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BSc | Undergraduate

Psychology

Entry year
2020
Entry requirements
ABB
Duration
3 years (Full Time)
UCAS code
C800
Placement Year
Optional
Applications for 2019 entry are still open. View courses
  • Overview

    Psychology covers seven core domains. You��ll cover topics from each domain on an annual basis, building your understanding and critical insight incrementally throughout your degree programme:

    1. Biological Psychology – Biological basis of behaviour: neuroscience, genetics, animal behaviour
    2. Cognitive Psychology – Mental processes underlying thinking, memory, language and learning
    3. Conceptual & Historical Issues – Considers where the discipline has come from, where it’s going, and the big unanswered questions of Psychology
    4. Developmental Psychology – How we grow and develop, from conception to old age
    5. Individual Differences – How we differ from one another in terms of traits, abilities and motivations
    6. Research Methods – How we collect and analyse data to further understanding of the mind and behaviour
    7. Social Psychology – How we perceive ourselves and others, interact as groups and the influences of culture and society

    Psychology Degree highlights

    Employability is embedded into our programme, being commended by the BPS and employers. We offer assessed work placements in final year or a full year paid professional placement with one of our graduate employment partners.

    Professional Accreditations

    • Successful completion of an accredited undergraduate programme confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). As we invest in our students from day one by providing free Student Membership of the BPS throughout their accredited undergraduate degree programme, a graduate of Queen’s will automatically become a Graduate Member of the BPS with GBC on successful completion of their third year of study. This allows the use of the title MBPsS after their name for as long as they remain a member of the BPS.
      https://www.bps.org.uk/

    Industry Links

    World Class Facilities

    • We have a range of state of the art specialist equipment and laboratories where our cutting-edge research takes place. As a student, you’ll have the opportunity to use many of these facilities during the research projects you’ll undertake as part of your degree. For example, we have a brand new animal behaviour research lab, brain stimulation labs, virtual reality and motion-capture technology, eye-tracking devices, a child development observation lab, a postural control and aging lab and a large psychometric test library.

    Internationally Renowned Experts

    • The most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) placed the School among the UK’s top 20 Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience departments in terms of both research intensity and research impact. Our impact reflects how the School’s research is informing policy makers, developing industry partnerships and ultimately touching on the lives of thousands of individuals. We’re at the forefront of ground breaking research which you’ll find embedded throughout our teaching.

    Student Experience

    • You’ll feel part of our School community. We are committed to supporting our students with our Transition into Higher Education program which begins in welcome week and continues through our personal tutoring and peer mentor schemes.
    Zoe Robinson (Current student – one year placement at Aperture)

    My year of professional placement has had an enormous impact on me and my development.
    Since starting Aperture, I have improved upon my skills and knowledge that I have learnt not only in my degree but in my previous work also.

    My placement with Aperture has given me the opportunity to gain skills specific to psychology such as analytical and research skills. The placement year has also given me the employability skills and experience required for real-life work along with an increased understanding and awareness of the world of work.

    My knowledge of the financial sector and debt solution industry has increased drastically which has allowed me to make better informed decisions about future career choices, including a career within occupational psychology.

    Not only has my confidence significantly increased from doing the placement year but it has also accelerated my personal maturity, self-awareness and ability to articulate skills and achievements.

    I am extremely glad I had the opportunity to undertake a placement year as I believe the skills and experience I have gained from my year of work will be priceless to me as I progress into final year and beyond.

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  • Course content

    Course Structure

    IntroductionOver the first two years of the programme, we cover a diverse syllabus, approved by our accrediting professional body, the British Psychological Society (BPS), which provides a solid foundation across the full range of Psychology’s core domains.

    Throughout your time with us, you’ll develop a wide range of transferable skills which make our graduates so appealing to employers. Psychology offers an arguably unique grounding in both qualitative and quantitative research skills, meaning our graduates have high verbal and numerical competencies. You’ll have well developed organisation and self-management skills and be confident communicators to both small and large groups of people, using a range of media. Equipped with team-working and leadership experiences, you’ll not only be able to problem solve with critical insight, but lead others to do so too. All this on top of your insights into the mind and behaviours of others, and yourself.
    Stage 1In first year you'll get a gentle introduction to Psychological theories in each of the core domains and the application of Psychology in everyday life. We deliver this through a variety of engaging and interactive teaching methods including lectures, small-group tutorials and practical laboratory classes.

