BSc (Hons)

Psychology

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  • UCAS code(s): C800 / C801
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 3 / 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

Our students would recommend us! In the latest National Student Survey 94% of our recent BSc (Hons) Psychology students would recommend studying at NTU. (National Student Survey 2017).

Our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Psychology degree explores the secrets of what makes us human, what it means to be alive, and why we behave in the ways we do.

This course covers all the core areas of Psychology stipulated by the British Psychological Society (BPS) curriculum. You'll explore the human being; the workings of the brain; the processes and mechanisms of human thinking, feeling and behaviour; and how psychologists, psychological research and therapy can make a tangible and positive difference to people's lives and society.

Degree Options:

BSc (Hons) Psychology C800
BSc (Hons) Psychology (Sandwich) C801 – This is a four-year course, including a work placement year.

Why choose this course?

Teaching and research excellence

By joining a psychology course at NTU you’ll be part of a research active community.

  • You’ll design and carry out your own research in your final year and you may have the opportunity to compete for paid work as a research assistant between Year Two and Three.
  • 60% of our research outputs were considered to be internationally excellent or world leading in REF 2014 and 100% of our research impact is internationally excellent with 73% described as world leading.
  • 95% of BSc (Hons) Psychology full-time students agree that staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2017).

Professional skills and recognition

  • Our Psychology courses* are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) so as long as you graduate with at least a 2.2 honours degree you will be eligible to receive the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS – a necessary qualification if you wish to pursue further training and a career as a professional psychologist.
  • You can gain practical experience between Years Two and Three as well as undertake a work placement or study abroad at one of our partner institutions.
  • You also have the option of choosing to complete a four year course which includes a year-long work placement.
  • In your final year you'll get the opportunity to take part in our Professional Practice in Psychology module. Offering you the chance to experience life as a consultant psychologist, providing psychological solutions to real-world problems.
  • * does not include Psychology courses in Nottingham Law School, or Nottingham Institute of Education

A personalised experience

Tailor your learning experience – with a range of optional modules and pathways, you can pursue your own interests and begin to shape your learning towards further study and / or a particular career.

At the end of your first year, you can choose to specialise in either mental health or forensic or educational and developmental psychology by choosing a specialist pathway.

You will have the chance to tailor-make your studies by choosing options from a unique range of modules in your final year.

Expert staff and specialist facilities

  • Study in one of the largest psychology departments in the UK. You will be taught and supervised by over 80 expert psychologists who have a diverse range of interests and research areas.
  • You'll be able to take full advantage of our excellent teaching laboratory suite. The facilities and equipment are exclusively for our psychology students, and will help you carry out your own research and data analysis.

Accredited by:

BPS Accredited Undergraduate Psychology logo

What you'll study

*We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to out students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

In the first two years of this degree, you'll complete core modules in biological, social, developmental, and cognitive psychology, as well as conceptual and historical issues. You'll also undertake training in research methods and statistics.

In your final year you'll complete an empirical research project, focused on a topic of your choosing, under the supervision of a research-active member of staff. You'll have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of options that will help you develop specialist knowledge.

You can also take part in the innovative Professional Practice in Psychology module. Taking on the role of a consultant psychologist, you will work on real-life problem scenarios supplied by external organisations, and provide evidence-based solutions to these organisations.

Four-year placement course

You also have the option of choosing to complete a four-year course that includes a year-long work placement in between Year Two and Year Three. You must apply with the UCAS code C801 to be considered for the four-year sandwich or placement course.

Study abroad

If you are on the three-year full-time course, you may also have the chance to study abroad at one of our partner universities. Our current partner institutions include locations such as Australia, the USA, Hungary, the Netherlands, and Poland. You'll decide early on in your first year if you would like to apply to take part in the exchange programme. You would study abroad between Year Two and Year Three, and it would therefore involve extending the course length to four years. The study abroad option is only available for students on the three-year full-time route, and therefore you must apply with the UCAS code C800.

  • Year One

    Core modules

    Psychological Research in Context
    Explore the history and context of contemporary research in psychology. You will ask questions such as: What is psychology and how has it evolved? What are the debates that influence contemporary psychology? What are the multiple perspectives on psychology?

