Brief outline of the programme
The British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree programme provides a degree in Psychology with Law through taking options within the Law School at the University of Southampton. In each of the three years the student will take 6 units in Psychology and 2 Law options. The degree will allow a student to tailor their Psychology degree to apply their knowledge within a Law setting.
Learning and teaching
Learning and teaching will be achieved via a mixture of large lectures, workshops where students will complete group exercises and small group tutorials.
Assessment will be a mixture of coursework assignments, including essays, reports and group presentations, and end of semester examinations.
View the programme specification document for this course
The BSc Psychology with Law degree at the University of Southampton is accredited by the British Psychological Society and confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.
In the first year of BSc Psychology with Law, we lay the foundations for understanding the basic principles of psychological theory and Legal reasoning. We also introduce students to practical psychology experiments. Material from two core areas: Individual Differences and Behavioural Neuroscience is covered in more details.
In the second year, students will cover in depth material from the remaining key areas of psychology: Cognitive Psychology and Perception; Developmental Psychology; and Social Psychology. Students will choose either two single Law modules or one single Law module from an array of topics which would compliment your Psychology modules. For example you may choose Family Law to compliment Social Psychology.
Year 3 offers opportunity for flexibility in the topics that you choose to study. You will complete both a Literature Review and Research Paper in a chosen area of Psychology under the supervision of a personal academic tutor. You will also have the opportunity to choose 4 Psychology option units from a list of about 16 areas of specialism which span the discipline and 2 Law Option units. These provide more advanced and independent study and are delivered by researchers active in these fields of enquiry. Alongside theme-based learning, you will develop subject-specific intellectual and practical skills as well as generic skills.
Year 3 is made unique by the potential to tailor your study. You can follow a traditional academic study route, incorporate a community based study route through the Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme.
All BSc Psychology with Law 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.
This BPS accredited programme will allow you to explore the relationship between psychology and law
Studying this degree enable students to develop essential academic, analytical, legal and transferable skills in order to prepare them for a broad range of careers associated with Psychology and Law.
This programme provides a platform for careers in many areas and therefore, will not only attract students wishing to progress to careers as professional psychologists, but also those wishing to pursue careers in legal support, parole bodies, government, voluntary organisations, research and teaching.
Typical entry requirements
|GCSE||We look for a broad range of GCSE (or equivalent) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics at a minimum of Grade C.|
|GCE A-level||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 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.|
|International Baccalaureate||Grade 36 (18 at HL) or 34 (17 at HL)|
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 or Statistics, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.
Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.
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 with Law 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.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about
entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Typical course content
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In Year 1, you take seven modules in Psychology and one double module in Law. Five of these modules are defined as core and two as compulsory. Core modules must be taken and passed at 40% to progress to year 2, whereas compulsory modules must be taken but can be passed at the qualifying mark of 25%.
In Year 2, you take eight modules. Six of these modules are from Psychology and are core and either one double module or two single modules from Law. You can choose from a range of Law modules but they must 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 areas of psychology and law 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 take Clinical psychology module and 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.
The third year of study allows for more specialisation with all students taking the following modules:
PSYC 3003 – Literature Review (“Dissertation” part of Empirical Project) core
PSYC 3005 – Research Paper (“Project” part of Empirical Project) core
PSYC 3002 - Current Issues in Clinical Psychology core
3 Psychology modules compulsory
2 Law modules (drawn from choice in Year 2) core
1 double Law module (drawn from choice in Year 2) core
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
View the full list of course fees
Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically
£9,250 per year.
Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most
part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or
your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
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:
|Equipment||Approved 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 models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Printing and copying||For Year 3 Empirical Report, students will be given a printing allowance of £20 towards printing costs. Applications for this printing allowance must be made via the Psychology Student Office.|
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.