psychology

Liberal Studies (Psychology)

BA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation

Programme details

  • Next start date: Sep 2020
  • Future start date: Jan 2021
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Fee: September 2020: £18,000
  • UCAS code: LS09
  • Study abroad: Optional

Overview

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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Structure

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
Business and Management This module introduces you to the study of business. You will examine both its structure and functions in a global environment, giving you a better understanding of different business structures and ownership, key concepts, economic principles and major business functions such as management, marketing, human resources, accounting and finance. You will also review the role of commercial organisations in society and the ethical dilemmas in business.
Humanities This module will introduce you to the different academic disciplines across the humanities. Focusing on a specific subject or theme, you will examine the distinct approaches of each discipline. This may include art history, music, philosophy, history, film studies, religious studies and English literature. This process will help you understand how these disciplines relate and contribute to your overall academic knowledge.
International Relations This module examines how state and non-state actors confront contemporary global issues. It also introduces you to the subfields of international relations: international security, international political economy, foreign policy, international relations theory, international organisations and international law.
Media Studies In today’s media-saturated environment, it can be challenging to understand how media and communications shape societies and our everyday lives. This module will give you a better understanding of the relationship between media, society and culture. You will map the history of media, beginning with the printing press and early electronic media to social and mobile media. You will also gain an overview of influential thinkers in media and communications, examining theories such as mass communications and convergence culture. This foundation will enable you to approach critical questions about future directions in media and communications.
Political Science This module focuses on core concepts of political science such as state, nation, parties, elections, sovereignty, leaderships, power, parliaments, and the government. You will be introduced to methods of inquiry and, using key theoretical frameworks, critically analyse a wide range of political phenomena domestically and internationally. This module aims to develop your research skills in order to build strong arguments which are backed up by a wide range of diverse and reliable sources. This will enhance your understanding of the complexities of political phenomena.
Psychology This module will give you a core understanding of the major branches of modern psychology and its applications. You will establish basic skills in research and writing and learn how they are applied in psychology. This will help you understand the breadth of this discipline and how it relates to other subjects both at a theoretical and applied level. To contextualise your studies, you’ll be encouraged to attend talks hosted by guest speakers, specialists and practitioners as part of the University’s ‘Careers in Psychology’ talk series.
Quantitative Literacy This module will train you in the basic concepts of data analysis. You will cover 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 The module will introduce you to the core principles of science. You will explore the structure and functioning of our surroundings and of our own being, both at the macro and microscale. This will give you an overview of some of the most recent discoveries in the fields of genetics, gene expression and evolution. You will also examine the application of current developments in nanotechnology and in biotechnology in communication and information technological breakthroughs, agriculture, medicine and the environment.
Foundation Seminars 1 and 2 These two modules will introduce you to major ideas within the Western tradition. You will examine some of the greatest works in literature, philosophy, religion, art and science, from the ancient world to the Enlightenment, the French Revolution to contemporary society. Partaking in lively debates and discussions will enable you to gain a better understanding of how these major ideas relate to each other and to the world around us.

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 and there is no application fee.

Not received your results yet?

That's fine, you can still apply even without your exam results. We can issue a conditional offer without your results. You just need be clear in your application which qualifications you are currently studying for

Application deadlines

September 2020

Early deadline: Wednesday 13 November 2019.
Priority deadline: Wednesday 15 January 2020.
Late deadline: Wednesday 25 March 2020.
Extended deadline: Wednesday 10 June 2020.

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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 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 and funding

There are a wide variety of funding and scholarship opportunities to help you finance your studies.

For further information, please visit our scholarships and funding page.

 

Fees

Annual Tuition fee

Starting September 2020: £18,000

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

Study Period Abroad (SPA)

Some programmes at Regent’s University London offer an optional or mandatory Study Period Abroad, for one or two semesters. Students receiving Federal Student Aid are required to attend a school deemed “eligible” by the US Department of Education, or a “deferment only” school with which Regent’s has a consortium agreement. No SPA can be undertaken in the United States. Students who have American citizenship or are Eligible non-citizens who do not currently have US financial aid, are also subject to these terms and conditions if they wish to have Federal funding during any future part of their programme. 
 
A student who wishes to attend an “ineligible” school, which includes any school in the USA, will forfeit all funding from that semester going forward and all current loans will become due with immediate effect. For any questions regarding these terms and conditions, please email the US Loans Advisor at [email protected]. For questions regarding what an “eligible” or “deferment only” school is, please  email the IPO office, [email protected] or [email protected] before applying for a programme with an SPA module.

Teaching and assessment

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 programmes are taught by experts in their respective disciplines. The teaching staff for the Psychology major are as follows:

Alastair Davies
Leslie Van Der Leer
Ros Watling
Cristina Costantini

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.

Entry requirements

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 Language 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.

Regent's English Password Test (REPT)

For offer holders able to visit us in London, we can provide an on-campus English diagnostic test known as the Regent’s English Password Test (REPT). This test must be arranged in advance. To find out more information and to book a test, please visit the REPT page. Please note, the REPT test will be free of charge until 31 May 2020. From 1 June 2020, there will be a £50 charge to take the REPT test.

Careers

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

BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Psychology)

Annouska Ruparell

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"A liberal arts education is by nature, broad, flexible and diverse. Studying various disciplines gave me a wider and more useful education that best suited my interests." Annouska Ruparell