    Cognitive and Biological Psychology (one)
    Study the cognitive and biological aspects of psychology with particular emphasis on human experimental psychology and neuroscience. You will be introduced to: the structure and function of the brain and allied structures; the main approaches taken in behavioural neuroscience, such as functional neuroanatomy and neurophysiology; the language of biological psychology; the study of cognitive processes in a range of domains, such as perception, attention, memory, language, and thinking; the methods of investigating "hidden" mental processes; and understanding how empirical evidence can inform theory about how these processes are organised.

    Social and Developmental Psychology (one)
    Examine the fundamental aspects of social psychology, such as social attitudes and attribution, and developmental psychology, such as social, cognitive and emotional development during childhood. You will begin to consider the significance of social context for development, and develop a critical awareness of social and developmental psychological research.

    Research Methods (one)
    An introduction to a variety of research methods used in psychology. You have the opportunity to develop and practice report-writing skills, understand experimentation and self-report methods, and gain practical experience. You will run and report upon your study in groups. You will be required to formulate hypotheses, search for and review any relevant literature in the library, prepare necessary materials or instruments, select a sample, collect and analyse data using appropriate statistical techniques, interpret the findings, and produce an individual written report of the work undertaken.

    Statistics (one)
    Study the fundamental concepts and practices of statistical data analysis in psychology. By the end of the module, you should be able to design research studies in psychology, and be familiar with a range of descriptive, nonparametric, and parametric statistics. The module is assessed by one examination at the end of the module. Continuous feedback throughout the year will help you progress, help you develop your skills, and act as resource to draw upon when conducting research.

  • Year Two

    Core modules

    Critical Thinking in Psychology
    You will consider some of the key debates in contemporary psychology and discuss how these inform current research and practice.

    Cognitive and Biological Psychology (two)
    Building upon the module in Year One, you will explore in depth – and critically evaluate from a cognitive and biological perspective – concepts and research methodologies in topics such as memory, attention, sensation, and perception. You will also understand of how the evidence from investigations can inform theory about how these processes are organised and how to become a critical reader of research literature.

    Social and Developmental Psychology (two)
    You will complete a comprehensive study on areas in social psychology, including prejudice and social identity, intergroup contact and conflict, and altruism. From developmental psychology you will study development within social and cultural contexts, the role of families and peers in development, and sociocultural perspectives on schooling.

    Research Methods and Statistics (two)
    An integrated module studying advanced experimental, psychometric and qualitative research techniques in laboratory practicals. Supporting this are a series of lectures and workshops designed to help you develop your statistical knowledge and skills. Laboratory work will involve one experimental and one regression-based study, and one study involving a free choice of method. All studies will be on an area relevant to psychology. You will be organised into small groups, and each group will have to run and report upon their study. You will also be required to formulate hypotheses, search for and review relevant literature, prepare or select necessary stimuli or scales, select a sample, collect and analyse data appropriately, interpret findings, and produce individual reports of the work undertaken. The module will also build upon the content of Statistics (one). Particular emphasis will be placed on factorial ANOVA and the concept of interaction. You will also consider the theory and statistical techniques associated primarily with non-experimental research. These include multiple regression, Cronbach’s alpha, multiple correlations, and exploratory factor analysis.

    Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
    Examine several key topics aligned to individual differences in psychology – including personality, intelligence, motivation, mood, and mental health – placing this material in context from a historical and cultural perspective. Topics covered will include: the theories and approaches to understanding and investigating personality and intelligence; historical evolution of approaches to studying individual differences; real-world applications of individual differences for assessment, and intervention into emotional experiences, stress and coping, and health and illness; therapeutic implications of approaches to personality and personality growth; and applying concepts and theories in individual differences to society, e.g. in the workplace, education or training.

    Specialist pathways

    In Year Two you will have the opportunity to specialise your degree by taking one of three pathways. You will complete a bespoke range of modules in the areas of:

    Mental Health Pathway
    This pathway is focused on the theories and treatment of psychopathologies, including trauma, psychosis and addictive behaviours.

    • Critical Thinking in Mental Health
      Study the key debates in the psychology of mental health and discuss how these inform current research and practice.

