Course Overview

Psychology at Swansea is ranked in the top third of all psychology departments in the UK (Complete University Guide, 2016).

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: AAB – ABB. For applicants offering at least one of the following subjects at A level: Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics, the typical offer will be ABB. Please note: it is not essential to have studied any particular subjects at A level. We do not accept General Studies.
ACCREDITATION: The Psychology Degree is validated by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and (providing that a minimum of a Second Class Honours Degree, Division Two is achieved) confers eligibility for Graduate Membership of the BPS and for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). The latter is the first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

STUDY ABROAD: Students have the option of transferring to the Psychology with a Year abroad Undergraduate Programme.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are welcome to apply.

Key Features

Why take this course?

  • In the Complete University Guide 2016 we are ranked joint 12th for graduate prospects.
  • We offer an extensive range of final year optional modules allowing students to tailor their degree to their future career goals whilst developing their individual interests. 
  • All students have the option of transferring to the Psychology with a Year abroad Undergraduate Programme. Popular destinations include: Hong Kong, Germany, The Netherlands, North America, Australia, Poland, and Ireland.
  • In The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 we were one of only four psychology departments in the UK to achieve a 100% 4* rating (maximum score possible) for the reach and significance of its work. In REF 2014, 44% of our submission was graded as 4* (the highest possible grading). Based on this measure we are ranked 14th (out of 82) in the UK.
  • In REF 2014 we jointly submitted research with nine out of the top 20 universities in the world (as rated by the Times Higher Education - World Rankings), in total with colleagues from 21 different countries, demonstrating our  world-wide reputation.
  • Swansea University’s psychology staff are internationally recognised.  
  • We offer students have the opportunity to participate in, and undertake, original research using state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment
  • The University’s Academic Success Programme offers complementary study skills courses to help students maximise their potential.

But University isn’t just about studying. Swansea offers a great student experience in a beautiful environment. There are plenty more lifestyle reasons why you should choose Swansea.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Year 2 (Level 5)

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PSY319Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Final Year Independent Research Project
Optional Modules
3rd year optionals - Group A 

Choose Maximum Of 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : A maximum of 3 modules can be selected from the 4 listed below

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PSY346Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Drugs and Behaviour.
PSY352Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Personality and Sexual Disorders.
PSY355Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Psychopathology: Anxiety Disorders.
PSY359Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Understanding and Managing Criminal Behaviour.
AND
3rd year optionals - Group B 

Choose Maximum Of 80 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select modules to a maximum of 80 credits in total with Group A modules. For the dissertation module, you will need to find a supervisor and fill in a proposal form which should be returned to the General Office on the 8th floor of the Vivian Tower. If this form is not received by the 1st September, the dissertation module will be removed from your account.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PSY320Stage 1 (Sep-Mar Professional Development)20Dissertation
PSY342Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Applied Behaviour Analysis
PSY343Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cognitive Neuropsychology
PSY344Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cognitive Neuroscience Approaches to Vision, Memory and Consciousness
PSY345Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Contemporary Issues in Eating Behaviour Research
PSY347Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Evolution and Human Behaviour
PSY348Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Forensic Developmental Psychopathology
PSY349Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10The Infant Brain
PSY350Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Investigative Psychology
PSY351Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Nutrition and Behaviour
PSY353Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Philosophy of Psychology
PSY354Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Behaviour Change: Health, Organisations and Advertising
PSY357Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Sleep and Dreaming
PSY358Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Psychology of Sport and Exercise
PSY360Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Work Psychology
PSY361Stage 1 (Sep-Mar Professional Development)10Translating Neuroscience for Health and Wellbeing

Description

Psychology is the scientific study of the relationship between the mind, brain and behaviour. Students will study the psychological and neuro-scientific processes that underpin activities such as thinking, reasoning, memory and language, learn the consequences of brain injury and explore ways to improve health-related behaviour.

Psychology graduates tend to be highly numerate and possess high-quality essay writing and critical analysis skills. Students develop effective team working and problem-solving skills, good ICT abilities, the skills needed for independent research and excellent oral communication skills. With these transferable and valuable attributes, psychology graduates have much to offer to a variety of employers.

As more businesses recruit from a global pool of talent, we are finding new ways to help our students stand out from the crowd. We support and encourage you to take advantage of opportunities for studying and working abroad which could:

  • Reward you with an international outlook and cultural awareness.
  • Help you gain confidence and become more self-reliant.
  • Give you independence and initiative for the best possible start to your career.

All students commencing the three-year BSc (Hons) Psychology undergraduate degree have the option of transferring to the Psychology with a Year abroad Undergraduate Programme. Popular destinations include: Hong Kong, Germany, The Netherlands, North America, Australia, Poland, and Ireland. For details of other opportunities abroad, visit our international pages.

Entry Requirements

AAB – ABB

For applicants offering at least one of the following subjects at A level: Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics, the typical offer will be ABB.

Please note: it is not essential to have studied any particular subjects at A level. We do not accept General Studies.

