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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Simon Community NI
  • Triangle Housing Association
  • Mindwise
  • NELB
  • B & M

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Accommodation and Community Support Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Retail Manager

Overview

Psychology at Ulster University promises high quality teaching in a supportive learning environment.

Summary

Study Social Psychology at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

BSc Hons Social Psychology: 3 years full-time

or

BSc Hons Social Psychology with DPP/DIAS: 4 years full-time.

This course is also available on a part time basis (up to six years duration).

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About this course

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About

The BSc Hons Social Psychology programme provides a knowledge of the discipline of psychology, with a particular focus on how this knowledge can be applied in social and community settings. The course shall emphasise the relevance of psychology to social problems and to the study of lifelong development. Graduates who take the course will develop a range of practical skills involved in studying, evaluating, and changing human social behaviour. You may wish to gain experience in the application of these skills in professional settings during a work experience placement. Graduates will be qualified to enter careers in professional psychology and other careers that involve working with people.Particular features include training in the scientific methods of enquiry and how psychology can be applied in professional settings. You will attain research skills through laboratory-based practical classes and develop statistical and computer competence.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

Lectures and related activities are conducted in lecture theatres and laboratories on campus. The timetable requires attendance across the working week.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand.

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Year one

Introduction to Research Methods

Year: 1

This module establishes a foundation of basic research skills by introducing: key concepts of the scientific method; the social survey; a range of graphical and descriptive statistical techniques; statistical inference; and, the application of SPSS in data analysis. Teaching methods include: lectures, statistics and computing workshops, practical classes. Assessment entails: weekly computing and statistics workshop exercises; a written practical report; and, a class test.

Psychology, Career Development and Employability

Year: 1

This module seeks to enhance students? awareness of their available career opportunities and to further develop their employability skills. In so doing, this module seeks to enhance students? knowledge of the variety of professional applications of psychology and to encourage them to review their career goals and to begin the process of career planning.

Introduction to Learning

Year: 1

This module introduces topics concerned with the study of learning. Teaching is by lectures and practicals. Topics covered include: classical and operant conditioning; applied behaviour analysis; mentalism; philosophical issues in the analysis of behaviour.

Research Procedures in the Behavioural Sciences

Year: 1

This module will introduce students to experimental methods, inferential statistics and computing techniques relevant to quantitative methods in the behavioural sciences. Teaching methods will be lectures, statistics and computing workshops, and practical courses in research methods. Assessment is by coursework and examination.

Study Skills for Psychology

Year: 1

This module introduces students to the key skills, techniques and strategies for effective learning and communication in psychology.

Psychology Applied to Health

Year: 1

The focus of this module is to integrate psychological and other relevant perspectives to examine relevant contemporary health issues. The module will encourage critical awareness of the role of psychological theory and methodology in maintaining healthy functioning. The important theme of this module is that it encompasses relationships between human health and the development of the individual within a social and cultural context. Using a topic based approach students will be introduced to the growing area of health psychology providing a basis for more advanced examination of these central health care issues in their degree programmes.

Introduction to Psychology

Year: 1

This module offers students an introduction to the main subject areas of psychology. The module is rooted in scientific research and covers the major theoretical aspects of psychology, with specific reference to areas such as genes, environment, personality, memory and clinical disorders. It serves as a foundation module for the rest of an undergraduate degree programme.

Year two

Developmental Psychology

Year: 2

This module adopts a topical approach to introduce students to the major theories, concepts and methods associated with the study of psychological development; emphasizing the empirical evidence, links with other psychology disciplines, and applied research. Teaching methods involve lectures and practical classes. Assessment entails a class test, a practical report, and unseen written examination.

Social Psychology

Year: 2

The module focuses on issues in personality and social behaviour and will include: a definition and examination of the roots of social psychology; the application of the main theories of social psychology; issues in social cognition, person perception and the understanding of self and others; the development of prejudice and social influence; human behaviour in groups; the development and manifestation of aggression; altruistic behaviour; and issues relating to the social psychology of gender differences. Students completing the course will have gained a foundation in theoretical and applied aspects of social psychology, contributing to their understanding of social behaviour and social issues. In practical work incorporated in the module students will acquire skills in qualitative research methods, the observation and recording of social behaviour, and analysing and reporting on this information.

Cognitive Psychology

Year: 2

This module presents the core areas of cognitive psychology - memory, attention, thinking and language - with an emphasis on the empirical basis of knowledge in the area, on links with other areas of psychology and on everyday applications.