    • Foundations in Psychology
    • Introduction to Methods in Psychology
    • Using Psychology in Everyday Life
    Stage 2In second year you'll build a more detailed knowledge of the core domains whist developing critical and analytical thinking skills. Our subject specialists use a mixture of theoretical and practical teaching methods to hone the skills required to be a successful graduate.

    • Core Psychology I
    • Core Psychology II
    • Psychological Methods

    Professional Work Placement Year Option
    At the end of second year, you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your employability and practice your psychological skills within the workplace, by taking a year-long professional work placement, working with one of our many graduate employer partners across the private, public and voluntary sectors.
    Stage 3In final year you'll be able to tailor your Psychology degree according to your own individual interests by choosing from a selection of modules designed to explore current developments across the domains of Psychology; all delivered by our cutting-edge researchers. Note that final year modules change annually and modules listed are intended only to give an idea of the range of topics that might be available.

    • Psychology of Serial Killers
    • Psychopharmacology
    • Psychology General Paper
    • Typical and Atypical Literacy Development
    • Psychologists at work: Insights into Graduate Employment
    • Psychological Research Methods for Intercalating Students
    • The Visual Brain
    • Exploring Psychological Issues in Cancer
    • Youth and Political Violence: Risk and Resilience Processes
    • Psychology Thesis
    • Sport and Exercise Psychology
    • Psychology of Gender
    • Using Nudges to Change Behaviour
    • Psychology Placement Year

    Check out the current modules on offer at:
    http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/psy/Study/Undergraduate/Modules

    For students who don’t wish to take a year-long work placement before starting final year, we offer our ‘Psychologists at Work’ module which places students with one of our many employer-partners to work on a 6-8 week project applying psychology in the workplace.

    You'll complete your degree in Psychology by submitting a research project thesis at the end of final year. This independent research is completed under the supervision of our expert academic staff, who will be with you every step of the way on your transition to becoming a graduate Psychologist.
    What else will you do?You’ll also have opportunities to see psychology in action across your three years.

    Our students participate in an ‘away-day’ each year, focusing on getting to know your class in first year; working as a team in second year; and leadership skills in final year.

    We have a Research Participation Scheme for first year students, where they gain experience by taking part in research projects being run within the School, while earning degree credit.

    We also offer a number of paid research internships where students have the opportunity to work with one of our academic teams over the summer months, developing their research skills while contributing to one of our many research projects.

    As part of your studies, you’ll have the chance to take personality and ability tests for yourself, see how they’re scored and learn how to interpret your results, gaining insight into who you are as an individual and how you tend to approach life, work and study situations.

    Our optional modules in final year also offer field trips where possible. In previous years, our students have gone to Belfast Zoo to see animal psychology in action; to a peace line/community group to see social psychology; and have hosted a visit from a local primary school gaining practical experience of administering educationally relevant psychological assessments to young children.

    People teaching you

    Dr Matthew Rodger
    Lecturer

    School of Psychology
    Dr Matthew Rodger is a Lecturer in Psychology and Programme Director of the MSc Psychological Science (Conversion) and BSc Intercalated Degree in Psychology degrees. His research is about Perception and Action, with a focus on using rhythmic and interactive sounds to help with learning new coordination skills or for overcoming movement challenges for people with Parkinson’s disease or visual-impairments. He teaches on the Psychology of Music, Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology, and Research Methods, as well as supervising students with their research projects. In 2015, he was awarded Queen’s Student Union’s Personal Tutor of the Year, for his efforts in guiding and supporting his final year thesis students both in their research projects, and in their career development and future goals.

    Dr Paul Wilson
    Course Director BSc Psychology

    School of Psychology
    Dr Paul Wilson is a Chartered Psychologist, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). He is a member of the national BPS Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers of Psychology. He is a Qualified Psychological Test User for Occupational testing (Ability and Personality). Paul is a Lecturer who specialises in teaching & learning. His areas of expertise are in Individual Differences, Research Methods, Psychometrics and Statistics. His pedagogical research interests include personal factors influencing attainment in higher education and the use of student response systems to increase student engagement and attainment. For the latter work, Paul won the School's Teaching Award in 2017.

