The University supported me throughout my placement – from helping build my CV and practising interview skills to visiting me at the unit to check everything was going well.
A Psychology degree at Surrey gives you an unbeatable combination of personal, professional and academic opportunities in the setting of a top-10 department. It provides a thorough grounding in the theories, methods and practice of contemporary psychology. Our programme lays particular emphasis on the application of psychology to real-world problems, based on our research in areas such as health, clinical and forensic psychology, social interaction, work and organisational psychology, the environment, education and child development, cognition and neuroscience.
Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour, mental health and neuropsychological functioning. It seeks to understand what makes us who we are, how our minds work and what constrains and influences what we do. It addresses issues such as how children learn, why we forget, what causes mental disorders, how brain and behaviour interact and how we perceive the world.
Psychology is a rewarding and valuable degree, both for the subject areas it covers and the skills you learn while studying these subjects. For instance, advances in science, international conflicts and our enjoyment of the arts are all shaped by factors such as our biology, the capacity of human thought, patterns of communication and social interaction, and the operation of our perceptual systems. Psychology seeks to explore these factors. Qualified psychologists have a commitment both to research and to the practical application of knowledge. They work and conduct research in laboratories, schools, offices, industry, clinics, hospitals, prisons and many other settings in which people live and work.
In the first two years of the programme, you learn about the core areas of psychology, studying social, developmental and cognitive psychology, biological bases of psychology, individual differences and the use of research methods and statistics in psychology. In your final year, you are able to select from a range of modules and undertake a six-month independent research project on a topic of your choosing.
As well as the specific subjects that you study, students of psychology also develop key transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include critical thinking, argument synthesis, scientific methods and practice, data analysis, report writing, presentation skills and teamwork.
Our School of Psychology is friendly, approachable and supportive, and provides a vibrant and enthusiastic environment for teaching and learning. It is no surprise that our graduates readily find interesting and rewarding employment in business, industry, the public sector and research when they graduate.
Year 1 focuses on helping you to develop foundation knowledge of psychology. Individual modules cover the core areas of psychology and introduce their related research methods in subject tutorials. Statistical and analytical techniques will be taught to prepare you to conduct your own research. Our academic tutorials help you to develop the skills required for success throughout the programme.
In Year 2, most of the areas addressed in Year 1 are covered in greater depth. Study of these core areas provides the basis for accreditation of the degree by the British Psychological Society. You are also introduced to applied psychology and professional skills in preparation for your Professional Training placement year and your future professional career. Subject tutorials in support of research activity and critical thinking will continue throughout the year as a core part of the curriculum.
Our degree programme includes an optional Professional Training placement year. Professional placements give you the opportunity to spend part of your degree programme with an outside organisation, gaining invaluable work experience and enhancing employability.
Institutions and companies that have participated in the scheme include: The Serious and Organised Crime Agency in The Home Office, Behavioural and Brain Sciences Unit at the Institute of Child Health, The Institute of Psychiatry, the Metropolitan Police, HMP Holloway, the Guildford Pupil Referral Unit, Broadmoor Hospital, Action on Addiction, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for Surrey, Southern Addictions Advisory Service, Social Communication Disorders Clinic at Great Ormond Street Hospital, North Carolina State University, The Science Museum, the University of Berlin and many others.
Year 3 gives you the opportunity to extend your studies further into those areas of psychology that most interest you. You will choose five modules during the year which cover advanced and applied areas of psychology. You also undertake a six-month research project and submit a dissertation on a topic of interest to you, supervised by a member of staff.
Optional module topics include:
The skills you gain are highly valued in both academic and workplace settings. As a Psychology graduate from Surrey, you are skilled in applying your knowledge, and in your ability to learn quickly, work in teams, plan, analyse and present your work. This is an advantage in your future career or study choices.
Students graduating from our degree programmes are eligible for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership – the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. Students graduating from other degree programmes which are not accredited by the BPS are required to undertake further courses before being eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. Individuals seeking a career as a professional psychologist are therefore advised to take an accredited programme.
The extensive professional and research activities of our staff enable you to choose from a range of different Professional Training placement settings to reflect your individual interests and needs. Opportunities exist throughout the UK and include hospitals and clinics, schools, social survey companies, personnel and occupational guidance services, industry and commerce.
Institutions and companies that have participated in the scheme include: the Home Office, the Institute of Psychiatry, BMG Records, IBM, the Metropolitan Police, HMP Holloway, Royal Marsden Hospital, the Guildford Pupil Referral Unit, More House School, the National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy, Action on Addiction, CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for Surrey, SADAS (Southern Addictions Advisory Service), North Carolina State University, The Science Museum, London and the University of Kent.
A range of teaching methods is employed on our programmes as appropriate for the individual modules. These methods range from lectures, seminars and workshops, through small group practicals and tutorials, to one-to-one dissertation supervision. In addition to lectures, tutorials are generally used to introduce you to the core areas of psychology
In the first year of the degree, you receive tutorials in groups of about ten students, which gives you the opportunity to develop your skills such as searching for and analysing research, writing essays and laboratory reports, and preparing for exams. Tutorials in your first and second years will introduce you to the main research methods and techniques used within psychology, and workshops provide you with statistical key methods for analysing research data.
