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Psychology with English Language

BSc (Hons)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Psychology and Public Health

UCAS Code: C804

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time
Six years part-time


UK - £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.

International - £14,820 per year

In Brief:

  • This course has a focus on practical application of theory and skills to provide you with transferable knowledge that is valued by employers
  • Learn from a dedicated team of internationally recognised researchers with an excellent track record in research-led teaching and student support
  • Tailor your degree in the second and third years with a wide range of option modules
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Language plays a role in most human activities. It influences how we think about the world and it has an impact on how we communicate with others. Psychology focuses on human behaviour, covering topics such as how we develop, how we interact with others, and how we process information.

This course combines the study of English Language with the study of the human mind. You will explore the nature, acquisition, origins, and use of the English language and learn how this links to human development and the acquisition of skills. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of a wide range of psychological concepts and will be able to use these to analyse English language from a variety of perspectives. You will gain valuable research skills including quantitative and qualitative methods and in your final year you will use these skills to undertake an independent research study.

This course has an emphasis on applying theory to practice and will prepare you for a wide range of careers including teaching, speech and language therapy, advertising, and media and communications.

Course Details

The first year of your course will give you an introduction to the core areas of psychology; biological, cognitive, developmental, social, and individual differences and you will study research methods in depth. It will also provide you with a foundation in English Language and demonstrate the importance of psychology to language. In the second year you will learn about the different aspects of psychology in more depth and you will start to tailor your degree by selecting from a range of English Language modules. In the final year you will complete an independent research project and you will have the opportunity to choose from a range of optional modules so that you can explore those topics that most interest 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.                  
An introduction to the psychological underpinnings of language acquisition, comprehension, and production. You will gain experience of experimental methods and develop an understanding of the mental processes and representations involved in learning and using language.                  
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.                  
A basic introduction to the grammatical properties and sound patterns of English.                  

Year 2            

You will develop the skills learned in year 1, designing, carrying out research and analysing your results.                  
You will explore the links between biological and cognitive processes and examine how this relationship influences performance in real-world contexts.                  
Explore the latest theories and research in personality and intelligence, gender differences, and mental health.                  
Study the influences of nature and nurture on human development and gain practical experience of conducting social psychological research.            

You will also chose two modules from a selection that may include:

The British National Corpus is a vast collection of over 4,000 English texts, providing a unique record of contemporary spoken and written English. In this module you will gain hands-on experience in using this and other computer-based corpora of English to answer questions about language structure and use.            
You will be introduced to key periods in the history of the English language and characteristic features of the language in these periods. You will explore language change with reference to the different levels of language and regional variation and change in English dialects.            
Children master the basics of their first language without formal instruction from a very early age. How do they do it? What exactly do they learn? What stages do they go through? You will examine the answers to questions like these by studying the cognitive mechanisms behind the acquisition process.                  
This module introduces you to the sounds of speech, syllable structure, and word stress in English. You will learn how to transcribe speech sounds, and identify and analyse syllable structure and word stress.                        
This module will trace the origins and development of prescriptive attitudes and linguistic insecurity, and the extent to which these ideas are relevant to contemporary users of English. Topics include received pronunciation, grammar and morality, and politically correct language.                        
By investigating a wide range of grammatical phenomena you will develop a firm grounding the analysis of the structure of English sentences.                        
This module introduces you to key concepts underlying TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) methodology. You will become familiar with the basic approaches, materials, and procedures and the principles of lesson planning and classroom management.                        
This module will introduce you to the intricate relationship between language use and aspects of social structure. You will examine the role of linguistic variation in the negotiation and construction of individual and group identity. Topics studied include multilingualism, bilingualism, language contact and language change.                        
Examine the role that truth plays in the study of meaning, and learn how to analyse the meaning of English words and sentences.                        

Year 3            

You will carry out a research project on a topic area of your interest. The range of skills you develop as you navigate the process of research design, completing an ethics form, recruiting participants and carrying out your research, performing appropriate analysis, and writing up your work, will be valuable any workplace.                  

In addition to your Dissertation you will choose four option modules (two from English Language, and two from Psychology). The modules we offer provide the most up-to-date research-based teaching, and as such may vary from year to year. A selection of our modules are listed below. Choose two modules from a selection of psychology options that may include:            

A practitioner-based module that 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.                  
Examines the relationship 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.                
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 educationalpsychology.                        
Presents 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 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.                              
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.                                    
Explore positive models of ageing and lifespan development in the 21st Century including: identity, physical and mental health, and the psycho-social implications of ageing.                              
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.;                                    
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.                                    
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 and cultural differences, the causes of state-sanctioned torture and terrorism, reactions to natural disasters,the psychology of environmentally sustainable behaviour, and experience of an astronaut.                                    
This module covers a range of topics within the field of atypical child development including autism spectrum disorders, foetal alcohol spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, etc. It also covers interventions for these disorders.                                    
You will complete a work placement where you will get the opportunity to put what you have learnt on the course into practice.                                    
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 topicsincluding social media, internet use, advertisement, persuasion, news journalism, and TV.                                    