Theoretical and Applied Issues in Social Psychology

Year: 2

This module develops students' knowledge of theory and research in social psychology, building on Introduction to Psychology and Social Psychology. Major theoretical approaches in contemporary social psychology, including social attitudes are explored. The application of social psychology to important social issues is discussed, and students will carry out a practical exercise in applied social psychology.

Psychobiology

Year: 2

This module serves to introduce an understanding of the biological underpinnings of behaviour. In particular, the topics covered will highlight the important psychobiological influences in the production of everyday behaviours and psychiatric disorders. Teaching is by lectures and an empirical study.

Individual Differences

Year: 2

This module will discuss the nature and origins of individual differences in major psychological attributes, such as cognitive abilities, personality, and moods. It will attempt to provide a grounding in the theory and practice of psychological assessments. Teaching will consist of lectures, and a practical project.

Year three

Placement Leading to DPP

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module prepares students for a Placement leading to the Diploma in Professional Practice. During the Placement, students will work in an external agency, and will be concerned with the application of Psychological Knowledge.

Diploma in International Academic Studies

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks. The placement normally takes place after Year 2 and is open to single honours Psychology students who have successfully completed Year 1 of the course.

Year four

Psychology Project

Year: 4

Students complete an independent empirical investigation on a psychological topic and present it as a dissertation. The project is individually supervised and constitutes a culmination of the methodological teaching within the degree.

Group Processes and Intergroup Relations

Year: 4

This module is optional

Group Processes & Intergroup Relations will focus on theoretically based approaches to understanding the observed patterns in intergroup relations. In addition the module will focus on how our understanding of these processes can aid our understanding of group level social problems such as racism, sexism, riots and social protest.

Stress and Coping

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module will develop knowledge of the psychology and physiology of stress and of its application in contemporary society. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between the biopsychological functioning of an organism and behaviour. Teaching methods will use lectures and practical classes, and progress will be assessed by coursework, comprised of a practical report and an essay, and an unseen written examination.

Health Psychology

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module aims to introduce the field of health psychology. Due to changing population demographics and changing patterns of morbidity and mortality and a move towards promoting health and preventing ill health, the area of health psychology is developing rapidly. The current module will include the background to health psychology, how psychological theory contributes to our understanding of health and illness, how it is applied to intervention strategies and techniques employed to prevent ill health and maintain well being.

Abnormal and Clinical Psychology

Year: 4

This module is optional

The module will consider the nature and causes of psychological disorder, the assessment and treatment of mental illness, the involvement of social factors and processes in mental illness, community mental health, and the problems of the mentally ill in the community.

Evolutionary Psychology

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module will develop knowledge of Evolutionary Psychology and its place in contemporary mainstream Psychology. It will combine Biological and Cognitive Psychology to explain behaviour from the perspective of survival and adaptation to environmental demands. It offers students the chance to develop critical thinking skills in attempting to dismiss or support a controversial theory.

Occupational Psychology

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module examines six topics central to the theory and practice of occupational psychology. The module considers the role of women in work; selection, with a focus on the selection interview; work motivation; stress management; communication in organisations and leadership. The module is taught by lectures, seminars and practical exercises.

Behaviourism and Social Issues

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module extends students? understanding of behaviour analysis by providing in-depth coverage of its epistemology as well as its application to the analysis of social behaviour.

Development of Social Behaviour

Year: 4

This module is optional

In this module students will explore the development of social behaviour in children and young people from a variety of theoretical perspectives, and will discuss how knowledge of the psychology of social development can be applied to real world issues. The module will also consider how knowledge based on research on the study of social development can be applied in clinical and educational settings. It builds on modules in Year 2, particularly Social Psychology and Developmental Psychology, and is suitable for students who wish to enter a career in Clinical or Educational Psychology.

Educational Psychology

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module focuses on a number of topics characterised by their importance in research and practice in educational psychology. Topics covered include individual differences in pupils? abilities, achievement and behaviour, and assessment and intervention approaches. Teaching methods involve lectures and seminars. The module is assessed by coursework (an essay and a seminar presentation / paper ) and an unseen sessional examination.

Applications of Developmental Psychology

Year: 4

This module is optional

Developmental Psychology has many theories and many concepts. In this module students learn to explore ways of synthesising this diversity into multidimensional frameworks of explanation. Core themes that are used to explore synthesis include school achievement, sexual health, and globalisation.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBC - BBB.

Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the third listed A-level grade (eg BBC or BBB) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.

BTEC

Overall BTEC award profile DMM (to include 8 distinctions) - DDM (to include 9 distinctions).

