BSc (Hons)

Part-time study available
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Psychology at Salford


Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)


Emphasis on application of theory and skills


Ability to focus on your interests in the final year, with a range of vocational options

Course Summary

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.

For further information, take a look at our Psychology blog.

Professional accreditation

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.


Joy Greenhalgh,

BSc (Hons) Psychology graduate

“If you’re interested in Psychology, come to Salford. It’s an amazing course, with really great lecturers covering all aspects of the subject. I’ve had a brilliant three years and I’m now going to take a year out to get some experience working in mental health before taking up an MA in Social Work.”

Course Details

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.


Year 1

An introduction to statistics and research methods used in psychology.
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.
An introduction to the study of personality, intelligence, gender and mental health.
You will be introduced to the basic biological processes and cognitive principles necessary for understanding human psychology.
You will explore methodological principles in psychology, through scientific enquiry and practice.

Year 2

You will develop the skills learned in year 1, designing, carrying out research and analysing your results.
You will explore the role of biological psychology and neuropsychology in explaining daily functions, such as sleep, learning and emotion, and mental illness.
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.
Building on study of this area in the first year, the module invites you to explore the latest theories and research into personality and intelligence, gender differences and mental health.
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.

Year 3

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 our modules are included below.

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.
A new module which 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.
Capitalising on our links to MediaCityUK, we are pleased to offer a new module in media psychology. You will consider the psychological aspects of media, including social media.
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.
You have the opportunity to undertake a work placement where you will get the opportunity to put what you've learnt into practice.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
Access to HE 60 credits with 30 at level 3 at Distinction
GCSE GCSE at grade C or above in Maths and English
UCAS tariff points 280 points
BTEC National Diploma 280 DMM
Foundation Degree 60% pass mark
Scottish Highers 280 points BBBCC
Irish Leaving Certificate 280 points
International Baccalaureate 27 points

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.

English Language Requirements

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.

Applicant profile

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.

Claire O'Connor talks about juggling being a single Mum with her Psychology studies.


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. Robert Bendall is recognised as the UK’s number one Psychology Technician of the year 2011 by the British Psychological Society and Pauline Adair, Professor of Health Psychology, received a prestigious award in 2010 for outstanding contribution to the advancement of Health Psychology within NHS agendas.

The psychology team are research active and have been recognised at both international and national levels for work on driving, media, child development, addictions, clinical and health psychology, occupational stress, emotional intelligence and terrorism. 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:

  • Exams 25%
  • Research Report 25%
  • Essays 25%

The remaining 25% will be split between:

  • Assignments
  • Practical reports
  • Group work
  • Presentations


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 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.  

Alumni Profile

  “If you’re interested in Psychology, come to Salford. It’s an amazing course, with really great lecturers covering all aspects of the subject. I’ve had a brilliant three years and I’m now going to take a year out to get some experience working in mental health before taking up an MA in Social Work.” Joy Greenhalgh, BSc (Hons) Psychology

Links with Industry

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.

“During my time at Salford, being the student representative for the course was my highlight as it gave me plenty of chances to develop my soft skills which helped increase my employability greatly. I had opportunities to deliver presentations, manage university events and collaborate with a range of people at university including the university staff and students. 

My favourite project was to do with Developmental Psychology where I got chance to apply theory to practise and created a comprehensive seminar for the development of young children’s emotional intelligence. 

I have just graduated with a 1st class degree and have already secured my dream job in the field of mental health crisis and aim to work for a few years before returning to Salford University to do a Master’s programme.”  

Insha Wali, BSc (Hons) Psychology, 2015 graduate

Further Study

Fees and Funding


Psychology Labs

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.