    Forensic Psychology Pathway
    On this pathway you will explore our psychological understanding and response to offending behaviour, encompassing the police, the courts, the prison system, and offenders.

    • Critical Thinking in Forensic Psychology
      You will consider some of the key debates in forensic psychology and discuss how these inform research and current practice.

    Educational and Developmental Psychology Pathway
    On this Pathway you will study psychological development within educational settings, as well as inclusion and support needs within educational institutions.

    • Critical Thinking in Educational and Developmental Psychology
      You will consider some of the key debates in educational and developmental psychology and discuss how these inform current research and practice.
  • Final year

    Core modules

    • Professional Practice in Psychology
      Addressing aspects of professional psychology, you will work on a problem from a set of professional scenarios and form a project team to address the problem. The first half of the module addresses a single area of professional practice; theory and application of occupational and organisational psychology. The second half of the module uses problem-based learning methods to give you an experience of professional project work across a broader range of applied areas of interest. Students select a problem from a set of professional scenarios and form a project team to address the problem. The project team work as a group to produce an executive summary and presentation of their proposed solution to the problem.
    • Psychology Research Project
      A major piece of work whereby you will carry out independent research, the topic and design of which is decided upon in consultation with a supervisor. The project will demonstrate that you can conduct an extended research report, as well as an understanding of the methodological skills and presentational techniques developed throughout the course.

    Optional modules

    If you are studying on the BSc (Hons) Psychology course without a specialist pathway you will choose one module from each set. Choice is more restricted on the specialist pathways so that the focus is on modules relating to the pathway.

    Optional modules currently include:

    Set A

    • Criminological Psychology
      Study the application of psychology to legal processes and the criminal justice system as well as the understanding of offending behaviour.
    • Cyberpsychology
      Study the impact of the Internet and new technologies on our social relationships and the ways we relate to each other, as well as more technical aspects of cyberpsychology and philosophical issues relating to how we do, might, or should interact within virtual environments.
    • Gender, Identity and Body Image
      A social constructionist stance allows you to challenge the taken for granted ‘obviousness’ of our assumptions about a number of issues relating to gender, identity and body image.
    • Health Psychology
      Health psychology is an interdisciplinary field, concerned with the application of psychological knowledge to health, illness and healthcare. Its primary purpose is to understand and improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. This module will introduce students to some of the core areas within the field, exploring key concepts used in the study of both healthy and ill populations. The module will cover contemporary psychological theories of health and illness from a number of perspectives, and will draw upon research that has used a variety of methodological approaches.
    • The Psychology of Sex
      Sexual behaviour is central to our lives, yet its importance to our happiness and well-being often goes unrecognised. In this module, human sexuality will be explored. The origins of international, cross-cultural and religious views on sex will be examined along with a detailed review of the key methodologies and theories within this area of research. Important applied topics such as the origins of sexual orientation, sexual coercion and sex education will be covered. Specific issues that will be covered in depth include: historical perspectives on sexuality; international perspectives on sexuality; sex and relationship research methodologies; sexual anatomy and reproductive physiology; sexual arousal and response patterns; the psycho-biological basis to sexual orientation, non-heterosexual sexuality and sex and relationship problems.
    • Psychopathology: Phenomenology, Assessment, Treatment and Current Issues
      It has been estimated that mental illness accounts for a third of all illnesses in the UK, and a quarter of the population will be affected at some point in the lifespan. The overarching aim of this module is to develop students’ knowledge of mental disorders and topics relevant to clinical psychology. Specifically, this module aims to: provide students with comprehensive knowledge of psychological disorders in adults and psychological and developmental disorders in children; provide awareness about current
      clinical practice such as commonly adopted classification (DSM-V) and recommended treatments (NICE guidelines); develop students’ understanding of theory, research and current issues around clinical psychology and consider their impact; critically evaluate recent psychological research and scrutinise its application to contemporary clinical practice; and encourage consideration of multiple viewpoints and critically examine different approaches in the field.
    • Trauma in Children and Adolescents: The Impact on Health and the Role of Resilience
      The aim of the module is to provide theoretical understanding of the impact of childhood trauma on children and adolescents, and to provide an understanding of the role and roots of resilience. The module seeks to provide students with knowledge about the signs and symptoms, behavioural patterns, and underlying psychological and biological changes associated with psychopathology after childhood and adolescent trauma.
    • Work-Based Psychology Practice
      You will apply psychological theory and practice to work-based settings, and develop the skills and knowledge that characterise professional psychologists within work settings.
    • Psychology of Religion (not available for students studying on the Mental Health or Forensic Psychology specialist pathways)
      Why does religion exist? What function does it serve in society? What’s the difference between a cult and a religion? What is the difference between a psychotic hallucination and a religious vision? What is the role of religion and spirituality in everyday life? How might it contribute to our wellbeing? How might religious practices have something to offer society (e.g. mindfulness practice of Buddhism). These are the sorts of questions that will be explored in this module. Lectures will typically include: the historical and cultural background to religion and spirituality; the evolutionary, biological, social and cognitive explanations for religion; understanding cults and why people join them; the psychology of religious and spiritual experiences and practices.
    • Occupational Psychology
      Occupational Psychology is concerned with the application of psychological knowledge for the understanding of individual behaviour in organisations and workplaces.
    • Psychoanalysis
      This module explores the works of classical themes in psychoanalysis from a practical and clinical perspective: Oedipus Complex, Narcissism, the Unconscious, Splitting and Bonding, Transference and Counter-transference, Good and Bad Objects, Development of the Self, Projection and Projective Identification, Empathy, and Anger and Aggression.

