At a glance

  • Learn from academics who undertake internationally excellent research*
  • Have the opportunity to study abroad for either a semester or full year
  • Access state-of-the-art facilities and experimental equipment, such as eye trackers and electroencephalography

* Research Excellence Framework, 2014.


What is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of the brain and human behaviour, and is one of the most exciting, relevant and rapidly changing fields of study. It encompasses the perceptions, thoughts, feelings and actions of people from infancy to old age, as well as comparable phenomena in groups, organisations and societies, animals and computers. You’ll cover topics from brain structure and function, to analyses of conflicts, driving accidents and mental disorders.


How will I study?

We use a variety of teaching methods ranging from lectures covering the fundamentals of psychology to practical classes and methods workshops, in which you will conduct hands-on psychological research. At the start of your course you will be assigned a personal tutor who you will be able to meet regularly in a small group. This is an opportunity for you to develop transferable skills such as essay writing, critical thinking and presentation skills.

In the first year, you will be introduced to the core areas of biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology. You will also attend classes in research methods and statistics, which will cover research design, computer programming, data analysis and report writing. In addition, you will be able to choose a number of modules from departments across the University, such as business, languages, law and philosophy.

The second year follows on from the first year, tackling the same core topics in greater depth. Practical sessions will run in a series of five-week group projects, and will encourage you to develop your skills as an independent researcher.

In the third year, you will be able to choose from a wide range of modules, which will allow you to tailor the course to your personal interests. You will complete a large scale independent research project, where you can take the initiative in designing and carrying out the research yourself with the help and guidance from your project supervisor.


Assessment methods include formal exams (60 per cent) and coursework (empirical projects and essays). You must pass your first-year modules but the marks do not count towards the final degree. Exams in year two contribute 33 per cent, and year three exams, 67 per cent.



The course provides an excellent grounding for a research career or professional postgraduate training in areas of applied psychology. The analytical, methodological and communication skills you will develop will form a strong basis for many other careers, including management, social work, teaching, and marketing and advertising.

Recent graduates:

  • Kevin Jones – Clinical Psychologist, National Spinal Injuries Centre
  • Lucy Ryan – studying for a doctorate in forensic psychology, University of Nottingham.

In 2017, 96.2% of undergraduates in the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £17,775 with the highest being £26,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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 2013-2017, High Fliers Research).

Professional recognition and exemption

While the single honours degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, the joint honours with philosophy, being only half psychology, does not meet the requirements for BPS accreditation.


Study abroad

Students on the BSc/MSci Psychology and BSc Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience courses have the unique opportunity to study abroad for a semester or a full year, while still completing within three years owing to our school offering the same psychology course on the University's Malaysia Campus. Other destinations are available within a four-year course as part of the Universitas 21 initiative. Study abroad opportunities are not available to students on the BSc Psychology and Philosophy course. 

Further information can be found on our study abroad web pages.


Application and interview

Offers are usually made without interview, but students with alternative qualifications, including mature students, may be invited to an interview. For more information on the application process, including the University’s flexible admissions policy, alternative qualifications, key dates and deadlines, please see  

Open days

Visit days for students offered a place are normally held in February and March. For details of University-wide open days, please see  
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