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile at Higher Level: B2,B2,B3,B3,C1- B2,B2,B2,B2,B2.

Applicants are also required to have Higher Level English and Maths Grade D or above OR Ordinary Level English and Maths Grade C or above.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBCCC - BBBCC.

Scottish Advanced Highers

TThe Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCD - CCC.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 25 points (to include minimum 12 at higher level) - 26 points (to include minimum 13 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile 65% - 70%.

NOTE: Currently under review with UCAS for 2017 entry. Please refer to the Equivalence of Qualifications for indicative requirement.

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include Grade C or above in English.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Acceptable alternative qualifications include:

HND entry requirement:

Pass HND with overall Merit to include 45 - 60 distinctions in level 5 credits/units

HNC entry requirement:

Pass HNC with overall Distinction to include 75 - 90 distinctions in level 4/5 credits/units

Applicants may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of the different qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS (provided subject requirements as noted above are met). Examples of acceptable combinations include:

2 A Levels and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

OCR National Diploma and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

2 A Levels and Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

A Level and BTEC National Diploma

For further information regarding combination offer requirements, please contact Faculty Office staff on T: +44 (0) 28 7167 5027 or E: flhsmg@ulster.ac.uk

Teaching and learning assessment

Full-time students take six modules in each of years 1 and 2. Final year students study five modules, including a research project that is conducted across both semesters. Part-time students normally take between two and four modules each year. During Years 1 and 2 you will take a range of core modules that provide coverage of psychology in sufficient breadth and depth to meet the requirements of professional recognition.

Year 1

You study Introductory modules in Psychology, Learning, Career Development & Employability, Research Methods and Statistics, Study Skills, and Psychology Applied to Health.

Year 2

You study Social Psychology, Individual Differences, Cognitive Psychology, Psychobiology, Developmental Psychology, and Applied Issues in Social Psychology

Year 3/Final Year

DPP/DIAS Placement Opportunity

You will have the opportunity to apply for a place on an extended work experience placement in Year 3, leading to a separate diploma. If you do not wish to apply, or are not successful in gaining a placement, you proceed directly to Final Year.

Final Year

During Final Year you will be able to choose from a range of optional modules concerned with advanced topics in psychology. Topics covered include abnormal psychology and community mental health, the development of social behaviour in children and young people, psychology in organisations, health psychology, applications of developmental psychology, and educational psychology.

Exemptions and transferability

Students at Ulster University, in other universities, and Further Education Colleges who have taken modules similar to those in Year 1 may be eligible for entry into Year 2. If student numbers allow, transfer between Psychology courses within the University is also permitted.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Simon Community NI
  • Triangle Housing Association
  • Mindwise
  • NELB
  • B & M

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Accommodation and Community Support Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Retail Manager

Career options

Graduates are eligible to enter further training and careers in professional psychology, including educational psychology, clinical psychology, occupational psychology, counselling psychology, health psychology and forensic psychology. Graduates will also have acquired knowledge and competencies that will serve as a foundation for other careers that involve working with people or require a knowledge of human behaviour, such as teaching, social work, advertising and marketing, the probation service, and personnel management. Many graduates also enter careers in social research and the information technology industry.

Work placement / study abroad

DPP/DIAS Placement Opportunity

You will have the opportunity to apply for a place on an extended work experience placement in Year 3, leading to a separate diploma. If you do not wish to apply, or are not successful in gaining a placement, you proceed directly to Final Year.

Professional recognition

British Psychological Society (BPS)

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Academic profile

The course is taught by a dedicated team of enthusiastic psychologists, many of whom have achieved research excellence. The majority are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, some of whom have received special recognition for their teaching.

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Tuition fees shown are for last years entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing and may be subject to an annual increase. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study. Read our Tuition Fees Payment Policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
£3,925.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£6,000.00
International:
£12,890.00

Scholarships, awards and prizes

The British Psychological Society Undergraduate Award is an annual prize for the final year student with the highest overall degree performance.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Faculty Office

T: +44 (0) 28 7167 5027
E: flhsmg@ulster.ac.uk

Course Director: Dr Chris McConville

T: +44 (0) 28 7012 4747

E: c.mcconville@ulster.ac.uk

Testimonials

Causeway Women’s Aid have benefited greatly from our relationship with the School of Psychology at Ulster University. We have had the experience of hosting a student who was well equipped for her placement as a result of the preparation module delivered within the university. The student placement was part of a wider piece of research, “Every Voice Counts”, which was very well planned, executed and launched. This has given us so much valuable information that will inform our future service delivery and lobbying activities.