BSc Honours Psychology (UCAS Code: C800)
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It is important that students who plan to study Psychology should apply to do so, rather than hope to transfer from other pathways once at Queen’s.
For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including:
International Foundation in Engineering and Science
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour, so virtually anything related to the behaviour of humans and animals - normal or abnormal, social or personal, adult or child, subjective feelings or overt behaviour - is of interest to psychologists.
Psychology is a science and students at Queen's and elsewhere take some modules in statistics and experimental design, as required by our accrediting body, the British Psychological Society (BPS). The Psychology degree programme at Queen's has been consistently rated as 'excellent'.Back to top
The first two years are spent covering the core syllabus laid down by the BPS and includes the following topics:
Conceptual and Historical Issues
Experimental Design, Statistics and Research Methods
The syllabus includes laboratory classes and computer use. A wide range of transferable skills - for example, in personal development planning, careers planning, time-management, report-writing, making oral presentations - are integrated into the syllabus at all levels.
In first year (Level 1), the equivalent of four core Psychology modules are taken by all BSc Honours Psychology students. These involve lectures, tutorials, statistics classes and practical laboratory work. Students also choose two additional Psychology modules or two modules from other areas.
In second year (Level 2), students normally take six Psychology modules. These involve a mix of lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory work and statistics, and working on a group project.
Final year (Level 3) modules allow students a choice of specialised topics to suit their interests and career intentions, see website for details. Most students will also undertake a substantial empirical study resulting in a thesis.Back to top
On the BSc in Psychology, we deliver a high quality learning environment by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
Assessment (general): The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.
Feedback: As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.Back to top
Studying for a Psychology degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including Psychology.
Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in Psychology, significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors. Examples of these are: Market research, social work, nursing, advertising, sales, personnel management and careers guidance are all areas for which a psychology degree will provide a good basis.
Psychology graduates will have knowledge of the assessment of personality, intelligence and attitudes, interviewing techniques, questionnaire design and analysis, child development, and methods of teaching and learning.
A psychology degree is also a good basis for many jobs where employees receive additional training e.g. (the police, Armed Forces, advertising and broadcasting) or where they will gain further professional qualifications while working (e.g. banking, accountancy, management, personnel, market research). Psychology graduates may work in an interdisciplinary position with, for example, biologists, engineers, physiologists and physicists. However, employers are usually looking for general or 'transferable' skills, and a psychology degree provides an arguably unique combination of these.
You should also take a look at the Prospects website for further information concerning the types of jobs that attract Psychology Graduates.
Further study is also an option open to Psychology graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullemployability statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.Back to top
Facilities: the School has specialised facilities for human experimental psychology, movement and perception, individual differences, social psychology, child development, psychophysiology and eating behaviour. We have a state-of-the-art mobile laboratory for gathering data in schools and other remote sites. Undergraduate students use these in their second and final years.
Accreditation: the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree is accredited as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of a 2.2 is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Practitioner Psychologist. The postgraduate professional programmes at Queen's are also accredited by the BPS and Health Professions Council (HPC) and graduates of these programmes may proceed to register as Chartered Practitioner Psychologists with the HPC. Entry to these programmes is highly competitive.Back to top