describing and evaluating the diagnostic criteria, prognosis and treatment models and outcomes for anxiety disorders, including phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, mood disorders including major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Core module for Political Science majors.
Social Psychology The field of psychology aims to understand and predict individual behaviour. Social Psychology specifically focuses on how social and environmental factors influence the individual’s (and the group’s) behaviour. Core module for Political Science majors.
Biological and Cognitive Psychology This module will introduce students to the key aspects of two of the largest, oldest and most important branches in psychology- biological and cognitive psychology. Biological Psychology is the study of the body in relation to behaviour, primarily (although not exclusively) the study of the brain and the nervous system. Cognitive Psychology is the study of mental life, memory and decision-making and involves the study of remembering, recall, encoding, face recognition, forgetting, attention in theoretical and applied (e.g. eyewitness testimony; lie detection) contexts. Core module for Political Science majors.
Five elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Media & Communications, Political Science and Public Relations.

Year 3 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Sexuality and Gender This module focusses on issues and debates concerning the concepts of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity. Core module for Psychology majors.
Cultural Psychology This module aims to introduce students to the psychological processes in which cross-cultural variations have been observed, in addition to the variety of methodologies employed in uncovering them. Another objective is to promote an understanding of the issues related to universality and cultural variability in behaviour, perception and emotion. Indeed, students will be encouraged to challenge accepted ethnocentric explanations, interpretations, classifications and versions of human behaviour and expression. Core module for Psychology majors.
Evolutionary Psychology The module provides an introduction to a relatively new branch of psychology concerned with explaining cognition and behaviour in terms of Darwin’s evolutionary theories of natural and sexual selection. It considers how evolution has organised the human brain and how the behaviour of animals and humans are shaped by the same evolutionary forces. It also considers how culture originates and cultural differences emerge. In addition, the module provides evolutionary explanations for the cognition and behaviours associated with such phenomena as mating, aggression, sexual conflict, and parenting. Core module for Psychology majors.
Applied Psychology This module introduces students to the fundamental concepts and issues in applied psychology: the study of the application of psychological principles and research in an applied context. It will introduce students to the main areas of applied psychology and will focus on individual areas of practice and research. To ensure the module is up-to-date, responsive to student needs, and capitalises on the experience and expertise of staff, the module will offer introductions to a range of applied areas and these will vary. Core module for Psychology majors.
Major Capstone (Dissertation) The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of a Liberal Arts student’s learning and experience to bear on a major project. Starting from the student’s major area of study the project will reach out to incorporate elements from the totality of learning on the programme and the realisation of the breadth that a Liberal Arts graduate has achieved. The Capstone can take the form of a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation subject to meeting the word-length equivalencies below. The Capstone will run over two semesters and will be supervised by a minimum of one supervisor although two may be allocated depending on the nature of the work.
Three elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Media & Communications, Political Science and Public Relations.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1: Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
  • One academic letter of recommendation
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Credit Transfer

  • If you’ve already studied part of a degree course elsewhere, you may be able apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and join the programme at an advanced entry point. If you’d like to request entry part-way through a programme, make sure you state this clearly in your statement of purpose and provide us with the transcripts and module descriptions for the relevant study.

 Step 2: Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system.

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview or audition. Interviews/auditions can take the form of a one-to-one interview, group interview or portfolio review which may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 3: Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.

Please note: There is no formal deadline to pay your advance tuition fee deposit, however we recommend that you confirm your place as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4: After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term, the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

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Annual Tuition fee

Starting January 2019: £17,250

Starting September 2019: £17,500

Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000

Non-EU students: £4,000

Non-EU students in receipt of US Federal Loans: £1,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. Fees are presented for the first level of study which equates to two terms.

What other costs should I budget for?

Fees cover the cost of tuition. You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Calculating fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
  • The fees quoted here are for one academic year of study
  • For students starting their programme in January the programme spans two separate financial year accounting periods. Fees for the different teaching terms are calculated separately in line with fees charged in each financial year
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • As a registered charity, all fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

Teaching

Teaching takes place in small classes of 20 people or less, in order to allow a more individual approach to learning.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will help you to build a bespoke programme that reflects your passions, or your preferred future career.

Academics will use a variety of approaches to help you learn and get the most out of your degree. The teaching methods include seminars, study groups, role plays, tutorials and external guest speakers. You will learn through analysis, discussion and debate, practical work, problem-solving, presentations, portfolio building, research projects and team work, all of which are designed to help you develop key skills of independent critical thinking and confidence in decision-making.

Teaching staff

All classes on our Liberal Studies programme are taught by experts in their respective disciplines. The Head of Programme is Professor Lawrence Phillips, who holds a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Leeds, an MA in English Literature from the University of Sussex, and a PhD in English from Goldsmiths, University of London. He has previously held academic posts at the University of Northampton, Liverpool Hope University and Goldsmiths, University of London.  

Contact hours and expected workload

Contact hours in Year 1 and Year 2 are 15 hours per week. In Year 3, students receive around 12-13 hours per week on average per term, as the capstone project is a supervised module, rather than a classroom-based one.

You will receive a minimum of 10 hours one-on-one time with a supervisor to agree the scope and direction of your capstone project. We also offer research skills lectures and drop-in sessions.

Assessment

Students are assessed through a mix of presentations, journals, essays and exams. Assessment is both practical and theoretical and is designed to ensure that you acquire the knowledge and skills to adapt to a variety of professional environments.

In Year 3, you will also be asked to complete a liberal studies capstone project. The project will reflect what you have learned in your major, but also the knowledge you have gathered from your elective subjects.

This could be:

  • An essay or dissertation
  • A practical project
  • A report
  • A creative work, plus reflection
  • A portfolio of work , plus reflection
  • Another format (subject to supervisor approval)

Disability Support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes.

Typically, we will make an offer to a student holding at least 5 GCSEs at grades A-C / 9-4 or international equivalent including Mathematics. Regent’s receives applications from over 170 countries and assesses all international qualifications, for example, we would make an offer of minimum 2.5 GPA for the American High School Diploma.

English requirements

We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 5.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C / 4 (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades).

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

On-Campus diagnostic test

For offer holders in London, we can provide a free on-campus English diagnostic test. This test must be arranged in advance. To book a test, please contact [email protected]. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only.

The study of psychology imparts a highly transferable set of skills valuable to many professions.

If you are interested in pursuing a professional career in psychology, this programme enables you to progress onto the MSc Psychology, which is accredited by the British Psychological Society and is the next stage towards becoming a certified psychologist.

Alternatively you could work in industries that require statistical and analytical thought and independent research such as the civil service, local government and consultancy. You will also be well-equipped with the transferable skills to work in the marketing, media and creative industries.

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BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Psychology) with Integrated Foundation