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 degree programme
This degree offers the full scope of our Psychology degree but with an additional focus on Forensic Psychology. It includes modules and training that focus on applying psychological theory to understanding criminal behaviour, reducing offending and understanding victim responses to offending behaviour.
Throughout the programme you gain a broad background in practical applications, experimental and other methodologies, information technology and theory construction. Our modules cover a wide range of topics such as child development, language, mental health, motivation, and forensic psychology.
In the first and second years, 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).
In your final year, you can choose optional modules that allow you to follow specialist interests. All your work will help you to demonstrate transferable skills valued by employers.
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
- how interpersonal and group behaviour affects individuals
- how cognition and cognitive neuropsychology plays a role in human behaviour and experience
- personality and individual differences, and the impact they have on individuals and groups
- philosophical and theoretical issues in psychology
- the relationship between psychology and allied disciplines
- different frameworks in psychology, and an ability to demonstrate different levels of description and explanation
- scope of forensic psychology including relationships between the criminal justice system and the field of psychology.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- critical reflection
- oral discussion
- written analysis and interpretation
- critical evaluation and exposition of ideas
- development of writing and reading skills
- personal planning and project management skills
- self-reflection and development, responding to feedback from different sources (for example staff and peers, information technology)
- clarity in thinking, critical thinking, problem identification.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- conducting an empirical study, under supervision
- the design and conduct of psychological research
- evaluating and selecting frameworks and methodologies for exploring issues in psychology
- using the major analytic techniques employed by psychologists
- using the inferential method of science (deductive methods, single case methods, semiotics)
- reasoning statistically, and using a range of statistical methods with confidence
- the use of psychology-oriented software applications (for example, database programmes, experiment generators, statistical packages)
- disseminating psychological information to appropriate bodies.
You gain transferable skills in:
- communication – how to organise information clearly; respond to written sources; present information orally; adapt style for different audiences; use images as a communication tool
- numeracy – how to make sense of statistical materials; integrate numerical and non-numerical information; understand the limits and potentialities of arguments based on quantitative information
- information technology – how to produce written documents; undertake online research; communicate using email; process information using databases
- working with others – how to define and review the work of others; work co-operatively on group tasks and projects; understand how groups function
- improving own learning – how to explore personal strengths and weaknesses; time management; review your working environment (especially the student-staff relationship); develop specialist learning skills (for example by taking a foreign language); develop autonomy in learning
- problem solving – how to identify and define problems; explore alternative solutions and discriminate between them.
The programme aims to:
- attract and meet the needs of those contemplating a career in the psychological professions, as well as those motivated by an intellectual interest in psychology, and forensic psychology
- attract candidates from a variety of educational backgrounds
- provide an understanding of the principal perspectives (for example, social, cognitive, developmental and biological) in psychology with emphasis on forensic psychology
- introduce students to a range of theoretical and methodological approaches
- cover the foundations of psychology, as defined by the British Psychological Society and the QAA Subject Benchmark
- enable students to study chosen areas of psychology in depth, including forensic psychology
- provide teaching which is informed by current research and scholarship and engages with work at the frontiers of knowledge
- enable students to manage their own learning and carry out independent research
- develop critical, analytical and problem-solving skills that can be applied within non-applied psychological and extra-psychological settings
- develop skills appropriate for graduate employment, both in the psychology professions and other fields.