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 Year Abroad degree offers a high level of professional skills and can be the first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
Our degree programme
In the first year you take introductory modules on psychology and optional modules from across the University. You also take a double language module or two modules in European politics, depending on the language of the institution where you are studying in the third year.
The second year broadens your scientific and analytical understanding of psychology, drawing on aspects of biology, computing and philosophy. Modules cover a wide range of topics such as child development, language, mental health, motivation, and forensic psychology.
You can also gain direct experience of research through the:
Research Experience Scheme (where you gain hands-on experience of working on a project and a reference at the end).Research Participation Scheme (where you take part in a project as a participant)Work Experience Scheme (where you volunteer with a local organisation – such as a school, college, prison or hospital – and collaborate on a project).
You spend the third year of your degree studying psychology at one of our partner institutions in Europe. You are taught either in English or in the language of the country in which you are studying. The programme is also available without a year abroad. For details, see Psychology BSc (Hons).
The final year of study gives you the chance to develop your own passions and follow special interests. A wide range of options means you can focus on what interests you: areas covered include developmental psychology, social cognition, language and communication, neuroscience, psychoanalysis and people with learning disabilities.
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.
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 levels of description and explanation
- psychology in a European context
- linguistic expertise if taking the French, German, Italian or Spanish tier of the programme.
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
- time management and preparation
- 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
- employing the inferential method of science (deductive methods, single case methods, semiotics)
- psychological statistical methods and their interpretation
- 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; 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:
- meet the needs of those contemplating a career in the psychological professions, as well as those motivated by an intellectual interest in psychology
- attract candidates from a variety of educational backgrounds
- provide an understanding of the principal perspective in psychology (for example, social, cognitive, and biological)
- introduce students to a range of theoretical and methodological approaches
- enable students to study chosen areas of psychology in depth
- cover the foundations of psychology to provide entry into the British Psychological Society
- 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
- extend students' knowledge and experience of psychology within the context of another university and country.
The French, German, Italian or Spanish tier of the programme aims to:
- provide students with sufficient fluency in French, German, Italian or Spanish to study psychology at another European university.
The English tier of the programme aims to:
- provide students with knowledge of Europe to enhance their studies at another European university.