    Dr Susan O'Neill
    Lecturer (Education)

    School of Psychology
    Dr Susan O’Neill is a Lecturer (Education) at the School of Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast, and AFBPsS Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Susan was awarded Fellow membership of the Higher Education Academy as recognition of her contributions to high quality student learning, which was further acknowledged when she won the School of Psychology’s Teaching award in 2018. Susan continues to engage in research aimed at developing and promoting research-led teaching practices in the School.

    Contact Teaching Times

    Large Group Teaching8 (hours maximum)
    8 hours of lectures each week
    Medium Group Teaching2 (hours maximum)
    2 hours of practical classes each week
    Personal Study24 (hours maximum)
    22-24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.
    Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial1 (hours maximum)
    1 hour of tutorials (or later, project supervision) approximately each week

    Learning and Teaching

    As a student you’ll benefit from our high quality learning environment. We invest in our academic staff, with some specialising in teaching and learning, and others specialising in psychological research. This means you’ll always be taught by an expert in the subject matter, who is delivering research-lead teaching informed by currently developments in the field. By providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, we can support your development of attributes and perspectives that will prepare you for life and work in a global society and be an independent, lifelong learner. There is much more to our Psychology degree than traditional lectures. The delivery of our curriculum is evidence-based for best practice and effective learning – we bring Psychology to our teaching as well as to our students.

    • Digital Learning
      Digital skills are becoming ever-more important for graduate employers, so we embed such skills across our degree. For example: delivering lectures online; using mobile phone apps in lectures so students can text in answers and participate in group activities; weekly laboratory classes to develop competencies using statistical software packages; use of interactive web-based learning activities to explain statistical concepts; training in the use of IT programmes for creating presentations, reports and other media.
    • Field Trips
      Several of our final year modules provide the opportunity to see Psychology applied in the real world by undertaking field trip visits, e.g. to Belfast Zoo as part of an Animal Behaviour module.
    • Guest Speakers
      We want to be prepare and motivate our students for their life beyond University. As a student, you’ll see that our embedded employability strand invites guest speakers to come and talk to you about their career pathways and professional work. The invited speakers are a mix of practicing Psychologists working in the different professional areas of the discipline, and also high achieving psychology graduates who have embarked on careers outside of traditional Psychological practice.
    • Laboratory Practicals
      Psychologists need skills in measuring, analysing and describing behaviour as part of their professional practice. You’ll develop these practical skills in weekly laboratory practical classes throughout first and second year. These will develop your research methods and design skills and provide you with training in analytical methods and statistics. You will collect data during the classes by participating in experiments/class activities, and practice analysing and describing the results you find. Laboratory practicals are designed to prepare you to undertake the assessed research projects in the second and final years of your degree.
    • Lectures
      Lectures provide you with foundational knowledge of core concepts and theories of each topic covered. In lectures, we will provide you with some suggested reading to start you off with self-directed study, encouraging you to study each topic in the detail required for assessments.
    • Practical Research Projects
      As a first year student, you’ll receive course credit for participation in Psychological research being carried out in the School, providing you with a participant’s perspective in research. As a second year, you’ll undertake a group research project under the supervision of your academic tutor, ending in a mini-conference where you’ll present your findings to other students and staff, developing your psychological and transferable skills in tandem. This will prepare you for undertaking your final-year thesis where you will undertake a research project under supervision of an academic staff member to showcase the skills and knowledge you have acquired over your degree programme.
    • Professional Practice Experience
      We also offer the opportunity to develop practical skills in the administration and interpretation of psychometric tests. For example, as a second year student you’ll be given the opportunity to complete, score and interpret your results on a psychological test of personality. This will provide you with the opportunity to reflect on your own personality dispositions and understand how you as an individual tend to approach various work, life and academic situations. You’ll get insights into your own behaviour which will be useful when making decisions about your future career pathway, help you to improve your approach to studying and also identify personal development goals. This is in addition to the insight into psychological testing and the work of a Psychologist. These opportunities are also provided in some of our final year modules, where assessments involve the administration and interpretation of psychological tests.
    • Self-directed study
      This is an important aspect of a University education – the ability to build your own knowledge through independent study. We’ll place great importance on developing and encouraging these attributes which graduate employers tell us are key to employment success.
    • Small-group Tutorials
      In the first two years of study, you’ll meet in small groups (of 6-8 students) with your academic tutor to discuss critical aspects of psychology, develop scholarship and academic skills, and engage in personal-professional development planning. The sessions will also be used to regularly review your academic performance on a one-to-one basis, with your tutor. As a final year student, you’ll do these development tutorials during your regular meetings with your thesis supervisor.

