Our flagship Psychology BSc Honours degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society, and is available with a work placement year, giving you a head start on your professional career.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
3 or 4 Years
A Level: AAA-AAB
IB: 35 points
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Psychology is the scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour.
This BPS-accredited degree covers a range of fascinating topics, including:
- developmental and social psychology
- personality and abnormal psychology
- evolution and genetics for psychologists
Your teaching is informed by our internationally recognised research in areas such as:
- visual and cognitive neuroscience
- clinical psychology
- disorders of development
You'll have the chance to apply to take a year-long professional placement between Stages 2 and 3.
Placement opportunities may include working with clinical psychologists, forensic psychologists or psychology researchers.
You'll also develop transferable skills - such as quantitative and qualitative data analysis, computing, report writing and presentation - which prepare you for a wide range of careers.
Highlights of this degree
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
Psychology at Newcastle is highly regarded, achieving a 92% overall student satisfaction score in the 2016 National Student Survey. We also rank in the top 20 UK universities in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017.
In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 we rank in the top 200 universities in the world.
Professional accreditationProfessional accreditation
This degree is professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
This gives you the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (providing you achieve the minimum standard of a lower second-class Honours).
Having Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership means you can join the BPS and go on to further training or practice in psychology.
For information on the benefits of studying an accredited course, visit the BPS website.
Psychology crosses subject boundariesPsychology crosses subject boundaries
Psychological explanations of varied behaviours range from considerations of evolutionary biology, through aspects of the brain systems that actually mediate actions, to the social and cognitive processes that underlie human behaviour and language.
Psychology crosses traditional subject boundaries. It shares elements with the arts, sciences and social sciences, areas in which we offer strength and breadth at Newcastle. This allows us to enrich your study programme with teaching and research from fields as diverse as:
- business (consumer and organisational behaviour)
- zoology (animal behaviour)
- language sciences (language acquisition, acquired and developmental speech disorders)
- physiology (hormones, sleep addiction)
- neuroscience (the structure and function of the brain)
- biochemistry (neural transmitters)
Professional placement yearProfessional placement year
Once you are here, you can apply to transfer onto our Psychology with Professional Placement degree, which incorporates a year on professional placement between Stages 2 and 3.
Some placements will be advertised for you to apply for. We also provide you with support to find your own placement, including help writing applications.
Your professional placement year will make you stand out in the graduate job market. It provides an invaluable opportunity to:
- apply your knowledge in a practical context
- further develop your professional and clinical skills
- gain demonstrable work experience to showcase your skills to future employers
Research opportunitiesResearch opportunities
As well as your Stage 3 research project, there are also opportunities outside your course to gain additional research experience. This can provide an insight into what postgraduate study will be like as well as giving you the chance to gain valuable research and problem-solving skills.
All our students can apply for a paid scholarship to work on a summer vacation research project through the University's Vacation Scholarships scheme. The School of Psychology and our research institute, the Institute of Neuroscience, both participate in the scheme with different projects available every year on a competitive basis.
The School also runs a certified research apprenticeship scheme, under which student volunteers work on ongoing projects under supervision.
Practical experiencePractical experience
At Newcastle, we teach you how to:
- formulate theories
- conduct experiments
- use statistical techniques to identify important findings
- write up research reports
You will also play an active part as participants in staff and student psychology projects from your very first year. This is a useful experience that you can draw on when you are in your third year and running projects of your own.
Facilities and support
As a student at Newcastle, you will be based in the School of Psychology in the University's Ridley Building.
You will have access to a purpose-built research building with modern, practical facilities for carrying out experiments and extensive computing facilities.
You will have an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree. They can help with academic and personal issues.
All first-year psychology students join a study group of approximately 10 students, led by an experienced and trained final-year student who will also act as your mentor for your first year.
The student-led Psychology Society runs a lively programme of events throughout the year to help you meet people from all years of study. This includes visiting speakers, social events and weekends away to visit other student psychology societies.Student profile
The lecturers are successful in their field and this really comes across in the way they teach the course.Rebecca, Psychology BSc Honours
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