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The Psychology degree at St Mary’s provides you with a scientific understanding of the mind, brain and behaviour. Alongside the academic content of the programme you will gain transferable skills, including the capacity for self-directed, reflective learning and project management.

A Psychology degree provides you with a scientific understanding of human experience, including behaviour, mental processes, emotions and development. This will prepare you for starting your career working directly in psychology-based jobs. These include counselling, clinical work, education, and mental health work.

A degree in psychology will make you attractive to employers for roles working with people and positions requiring good communication, relationship and data analysis skills. Psychology therefore provides superb preparation for a wide range of other career paths.

With a smaller size year group than many universities, the Psychology department creates a community environment where students are provided with more support by staff and fellow students.

Staff are research active and their work covers areas such as non-traditional romantic relationships, understanding intergroup relationships, attentional biases associated with anxiety, intergenerational relationships within the family context, and the performance of gender identities in dance classes.

The Psychology Society aims to bring students together who have an interest in the subject through academic and social events. Throughout the year they aim to give members the chance to enjoy a variety of experiences ranging from appearances by guest speakers to psychology socials.

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • Psychology scored 94% for teaching satisfaction and 92% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.
  • 92% of our Psychology graduates are in employment or further study one year after graduating, the 5th highest across the UK. (Department for Education LEO data, 2017)
  • One year after graduating, our Psychology students are earning £2,500 more per year on average than the median salary for the sector. (Department for Education LEO data, 2017)
  • A range of Joint Honours Degrees allow you to combine Psychology with another subject.
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus.

The Psychology degree at St Mary’s provides you with a scientific understanding of the mind, brain and behaviour. Alongside the academic content of the programme you will gain transferable skills, including the capacity for self-directed, reflective learning and project management. A Psychology degree provides you with a scientific understanding of human experience, including...

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Course Content

Year one

  • Deconstructing Psychology 
  • Everyday Psychology 
  • Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology 
  • Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology 
  • Research Methods and Statistics 1 
  • Research Methods and Statistics 2 

Year two

  • Contributing to the Community 
  • Experience and Employment in Business 
  • Experience and Employment in Education 
  • Psychology Today 
  • Research Methods and Statistics 3 
  • Research Methods and Statistics 4 
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Year three

  • Counselling Psychology 
  • Critical Health Psychology 
  • Extended Literature Review 
  • Eyewitness Testimony 
  • Independent Project 
  • Perception 

Year one Deconstructing Psychology  Everyday Psychology  Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology  Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology  Research Methods and Statistics 1  Research Methods and Statistics 2  Year...

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Entry Requirements

Grade C, or equivalent, in GCSE Mathematics is also required.

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email [email protected]

To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

Grade C, or equivalent, in GCSE Mathematics is also required. Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email [email protected] To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff...

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Assessment Methods

Courses are assessed through a variety of methods including examinations, presentations, essays, research, practical reports and case studies.

Courses are assessed through a variety of methods including examinations, presentations, essays, research, practical reports and case studies.