Psychology is the science of behaviour. You will cover topics from seven key areas, building understanding and critical insight throughout your degree programme.These key areas are:
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
This programme is one of the few that provides free membership of our professional body the British Psychological Society for all our students.
Zoe Robinson, Student on one year Professional Placement with 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.
|Introduction||Over 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 the 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 1||In 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 2||In 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 3||In 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. |
• An Introduction to Clinical Health Psychology
• Introduction to Political Psychology
• Sport and Exercise Psychology
• Psychology of Gender
• Using Nudges to Change Behaviour
• Psychologists at work: Insights into Graduate Employment
• The Psychology of Intergroup Relations: Theory and Applications
• Evolutionary Psychology and Comparative Cognition
• Ageing: Mind, Brain and Behaviour
• Typical and Atypical Literacy Development
• The Visual Brain
• Psychology Thesis
• Psychology General Paper
Check out the current modules on offer at:
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.|
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 skills studentships where students have the opportunity to work with one of our academic teams over the year, 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.
Optional modules in final year may offer field trips. 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 in action; and have hosted visits from a local primary school gaining practical experience of administering educationally relevant psychological assessments to young children.
School of Psychology
Dr Matthew Rodger is a Lecturer in Psychology and Programme Director of the MSc Psychological Science (Conversion) degree. 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.
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.
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.
|Large Group Teaching||8 (hours maximum)|
8 hours of lectures each week
|Medium Group Teaching||2 (hours maximum)|
2 hours of practical classes each week
|Personal Study||24 (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 Tutorial||1 (hours maximum)|
1 hour of tutorials (or later, project supervision) every two weeks.
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-led teaching informed by current 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.
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.
Feedback is key for professional development and success.
Weekly lab classes in Year 1 and Year 2 take place in our newly refurbished teaching and learning 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 Development Lab and much more.
|A level requirements|
ABB/AAB + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4.
|Irish leaving certificate requirements|
H2H3H3H3H3H3/H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics is required.
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 70% - 75%. GCSE Mathematics grade C/4 or equivalent in Access Course.
|International Baccalaureate Diploma|
33/34 points overall, including 6,5,5/6,6,5 at Higher Level. If not offered at Higher Level/GCSE then Standard Level grade 4 in English and Mathematics would be accepted.
|BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma|
QCF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits), with 120/140 credits at Distinction grade and 60/40 credits at Merit grade.
RQF Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)), with at least 660/780 GLH at Distinction grade (minimum 240 GLH to be externally assessed) and 420/300 GLH at Merit grade.
GCSE Maths grade C/4 or above
A minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree, provided any subject requirement is also met.
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/4 grades at GCSE or BBB at AS-level. Applicants must have GCSE English Language grade C/4 and GCSE Mathematics grade C/4. 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.
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.
For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 2 Distinctions and remainder Merits.
For those offering a HND, to be eligible for an offer, at least half of the units at merit grade and remainder of units at pass grade is necessary in the year 1 performance. Applicants must successfully complete the HND with 2 Distinctions and remainder merits in all units assessed in the final year. Any consideration would be for stage 1 entry only.For those offering an HNC or HND, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile.
For applicants offering the Irish Leaving Certificate, please note that performance at Junior Certificate is taken into account and at the end of last year’s application cycle, the Junior Cert profile was a minimum of 2A and 4B grades.
The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted however, these are not the final deciding factors as to 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 Faculty/School Open 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.
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For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
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.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.
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)
Throughout your time with us, you’ll develop the 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.
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
• Academic 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.
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
Caoimhe Keogan, Chief People Officer, Money Supermarket Group
Even though psychology was, and still is, a specialism within HR, there was definitely an awakening to the potential value that behavioural science could bring, especially to organisations undergoing significant change or transformation.
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 at looking 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.
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
We award prizes to the top three students in each year, for the best second year group project and for the best final year thesis. The British Psychological Society (BPS) also awards a prize to the highest performing graduating student annually.
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.
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£4,395|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£9,250|
|Other (non-UK) EU *||£4,395|
The undergraduate fees for 2021 entry have not yet been set. The fees shown are for 2020 entry and are to be used only as a guide. Please check back later in 2020 to view updated fees.
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.
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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.
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
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/.
Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
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 2021 from 1 September 2020.
Advisory closing date: 15 January 2021 (18:00). This is the 'equal consideration' deadline for this course.
Applications from UK and EU students after this date are, in practice, considered by Queen’s for entry to this course throughout the remainder of the application cycle (30 June 2021) subject to the availability of places.
Applications from International (non-UK/EU) students are normally considered by Queen’s for entry to this course until 30 June 2021. If you apply for 2021 entry after this deadline, you will automatically be entered into Clearing.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.
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