    Set B

    • Advanced Qualitative Methods
      The aim of this module is to familiarise students with, and develop their understanding of, key techniques used in the field of qualitative inquiry. At the heart of the module are outcomes specifically designed to equip students with crucial theoretical understanding and practical skills enabling the application and critical evaluation of several core methods used in qualitative psychology.
    • Biological Perspectives on Psychiatric Disorders
      This module examines biological accounts of psychiatric disorders, concentrating particularly on how biology links to cognitive deficits that are symptomatic of a disorder.
    • Community, Health and Applied Social Psychology
      This module aims to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how to apply social psychological theory and research to marginalised and / or disempowered communities and ‘real world’ social issues. You will be prompted to use a community psychology approach to understanding health and well-being so that they do not solely focus on the individual or on society in general, but will seek to understand the relationship between the two. Students will be equipped with the skills to work with
      individuals, cohesive community groups, and marginalised / disempowered sections within society and will work together to explore methods of how to promote health and well-being within these groups. Topics covered may include: social determinants of health; tackling health inequalities; stress, coping and mental health; social identity and mental health recovery; identity development over the life-span; dealing with prejudice and cultivating an inclusive approach to addressing social problems.
    • Evolutionary Psychology
      Evolutionary psychology examines to what extent human behaviour can be explained by our evolutionary past and covers topics ranging from cooperation, cheating, comparative psychology and the evolution of the social brain.
    • Infant Development
      Explore the psychological aspects of infant development with a focus on exploring a holistic approach to understanding an infant’s cognitive, emotional, social, and neural development.
    • Psychology, Educational Needs and Inclusion
      Develop your own specialist understanding of a particular area of educational support needs, while encouraging critical reflection on the role that psychology can and does play in that particular area.
    • Psychology of the Emergency Services
      You will consider a range of issues from a range of sub-disciplines in psychology (e.g. organisational, health, social) and explore the relevance of these issues to the emergency services. You will also consider how such psychological constructs are manifested within these environments.
    • Statistics (three): Advanced Statistics for Research
      Study advanced methods of statistical data analysis the kind necessary to study complex real-world data set. You will be introduced to sophisticated methods of statistical computing and deal with real world data.
    • Psychology of the Family (not available for students studying on the Educational and Developmental Psychology specialist pathway)
      The aim of this module is to explore the psychology of the family, including their composition and context. The module will consider the various ways in which psychologists study families, including a critical evaluation of the methods used. The module curriculum will take a student-led approach, using your previous knowledge and understanding to design the content within the parameters set by the teaching team. This approach will encourage you, as a group, to be responsible and directive about your own learning. The focus of this module is on the family as a unit, it is not a developmental psychology module.
    • Person Perception (not available for students studying on the Educational and Developmental Psychology specialist pathway)
      Human faces, voices and bodies are information rich, biologically and socially significant objects. The primary aim of this module is to explore how we detect, process and perceive them, or how we fail to do so. The module will consider how we represent and process human faces, voices and bodies on their own and together, drawing on real world (e.g. CCTV, Passport control) and laboratory based research and applications. The module will draw on elements of cognitive and biological psychology, social and developmental psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary psychology.

