Psychology is the scientific study of thought, emotion and behaviour. Psychologists examine the various aspects of human experience, such as human emotions, thoughts and actions. They apply their knowledge and skills in clinical, counselling, educational, organisational and academic settings.
The degree covers all the major theories of psychology, as well as research methods and statistics for psychological data analysis. You will cover areas such as Brain and Behaviour, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Developmental Psychology.
In 1st Yr. students take Psychology, Mathematics and 1 other subject or Critical Skills. In 2nd Yr. Psychology ias studied as a Single Major subject. In 3rd yr. there are opportunities for work placment and/or study abroad/and research internship (subject to abailability).
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
The opportunity to gain valuable experience studying abroad, in work placement and in research internships (subject to availability) is a key component of this degree.
This qualification represents only the first step in an often lengthy process of professional training that will require an additional two to six years of study or supervised experience.
Graduates work within and outisde the field of psychology, and pursue careers in healthcare, educational and organisational settings.