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
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.
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.
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 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.
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|
|GCSE||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||112 points|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM|
|Foundation Degree||60% pass mark|
|Scottish Highers||112 points BBBCC|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||112 points|
|International Baccalaureate||27 points|
|Access to HE||45 + credits at level 3 (30 at distinction) WITH level 2 in numeracy|
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.
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:
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.
“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
“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 graduate, 2015
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.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9,250 per year|
|Part-time||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
|Full-time International||£12,000 per year|
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
We provide a comfortable and friendly environment for you to carry out a wide range of psychological testing. These include:
You will also have access to:
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
Six years part-time