BSc Honours Degree in Psychology

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Why come to Portsmouth?                                                                                The department has around 30 academic
Portsmouth is located on the south coast of England and the University                                 staff, recruited not only for the expertise
                                                                                                       they can offer as teachers but also for the
is in the heart of the city – yet just ten minutes from the beach. The                                 active contribution they make to research
University’s high academic standards are matched by the high quality of                                and development. All members of staff
leisure and social facilities on offer, so it’s a great place for work and                             have timetabled hours when any student
play. The University has invested to provide a quality learning                                        can come to see them for advice and
environment for more than 18,000 students, including a purpose-built                                   guidance on any aspect of the course.
student centre and new sports facilities. We pride ourselves on our                                    The department is also supported by two
excellent student services, academic and personal support, and high                                    research fellows, five administrative staff
                                                                                                       and four technicians, who have been
quality accommodation.                                                                                 praised by students for their friendliness and
Portsmouth is an international tourist              including mature students and those who
destination and in recent years the city’s          have just completed A Levels or other
                                                                                                       What are the facilities?
waterfront has been the scene of a £150m            qualifications.
                                                                                                       The department is situated in King Henry
redevelopment at Gunwharf Quays.
                                                                                                       Building, which is part of the Faculty of
Gunwharf has a cinema complex, bowling              The full-time BSc (Hons) Psychology degree
                                                                                                       Science. King Henry Building is adjacent
centre, bars and restaurants and designer           is designed to provide an integrated and
                                                                                                       to the city’s Guildhall Square in the heart of
shops. We have four miles of coastline              broad-based approach to psychology in the
                                                                                                       the main Guildhall Campus and close to the
enhanced by open spaces, parks and                  first two years, followed by an opportunity to
                                                                                                       main railway station.
gardens. The popular area of Southsea               develop more specialist areas of knowledge
offers a huge choice of entertainment and           in the final year. The degree is intended
                                                                                                       The accommodation contains excellent
the waters of the Solent are perfect for            both to prepare students for careers within
                                                                                                       research/teaching laboratories, including
sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing and jet skiing   psychology and to provide a range of skills
                                                                                                       a colour laboratory, human computer
– or for the less energetic, a great view.          and knowledge that students who choose
                                                                                                       interaction facility, human movement
                                                    other careers will find useful.
                                                                                                       laboratory, psychophysiology suite,
Portsmouth has excellent transport links,
                                                                                                       observation suite, interview suite, infant
with London 85 minutes away by train and            The same course is offered on a part-time
                                                                                                       laboratories and a speech and audio
regular ferry services to France and Spain.         basis and can be spread over six years.
                                                                                                       laboratory. Using these facilities will give you
We also have the country’s only hovercraft
                                                                                                       experience of a wide range of techniques
service, with the Isle of Wight just eight          We have active research groups and
                                                                                                       used in contemporary psychological
minutes away.                                       consider the development of high calibre
                                                                                                       research and practice.
                                                    research to be essential in providing the
Why study Psychology at Portsmouth?                 highest quality education. A priority is placed
                                                                                                       What are the course details?
The department offers a friendly and                on integrating the research activities of staff
                                                                                                       The course is three years full time or six
supportive environment. Our degree confers          within the teaching programme, so you
                                                                                                       years part time. UCAS code C800.
eligibility for graduate membership of the          will be taught by academics at the cutting
British Psychological Society (BPS) and the         edge of their subject. Final year units directly
Graduate Basis for Registration. The latter is      reflect the ongoing research interests of staff
the first step towards becoming a Chartered         members.
Psychologist. We are pleased to welcome             What can the staff offer?
students from a wide range of backgrounds,

UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH • DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY                                                                            
                                                                                                   Entry requirements

