Psychology is about people - the study of the human mind and behaviour. As such psychology graduates are well sought after in many workplaces.
This course is designed to provide you with in-depth knowledge and opportunities for learning a wide range of psychological concepts. It has a hands-on approach to developing research skills and encourages you to apply the theory to real-world settings. The final year gives you the opportunity to specialise in areas of psychology that interest you and to undertake a supervised research project of your own.
Our Psychology course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) – if you achieve a lower second class degree or above, Graduate Basis for Registration is awarded. This is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist.
Choosing the right university was a big decision to make and I am extremely pleased I chose Salford. Psychology at Salford delivers engaged learning and the tutors provide extensive constructive feedback on assessed work to ensure continuing development. There is a great range of specialised modules to choose from and the opportunity to design your own dissertation research project that relates to personal interests and future career prospects. The approachable academic staff have encouraged and motivated me to pursue further study and I have now secured a place to study Neuroimaging and Neuroscience at Masters level. I have no doubt that the course has provided an excellent springboard for my future studies and employability.
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You will learn about the core areas of psychology; biological, cognitive, developmental, social and individual differences. These core areas are underpinned with research methods, which is integrated into your learning across the modules, as well as being a standalone module. You will learn to be a critical thinker, able to consider a problem, develop a research plan and execute that plan. You will initially be introduced to the key areas of psychology, then explore these in detail at year 2, finally in year 3 you have option modules in which you can explore areas of interest to you.
You will be introduced to key factors in human development including social, emotional, cognitive and biological foundation. Within social psychology you will look at how individuals perceive, influence and interact with others.
Provides a clear understanding of the relevance of psychology in the contemporary world with opportunities to consider applications of core psychological principles across the range of GBC curriculum areas in a range of contemporary contexts. The module aims to develop your ability to evaluate and problem solve in a real world context using a range of research and analysis skills.
You will examine a variety of cognitive functions in humans (for example perception, memory, language and consciousness) and learn how this knowledge can be applied in real-world contexts such as media, driving and education.
Building on your knowledge from the first year, you will examine the influences of nature and nurture on human development. You will learn how to critically evaluate historical and contemporary theories. Your assignments will provide you with the opportunity to examine the implications of research for education, policy and clinical practice.
You will have the opportunity to apply relevant theory to explaining and researching everyday social behaviour. You will be assessed for the module by means of a poster and participation in a psychology poster exhibition.
You will choose four modules from a selection, the modules we offer provide the most up-to-date research-based teaching, and as such will vary from year to year. A selection of our modules are included below.
You will carry out a research project on a topic of your interest. The range of skills you develop as you navigate the process of research design, completing an ethic form, recruiting participants and carrying out your research, performing appropriate analysis and writing up your work, will be invaluable in all workplaces.
A practitioner-based module which will provide you with a tour of relevant theories and topics (including stress, selection techniques and change at work), as well as an assessment opportunity to apply these in real-world settings, including your own experience in the workplace.
This module examines in detail the relationships between behaviour and the nervous system. You will explore these relationships through the consideration of key topics in the field of neuroscience, including learning, psychopharmacology, brain damage, organic brain disorder and mental health.
An applied module which will introduce you to offender profiling, lie detection techniques and psychological theories of criminal behaviour. Guest speakers for this module have included a serving chief investigating officer, a forensic psychologist and a probation officer.
This module aims to introduce you to the concepts, theory, methods and applications of health psychology. It is concerned with the psychological aspects of physical illness, their treatment and management, and includes what it is that keeps people healthy and well.
Develops an understanding of the relevance of psychology to education and provides opportunities to apply psychological theory and principles in the field of education and professional practice. This module also raises awareness of opportunities for professional development in the field of educational psychology.
This module considers the role of Psychology in a global context. You will have the opportunity to use your psychological knowledge to explore the issues of the day. For example, the psychology of travel & cultural differences, the causes of state-sanctioned torture & terrorism, peoples’ reactions to natural disasters, the psychology of environmentally sustainable behaviour & astronauts’ experiences.
In this module you will consider the psychological aspects of media, and learn about the different approaches to the study of media phenomena. The module focuses on theories and methods in media research which may help to explain the effects of various media, as well as how people process information from media. We look at a range of topics including social media, internet use, advertisement, persuasion, news journalism and TV.
