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Psychology MSci

University Park Campus, Nottingham, UK

Course overview

Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes. You'll learn about the structure of the brain as well as the perceptions, thoughts, feelings and actions of people.

In years one and three, you'll have optional modules to choose from (which, in year one, can be from outside psychology, to explore other areas). This is your chance to explore the areas of psychology that you find interesting. As we have experts from across the spectrum of psychology, we are able to offer you a choice from many different areas in both theoretical and applied psychology. For example, you can explore topics including forensic or clinical psychology, cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging and neuropsychology, or social, educational and developmental psychology. 

 

Indicative modules

Mandatory

Year 1

Biological Psychology

Mandatory

Year 1

Cognitive Psychology 1

Mandatory

Year 1

Developmental Psychology

Mandatory

Year 1

Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis

Mandatory

Year 1

Practical Methods and Seminars in Psychology

Mandatory

Year 1

Social Psychology

Optional

Year 1

Addiction and the Brain

Optional

Year 1

Psychological Approaches to Therapy

Mandatory

Year 2

Advanced Developmental Psychology

Mandatory

Year 2

Advanced Social Psychology

Mandatory

Year 2

Cognitive Psychology 2

Mandatory

Year 2

Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

Mandatory

Year 2

Neuroscience and Behaviour

Mandatory

Year 2

Personality and Individual Differences

Mandatory

Year 2

Practical Methods in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience 1

Mandatory

Year 2

Practical Methods in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience 2

Mandatory

Year 2

Research Methods and Analysis 1

Mandatory

Year 2

Research Methods and Analysis 2

Optional

Year 2

Practical Methods in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience

Mandatory

Year 3

Psychology Research Project

Optional

Year 3

Altruism, Cooperation and Helping

Optional

Year 3

Applying Social Psychology to Societal Issues

Optional

Year 3

Clinical Psychology

Optional

Year 3

Cognitive Development and Autism

Optional

Year 3

Current Issues in Psychology: Debates and Applications

Optional

Year 3

Developmental Dyslexia: Psychological and Educational Perspectives

Optional

Year 3

Educational Psychology

Optional

Year 3

Forensic and Mental Health

Optional

Year 3

Neuropsychology and Applied Neuroimaging

Optional

Year 3

Neuropsychology of Action: The Body in the Brain

Optional

Year 3

Social Neuroscience Research

Optional

Year 3

The Visual Brain: Evolution, Development, Learning and Adaptation

Optional

Year 3

Understanding Developmental Disorders

Mandatory

Year 4

Dissertation

Optional

Year 4

Advanced Methods in Psychology

Optional

Year 4

Childhood Clinical and Behavioural Disorders

Optional

Year 4

Cognitive Rehabilitation and Evaluation

Optional

Year 4

Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience

Optional

Year 4

Data Analysis for Neuroimaging

Optional

Year 4

Dementia

Optional

Year 4

Foundations in Qualitative Methods

Optional

Year 4

Introduction to MATLAB Programming

Optional

Year 4

Models and Approaches in Mental Health Research

Optional

Year 4

Philosophy of Research - Social Science

Optional

Year 4

Psychological Assessment at Work

Optional

Year 4

Research Design., Practice and Ethics

Optional

Year 4

Research Internship

Optional

Year 4

Topics in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

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About modules

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. This content was last updated on Thursday 13 June 2024.

Teaching is delivered through a mix of in-person and online methods. The majority of your teaching will be in-person.

Teaching methods

  • Teaching methods
  • Computer labs
  • Lab sessions
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Problem-based learning

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Group project
  • Lab reports
  • Presentation
  • Research project
  • Written exam
  • Poster presentation

One credit is approximately 10 hours of work. You will spend around half of your time in lectures, seminars, laboratory classes and tutorials. You will complete the remaining time as independent study.

Lecture classes can be between 30-300 students. Laboratory classes typically include 30-60 students. Seminar groups and tutorial groups are usually made up of 10-12 students.

Modules are typically delivered by professors, associate professors or assistant professors. PhD students may support laboratory demonstrations and report marking and feedback.

A degree in psychology gives you skills for a career in psychology as well as transferable skills that can be used in business, education, marketing and legal sectors.

Become a chartered psychologist

About 20% of UK psychology graduates become chartered psychologists. If you take this route, you could progress in fields such as clinical, forensic, educational or occupational psychology. Further study and work experience would be needed.

Read alumni stories of graduates who have gone on to work in these areas.

Previous graduate jobs

Our graduates have used their skills in roles such as:

  • mental health worker
  • therapy assistant
  • civil servant
  • accountant
  • HR adviser
  • recruiter
  • police officer
  • marketing executive
  • merchandising assistant

Jessica Fath, a psychology graduate, works for Rethink Mental Illness. They are training her to be a psychological wellbeing practitioner. Read about her experience in her blog. A degree in psychology opens up a wide range of career prospects. Read this blog from Sophie Hussain and Hannah Taylor who talk about their career journey and current work in health and wellbeing.

Further study

Many graduates choose to continue studying for a masters or PhD. This is a good option if you want to choose a specialism such as sport psychology or cognitive neuroscience. You then may decide to pursue a career in teaching and/or research at a university.

Other opportunities to help your employability

The Nottingham Internship Scheme provides a range of work experience opportunities and internships throughout the year

The Nottingham Advantage Award is our free scheme to boost your employability. There are over 200 extracurricular activities to choose from

Average starting salary and career progression

86.40% of undergraduates from the Faculty of Science secured employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £27,834.

HESA Graduate Outcomes (2017-2021 cohorts). The Graduate Outcomes % is calculated using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

University undergraduate student Cole Pearce studying in Nightingale Hall accommodation's library, University Park. November 5th 2021.

I chose to study at Nottingham because I would be able to study abroad during my degree. I went to the University of Newcastle in Australia. It was an amazing experience!

Karl Miller

BSc Psychology

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Open Day June 2022