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The award
BSc

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Psychology at Queen's University Belfast

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour, so virtually anything related to the behaviour of humans and animals - normal or abnormal, social or personal, adult or child, subjective feelings or overt behaviour - is of interest to psychologists.

Psychology is a science, with all our students taking modules in statistics and experimental design, as required by our accrediting body, the British Psychological Society (BPS). Our Psychology degree programme is very diverse and stimulating and is consistently rated as 'excellent' by both our students and external examiners.

Work placement opportunities:
We have offered assessed work placements since 2013 and send over 50 students on placement across the public, private and third sectors every year. In addition, students can transfer in year 2 to BSc Psychology with Professional Placement where they undertake a 12-month paid work placement.

Psychology Degree highlights

The Insight Programme: our employability programme and optional work placement module has been commended by BPS and our employers.

Professional Accreditations

  • All BSc Psychology graduates automatically become graduate members (MBPsS) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).The BPS is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK.

World Class Facilities

  • The School has specialised facilities for human experimental psychology, movement and perception, individual differences, social psychology, child development and psychophysiology. We have a state-of-the-art mobile laboratory for gathering data in schools and other sites. Undergraduate students use these in their second and final years.

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • Research-led Teaching: research in the School of Psychology has been judged to be 'world-leading' and 'outstanding' by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The results place the School among the UK's top 20 Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience departments in terms of research impact. The impact figures reflect how the School's research knowledge is informing policy makers, developing industry partnerships and ultimately touching on the lives of thousands of individuals.
 

Careers

Career Prospects

Introduction
The BSc Honours in Psychology is accredited
as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis
for Chartered Membership, provided the
minimum standard of a 2.2 is achieved and the
final year thesis is passed

Psychology graduates possess an arguably
unique combination of numeracy and
communication skills, which make them
highly valued by employers in other sectors.
Throughout the three years of the degree,
we have embedded employability skills and
opportunities which prepare our students for
the world of work after graduation.

Our Psychology graduates have gone onto a
wide variety of careers including journalism,
human resources, teaching, social work,
accountancy, and research. Other graduates
are practitioner psychologists specialising in
Clinical, Educational, Health, Occupational and
Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Studying for a Psychology degree at Queen's will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen's are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including Psychology.

Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in Psychology, significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors. Examples of these are: Market research, social work, nursing, advertising, sales, personnel management and careers guidance are all areas for which a psychology degree will provide a good basis.

Psychology graduates will have knowledge of the assessment of personality, intelligence and attitudes, interviewing techniques, questionnaire design and analysis, child development, and methods of teaching and learning.

A psychology degree is also a good basis for many jobs where employees receive additional training e.g. (the police, Armed Forces, advertising and broadcasting) or where they will gain further professional qualifications while working (e.g. banking, accountancy, management, personnel, market research). Psychology graduates may work in an interdisciplinary position with, for example, biologists, engineers, physiologists and physicists. However, employers are usually looking for general or 'transferable' skills, and a psychology degree provides an arguably unique combination of these.

You should also take a look at the Prospects website for further information concerning the types of jobs that attract Psychology Graduates.

Employment after the Course
The Insight Programme: our employability programme and optional work placement module has been commended by BPS and our employers.

Year Placement: students can transfer in year 2 to BSc Psychology with Professional Placement where they undertake a 12 month paid work placement.

Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

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Notes about fees for this course

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate students who first enrol at the University in the academic year 2018-19 have not been agreed. Tuition fees for 2019-20 will be based on 2018-19 levels, normally increased by inflation and these are set out below.

Northern Ireland (NI)£4,160England, Scotland or Wales (GB)£9,250Other (non-UK) EU£4,160International£19,500

Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student's tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Psychology costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

How do I fund my study?

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.

Scholarships

Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

A level requirements
ABB + GCSE Mathematics grade C.

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics is required.

Access/Foundation Course
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 70%. GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent in Access Course.

All applicants
There are no specific subject requirements to study Psychology.

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

How we choose our students

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by individual University Schools. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by the Selector for the School of Psychology along with a member of administrative staff from the Admissions and Access Service. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

Demand for places differs from course to course and for Psychology, past performance at GCSE or AS level is taken into account when deciding whether or not to make conditional offers. Initially offers will be made to those with a minimum of 5 C grades at GCSE or BBB at AS-level. Applicants must have GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade C. The final threshold is not usually determined until later in the cycle, around March/April, so there may be a delay in processing candidates. Please note that thresholds may change from year to year depending on the demand for places.

Offers are normally made on the basis of 3 A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. Grades may be held from the previous year; however repeat applicants must have obtained a minimum of BBC at A-Level in first attempt.

Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification), or one A-level and a BTEC Diploma/National Diploma (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant's portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.

Applicants offering other qualifications, such as BTEC Extended Diplomas, Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered. The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those applicants offering other qualifications.

The current entrance requirements for applicants offering a BTEC Extended Diploma are successful completion of the BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3) with 120 credits at Distinction and 60 credits at Merit. For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 2 Distinctions and remainder Merits. Applicants must also have the appropriate qualification to fulfil the entry requirements for GCSE Mathematics.

For those offering a Higher National Diploma, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile but, to be eligible for an offer, at least half of the units completed in the first year of the HND must be at Merit level and remainder Passes. Applicants must successfully complete the HND with 2 Distinctions and remainder Merits in all units assessed in the final year. Consideration would be for stage 1 entry and applicants must also have the appropriate qualification to fulfil the entry requirements for GCSE Mathematics.

Applicants offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits and for last year, the standard set was an overall average of 70% in Level 3 modules. Applicants must also have the appropriate qualification to fulfil the entry requirements for GCSE Mathematics.

The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of the Psychology degree, these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking 4 A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.
Applicants are not normally asked to attend for interview, though there are some exceptions and specific information is provided with the relevant subject areas.

If you are made an offer then you may be invited to a School Visit Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service (admissions@qub.ac.uk), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE PROGRAMMES

INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

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