    Assessment

    Assessment isn’t just about measuring performance; it’s about helping and motivating you to achieve your full potential. That’s why we use a continuous assessment philosophy with a ‘little and often’ approach. The course is designed to help you to keep up with your studies on a weekly basis, and so avoid stressful ‘cram for the exam’ situations.

    • We assess students in a variety of ways, with each assessment tied to the aims and objectives of the module. For example, we assess understanding and knowledge of Psychology through coursework essays, research reports, class tests and end of year examinations.
    • We also teach and assess the skills necessary to be a successful Psychologist and graduate, using methods including: reflective diaries, oral presentations, debates and practical research/psychometric testing projects.

    Feedback

    Feedback is key for professional development and success.

    • When you think of feedback, most people think about corrections on a piece of work after it has been marked. That’s called summative feedback, and while this type of feedback is important, there is much more to feedback than simply a mark and some corrections. Feedback is the key for professional development and success, so when we provide you with summative feedback, we won’t just tell you what was good and what wasn’t so good; we’ll also tell you HOW you can achieve more next time round by giving you specific ‘action-points’ to work on.
    • The other, arguably more important, type of feedback we’ll give you is called formative feedback. This type of feedback is provided BEFORE you submit a piece of work for assessment. We want our students to achieve, and formative feedback is how we will guide you to achieving your best, before you take assessments. It comes in a variety of forms, e.g. coursework guidance documentation, revision classes, coursework help clinics, practice tests, online discussion posts between teaching staff and other students, and tutorial discussions to name but a few.
    • We also believe that feedback is most useful when you engage with it. That’s why we’ll teach you how to reflect on the feedback you encounter throughout your degree and apply the learning in your future assessments. Reflective practice is something you’ll be doing as a future Psychologist, so we will introduce it to you early in your studies so you can harness this approach to improve the quality of your work.

    Facilities

    Weekly lab classes in Year 1 and Year 2 take place in our refurbished student space located in the David Keir Building. This facility is available exclusively to Psychology students and outside teaching times, can be used for group work or private study. We also provide a Psychology student common room for relaxation between classes.

    In addition we have a wide range of research facilities available for student projects including our Animal Behaviour Lab, Electrophysiology Lab, Social Interaction Lab, Eye Tracking Lab, Child Developmental Lab and much more.
    http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/psy/Research/ResearchFacilities/

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    A level requirements
    ABB + GCSE Mathematics grade C.
    Irish leaving certificate requirements
    H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics is required.
    Access/Foundation Course
    Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 70%. GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent in Access Course.
    All applicants
    There are no specific subject requirements to study Psychology.

    Selection Criteria

    In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

    Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by individual University Schools. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

    Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by the Selector for the School of Psychology along with a member of administrative staff from the Admissions and Access Service. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

    Demand for places differs from course to course and for Psychology, past performance at GCSE or AS level is taken into account when deciding whether or not to make conditional offers. Initially offers will be made to those with a minimum of 5 C grades at GCSE or BBB at AS-level. Applicants must have GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade C. The final threshold is not usually determined until later in the cycle, around March/April, so there may be a delay in processing candidates. Please note that thresholds may change from year to year depending on the demand for places.

    Offers are normally made on the basis of 3 A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. Grades may be held from the previous year; however repeat applicants must have obtained a minimum of BBC at A-Level in first attempt.

    Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification), or one A-level and a BTEC Diploma/National Diploma (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant’s portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.

    Applicants offering other qualifications, such as BTEC Extended Diplomas, Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered. The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those applicants offering other qualifications.

