Our BSc Psychology is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This is required for graduate psychology courses and allows you to obtain graduate membership of the BPS. We cover core areas in psychology, including: developmental psychology; intelligence; language; memory; perception; social psychology; health psychology; and research methods and statistics.
Our Department of Psychology has a strong reputation for research and teaching, with over half of our research defined as either world-leading or internationally excellent in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008) and a ranking of thirteenth in the UK in the 2010 National Student Survey.
We provide excellent state-of-the-art facilities for study, with extensive laboratory space for experimental psychology and special facilities for visual and auditory perception, developmental psychology and social psychology, with our Hearing Research Laboratory and our Visual Perception Unit. We also have our Centre for Brain Sciences (CBS), a state-of-the-art research facility dedicated to the study of brain activity in relation to psychological processes. This provides a dynamic resource for psychology and neuroscience, with specialised laboratories for investigating brain activity.
Psychology impacts on every aspect of human behaviour. What drives people to act, respond, remember and recognise things in the way they do? How do we understand relationships and interpret the behaviour of others? Psychology attempts to answer these questions in a systematic way.
Psychologists conduct experiments to study our perceptions, decisions, prejudices, motivations, friendships and memory. Developmental researchers investigate how people develop over childhood and change into old age. Psychology also addresses how the brain and body affects all of these processes. Where in the brain do they occur? How are they represented?
Other psychologists examine disordered behaviour. This may occur as a result of brain injury, disease or life experience. Studying these disorders will improve our understanding of them, and can often teach us about healthy mental processes too. Psychology now influences an increasing range of fields, from working with clinical disorders, to managing education and training. Today, it is widely used in industry, sport and employment to improve performance, as well as affecting legal and health matters.
The special characteristics of our courses are flexibility and choice. In your first year, you usually take four or five modules that include pre-requisite(s) for your course but, in many cases, mean you can try subjects you have not come across before. If you are taking a humanities or social science, then you have the greatest choice, as most of our first-year modules do not assume any specialist knowledge.
We offer a range of optional modules in your second- and final-years and most courses allow you to undertake a final-year project, an individual piece of research on a topic that interests you.
We operate a credit framework for our awards, which is based on principles widely used across the UK university sector. Each module has a credit rating attached and our standard three-year course consists of 360 credits (120 credits in your first year, and 240 credits across your second and final years).
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.
Research Methods in Psychology;
Statistics for Psychologists; and
one outside option (which includes options in politics, sociology, philosophy and linguistics)
Brain and Behaviour;
Cognitive Psychology I;
Cognitive Psychology II;
Social Psychology; and
Personality and Individual Differences
Research project; and
six psychology options (with the possibility of taking up to two outside options from another department)
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
IELTS band : 6
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GCSE Mathematics: C
GCSE English: C
IB: 33-32 points, including Standard Mathematics grade 4, if not taken at Higher Level (We consider IB certificates at the Higher Level on a case-by-case basis).
Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 6 level three credits at distinction and the remainder at merit (or above).
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component (or equivalent). Different requirements apply for second year entry.
No work experience is required.
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Essex.
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