C800 BSc (Hons) Psychology (3 yrs)

The aim of our BSc Psychology degree is to develop highly competent psychologists, with a selection of transferable skills.

Programme Overview

In the first year of BSc Psychology, we lay the foundations for understanding the basic principles of psychological theory, of the research methods and analysis that will be used, and introduce students to practical psychology experiments. We also require undergraduates to select two non-psychology options and encourage them to widen their perspectives with subjects they may not have tried previously, for example philosophy or oceanography.

In the second year, students will be cover material in depth from key areas of psychology: Neurpsychology; Cognitive Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Social and Personality Psychology; and Individual Differences. Both research methods and practical tuition will be extended in preparation for the final year project.

In the final year, we 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, Developmental Psychopathology, Forensic Psychology, Perception and many more. These seminar courses are based upon individual reading and open discussion of up to date research.  We also permit our students to choose up to two options outside of Psychology facilitating interdisciplinary study.

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.

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To Apply

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.

Key facts

  • In the 2015 National Student Survey our overall satisfaction is at 90%.

  • Graduates are eligible for membership and registration with the British Psychological Society

  • The first degree programme in the UK to receive unconditional accreditation from the British Psychological Society (2005)

“I enjoyed the total learning experience provided within the School of Psychology. The engaging lecturers, the beautiful surroundings and excellent facilities all combined to make my time here very enjoyable.”

Hannah Brown, Third year BSc Psychology student
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Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements


We look for a broad range of GCSE subjects, including English and Mathematics at a minimum of Grade C.

A Levels:

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 or Mathematics)

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.


34 points to include 17 points at higher level

Other qualifications, including those from other countries

These are considered on individual merit. Please email to enquire further.

Selection process:

Intake: 150
Average applicants per place: 10

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.

International applications

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.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.


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".

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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.

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Year 1

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.

Year 2

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%. In each semester, three of the modules will be lecture-based, and one will be practical.

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).

Semester Two


Year 3

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.

Learning and assessment

Your acquisition of core and specialist knowledge and understanding is through traditional lectures, seminars, tutorials, and interactive workshops together with regular coursework in the form of essays, presentations and practicals involving the study and analysis of original and second-hand data sets. In-depth knowledge is acquired through individual supervision, one-to-one tutorials, laboratory practice, and small group seminars as part of the preparation of the dissertation and project in the final year.

Throughout the programme you are encouraged to undertake independent reading both to consolidate what is being taught and broaden the knowledge and understanding of particular topics. This includes academic text books, journals and other selected sources.

Career Opportunities