What are the course features?                    Teaching takes place in lectures and             GCSE
                                                 in smaller tutorial groups. Throughout           7 GCSEs with Maths, English Language and
•   BPS accreditation                            the course you are encouraged to think           Science at grade C or above.
                                                 critically and analytically, and to use your
•   Long established department and degree       initiative. A variety of assessment techniques   A Levels
    programme                                    are employed, ranging from written               A UCAS tariff total of 300 points, from 3 x 6
                                                 examinations, practical reports, essays,         unit awards with 100 points from a science
•   Excellent Quality Assurance Agency           poster presentations, book reviews and oral      subject or 1 x 12 unit award and 1 x 6
    rating for our teaching, curriculum and      presentations. The department publishes its      unit award with 100 points from a science
    student support                              assessment criteria so that students know        subject.
                                                 how their work will be evaluated.
•   Quality research reputation                                                                   Psychology is regarded as a science subject.
                                                 We operate a personal tutorial system
•   Excellent computing and laboratory           throughout the degree. In the first year your    Alternative qualifications
    facilities                                   tutorial group (around students) will meet       These include BTEC, Access and
                                                 weekly, and then fortnightly in your second      Foundation courses. Please contact us for
What is the course structure?                    year, to discuss all aspects of the course. In   further details.
In each of the three years, students             the final year students work closely with one
complete 120 credits, normally consisting        member of staff on their research project.
of 10 or 20 credit units. BPS requirements
for core curriculum subjects are delivered       All course units are evaluated by students
mainly in year two for the full-time degree      whose views are represented at the
and years three and four for the part-time       semesterly Staff/Student Consultative
degree. Core subjects include cognitive          Committee meetings. There are also student
psychology, developmental psychology,            representatives on the Course Board of
social psychology, biological psychology,        Studies which meets every term, ensuring
personality and individual differences and       that students’ views are heard and acted
research skills.                                 upon.

In the final year, the options available are     What are the career prospects?
drawn from areas of staff expertise and          You can choose between using the
currently include Clinical and Counselling,      degree as the first step in your career as
Family Psychology, Thought, Culture and          a professional psychologist or as a more
Language, Social Psychology of Influence,        general springboard to a wide range of
Psychology and Law, Social Construction          people-oriented occupations. Our graduates
of Disability, Ecological Psychology,            have entered a wide variety of careers,
Consciousness, Study of Emotion, Clinical        including teaching, social work, police work,
Neuropsychology and Health Psychology.           marketing and personnel work. Psychology
                                                 degrees are generally well received
Small-scale, practical research investigations   because of their broad content, depth and
play an important part throughout the degree     coverage of a wide range of methodological
and the final year research project gives an     approaches, providing much sought-after
opportunity for in-depth research on a topic     transferable skills.
of your choice.

UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH • DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY                                                                     
  What are the facilities like?                                                                         Further information

The library                                        Computing, email and internet facilities            The University runs Preview Days for
The main University Library is located in          All students are entitled to use any computer       students considering Portsmouth. To reserve
Ravelin Park, a short walk from the King           provided for students’ use in the Faculty of        a place contact the Information Centre:
Henry Building. It opens from 8.00am to            Science when they are not being used for
midnight, seven days a week in term-time           teaching purposes. The Faculty has four             T: 023 9284 2748
(with reduced hours during vacations). With        large computer suites with more than 200            E:
more than 600,000 volumes of printed               PCs. Additional specialist facilities are located
materials, multimedia collections and access       within the Psychology Department.
to more than 2,000 online journals, the
library contains an extensive collection of        You will also have free email and internet
psychology books, journals and abstracts.          access from your student account. Halls of
                                                   residence also offer voice and data services,
There is an interlibrary loan facility for books   with internet access.
and journal articles not held in the library
and a special short loan collection of books
and articles in heavy demand. A large suite
of multimedia PCs with on-site technical
support is housed on the ground floor
of the library. These may be reserved by
students. The library also has an electronic
bibliography for psychology called PsychInfo,
which is an invaluable tool for searching for
literature on any topic.

    University of Portsmouth
    Department of Psychology                                                    
    King Henry Building                                                        T:   +44 (0)23 9284 6312
    King Henry I Street                                                        F:   +44 (0)23 9284 6300
    Portsmouth PO1 2DY                                                         E:
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