    Set C

    • Language and Literacy Development in Children
      Explore the cognitive basis of children's early language and literacy skills, and debates the causes of developmental language disorders.
    • Clinical Neuropsychology
      The aim of the module is to equip you with techniques for developing and performing neuropsychological assessments. Lectures will cover topics in traumatic brain injury, neuroscience (including neuroimaging) of specific cognitive functions, and diagnostic assessments. During workshops, you will engage in role-play performance of neuropsychological assessments and diagnostic interviews using standardized batteries, such as the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale. You will become familiar with a range of neuropsychological tests used to measure cognitive abilities, and will devise a neuropsychological assessment to test a specific brain abnormality. You will also critically evaluate neuropsychological assessment of brain abnormality as it applies to the understanding of normal brain and cognitive functioning.
    • Psychology of Trauma
      Examine a range of psychopathology and trauma related issues such as the origins and history of psychotic illness, psychopharmacology and psychosocial therapy, childhood trauma and psychosis, as well as outcomes of trauma, namely dissociation, substance use and deliberate self-harm.
    • Addictive Behaviours
      The module examines a range of issues associated with addictive behaviours. The lectures will identify issues with definitions of addictive behaviour and the critical evaluation of different types of addiction (i.e. in depth examination of alcoholism, drug addictions, pathological gambling, video game addiction, internet addiction, exercise addiction, sex addiction and paraphilias). This will provide a basis for you to develop a critical understanding of the identification and treatment of addictive behaviours. Topics covered may include: problems of definition of addiction; commonalities and models of addiction; theories of addiction; conceptual crises in the field of addictive behaviour; addictive personality; types of addiction; treatments of addictive behaviour.
    • Psychopathology and Offending Behaviour
      Understand how personality disorders, brain injuries, intellectual disabilities, substance misuse and major mental illnesses influence behaviour and how these conditions are associated with criminal offending.
    • Social Development in Children and Adolescents
      The module aims to enable you to develop a detailed and critical understanding of children’s and adolescents’ development in the social world. In particular, through focusing on current research and theories, the module will examine the role of peers, the family, and the outside influences on children’s and adolescents’ social development. You will be encouraged to critically evaluate the short-term and long-term consequences of social relationships during childhood and adolescence. Topics covered may include: attachment; child care and upbringing (e.g., the family, parenting and siblings); the importance of peer relationships: peer acceptance and peer rejection; the role of friendships; social withdrawal and shyness; bullying and peer victimisation; and school adjustment.
    • Advanced Cognitive Psychology
      In this module you will have the opportunity to gain an advanced level of knowledge and expertise in cognitive psychology, building on your existing knowledge. In particular, you will be taught more about cognitive processes and methodologies used to investigate them and how these processes affect everyday tasks. This will be particularly suitable for students with an interest in using quantitative research in their projects or future careers. Currently the module includes topics such as; language, visual attention, face processing and modelling cognitive processes.
    • The Psychology of Sex Offending
      The module will develop your knowledge of the psychology of sexual offending, including the investigation, risk assessment, and treatment of sexual offenders, and theories that underpin and help to explain sexual crime. Different sexual crimes will be examined, and the profile of offenders examined. Following an introduction to the area of sexual offending and the work of forensic psychologists with the perpetrators of sexual crime, you will learn about the theories underpinning sexual offending, the risk assessments, management and interventions available for sexual offenders. The module will also consider important issues for forensic psychologists in the pre and post-conviction setting such as denial, social exclusion and cognitive distortions of offenders.
    • Psychology of the Paranormal
      The aim of this module is to introduce and provide a background to a variety of existential experiences, variously termed 'psychical’, 'spiritual', ‘paranormal’, 'anomalous', or ‘exceptional’ experiences, or 'aberrant perceptions or beliefs' by the research and health professionals active in this field. You will define the experiences and explore the psychological models and methods that have been postulated to explain them, critically appraise the various approaches and perspectives as applied to a core set of contemporary topics that distinguish this field of work.