    The current entrance requirements for applicants offering a BTEC Extended Diploma are successful completion of the BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3) with 120 credits at Distinction and 60 credits at Merit. For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 2 Distinctions and remainder Merits. Applicants must also have the appropriate qualification to fulfil the entry requirements for GCSE Mathematics.

    For those offering a Higher National Diploma, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile but, to be eligible for an offer, at least half of the units completed in the first year of the HND must be at Merit level and remainder Passes. Applicants must successfully complete the HND with 2 Distinctions and remainder Merits in all units assessed in the final year. Consideration would be for stage 1 entry and applicants must also have the appropriate qualification to fulfil the entry requirements for GCSE Mathematics.

    Applicants offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits and for last year, the standard set was an overall average of 70% in Level 3 modules. Applicants must also have the appropriate qualification to fulfil the entry requirements for GCSE Mathematics.

    The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of the Psychology degree, these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

    A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking 4 A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.
    Applicants are not normally asked to attend for interview, though there are some exceptions and specific information is provided with the relevant subject areas.

    If you are made an offer then you may be invited to a School Visit Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

    If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service (admissions@qub.ac.uk), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

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    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
    • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

    International Students - Foundation and International Year One Programmes

    INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

    These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Careers

    Career Prospects

    Introduction
    Throughout your time with us, you’ll develop a wide range of transferable skills which make our graduates so appealing to employers. Psychology offers an arguably unique grounding in both qualitative and quantitative research skills, meaning our graduates have high verbal and numerical competencies. You’ll have well developed organisation and self-management skills and be confident communicators to both small and large groups of people, using a range of media. Equipped with team-working and leadership experiences, you’ll not only be able to problem solve with critical insight, but lead others to do so too. All this on top of your insights into the mind and behaviours of others, and yourself.

    Our degree is accredited by the BPS, meaning our graduates qualify for membership of our professional society (MBPsS grade), provided the minimum standard of a 2:2 degree classification is achieved. Throughout your three years at Queen’s, you’ll see we have embedded employability skills and opportunities which will prepare you for the world of work after graduation.

    Our Psychology graduates excel in a wide variety of careers including management consultancy, journalism, human resources, teaching, social work, marketing and accountancy to name but a few. Others complete postgraduate qualifications to become practitioner psychologists, specialising in Clinical, Educational, Health, Occupational and Sport and Exercise Psychology.
    https://www.bps.org.uk/public/become-psychologist/career-options-psychology

    Employment after the Course
    The traditional Psychology pathways include:

    ��� Clinical psychologist
    • Educational psychologists
    • Developmental psychologists
    • Forensic psychologists
    • Health psychologists
    • Occupational / organisational psychologists
    • Counselling psychologists
    • Sport psychologists

    Further study is required to become a practitioner psychologist or academic researcher.

    At Queen's, we offer professional doctorate degree programmes in Clinical Psychology and also in Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology, in addition to a doctoral research (PhD) programme.

    Employment Links
    We have links across the public, private and third sector and are pleased to have placed students in the following organisations amongst others.

    Abbeyfield & Wesley, Action Cancer, Adoreboard, Alzheimer's Society, Aperture, AV Browne, Axiom, Banbridge Academy, BELB, Belfast City Council, Belfast HSC Trust, Belfast Interface Project, British Council, Cancer Focus, Carecall, CCEA, Child Brain Injury Trust, Christ the Redeemer Primary School, Consensus, Conway Education Centre, Co-operation Ireland, Crann go Beatha, Crossroads Caring for Carers, DVA, Employers for Childcare, Engage with Age, Friends of the Earth, Glenwood Primary, Grant Thornton, Guide Dogs NI, Hansard at Stormont, Happy Faces, HMRC, Hughes Insurance, IAM Models, Invest NI, Ipsos MORI, Linking Generations NI, Lyle Bailie, Marie Curie, Mindwise, NI Probation Board, Now Project, NSPCC, Praxis Care, Queen’s University Belfast, Rathcoole Primary School, Ravenhill Day Services, Sandleford School, Sensum, Shelter NI, Springboard Opportunities, Springfield Charitable Association, St. Columb’s College, St. Joseph’s Primary School, Start 360, Stepping Stones, Surestart – Glenbrook & Alessie, The Link Centre, The Rainbow Project, Toward Ltd, Upper Springfield Development Trust, Victoria College, Wilson Sloan, YMCA
    http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/psy/BusinessCareers/WorkPlacements/

    Alumni Success
    Christopher Broome, People and Change Consultant - PWC

    "I am a People and Change Consultant within PwC which is a varied role. It is one that really allows me to bring my skills in report writing, data analysis, interviewing and communication to the fore when they’re needed. Indeed, many of the skills that I use within my day to day working life have a large part of their foundations within the experiences I had whilst studying Psychology at Queen’s.