We welcome applications from Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma students. In recognition that the qualification provides excellent preparation for our degree schemes, our offers will incorporate 120 UCAS points for completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (WBQ) Core.

Access: 27 Distinctions and 15 Merits

BTEC: DDD-DDM

Irish Leaving Certificate: 375-390 points

International Baccalaureate: 33-34 points[C1] 

GCSE profiles need to include a minimum of 5 passes at Grade A-C, including Welsh/English Language and Mathematics.

Candidates who already hold qualifications that may be suitable for entry to Higher Education or those offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Tutor directly in the first instance. Psychology administrator Karen Huxtable +44 (0)1792 513023

 

How To Apply

  • Applications for BSc (Hons) Psychology must be made through UCAS. 
  • Applications will be assessed holistically, taking into account the balance, nature and strength of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent), the personal statement, relevant skills and experience, past achievements, and referee’s comments.
  • The personal statement is crucial and must demonstrate an understanding and commitment to the subject.
  • There is no interview process. Once an offer is made, this will be uploaded on to UCAS track and applicants will be invited to either accept or decline.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,800

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

 You may face additional costs while at university, including (but are not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus.
  • Printing, photocopying, stationary and equipment costs (e.g., USB sticks).
  • Recommended core texts are stocked in the University library but we advise students to buy a set of books suitable for years one and two (approx.. £190).
  • A personal electronic calculator for statistics (approx. £10).
  • Year three project/dissertation printing and binding (approx £5).
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service Check may be required for some Independent Research projects in Year Three (Price as at Feb 2016 - £44).
  • Gowns for graduation ceremonies.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students. Click to find out more about tuition fees at Swansea. 

FUNDING: You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Find out more about scholarships and bursaries and other opportunities. 

Course Structure

The standard timetable involves about 10 hours of scheduled lectures and practical classes weekly, but there will be additional module-related seminars and personal tutorials scheduled throughout each semester.

Independent study is an integral component for each module. For example, a 20-credit module should involve 200 hours of study including timetabled lectures, practical classes, seminars, tutorials and independent study.

Our students learn through lectures, personal tutorials, academic seminars, workshops, and practical research classes. They also participate in research projects to build first-hand experience of research which proves to be invaluable when students go on to design and conduct their own Independent Research Project in the third year.  

During the Independent Research Project, students work collaboratively with staff to conduct novel and original research. Some students even go on to publish their Independent Research Projects in academic peer-reviewed journals and present their findings at national and international research conferences.

In the third year of study, students can select modules from an extensive range of options, allowing them to tailor their degree to their future career goals whilst developing their individual interests. 

Our extensive range of third year optional modules include (but are not limited to)

  • Forensic Psychology 
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Neuropsychology
  • Work Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Drugs and Behaviour
  • Health psychology
  • Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Nutrition and Behaviour
  • Sleep and Dreaming

In each year students are assessed through a combination of coursework and exams. Methods include written examinations (MCQ, short- and long-questions), essays, research reports, blog posts, case formulations, and presentations (oral and poster).

Here is a full list of term dates.

International Students

The Department welcomes applications from non-UK students and considers a wide range of international qualifications.  For details visit our country specific guide.

Or contact the Psychology Admissions Team directly at psychology.admissions@swansea.ac.uk or +44 (0)1792 513023

You need at least IELTS 6.0 as your English language qualification overall with 5.5 in reading and 5.5 in writing to take this course.  

International applicants can find out more about how to apply here.

Careers in Psychology

As this BPs accredited degree is the first step towards pursuing a professional career in Psychology, many of our graduates have gone on to further study or work in specialist psychology fields. In addition, graduates have also used the skills developed as part of the degree to embark on careers in health and social care, management and marketing to name a few. 

An NHS trainee clinical psychologist starting at Band 6 earns £25,783. With experience, psychologists could earn between £47,088 and £81,000 or higher. Salaries in private practice vary. Trainee Human Resource Officers earn from £22,000 to £24,000. For senior posts, such as HR directors, typical salaries can range from around £75,000 to £100,000.

All first year Psychology students take the Bronze Level of the Swansea Employability Award (SEA) (http://www.swansea.ac.uk/employability-awards/) and are supported to pursue Silver, Gold and Platinum in Years Two and Three. Successful completion of the SEA is recorded on students Higher Education Achievement Report (Diploma Supplement), which provides a single comprehensive record of students' academic and personal achievements.

We also encourage students to take advantage of university wide employability schemes such as ‘Week of Work’ (WoW), the ‘Swansea Paid Internship Network’ (SPIN) and the Santander Universities SME Internship Programme, as well as attend psychology-related careers talks and employability tutorials offered by the department.  

Visit our employability pages to find out more and read our graduate success stories. 

 

Accommodation

Accommodation in residences is designated for new first year Human and Health Science students. Here are your Swansea University accommodation options.

To make sure you get a room in residence in your first year, click here to read the Swansea University accommodation guarantee.