In the first year of the BSc Psychology, we lay the foundations for understanding the basic principles of psychological theory and of the research methods and analysis used in social sciences. We also introduce students to practical psychology experiments. Material from two core areas: Individual Differences and Behavioural Neuroscience is covered in more details.
Students have a choice to focus solely on psychology, start their minor path in another discipline or select two non-psychology options to broaden their knowledge.
In the second year, students will cover in depth material from remaining key areas of psychology: Cognitive Psychology and Perception; Developmental Psychology; and Social Psychology. Both research methods and practical tuition will be extended in preparation for the final year project.
Students can continue their minor path, or choose two optional modules both from psychology or other disciplines.
In the final year students widen their knowledge in Clinical Psychology. We also offer a wide selection of optional modules allowing students to specialise in whichever area of psychology they are particularly interested in - including Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychopathology, Forensic Psychology, Perception and many more. We also permit our students to choose up to two options outside of Psychology facilitating interdisciplinary study or enabling them to finalise their minor degree.
All BSc Psychology students must also choose a topic for a literature review and a research paper, which they complete under the supervision of a member of staff in Psychology. The research paper will be the culmination of three years research training and will constitute a valuable piece of psychological research, the best example of which will be presented a prize.
For more information about this psychology degree, contact Mrs Tina Birring, Senior Administrative Officer, Recruitment and Admissions. Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2619.
You should make your application through UCAS.
The BSc Psychology degree at the University of Southampton is accredited by the British Psychological Society and confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.
Psychology at Southampton is ranked top ten in The Guardian league tables 2016 and 13th in The Times Good University Guide 2015
Graduates are eligible for membership and registration with the British Psychological Society
We achieved high scores of 93% and above for learning, library and IT resources (National Student Survey 2015)
“Being taught by people who are at the top of their field is brilliant, as you're getting the most up to date information from the people who are actually doing the research.”Daisy Evans - BSc Psychology
Typical entry requirements
|GCSE||We look for a broad range of GCSE subjects, including English and Mathematics at a minimum of Grade C.|
|GCE A-level||Our current entry requirements are:
Grades AAA from 3 A-levels, OR
Grades AAB from 3 A-levels (if one subject at A-level is Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Economics or Statistics)
A mix of science and arts or social science subjects can be a good preparation. There are no compulsory subjects at A Level. General Studies and Critical Thinking at A-level are excluded.
Our offer will also incorporate recognition of the Extended Project Qualification.|
|International Baccalaureate||34 points to include 17 points at higher level or 36 points to include 18 points at Higher level (depending on subjects studied at Higher Level)|
Other qualifications, including those from other countries
These are considered on individual merit. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire further.
The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.
A typical contextual offer is AAB from three A levels or ABB including A level Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Statistics or Economics, or the equivalent from alternative qualifications.
Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.
- Average applications per place:
On this BSc Psychology degree We aim to recruit motivated students with an excellent academic track record or relevant work experience who are capable of sustaining high levels of academic performance. The selection process includes:
- academic achievements
- personal statement
- academic reference
Psychology operates an equal opportunities policy. All applications to study BSc Psychology are considered irrespective of age, sex, ethnic origin or disability.
We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
International Foundation Year
International students who do not currently meet our entry requirements may be able to join this course on successful completion of our International Foundation Year. For more information visit the IFY course page.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Typical course content
Core themes on this BSc Psychology degree are introduced in Year 1 and extended in Year 2. Opportunities for more advanced and independent study come in Year 3 with a choice of specialist seminar units, project and research paper topics.
Innovation modules outside of your subject area
Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".
View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course
Learn a language
Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.
View the language modules on offer for this course
Take a minor path
You can pursue the study of a pre-defined group of modules in more depth leading to the recognition of a Minor award in a different discipline alongside the BSc Psychology
View the list of minors offered for this course
In Year 1, you take 8 modules. They are defined as either core, compulsory, or option. You must take both core and compulsory modules. However you can choose option modules from an available list. In addition, you must pass (that is, get at least 40% in) each individual core module to progress to Year 2. In contrast, you need only get a qualifying mark (at least 25%) in any individual compulsory or any individual option module to progress to Year 2. Occasionally timetable clashes or other factors may preclude you taking a particular option from another Academic Unit.
Note that the marks you obtain in Year 1 do not count towards your degree.
In Year 2, you take eight modules. All these modules are defined as core or compulsory, and must be taken individually in order to progress to Year 3. Core modules must be taken and passed at 40%, whereas compulsory modules must be taken but can be passed at the qualifying mark of 25%.
Note that the marks you obtain in Year 2 count one-third towards your degree (with Year 3 marks accounting for the remaining two-thirds).
The wide selection of optional modules offered in the final year allows students to specialise in whichever area of psychology they particularly enjoyed during the second year. These seminar courses are based upon individual reading and open discussion of up to date research.
All students must also choose a topic for a literature review and a research paper, which they complete under the supervision of a member of the Academic Unit of Psychology. The research paper will be the culmination of three years research training and will constitute a valuable piece of psychological research, the best example of which will be presented a cash prize by the Academic Unit.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable
from the University:
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
Calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.|
|Books||Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.|
|Equipment||Laboratory equipment and materials:
Basic costs for experimental research (e.g. third year research project) are included. Should students wish to engage in off site data collection this costs would be expected to the met by the student.
Software Licenses: Licenced software is available via University’s onsite computers and to students via the Virtual Private Network for further details see http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/services/vpn_service/
Hardware: Computer lab access is provided, however personal computers, recording devices etc, will not be provided by the University|
Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.|
|Equipment||IT: Software licenses
Licenced software is available via the University’s onsite computers and to students via the Virtual Private Network for further details see http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/services/vpn_service/|
Computer lab access is provided, however personal computers, recording devices etc. will not be provided by the University.|
|Printing and copying||In the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing/
The third year research projects will be given a budget of £20 supplied by the University. Any budget shortfall will be met by the student.|
|Fieldwork||All costs related to semester abroad and summer placement must be covered by students.|
|Placements||All costs related to semester abroad and summer placement must be covered by students.|
|Conference expenses ||All costs related to semester abroad and summer placement must be covered by students.|
|Other||Parking Costs: Should students wish to seek a parking permit they will be expected to pay for this themselves.
The BSc in Psychology is BPS accredited and students are eligible to apply for membership. All related fees will need to be paid for by the student.|
Students should make every effort to ensure that their examination scripts are legibly handwritten to aid the marker in assessing their work.
If their examination script is considered illegible, they will be asked to come in to dictate their script so that it can be transcribed. The cost of this work will be met by the students. If their script is not transcribed then it will receive a mark of zero (0).|
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.