Teaching is delivered by staff who are experts in their particular field of psychology and takes place in a friendly and professional environment. Teaching, laboratory and IT facilities are up to date, well maintained and have wireless high-speed internet access.
In all years, methods of assessment include coursework and exams. You are required to pass all of the components in each year in order to proceed to the next one. Because the first year does not count towards the final degree classification, this gives you the opportunity to learn how to study at university. Your final degree classification will be based upon your performance in Years 2 and 3. In determining the final degree grade, the marks from Year 3 assessments are double-weighted relative to those from Year 2.
The School of Psychology provides its students with their own computing laboratories with a large number of Windows-based workstations and PCs. In addition, students have 24-hour access to the University’s computing facilities and the university library.
The School also has a range of dedicated laboratories for conducting a wide variety of psychological research, including infant observation facilities, laboratories for perception and psychophysiological research, a suite of small project rooms, an extensive library of psychometric and clinical tests, the use of an MRI brain scanner, EEG recorders and TMS equipment.
We offer you the possibility to spend one semester or a full academic year overseas while contributing to your degree through credits earned. You will have the opportunity of a work placement abroad or studying in one of our partner universities located all over the world, including University of Salzburg (Germany), Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany), Salamanca University (Spain) and Groningen University (Netherlands). The European universities offer the possibility of doing a laboratory–based training year in one of their laboratories with Erasmus funding. Opportunities to work or study also exist in the USA or Australia.
In addition to the exciting opportunity an overseas experience represents you will also broaden the horizons of your studies and your professional career.
Our Psychology degrees provide you with the basic requirement for eligibility for admission to psychology postgraduate training courses in specialist areas of the discipline, such as clinical, counselling, health, forensic, environmental, social, research methods or occupational psychology, all of which are offered as postgraduate degrees at Surrey.
Some graduates continue their interest in psychology by registering for a research degree (PhD, MPhil) in a specialist area of interest, leading to a career as an academic research psychologist.
Many organisations employ psychology graduates for their specific psychological training and skills in areas such as personnel, research and development, survey and market research, and career guidance.
In addition, many employers are anxious to recruit psychology graduates because the broad curriculum produces a well-rounded individual who communicates well and has analytical skills. Recent graduates have also embarked on careers in law, accountancy, teaching, computer programming and general management. Virtually all graduates of the programme find satisfactory employment within six months of graduation.
Graduates over the last few years entered employment with organisations such as:
Many of our students also go onto post-graduate courses, incl. clinical, forensic and organisational psychology.
GCSE Mathematics and English Language or English Literature grade B or above (or equivalent).
Offers are normally made in terms of grades. Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.
Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.
6.5 IELTS minimum overall
6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill
|Qualification||Course Length||Professional Training||UCAS code||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||3 years||C801||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||4 years||C800||View KIS data set|
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Tuition fees are currently set at £9,000 per year for UK/EU undergraduates starting in 2015.
Fees for 2015 entry students classed as overseas for fees purposes are being reviewed and will be available in late summer 2014.
The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.
Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.
A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements. Details will be available in late summer 2014.
Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.
A Major/Minor degree lets you build in-depth knowledge of one subject (your Major) while also studying another topic (your Minor). At Surrey, your Major/Minor degree also includes an integrative module that allows you to develop a unique understanding of how your two chosen subjects relate to each other.
The type and title of the degree conferred upon you will reflect your Major subject while acknowledging your Minor. For example, you could receive BA (Hons) English Literature with Psychology, BSc (Hons) Politics with Creative Writing, BMus (Hons) Music with Digital Media Arts, etc.
A Major/Minor degree gives you the opportunity to build a much broader base of knowledge than a traditional single-subject degree, but without sacrificing the opportunity to acquire real expertise in a particular field. You will come into contact with students, academics and ideas from two disciplines rather than one.
There are a small number of careers that require graduate membership of a chartered institute, for which an accredited single-honours degree may be necessary, or which require particular postgraduate or doctoral qualifications that may only be gained after completing an undergraduate degree in a specific, single-honours subject. However, for the overwhelming majority of career paths this is not the case and in most cases there are conversion courses or equivalency allowances should you later decide you wish to follow a career with these requirements. Please speak to a careers advisor for further clarification.
Modern employers rarely demand a specific degree relevant to their field or sector, instead preferring culturally aware people who can place their knowledge in a wider context, who have used their time as a student to develop personally and intellectually as well as academically, and who leave university with impressive professional workplace experience already under their belt.
Because of this, it is the graduates who have combined academic achievement with the development of critical skills, who have acquired the capacity for independent learning across a range of subjects and who are comfortable dealing with a wide variety of colleagues and clients who will find themselves in greater and greater demand.
As you'd expect, the majority of your degree modules, exams, coursework and assessment marks will come from your Major subject. As a guideline, we would expect you to spend around 70% of your time studying for your Major, with the remaining 30% dedicated to your Minor. However, our Major/Minor framework allows you to choose from a flexible range of optional modules, so the actual balance will depend on your own preferences and requirements.
Remember also that Surrey Major/Minor degrees include our unique integrative modules, which bring you together with your fellow students to reflect on how your Major and Minor subjects complement each other.
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Gina Morrish, BSc Psychology student, talks about her Professional Training placement at the Center for Creative Leadership in North Carolina, USA