    Specialist pathways

    Mental Health Pathway

    • Research Project in Mental Health
      You will design, conduct, and interpret findings from a psychological research study on a topic within the psychology of mental health.
    • Professional Practice in Psychology or Work-Based Psychology Practice
      For details on the Professional Practice in Psychology module see the Year Three core modules. The Work-Based Psychology Practice module is a chance for you to apply psychological theory and practice to work-based settings, and develop the skills and knowledge that characterise professional psychologists within work settings.
    • Two pathway-specific modules such as Psychopathology, Psychology of Trauma, and Addictive Behaviours and one optional module from the wide selection offered by the Department of Psychology.
    • Forensic Psychology Pathway

      Research Project in Forensic Psychology
      You will design, conduct, and interpret findings from a psychological research study on a topic within forensic psychology.
    • Professional Practice in Psychology or Work-Based Psychology Practice
      For details on the Professional Practice in Psychology module see the Year Three core modules. The Work-Based Psychology Practice module is a chance for you to apply psychological theory and practice to work-based settings, and develop the skills and knowledge that characterise professional psychologists within work settings.
    • Two pathway-specific modules such as Criminological Psychology, Psychopathology and Offending Behaviour, and The Psychology of Sex Offending and one optional module from a wide selection offered by the Department of Psychology.

    Educational and Developmental Psychology Pathway

    • Research Project in Educational / Developmental Psychology
      Students design, conduct, and interpret findings from a psychological research study on a topic within educational and / or developmental psychology.
    • Professional Practice in Psychology or Work-Based Psychology Practice
      For details on the Professional Practice in Psychology module see the Year Three core modules. The Work-based Psychology Practice module is a chance for you to apply psychological theory and practice to work-based settings, and develop the skills and knowledge that characterise professional psychologists within work settings.
    • Two pathway-specific modules such as Infant Development, Psychology, Educational Support Needs and Inclusion, Social Development in Children and Adolescents, and Language and Literary Development and one optional module from a wide selection offered by the Department of Psychology.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Tailor your learning experience – with a range of optional modules and pathways, you can pursue your own interests and begin to shape your learning towards further study and / or a particular career.

How you’re taught

The BSc (Hons) Psychology is taught by experienced staff used to working with students from a range of backgrounds and with varying levels of skill and experience.

To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university, you will receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods that include lectures, workshops, and one-on-one supervision. The smaller group sessions provide opportunities to develop:

  • problem-solving skills
  • group working skills
  • analytical skills
  • debating skills
  • presentation skills
  • research and data analysis skills.

Tutorials with staff

Students are supported throughout the course via a tutorial system. These small group meetings allow the students contact with an individual member of staff, who will help them with study skills and advice about the course and curriculum. At these sessions you will also have the opportunity to:

  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances, or your university experience.

Independent study

Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout the three years of your course, you will develop the skills required to undertake an independent research study in the form of a final year research project. Our final year students conduct research projects in a wide range of areas in psychology, some of which have been successfully published.

How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed in a variety of ways and on a modular basis – through traditional means such as examinations and essays, but also in more innovative ways such as research reports, oral and poster presentations, and by a final year research project. Our diverse approach to assessment allows students to demonstrate the breadth of their abilities and provides opportunity for everyone to excel.

The range of assessment tools has been acknowledged as one of the strengths of the course by the BPS Accreditation Committee and External Examiners.

In response to student feedback, the University has introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.

Learning from experts

Our lecturers are highly respected researchers who conduct innovative research in their specialist areas. Research groups include:

  • Addiction and Aberrant Behaviours
  • Wellbeing
  • Development, Interaction and Social Relations
  • Language and Psycholinguistics
  • Cognition

There are also a range of research units including:

  • The International Gaming Research Unit
  • Emergency Services Research Unit
  • Specific Language Impairment Research Unit
  • Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit

In addition to the traditional lectures, tutorials and independent study, you will also hear and learn from renowned experts and professionals in related fields who are regularly invited to come and talk to our students, providing you with an insight into their specialist knowledge and experiences.