The Psychology of Mental Health will present up-to-date theories and research in psychopathology and intervention .The syllabus embraces a variety of topics, including eating disorders, depression, schizophrenia, mental health at work and anxiety disorders, with a focus on PTSD. The module also looks at a variety of psychological interventions embracing both traditional and critical psychological themes. Psychology, neurophysiology, developmental psychopathology, psychiatry and behavioural genetics are some of the perspectives which will be covered during the course of the module.
This module covers a range of topics within the field of atypical child development including autism spectrum disorders; fetal alcohol spectrum disorders; attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, etc. It also covers interventions for these disorders.
During this module, you will learn to apply theories and methodologies from cognitive psychology to real-world behaviour. You will explore the influence of emotional processing on human cognition and performance and reflect on the optimal conditions for thinking and decision-making.
The psychology of serial homicide, mass shooting, and terrorism. The module also explores the neurodevelopmental and psychosocial risk factors in serial killers and mass shooters, the pathway to intended violence in such extreme cases of violence and the neuropsychodynamics of individuals who commit serial homicide and single homicide.
You have the opportunity to undertake a work placement where you will get the opportunity to put what you've learnt into practice.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
Access to HE
60 credits with 30 at level 3 at Distinction
Five GCSE subjects at grade C or above preferred. Must include GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C. If you are in England and are taking GCSEs that are awarded from 2017 onwards, grade 4 will be required.
UCAS tariff points
BTEC National Diploma
60% pass mark
112 points BBBCC
Irish Leaving Certificate
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
The University offers two routes for entry under the scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. As this course is part of the School of Health Sciences you will only be considered under Entry Route 1.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
Your application will demonstrate a good understanding of the discipline of psychology. You will have strong written skills and an aptitude for research, together with a desire to explore all areas of psychology and enthusiasm to discover more about the range of human behaviours.
I decided to go back to University to fulfil my ambition of having a career in the field of Psychology. After a break of almost ten years and being a mum of two children, it was not an easy decision therefore I wanted to be confident that I was at the right institution. I chose the University of Salford due to the amazing option modules on offer and how supportive all the tutors were regarding my return to education. I am close to finishing my first year and I can confidently say I made the right decision, the level of support I received, the quality of the lectures, and the university facilities have contributed positively to my experience so far.
Throughout your course you’ll be supported by expert and award winning staff, including authors of books and papers in a range of specialisms, some of whom have appeared on national television and radio and have been nominated for University of Salford teaching awards.
The psychology team are research active and have been recognised at both national and international levels and for work on driving, media, child development, addictions, clinical and health psychology, occupational stress, emotional intelligence and terrorism. We aim to engage with students in a variety of ways, including through the use of new technologies, including the SalfordPsych blog and Twitter account. The team are proud of the quality of psychology courses we deliver and are committed to providing stimulating and rewarding opportunities to study psychology – either as a single discipline, or in combination with counselling or criminology.
Assessment methods will vary depending on the modules you choose to study, you can expect:
Research Report 25%
The remaining 25% will be split between:
You will be equipped to work in a number of environments, such as health and social care, business and education. You will also be able to continue your study at postgraduate level. If you go on to become a chartered psychologist, you may specialise in clinical, forensic, educational, health or occupational psychology.
Our graduates have taken a range of jobs within a variety of fields. Following graduation you may decide to continue your studies with us on the MSc Applied Psychology (Therapies), MSc Applied Psychology (Addictions), MSc Media Psychology or a vocational course such as MA Social Work.
Some graduates have gained employment as an assistant psychologist, mental health support worker or within drug and alcohol services or have gone on to pursue a career as a chartered psychologist. Alternatively you may take a role within advertising, marketing or retail. Whatever direction you choose, the key skills within this degree ensure that you will be both accomplished and imaginative in your career.
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The British Psychological Society (BPS) accredits this course – if you achieve a lower second class degree or above, Graduate Basis for Registration is awarded. This is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist.
The Psychology department offers extensive resources and equipment, and I was able to use the functional neuroimaging facilities for my Dissertation project. All of these resources complement the course.
We provide a comfortable and friendly environment for you to carry out a wide range of psychological testing. These include:
The eyetracker laboratory uses the Tobii x50 eyetracker to monitor conscious and unconscious gaze movements
An observation suite with a two-way mirror
A video game analysis laboratory where you can analyse the psychological and physiological effects of violent video games
A dedicated computer suite that allows access to a range of psychological programs such as ERTSLab and E-Prime.
You will also have access to:
Dedicated psychology laboratory cubicles
Private interview rooms
Dedicated social learning space.
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