University Of Chichester Psychology

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University Of Chichester Psychology

University Of Chichester Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of experience and behaviour – why we behave the way we do, how we connect with other people and the emotional significance we attach to this. Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), this course will enable you to gain a scientific understanding of the mind, brain, behaviour and experience, as well as the complex interplay between them. Psychological studies have gained increasing importance across a wide range of activities, including human resources, education, sport, social care and the creative industries.

Course content

The BSc (Hons) Psychology programme has been designed to meet the accreditation criteria of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and has received BPS accreditation of the programme.

This three year, full-time programme gives students the opportunity to examine the biological, cognitive, developmental, individual difference and social psychological principles underlying everyday experience and behaviour, and then investigating those psychological principles in contexts related to those in which professional psychologists work. The programme is designed to take students from an analysis of everyday functions and attendant important behaviours, through core discipline knowledge of theory and empirical findings relevant to those behaviours and others, to an appreciation and understanding of contexts in which psychology can be applied.

The key theoretical areas:

  • cognitive psychology and neuropsychology
  • abnormal and forensic psychology
  • developmental psychology
  • individual differences
  • social psychology
  • biological psychology

The BSc (Hons) Psychology programme sets psychological investigation and knowledge into everyday functions, and encourages students to ask what behaviours are involved in those functions, and how  may those behaviours be explained using psychological constructs and methods of investigation.  A questioning approach to behaviour is thus encouraged from year one.

At Chichester, psychological investigation and knowledge considers everyday events such as understanding relationships, exploring well being and using technology. Using a questioning approach from the start, we’ll encourage you to ask what behaviours are involved in such events and how those behaviours may be explained using psychological constructs and methods of investigation.

Practical experiments are used as a foundation for understanding and explanation. You’ll learn to link the development of research and analytic skills to explanations relevant to everyday experiences. This approach will continue to the final year where you’ll explore contexts such as work and lifestyle from a psychological perspective. Practical and laboratory experience and skills development is embedded within this process, as is practical experience of research participation, thus linking the development of research and analytic skills to explaining behaviours relevant to everyday functioning and experiences. This approach is carried through to the final year where psychological knowledge is applied to contexts relevant to peoples’ lives and work.