Kent is a leading centre for social psychology – the study of human behaviour in a social environment – and we also have strengths in cognitive, forensic and developmental psychology. Passionate about
research, our academics are world-leading experts and can inspire you to develop your own ideas and become an independent thinker.
Our Psychology degree offers a high level of professional skills and
can be the first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
Our degree programme
Our modules cover a wide range of topics such as child development,
language, mental health, motivation, and forensic psychology. By drawing on aspects of biology, computing and philosophy, you gain a broad
scientific and analytical background. You can also gain direct
experience of research through the:
Research Participation Scheme (where you take part in a project as a participant) Research Experience Scheme (where you gain hands-on experience of working on a project and a reference at the end) Work Experience Scheme (where you volunteer with a local
organisation – such as a school, college, prison or hospital – and
collaborate on a project).
The lecturers have a friendly approach to teaching and you get a high level of academic support via lectures, seminars and one-to-one
Psychology student Jemima talks about her course.
Year of professional experience
You have the option to take this programme with a year of professional experience. For more details, see Psychology with a Placement Year.
If you’d like to spend a year studying or working in Europe as part of your degree, see Psychology with Studies in Europe.
The School of Psychology is in a modern building with
state-of-the-art teaching facilities and two computer rooms. Our
specialised equipment includes:
eye-tracker technology electroencephalography (EEG) equipment for monitoring brain function brain stimulation laboratories physiology laboratories child-friendly testing spaces a virtual reality laboratory group dynamics laboratories observation suites.
The Psychology Society is run by Kent students. Previous activities
include talks by guest speakers and the chance for students to publish
work in the Student Journal of Psychology.
The School of Psychology also puts on many events that you are welcome to attend. These may include:
research seminars led by leading psychologists professional development workshops informal staff presentations followed by open discussion.
Modules are taught by weekly lectures, workshops, small group seminars and project supervision. The Psychology Statistics and Practical modules include laboratory practical sessions, statistics classes, computing classes and lectures in statistics and methodology.
Most modules are assessed by examination and coursework in equal measure. Both Stage 2 and 3 marks count towards your final degree result. Our assessment
methods are varied and will include, but are not limited to, examinations,
written assignments and essays, group work and oral presentations
Knowledge and understanding