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Year of Entry 2020/21
BSc (Honours)


Full-time Psychology

Explore the science of thoughts, feelings and behaviour on this British Psychology Society-accredited course.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year ††
International: £13,650 per year
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 120 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? C800
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Develop your knowledge and scientific understanding of the core areas of psychology.
  • Gain experience in real-life settings through work placements.
  • Have the opportunity to work abroadErasmus funding is available for European placements.

Fascinated by human behaviour, curious about thoughts and intrigued by feelings? This is the course for you. It examines what drives us, from brain physiology to learning, genes, environment, social groups, and individual differences in personality and motivation.

Student View

Watch student Sophie Ingram talk about what it’s like to study this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Dr Katie Ward talk about this course.

You are taught by academics with specialist knowledge and expertise in a range of areas including social psychology, forensic psychology, developmental psychology, health and work psychology.

You learn through

  • lectures and seminars
  • workshops
  • laboratory classes
  • individual tutorials
  • work placements

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a work-placement in your second year of the course. Examples of settings include schools, mental health organisations, police and other legal services.

Organisations currently offering placements include St Anne's Mental Health Service, The Hesley Group autism care provider, Sheffield Children's Hospital (NHS), Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Drug and alcohol service (RDASH), Sheffield MENCAP, City Hearts human trafficking support service and Cavendish Cancer Care.

You also have the opportunity to take a placement abroad, currently in Germany and South Africa.

Study abroad

You can study abroad for one semester in your second year at one of our partner universities. Examples of our current partner institutions include Georgia Southern University in the US, Trent University and Carleton University in Canada, Queensland University of Technology, LaTrobe University and Deakin University in Australia, University of Jyvaskyla in Finland, Tallinn University in Estonia, the University of Warsaw in Poland, and Aahus University in Denmark.

Networking opportunities

You attend lectures from visiting guests such as clinical psychologists, police officers, prison officers, forensic psychologists, health psychologists and speech and language therapists.

We also hold recruitment presentations from psychology-specific employers. Recent guests have included the Cambian Group, Civil Service, Good Days Project and Hesley Group.

Future careers

This course prepares you to complete professional training in

  • clinical psychology
  • educational psychology
  • occupational psychology
  • health psychology
  • forensic psychology
  • counselling psychology

It also prepares you for a career in

  • teaching
  • local government
  • civil service
  • industry and commerce
  • education
  • careers and counselling
  • legal and advice work
  • social work
  • social research
  • personnel and human resources
  • marketing
  • management


This psychology degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and gives eligibility for the graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC) with the BPS.

Graduate basis for chartered membership is an entry requirement for all BPS accredited postgraduate training courses in psychology to become a clinical, educational, occupational, health or counselling psychologist. Applicants for GBC need to have passed the empirical research project module and to have attained an undergraduate honours degree at a minimum lower second class honours level.

Student success story

Psychology student Aimee Browes runs Happiness Bootcamp which is aimed at improving people’s mental health. Find out how she coped with anxiety and why it’s important to talk about mental health.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

Collegiate campus

Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • an observation suite
  • an eye-tracking laboratory
  • a BioPac laboratory
  • a low-level vision laboratory
  • a food laboratory
  • electroencephalography (EEG) equipment.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 120

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications excluding general studies. For example:

  • BBB at A Level.
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels and EPQ.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Mathematics at grade C or 4

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Academic Development And Personal Tuition Credits: 20
Module: Cognitive Processes And Psychobiology Credits: 20
Module: Developmental And Social Psychology Credits: 20
Module: Psychological Research And Design Credits: 20
Module: Psychological Well-Being And Individual Differences Credits: 20
Module: Psychology Practicals And Statistics Credits: 20
Module: Research Participation Credits: -

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Applications Of Psychology Credits: 20
Module: Processes In Psychology Credits: 20
Module: Research Methods Training Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Animal Psychology Credits: 20
Module: Applying Psychology Credits: 20
Module: Critical Psychology Credits: 20
Module: Disorders Of Language And Reading Credits: 20
Module: Holistic Perception Credits: 20
Module: Human Sexual Behaviour Credits: 20
Module: Introduction To Counselling And Psychotherapy Credits: 20
Module: Psychology In Everyday Life Credits: 20
Module: Witnesses And Victims: Forensic Psychology In Practice Credits: 20
Module: Work Placement (Psychology) Credits: 60

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Psychology Research Project And Personal Tuition Credits: 40
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Addictive Behaviours Credits: 20
Module: Atypical Child Development Credits: 20
Module: Clinical Psychology Credits: 20
Module: Counselling And Psychotherapy (Theoretical Perspectives) Credits: 20
Module: Death, Dying And Bereavement Credits: 20
Module: Eating Behaviours Credits: 20
Module: Evolutionary Psychology Credits: 20
Module: Forensic Psychology Credits: 20
Module: Health Psychology Credits: 20
Module: Healthy And Clinical Ageing Credits: 20
Module: Individual Differences And Mental Health Credits: 20
Module: Language And Speech Credits: 20
Module: Language Learning Credits: 20
Module: Neuropsychology Credits: 20
Module: Organisations Work And Psychology Credits: 20
Module: Sleep And Circadian Rhythms Credits: 20
Module: Social And Affective Neuroscience (San) Credits: 20
Module: Social Psychology And Qualitative Research Methods Credits: 20
Module: The Psychology Of Education Credits: 20
Module: The Psychology Of Peace And Conflict Credits: 20
Module: The Psychology Of Sexuality And Gender Credits: 20
Module: Weapons Of Influence Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. ††

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year.

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Financial support for home/EU students

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Psychology courses (PDF)

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