You'll get the opportunity to attend the Department of Psychology seminar series that takes place throughout the academic year. The seminars invite experts and professional to present their publications and research findings. This is an integral part of the research culture in the Psychology Department and stimulates thinking and debate.

Assessment methods

  • Full Time Year 1 coursework (48%), written (50%) and practical (2%)
  • Full Time Year 2 coursework (75%), written (25%)
  • Full Time Year 3 coursework (58%), written (17%) and practical (25%)
  • Sandwich Year 1 coursework (48%), written (50%) and practical (2%)
  • Sandwich Year 2 coursework (75%), written (25%)
  • Sandwich Year 3
  • Sandwich Year 4 coursework (59%), written (33%) and practical (8%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Full Time Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%)
  • Full Time Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%)
  • Full Time Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%), independent study (78%)
  • Sandwich Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%)
  • Sandwich Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%)
  • Sandwich Year 3 placement (100%)
  • Sandwich Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%), independent study (78%)

90% of BSc (Hons) Psychology full-time students are satisfied with the learning resources available to them (National Student Survey 2017).

Careers and employability

Work experience opportunities

Our Psychology course is designed so that you can develop all the knowledge and skills that you'll need for your future career.

The course will develop your transferable skills, including:

  • numerical skills (including statistical analysis)
  • analytical skills and critical thinking
  • communication skills
  • presentation skills
  • problem-solving skills.

Highly sought after by employers, these skills will put you in a strong position in the graduate market.

Work experience opportunities

You'll get the opportunity to participate in our Professional Practice in Psychology module, which is unique to NTU. This provides you with the opportunity to experience life as a consultant psychologist, to provide psychological solutions to real-world problem scenarios supplied by external organisations, and to present their solutions to these organisations in a professional conference format.

You’ll also be able to select the optional Work-Based Psychology Practice module. Students who choose this module will get to engage in work-related roles through volunteering, paid work, or workplace shadowing.

If you have applied for the four-year sandwich course (C801), you will complete a year-long work placement.

We encourage all our students to take part in voluntary work. Nottingham Trent Volunteering will allow you to get involved in one-day challenges, student-led projects, and the volunteer shop. You can also gain formal recognition for your achievements outside of your studies with our Acceler8 employability award. This award will improve your employability prospects and act as a record of the experiences you gain at NTU.

Our Employability team

Careers and employability advice is available to all our undergraduate students and is provided by a team of subject specialists within the Department of Psychology and the University's Employability team.

Psychology is very proud of its graduates and their successes. We very much look forward to helping you graduate to your chosen career, be it in psychology or beyond.

Your career development

With the British Psychological Society’s GBC secured (provided you graduate with a 2.2 honours degree), you will be eligible on graduation to pursue further postgraduate (Masters of Doctoral) training in psychology, possibly as a professional psychologist (in forensic, clinical, educational, occupational, counselling, and sport psychology), to pursue an academic and / or research career in various areas of psychology (by working as a research assistant, for example, or by studying for a Masters or PhD), or simply to exploit the transferable skills you have learned on your course to pursue a career outside of psychology.

Psychology qualifications tend to be very popular with all employers because they demand an ability to communicate effectively in both spoken and written forms (through verbal presentation and the writing of essays and reports), an ability to solve real-world problems, and well-developed numerical skills. This all means you will be well placed to capitalise on other graduate employment opportunities in areas as diverse as marketing, human resources, policing and teaching. Further study or training may be required for some of these roles.

The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Psychology graduates are pursuing:*

  • Advertising and marketing manager
  • Assistant psychologist
  • Communications officer
  • Healthcare assistant
  • Marketing assistant
  • Mental health support assistant
  • Prison officer
  • Recovery support worker
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Speech and language therapy assistant
  • Teaching assistant
  • Trainee psychological wellbeing practitioner.

*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results, 2011-12 and 2014-15.

