Our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree enables you to confront the issues that humans face with psychology's scientific principles. From brain injury to prejudice reduction, child development to offending behaviour and rehabilitation. We provide you with the tools to develop interventions for hospitals, schools and businesses, making a difference to society through innovations in policy and research.
On our Psychology with a Year Abroad degree, you spend the third year studying at one of our partner universities in Europe. Shape your degree outside the classroom by participating in our student-led Psychology Society who host regular events, including co-run seminars with our academic team exploring current questions. Step in to our active community.
Reasons to study Psychology with a year abroad at Kent
Our degree offers a high level of professional skills and can be the first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist; it’s accredited by the British Psychological Society Our graduates move on to successful careers in teaching, social welfare, the probation service, the NHS and the Home Office We are a leading centre for social psychology, with strengths in cognitive, forensic and developmental psychology leading to a wide choice of modules You’ll have access to outstanding resources including physiological measurement, brain stimulation and virtual reality laboratories as well as eye-tracker technology and EEG equipment for monitoring brain activity You can gain practical experience through our research participation, research experience and work experience schemes.
What you'll learn
You study the core areas required for accreditation: statistics, biological and general psychology, social and developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, child development and personality. You can also take specialist modules in business, clinical and forensic psychology as well as mental health, justice and morality and neuroscience.
See the modules you’ll study
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.