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 with a Placement Year degree offers a high level of professional skills and can be the first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
Our degree programme
Psychology with a Placement Year is a four-year programme, you spend a year in practice between your second and final years.
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 feedback.
Psychology student Laura talks about her course.
Year of professional experience
On this programme you spend a year on placement (subject to availability of placements and achieving an average mark of 60% at Stage 1). You undertake project work with professional applied psychologists in organisations such as the NHS, the Prison Service or a research establishment.
It is also possible to spend a year on placement on our Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year degree. Alternatively, you can take our three-year Psychology degree.
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 technologyelectroencephalography (EEG) equipment for monitoring brain functionbrain stimulation laboratoriesphysiology laboratorieschild-friendly testing spacesa virtual reality laboratorygroup dynamics laboratoriesobservation 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 psychologistsprofessional development workshopsinformal 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 and, where appropriate, the marks for your year abroad or placement 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
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- psychology statistics, practical experimentation and research
- cognitive and social development
- interpersonal and group behaviour
- cognition and cognitive neuropsychology
- personality and individual differences
- philosophical and theoretical issues in psychology
- the relationship between psychology and allied disciplines
- different frameworks in psychology and different levels of description and explanation
- applied psychology.
You gain the following intellectual abilities:
- critical reflection on particular issues
- oral discussion
- written analysis and interpretation
- critical evaluation and exposition of ideas
- development of writing and reading skills
- time management and preparation
- self-reflection and development through feedback from different sources such as staff and peers
- clarity in thinking, critical thinking and problem identification.
You gain subject-specific skills in the following:
- completing an empirical study in an area of psychology, under supervision
- expertise in the design and conduct of psychological research
- evaluating and selecting appropriate frameworks and methodologies for exploring issues in psychology
- using the major analytic techniques employed by psychologists
- employing the inferential method of science such as deductive methods, single case methods and semiotics
- psychological statistical methods and their interpretation
- the use of psychology-oriented software applications such as database programmes, experiment generators and statistical packages
- disseminating psychological information to appropriate bodies, and using psychological knowledge to enhance this process.
You gain transferable skills in the following:
- communication: organising information clearly, responding to written sources, presenting information orally, adapting style for different audiences and the use of images as a communication tool
- numeracy: making sense of statistical materials, integrating numerical and non-numerical information, understanding the limits and potentialities of arguments based on quantitative information
- using IT skills to produce written documents, undertaking online research and process information using databases
- working co-operatively on group tasks and understanding how groups function
- improving students’ learning by exploring personal strengths and weaknesses, time management, developing specialist learning skills such as foreign languages and autonomy in learning
- problem solving, exploring alternative solutions and learning to discriminate between them.
The programme aims to:
- provide knowledge about, experience of, and insight into, the use of psychological experience by practising professional psychologists in an applied work setting
- attract and meet the needs of those contemplating a career in psychological professions and those motivated by an intellectual interest in psychology
- contribute to widening participation in higher education by offering a wide variety of entry routes
- provide a sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the principal approaches to psychology and perspectives such as social, cognitive, and biological
- develop a critical awareness and appraisal of the different approaches to psychology and related disciplines, and introduce students to a range of different theoretical and methodological approaches
- offer a range of modules covering the foundations of psychology, as defined by the British Psychological Society, which will enable students who successfully complete them, to obtain exemption from the initial or academic stage of training for entry into the British Psychological Society
- provide teaching informed by current research and scholarship, which requires students to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge
- enable students to carry out independent research
- develop students' critical, analytical and problem-solving skills
- provide opportunities for the development of personal, communication, research and other key skills appropriate for graduate employment in the psychology professions and other fields.