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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Psychology

Programme code:BS-PSYCUCAS code:C800
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Amanda Harrison Contact

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

Details of our entry requirements can be found at:

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Psychology

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Psychology Board of Examiners

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

The QAA Benchmark Statement for Psychology is applicable to this Programme. This benchmark statement can be found at:

Programme specification:

This programme of study offers students an integrated and clear progression throughout. There will be extensive opportunity to personalise and tailor learning to suit the needs of the individual students, by means of online learning support.

Students will receive rigorous training in all aspects of research practice, and will graduate with exceptional skills in practical as well as theoretical aspects of the discipline.

The range of research skills training, in an apprenticeship model, provides students with flexibility and autonomy in personalising their learning.

The programme is characterised by:
- A modern, personalised learning environment;
- High-quality training in all aspects of research methods;
- Modules that fulfil the highest standards in terms of benchmarking and professional recognition;
- A coherent and systematic progression within and between years of study.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following 110 credits of compulsory modules:

PSYC1036Research Skills 120 creditsSemester 1
PSYC1037Research Skills 220 creditsSemester 2
PSYC1603Developmental Psychology10 creditsSemester 1
PSYC1604Social Psychology10 creditsSemester 1
PSYC1605Biological Psychology10 creditsSemester 2
PSYC1607Cognitive Psychology10 creditsSemester 1
PSYC1608Perception10 creditsSemester 2
PSYC1614Psychology at Leeds10 creditsSemester 1
PSYC1617Exploring Animal Behaviour10 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Discovery modules:

Students take one 10-credit semester 2 discovery module (previously known as elective modules) from any department.

Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following 110 credits of compulsory modules:

PSYC2503Psychological Disorders10 creditsSemester 1
PSYC2504Advanced Social Psychology10 creditsSemester 2
PSYC2510Advanced Developmental Psychology10 creditsSemester 2
PSYC2518Cognitive Neuroscience10 creditsSemester 2
PSYC2519Behavioural Neuroscience10 creditsSemester 2
PSYC2521Individual Differences10 creditsSemester 1
PSYC2522Research Skills 315 creditsSemester 1
PSYC2523Research Skills 415 creditsSemester 2
PSYC2553Memory and Language10 creditsSemester 1
PSYC2554Perception, Action and Cognition10 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Students take one 10 credit Level 2 discovery module (previously known as elective modules) from any department.

The only exception to this rule are language modules. Students in Year 2 may take a language module at any level as these may be particularly useful for students considering changing onto the international version of the programme.

Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory 30 credit project module:

PSYC3520Major Project30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Optional modules at Level 3 are grouped into three bands:
A = Health/Social Psychology
B = Biological Psychology
C = Cognitive Psychology.

Students are required to select 1 x 15 credit module from each of the bands A, B and C. You select a further 3 x 15 credit modules from any of the bands. Your overall selection must not include more than 3 modules from any one band.

Students state their module preferences via an online questionnaire. The questionnaire will ask you to rank modules within each band and each semester in terms of your preferences. Three modules should be chosen in each semester for an even spread of workload over the two semesters.

In Level 3 module numbers are capped to facilitate a range of teaching and assessment methods. Allocation to modules is based on your preferences. While we cannot guarantee places on specific modules for everyone, or that you will be allocated all your six "first choices", we use algorithms developed by the University of Leeds IT Services to ensure that you will get as many of your preferred modules as possible.

Please Note: the following two pairings of modules are mutually exclusive ie. within the pairing you can take one or the other, NOT both of these modules.

PSYC3517 Nutrition and Behaviour and PSYC3502 The Biopsychology of Human Appetite
PSYC3517 Nutrition and Behaviour and PSYC3547 Nutrition and Cognition

Band A: Health/Social Psychology

PSYC3501Health Psychology15 creditsSemester 1
PSYC3514Occupational Health Psychology15 creditsSemester 1
PSYC3517Approaches to Nutrition and Behaviour15 creditsSemester 1
PSYC3531Biopsychosocial Approach to Understanding Human Pain15 creditsSemester 2
PSYC3532Eating Disorders15 creditsSemester 2
PSYC3540Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Psychology15 creditsSemester 2
PSYC3544Applied Social Psychology15 creditsSemester 1
PSYC3545Work Psychology: Applying Theory to Practice in the Workplace15 creditsSemester 2

Band B: Biological Psychology

PSYC3502The Biopsychology of Human Appetite15 creditsSemester 1
PSYC3511Drug Addiction15 creditsSemester 2
PSYC3516Evolutionary Psychology15 creditsSemester 1
PSYC3527Techniques in Human Neuropsychology15 creditsSemester 2
PSYC3536Applications of Learning Theory to Psychological Disorders15 creditsSemester 1
PSYC3546Criminological Psychology: Violence, Drugs and Sex15 creditsSemester 2

Band C: Cognitive Psychology

PSYC3510Reasoning and Decision Making15 creditsSemester 2
PSYC3519The Psychology of Eyewitness Testimony15 creditsSemester 2
PSYC3528One Brain, Two Hemispheres15 creditsSemester 2
PSYC3538Development of Language and Literacy15 creditsSemester 1
PSYC3539Cognition and Emotion15 creditsSemester 1
PSYC3541Face Perception15 creditsSemester 1
PSYC3543Biopsychosocial Issues in Ageing15 creditsSemester 2
PSYC3547Nutrition and Cognition15 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Last updated: 27/07/2020 21:03:03


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