Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and experience. The way people think and behave can have a huge impact on their state of health/illness. Understanding how and why individuals think and act as they do is fundamental to the practice of both medicine and dentistry. Although various aspects of behaviour are studied in other disciplines, a special feature of psychology is that it uses a wide range of empirical and statistical techniques for collecting and analysing information. Intercalating in Psychology will enable a much deeper understanding of human behaviour from an empirical perspective.
The School of Psychology is distinguished in both research and teaching and offers students a dynamic, challenging and inspiring learning environment. Many of our academics have strong links with the British Psychological Society and many collaborate with institutions world-wide in conducting cutting-edge research. Thus, Psychology at Leeds is always forward-moving, relevant and global.
Capitalising on our research excellence and expertise, the programme is delivered by leading researchers, knowledgeable in the latest advances in Psychology. We adopt an apprenticeship model, whereby students design and manage their own research which plugs into ongoing research in the School.
The programme is characterised by:
The degree offers you a rigorous training in all aspects of research practice. You will graduate with exceptional skills in practical as well as theoretical aspects of the discipline. Great emphasis is placed on research-led teaching. You will be given the opportunity to work closely with academics within their research groups, thus gaining an excellent experience of real-world, cutting edge research. We aim to inspire our students to achieve their full potential by delivering learning and teaching within a vibrant research environment.
You will study classic psychological work as well as contemporary research into the nature and determinants of human behaviour, from the neuronal level through to the level of society and culture. You will explore psychological processes underpinning everyday behaviour, such as social cognition, memory, language and appetite, as well as examining ways in which psychology can improve people's wellbeing and health. You will learn how to conduct and evaluate high-quality psychological research and how to professionally communicate research outcomes.
Modules include developmental psychology, neuroscience, memory, language, perception, psychological disorders and social psychology. You will also conduct pieces of research under supervision, including one major project worth 20 credits.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
This intercalated BSc is only open to students who have completed at least two years of undergraduate medical and dentistry training.
Undergraduate students from the University of Leeds and other universities are welcome to apply.
International Foundation Year Programme
International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.
How to apply
Read about applying for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.
Acceptance to the course is conditional upon successful completion of at least two years of the applicant's medical or dentistry degree. Applicants should include a 500-word written statement outlining why they would like to study psychology and what they would bring to the course.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £21,500 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government's forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Intercalated students who graduate from Leeds are highly attractive to employers given their impressive range of skills such as project and time management skills, negotiation skills and research design and analysis skills.
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