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BSc (Hons) Psychology

Overview

The BSc (Hons) Psychology course offers theoretical knowledge and practical application of psychology to real world problems. Students will learn about the mind and behaviour, enabling them to understand the way people act, react and interact. They will consider the roles of the brain and the nervous system upon behaviour, perception, mood and memory. The overall aims of the programme are to:

> Provide a stimulating and supportive learning environment that gives the opportunity to develop potential;
> Provide an up-to-date curriculum in psychology that emphasises the development of skills and knowledge related to the scientific and empirical aspects of the discipline;
> Provide choice and flexibility in the curriculum while maintaining those core aspects of the syllabus needed to secure British Psychological Society recognition;
> Foster the development of key skills that will facilitate further academic and vocational training and sub sequent employment;
> Provide students the opportunity to get involved in research, in collaboration with research active psychology faculty, thereby learning first-hand about the scientific method.

The programme also includes specialised optional modules which provide students the opportunity to concentrate on specific areas of study within the field of Psychology:

Forensic Psychology modules can support students in beginning to develop theoretical and practical considerations that can be helpful for future careers in Forensic psychology.

Sport & Exercise Psychology modules can support students in specialising their study in the application of psychology in sport contexts. It is particularly relevant to those wishing to pursue future careers in Sport & Exercise Psychology.

Furthermore, one of the most distinctive features of the programme is the Psychology Placement module that provides the opportunity to students to experience the application of psychology in a setting relevant to their degree.

BPS Accreditation

The British Psychological Society (BPS) visits courses every five years to review and determine the accreditation from the professional body. Our 2016 visit was particularly successful and secured the accreditation for the Psychology course for all our graduates completing the course with a second class degree or better. They commended the course on seven areas of provision. The first of which was that Psychology staff members provide a supportive and nurturing learning environment for students. Also, BPS commended that the programme incorporates a range of exciting research and placement opportunities for students, enabling them to experience a range of ‘real world’ psychological research and practice first-hand. They also noted that employability and psychological literacy are embedded thoroughly and effectively across the programme.

Therefore, UCLan Cyprus is the first University in Cyprus that provides an accredited Psychology course by BPS.

Modules

Year 1

Compulsory
• Historical Foundations of Psychology
• Understanding Behaviour
• Psychology of the Media
• Turning Goldfish into Elephants

Optional
• Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics
• English for IELTS
• Academic Writing
• English Language I
• English Language II

Year 2

Compulsory
• Methods & Practices of Psychological Inquiry
• Introduction to Developmental & Social Psychology
• Introduction to Psychobiology & Cognition
• Current Topics in Psychology I
• Current Topics in Psychology II

Optional
• An Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology
• Topics in Forensic & Criminal Psychology
• Mind Games: Topics in Sport & Exercise Psychology

Year 3

Compulsory
• Psychological Research I: Design & Quantitive Methods
• Psychological Research II: Qualitative Methods
• Social & Developmental Psychology
• Cognitive & Physiological Psychology
• Individual Differences

Optional
• Health Psychology
• Applying Psychology
• Topics & Techniques in Neuroscience
• Sports Psychology

Year 4

Compulsory
• Psychology Project

Optional
• Applying Psychology to the Educational Setting
• Interpersonal and Organisational Psychology
• Psychology Placement Module
• Neuropsychological Disorders & Technique OR
• Brain, Treatments & Behaviour
• Health Psychology: Theory & Practice OR
• Health Promotion
FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
• Violent & Sexual Offending OR
• Crime: Impacts & Consequences
SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY
• Theory & Practice in Sport Psychology OR
• Psychology of Diet & Exercise

Career Options

Studying psychology provides you with a wide range of skills that span both the arts and the sciences. Therefore, this opens up opportunities with a wide variety of employers. Aside from the professional (Chartered) roles available for graduates to progress onto, there is a range of graduate careers including roles in project management, data analysis, human resources, local authority and law enforcement. Other students undertake further training and consider careers in law, teaching, the Probation Service, speech therapy, social work, or other allied health roles.

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