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BSc (Hons)

Explore the depths of the human mind. Psychology reveals the science of thought and the complex power of the brain. You'll learn about everyday thought patterns, psychological theory and the darker areas of psychology from this British Psychological Society accredited course.

Qualification: BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: C800

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

Do the inner workings of the human mind intrigue you? Do you want to see what the brain, the most complicated engine in the universe, is capable of? Through psychology, you’ll understand the depths of the human psyche. You’ll find yourself involved in contemporary research in the social, developmental, cognitive, individual differences and biological dimensions of behaviour.

Become an expert in all areas of Psychology
You'll study the applications of psychology in a wide range of areas, including specific social problems in relation to crime, the workplace and mental health. Working through theories posed by Freud and Jung to your own original research, you’ll have a strong grasp of what makes the mind tick.

Through course assessments you'll gain key skills such as how to work in a team, give engaging presentations, write concise reports, and analyse data effectively. In the final year of study you’ll also be able to choose from a range of applied and theoretical modules.

BPS LogoBe a part of the British Psychological Society
This course has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), a qualification recognised by major employers throughout the country. All our compulsory modules take you through the core BPS requirements. Once you graduate, with a 2.2 or above, you’ll be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). From there, you’ll be able to take the next steps towards being a Chartered Psychologist. 

At Bucks, we explore every aspect of psychology on our wide range of courses. Our department is home to a fantastic community of Psychology and Social Science students who may collaborate with you on projects - providing a rich supply of volunteers when you run your own experiments. With Psychology, learning doesn’t just take place in the lecture hall – you’ll have the chance to learn in labs and seminar rooms, gaining the skills that you’ll need for your career.

Learn from expert psychologists using specialist software
In workshops and lectures, we’ll take you through the various techniques you need to analyse data. You’ll focus on the practical use of the statistics software package SPSS, used by social scientists to analyse and present quantitative data. And you’ll have the opportunity to use the observation laboratory and to use specialist equipment such as Biopac©, allowing measurement of the activity of the cariovascular system, brain, autonomic nervous system and more, Tobii eye tracking equipment and HTC Vive, virtual reality software.

Study in our well-designed facilities – both online and offline
Our library is packed with all the information you need for your assessments and there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study. We also sign you up with our Virtual Learning Environment which grants you access to e-Journals and resources wherever you are.

Year One

  • Making Sense of Society
  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Personality and Applying Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods
  • Introduction to Cross-Disciplinary Psychology

Year Two

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
  • Cognitive Processes in Psychology
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

Year Three

  • Police Psychology and the Legal Framework
  • Investigative and Forensic Psychology
  • Empirical Dissertation
  • Positive Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Business and Organisational Psychology
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Exceptional Human Experience
  • Brain, Mind and Behaviour
  • Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 96 - 112.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit

What are my career prospects?

Taking this course will make you eligible (subject to achieving a 2:2 or above) to apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. It’s the first step to starting postgraduate study in any area of practice (including clinical, educational, forensic, counselling, health, cognitive neuropsychology and sports psychology).

We’ll help you find the sort of career that suits you with advice and talks that cover both voluntary work and full-time employment. Additionally, a number of speakers will be invited to talk about their experience in Forensic, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (eg MSc students, Forensic Psychologists in Training etc.).

How will you help me prepare for my future career?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

I love understanding the human mind and why people behave the way they do, so Psychology was the right course for me. I get the opportunity to explore a variety of theories and research articles about the mind and behaviour of others and I am able to convert my knowledge into practice in everyday life. The course teaches me critical thinking and has increased my communication skills. Bucks provides an encouraging environment where I feel supported in learning a new subject.

Katy Emms

I graduated with a first class honours degree in psychology and feel that the tutors and staff at Bucks New University could not have been more supportive with advice and encouragement , especially as I am a mature student returning to education after some years.

Maria Curry

I am a second year psychology undergraduate student and am loving every second of it! The lecturers are really nice and caring as they are always willing to set time aside to help their students and one of the best thing about Bucks being a small university is that the lecturers get to know you by name. One aspect of my course that I particularly enjoy is the cognitive and biopsychology side as we learned how different parts of the anatomy affect/ are affected by a person's mental wellbeing and how perception, attention and memory function.

Honey Darwood - second year