    Like many students Psychology drew me in because of an interest in what makes people, people. That is, what factors either long term or situational that can determine who we are to ourselves and those around us.

    This interest was built upon during my A-level studies in which I discovered a particular interest for Social Psychology, and for the use of the experimental method and analytics. It would be fair to say that Psychology for me delivered on my initial interests. During my studies I discovered that there are three areas I found particularly fascinating.

    Firstly, Social Psychology, whilst this field is a particularly a broad area even in terms of the wider discipline, I hadn’t encountered any part of it during my time at QUB that I didn’t find fascinating.

    Secondly, the Psychology of Serial Killers, I have yet to meet anyone who took this third year elective that didn’t enjoy the course for both its academic outlook and practical analytic assessments which seek to examine one of the most extreme areas of behaviour.

    Finally, and definitely the most applicable strand of my degree that I really enjoyed was the Insight Programme. Insight offers students the ability to take the learning that they have engaged with over their time with the course and apply it in a real world scenario. Insight gave me much more confidence in not only the working environment after I had secured employment, but also gave me a much more tangible understanding of what graduate level employers sought from a candidate and was no doubt very influential in me gaining employment after my graduation."

    What employers say

    GRAHAM-Bam Healthcare Partnership

    We worked with a final year student from the School of Psychology on a project which was recognised as an outstanding Innovative initiative by the Considerate Constructor’s Scheme www.ccscheme.org.uk. This is a scheme set up to improve the image of construction, and Innovations are only awarded for initiatives new to the construction industry (across UK) which can be replicated to benefit the Industry as a whole.

    We approached the QUB School of Psychology to look at widening participation through non-traditional career pathways which could combine expertise of both organisations on wellbeing initiatives for construction workers. We decided to carry out a study aimed to look at the barriers to uptake of initiatives and key actions to address this and engage more site workers in wellbeing activities. This has been put into action by the GRAHAM-BAM Healthcare Partnership’s Replacement Acute Mental Healthcare Inpatient Facility (RAMHIF) site at Belfast City Hospital, taking on board a Queens University Psychology student to study the psychological impact of the site operatives who attended the Cancer Focus NI ‘Keeping Well Van’ on site. The objectives were to identify the expectations and reasons for attending the Keeping Well Van and to establish the barriers of the operatives who would not attend. Follow-up interviews and conducting interviews with GRAHAM senior management were also included in the study. The third year Psychology student was on site from September to December and given all the support required to complete the study. This was the first time a study of this kind has ever been done with the construction industry.

    Additional Awards Gained

    There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

    Prizes and Awards

    We award prizes to the top three students in each year group and for the best final year thesis. Our professional body the British Psychological Society (BPS) also awards its BPS prize to the highest performing graduating student annually.

    Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

    In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) £4,275
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
    Other (non-UK) EU * £4,275
    International £20,100

    Tuition fees for 2020-21 have not been set. Those quoted above are for students commencing study in 2019-20. These will be subject to an increase for students commencing study in 2020-21.

    Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

    * The tuition fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

    Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

    If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

    Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

    Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

    If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

    Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

    There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

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    Psychology costs

    There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

    How do I fund my study?

    There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

    Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.

    Scholarships

    Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

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    How and when to Apply

    How to Apply
    Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).  Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/students.

    When to Apply
    UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2020 from 1 September 2019.

    Advisory closing date: 15 January 2020 (18:00).

    Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

    Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

    The Institution code name for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

    Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/

    Apply via UCAS

    After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions (www.qub.ac.uk/Study/TermsandConditions) which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.

    Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students

    1. Applying through UCAS
      Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2019.
    2. Applying direct
      The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
    3. Applying through agents and partners
      The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.

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