Over 95% of our Psychology graduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving NTU. (DLHE 2015/16 Full-time and Sandwich, UK, First degree, undergraduate)

Entry requirements

For September 2018 entry you will need:

Three years full-time

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

Four-year placement

  • A-levels – ABB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 128 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

Three-year and four-year routes

It is preferable that students do not have more than one A-level in a performance, artistic or creative subject. However, all applications will be considered on an individual basis. Performance, artistic or creative subjects include the following:

  • Art and Design
  • Dance
  • Design and Technology – Food Technology
  • Design and Technology – Product Design
  • Design and Technology – Systems and Control
  • Drama
  • Theatre Studies
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Leisure Studies
  • Performance Studies
  • Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Textiles
  • Three Dimensional Design or similar
  • Applied Art and Design
  • Applied Art and Design (Double Award)
  • Applied Leisure Studies
  • Applied Leisure Studies (Double Award

Psychology is about understanding behaviour, in all its forms. Primarily you will have an interest in psychology – in why people behave in the way they do. Psychology at Nottingham Trent University is treated as both a biological and social science, and it is preferable that you have some understanding of the broad nature of the discipline. Ideally, you will be interested in learning about out how to carry out research and analyse data.

All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and we are happy to accept applications from mature students, students with access qualifications, and many other types of standard and non-standard qualifications for which we can calculate UCAS points. Non-standard applicants may be interviewed.

Please note that a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure) will be necessary before working with young people or vulnerable populations, but it is not required for admission onto the BSc (Hons) Psychology or the course pathways.

The UCAS Tariff

We’ve created this calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Course transfers

Transfers between the full-time and sandwich courses may be possible when you have enrolled at NTU, but the transfer will be subject to places becoming available on the sandwich course. The transfer will also be subject to you meeting criteria which include:

  • meeting the UCAS entry criteria for the course
  • passing your first year on the full-time course with a specific percentage average, with no fail or compensated passes.

Please note that course transfers cannot be guaranteed.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

For September 2018 entry you will need:

Three years full-time

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

Four-year placement

  • A-levels – ABB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 128 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

Three-year and four-year routes
It is preferable that students do not have more than one A-level in a performance, artistic or creative subject. However, all applications will be considered on an individual basis. Performance, artistic or creative subjects include the following:

  • Art and Design
  • Dance
  • Design and Technology – Food Technology
  • Design and Technology – Product Design
  • Design and Technology – Systems and Control
  • Drama
  • Theatre Studies
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Leisure Studies
  • Performance Studies
  • Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Textiles
  • Three Dimensional Design or similar
  • Applied Art and Design
  • Applied Art and Design (Double Award)
  • Applied Leisure Studies
  • Applied Leisure Studies (Double Award).

Psychology is about understanding behaviour, in all its forms. Primarily you will have an interest in psychology – in why people behave in the way they do. Psychology at Nottingham Trent University is treated as both a biological and social science, and it is preferable that you have some understanding of the broad nature of the discipline. Ideally, you will be interested in learning about out how to carry out research and analyse data.

Please note that a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure) will be necessary before working with young people or vulnerable populations, but it is not required for admission onto the BSc (Hons) Psychology or the course pathways.

Foundation courses
If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements, please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification, please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements, please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements, please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support
If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University, please contact our international team for advice.

University preparation courses
If you do not meet the entry requirements, you may be interested in our pre-Masters or Foundation course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), which leads onto this postgraduate or undergraduate degree if successfully completed. NTIC students are based on the City Campus and have access to all the University facilities.

Find out more about university preparation courses at NTIC.

Course transfers
Transfers between the full-time and sandwich courses may be possible when you have enrolled at NTU, but the transfer will be subject to places becoming available on the sandwich course. The transfer will also be subject to you meeting criteria which include:

  • meeting the UCAS entry criteria for the course
  • passing your first year on the full-time course with a specific percentage average, with no fail or compensated passes.

Please note that course transfers cannot be guaranteed.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement
Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember that we can only make a decision based on what you tell us, so include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date
After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to NTU for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university, you must apply through UCAS.


Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here, you need to plan this into your application.

Apply now

Keeping up to date
After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

International fees and scholarships
For international and EU fees for all courses, together with advice on how to pay, please visit our international fees information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to our international students holding offers to study here. For details and an application form, please visit our international scholarships information.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

School of Social Sciences Enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 4460