Choose two modules from a selection of language options that may include:;                              

You will gain an in-depth understanding of selected topics of current interest in English Language. This module will build on the concepts, theories, and methods you have studied in your degree programme, further developing your knowledge of the latest research in your discipline area.                                          
You will examine key aspects of communication which result from the interaction of linguistic meaning, context, and principles of human cognition. You will study how language is used in context by analyzing data drawn from your own experience in communication.                                          
You will examine issues of current relevance in the study of language use from the interdisciplinary perspective of psychology, linguistics, and the philosophy of language, such as the relationship between explicit and implicit aspects of communication or the interpretation of figurative language.                                          
Words play an integral role in our ability to use language creatively. This module is a detailed introduction to the study of words. You will explore the processes of word formation in the language, and the rules governing the internal structure of English word.                                                
How does the brain transform thoughts into speech? How can we process the language we hear so effortlessly? You will examine the psycholinguistic concepts that aim to explain our unique ability to produce and understand speech, and to communicate through language.                                                
What does it mean to be ‘northern’? Where is the north and where does it end and begin? Using both archive and contemporary recordings of northern speech, this research-based module will enable you to carry out a project on an aspect of northern identity as expressed through language in the domains.              
You will develop an understanding of the global context of English language teaching and of the approaches, materials, and techniques of English language teaching to non-native speakers. You will be introduced to language learning needs analysis and develop the ability to plan and manage sequences of English language lessons.              
Names are all around us, and this module explores the linguistic structure, history, development and political significance of names and naming, focusing on the UK but with reference to other countries as well. You will have an opportunity to examine the names of people and places in real life and in literary contexts.

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.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
Access to HE 112 points
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
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 31 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 and Society 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

This course is ideal for anyone who is interested in the use of language, particularly English Language, and how this links to human behaviour. We are looking for students who have an aptitude for research and a desire to use the discipline of psychology to explore the English language. Your application should demonstrate understanding of psychology and English, you will have strong written skills, and you will have the motivation to discover a range of human behaviours.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

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 £14,820 per year

Fees 2018-19

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 £14,400 per year


This course is delivered by staff from English Language and from Psychology and the team are research active and have been recognized at national and international levels for their research. You will be supported by expert lecturers with a range of specialisms. Members of the team have appeared on national television and radio, and many of them have been nominated for University of Salford teaching awards. 

We aim to engage with students in a variety of ways, including through the use of technology with the SalfordPsych blog, and the @SalfordPsych and @EngLang_Salford Twitter feeds. The team are proud of the quality of courses we deliver and are committed to providing stimulating and rewarding opportunities to study psychology with language.

This course is delivered through a combination of:

  • Lectures: Presentations or talks on a particular topic
  • Seminars: Discussions or classroom sessions focusing on a particular topic or project
  • Tutorials: Meetings involving one-to-one or small group supervision, feedback or detailed discussion on a particular topic or project
  • Dissertation supervisions: Meetings with a supervisor to discuss your research
  • Practical classes and workshops: Sessions involving the development and practical application of a particular skill or technique
  • External visits: Visits to a location outside of the usual learning spaces, to experience a particular environment, event, or exhibition relevant to the course of study.


During the course you will be assessed through a combination of:

  • Exams 25%
  • Research Reports 25%
  • Essays 25%
  • Other (25%) -  group presentations, portfolios, written exercises


By studying two complimentary yet diverse disciplines together you will gain the skills required to work in a wide range of settings. The course is targeted towards the needs of employers and possible career options include teaching in the UK or abroad, health and social care, business and management, speech and language therapy, journalism, and marketing.

You can also further your studies with a postgraduate qualification and may specialise in areas such as speech therapy, educational psychology, clinical, and occupational psychology.

Careers & Employability staff work across campus throughout the year to provide students with access to useful resources. You can ask questions at drop-in sessions, get expert help with your CV and job applications and more.

Links with Industry

This course responds to the needs of industry in developing subject expertise and transferable skills appropriate to a wide range of careers.

The Psychology team have links with the British Psychological Society and consult with a range of external partners on topics such as media and politics. This informs the teaching on the course and students will gain insight from industry experts who deliver guest lectures on the programme.

The English Subject Group has close associations with industry and professional bodies such as:

  • The BBC and ITV
  • The International Anthony Burgess Foundation
  • The Working Class Library Museum
  • The Imperial War Museum North
  • The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
  • The Octagon Theatre, Bolton
  • Oxford University Press
  • The Linguistics Association of Great Britain
  • The Linguistic Society of America
  • The British Library
  • The National Library of Scotland
  • Scottish Language Dictionaries
  • The Scottish Parliament

There are also employability-linked opportunities with a large number of primary and secondary schools, enabling vital experience for would-be teachers.

Further Study


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.

Ryan McGrath

Students completing a degree in Psychology will have access to dedicated psychology laboratory cubicles, private interview rooms, and a dedicated social learning space. You will also be able to carry out a range of psychological experiments using:

  • An observation suite with a two-way mirror
  • A video game analysis laboratory where you can analyse psychological and physiological effects of different media
  • Desk-mounted and remote eye-trackers to monitor conscious and unconscious gaze in a range of tasks and situtions
  • A brand new cognitive neuroscience laboratory including fNIRS, TMS, EEG, and VR equipment.

In addition, the English Language modules will primarily be taught within the New Adephi building, home to the School of Arts and Media. You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities including a theatre, performance and rehearsal spaces, photography and recording studios, café areas, computer suites, and a roof terrace.



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