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BSc (Hons) Psychology

Outstanding Student Support:
The Psychology eBooks scheme was shortlisted 
for a Times Higher Education Award 2013 
for Outstanding Student Support​

Academic Excellence Awards £2000 award for students accepting offers for this course who then achieve ABB+ or equivalent. 

Psychology is the study of how people and animals think, act, react and interact. Psychology is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying such behaviour. Single honours and all major pathways are fully accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

In the government’s independent assessment of education quality, our student support, teaching quality, imaginative and flexible curriculum design and facilities attracted particular praise from the assessors. Our aim is to give you broad coverage of psychology with opportunities to specialise and develop skills relevant to your future. In the 2012 Student Survey, 92% of our students were satisfied overall with their course, above the average for Psychology courses.  You'll spend 24% of your time in scheduled classes, with the rest of the time spent in independent study and research. You will be assessed by a mixture of examinations and coursework - 56% of your work is coursework, so you can use feedback to improve as you work through the course.

This course provides broad coverage of theoretical and applied issues in psychology from across the field. It is ideal for students who know they want to study psychology but are not sure which areas interest them most. ​ If you want more, then see our new four-year undergraduate masters course.

We also offer combined honours courses in which you study Psychology as a major subject alongside modules in another subject. All of these courses are accredited by the BPS. See our pages for Psychology with Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies; or Psychology with Sociology; or Psychology with Human Biology​.

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Free eBooks

Psychology students at Plymouth University are taking advantage of an innovative digital book project, believed to be the first of its kind. All new entrants to our programmes receive a FREE eBook copy of each recommended text for all their first and second year core lectures in Psychology. The whole package is worth around £1500.

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​Special features

  • Eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society
  • Broad focus on cutting-edge research developments from across the subject area
  • Wide range of final year options in psychology taught by specialist staff
  • Personal tutor assigned throughout your studies
  • Exciting range of topics experienced through lectures, optional courses and project supervision
  • Optional placement year
  • International exchange opportunities
  • Development of career relevant skills
  • Excellent career opportunities
  • Excellent rating for quality of education (QAA)
  • Excellent rating for research (RAE)
  • Innovative and imaginative curriculum led by latest developments in psychological research
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