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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 - 4 Years

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How you will study
full-time, sandwich

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About Psychology at University of Portsmouth


Are you interested in studying the mind and people's behaviour? Do you want to understand the factors that influence how people think, act and feel, and use this knowledge to embark on a career that makes a positive difference to people's lives?

This BPS-accredited BSc (Hons) Psychology degree gives you a comprehensive understanding of how our minds work. Using specialist facilities and labs, you'll learn how to apply your knowledge to everyday scenarios.

In your first year, you'll get an extensive introduction to psychological theory and research techniques. In year 2, you'll study modules that put you on the path towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist, covering advanced areas of psychology including biological and cognitive psychology, social and developmental psychology, and data analysis.

You'll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge in the field on a year-long work placement between years 2 and 3. You can also spend the year studying abroad.

Your third year gives you the chance to focus on the topics that match your interests and ambitions with optional modules covering everything from sports psychology to neuroscience. You'll also undertake a research project on a subject that interests you.

After the course, you can continue your studies to become a Chartered Psychologist or use the transferable skills you've learnt to work in areas such as teaching, marketing, social welfare and law enforcement.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Be taught by experienced psychology practitioners and staff who are active in research into areas such as autism, forensic psychology, animal cognition and quality of working life
  • Use specialist psychology equipment and facilities including an observation suite, toddler and infant laboratory, psychophysiology laboratory, psychology of applied cognition laboratory, and digital analysis and video editing suite
  • Specialise your field of study in your final year, with options including sport psychology, neuroscience, educational psychology, and clinical and health psychology
  • Learn transferable skills that employers value including in teamwork, communication, problem solving, self-motivation, critical thinking and time management
  • Use our motion capture studios, which feature the latest Vicon optical system, to explore the mechanics and perception of human movement, looking at how body language influences our appraisal of others and affects interpersonal interactions

You can also:

  • Apply your knowledge in the workplace on a year-long work placement, boosting your employability prospects after the course
  • Study abroad through our links with overseas universities
  • Learn a language while you earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's language programme

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written examinations
  • practical reports and essays
  • poster presentations
  • oral presentations
  • self-led research project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • small focussed seminars
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • practical research and experiments

The teaching is based on current research and professional practice to make sure what you learn is up to date.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

Careers and opportunities

Studying a psychology degree gives you a broad range of skills and knowledge, giving you lots of options when you finish the course.

Psychology careers

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This allows you to become a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) with appropriate training and experience after the course.

Jobs you could do as a Chartered Psychologist include:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Sports psychologist
  • Counselling psychologist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Occupational psychologist
  • Neuropsychologist

Careers in related fields

The transferable skills you learn on this degree are also in demand in other fields, such as:

  • Teaching (with additional training)
  • Social welfare
  • Police work
  • Research
  • Marketing
  • Careers advice

Organisations and roles previous graduates have gone on to work in, include:

  • Office for National Statistics – Researcher
  • Hampshire Constabulary – Head of Learning and Professional Development
  • EMEA at Michael Kors – HR Director
  • Staffordshire University – Lecturer in Policing
  • National Crime Agency (NCA) – NCA Officer
  • Portsmouth City Council – Domestic Abuse Worker

Placement year

Increase your chances of landing your ideal job after the course by taking an optional work placement year between the second and final years of your study.

We'll work with you to find a placement that best prepares you for the kind of work you want to do in your career when you graduate. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Roles previous students have taken on during their placement years include:

  • Assistant Psychologist
  • Assistant Occupational Psychologist
  • Business Operations Assistant
  • Student Clinical Psychologist
  • Student Psychologist
  • Student Researcher

Work experience and career planning

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant study and job opportunities during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and enhance your CV.

After you leave the University you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Study options for this course

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  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-time, SandwichHow long you will study3 - 4 years
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Notes about fees for this course

Entry requirements

120-136 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at University of Portsmouth to prepare for your chosen course:

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