Swansea University Psychology
Swansea University Psychology
BSc (Hons) Psychology
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.
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 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.
Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.
FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert
|Module Code||Semester||Credits||Module Name|
|PS-100||Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)||10||Academic and Professional Development|
|PS-117||Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)||30||Statistics and Research Methods|
|PSY111||Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)||20||Cognition I: Basic Processes|
|PSY112||Semester 2 (Jan – Jun Taught)||20||Social and Developmental Psychology|
|PSY113||Semester 2 (Jan – Jun Taught)||20||Biological Psychology|
|PSY114||Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)||20||Individual and Abnormal Psychology|
FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip
|Module Code||Semester||Credits||Module Name|
|PSY211||Semester 2 (Jan – Jun Taught)||20||Cognition II: Higher Level Processes|
|PSY212||Semester 2 (Jan – Jun Taught)||20||Development Across the Lifespan|
|PSY213||Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)||20||Brain and Behaviour|
|PSY214||Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)||20||From Individuals to Society|
|PSY237||Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)||20||Research and Experimental Methods I|
|PSY238||Semester 2 (Jan – Jun Taught)||20||Research and Experimental Methods II|
FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours
Students choose 120 credits from the following:
|Module Code||Semester||Credits||Module Name|
|PSY319||Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)||40||Final Year Independent Research Project|
Year 3 Optional Psychology Modules – Part One
Choose Maximum Of 30 credits from the following Modules:
NOTE : A maximum of 3 modules can be selected from the 4 listed below
Year 3 Optional Psychology Modules – Part Two
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. If the dissertation is selected then this should also be included within the 80 credits.
Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:
NOTE : 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.
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 the Psychology with a Year abroad Undergraduate Programme. 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.
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.
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
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:
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.
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.
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
- Work Psychology
- 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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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 China, Thailand and Vietnam.