2018 Clearing and Adjustment Availability

We have places available for Late, Clearing and Adjustment applicants for 2018. 
For up to date information on vacancies and applying through Clearing or Adjustment, visit our dedicated 2018 Clearing and Adjustment pages

Course Overview

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 BSc Psychology with a Year Abroad.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are welcome to apply.

Key Features

Why take this course?

  • Our Psychology department is ranked 5th in the UK for Graduate Prospects by The Times and Sunday Times University League Tables 2018.
  • 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 BSc Psychology with a Year Abroad. 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.


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PS-100Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Academic and Professional Development
PS-117Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Statistics and Research Methods
PSY111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cognition I: Basic Processes
PSY112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Social and Developmental Psychology
PSY113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Biological Psychology
PSY114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Individual and Abnormal Psychology

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PSY211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cognition II: Higher Level Processes
PSY212Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Development Across the Lifespan
PSY213Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Brain and Behaviour
PSY214Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20From Individuals to Society
PSY237Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Research and Experimental Methods I
PSY238Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Research and Experimental Methods II

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PSY319Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Final Year Independent Research Project
Optional Modules
Year 3 Optional Psychology Modules - Part One 

Choose Maximum Of 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students may select up to 30 credits from the following optional modules (but may choose not to select any modules from this group)

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PSY307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Psychosocial factors in chronic disease
PSY310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress
PSY321Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Forensic Psychology
PSY348Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Forensic Developmental Psychopathology
PSY352Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Personality and Sexual Disorders.
PSY355Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Psychopathology: Anxiety Disorders
Year 3 Optional Psychology Modules - Part Two 

Choose Maximum Of 80 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select between 50 and 80 credits from the following optional modules (to total 80 credits of optional modules selected from Groups A and B) Module PSY311 Psychology Work Placement is by application only. Students will need to be prepared to drop the appropriate optional credit value from the modules listed if their application is accepted. Note that if the Dissertation option is selected, then it is the Dissertation that will need to be dropped.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PSY301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Management of sleep disorders using psychological techniques
PSY303Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Neuroimaging & Cognition
PSY306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Face Perception and Social Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY316Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cognition and Education
PSY317Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Positive Psychology
PSY320Stage 1 (Sep-Mar Professional Development)20Dissertation
PSY342Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Applied Behaviour Analysis
PSY343Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cognitive Neuropsychology
PSY347Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Evolution and Human Behaviour
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 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Psychology of Sport and Exercise
PSY360Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Work Psychology
PSY362Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10The Ageing Brain


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 degree have the option of transferring to BSc Psychology with a Year Abroad. You can find out more about this opportunity here. 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


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.


Welsh Baccalaureate requirements are as for A-Levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade

Access: 122 Tariff Points


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. Contact our enquiries team; +44 (0)1792 295111


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.

Apply via UCAS 

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,650

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

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 or for students taking the Psychology Work Placement module (Price as of November 2017 - £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 exams and coursework, which take many different forms. Examination methods include multiple choice and short answer questions, or essays. Coursework includes research reports, poster and oral presentations, blog posts, case formulations, and portfolios.

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 295111

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 students are able to make applications via OnTrack 

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. 

All first year Psychology students take the Bronze Level of the Swansea Employability Award (SEA) 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.  

We have recently launched a Psychology Work Placement Module for final year students. This module will begin with a three-day intensive workshop covering key skills in the workplace, followed by a work placement lasting 35+ hours in a local public, private, or third sector organisation.

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


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.


Global Opportunities

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All students have the option of transferring to BSc Psychology with a Year abroad. Popular destinations include: Hong Kong, Germany, The Netherlands, North America, Australia, Poland, and Ireland.

Visit our Psychology Year Abroad Pages for more information. 

Short and Summer Programmes are a great way to gain international experience in addition to your degree. The College of Human and Health Sciences runs a number of summer programmes for students with opportunities to visit ChinaThailand and Vietnam.