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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 13450 per year

All study options

About Psychology at Nottingham Trent University

Our students would recommend us! In the latest National Student Survey 94% of our recent BSc (Hons) Psychology students would recommend studying at NTU. (National Student Survey 2017).

Our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Psychology degree explores the secrets of what makes us human, what it means to be alive, and why we behave in the ways we do.

This course covers all the core areas of Psychology stipulated by the British Psychological Society (BPS) curriculum. You'll explore the human being; the workings of the brain; the processes and mechanisms of human thinking, feeling and behaviour; and how psychologists, psychological research and therapy can make a tangible and positive difference to people's lives and society.

Degree Options:

BSc (Hons) Psychology C800
BSc (Hons) Psychology (Sandwich) C801 – This is a four-year course, including a work placement year.

Why choose this course?

Teaching and research excellence

By joining a psychology course at NTU you'll be part of a research active community.

  • You'll design and carry out your own research in your final year and you may have the opportunity to compete for paid work as a research assistant between Year Two and Three.
  • 60% of our research outputs were considered to be internationally excellent or world leading in REF 2014 and 100% of our research impact is internationally excellent with 73% described as world leading.
  • 95% of BSc (Hons) Psychology full-time students agree that staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2017).

Professional skills and recognition

  • Our Psychology courses* are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) so as long as you graduate with at least a 2.2 honours degree you will be eligible to receive the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS – a necessary qualification if you wish to pursue further training and a career as a professional psychologist.
  • You can gain practical experience between Years Two and Three as well as undertake a work placement or study abroad at one of our partner institutions.
  • You also have the option of choosing to complete a four year course which includes a year-long work placement.
  • In your final year you'll get the opportunity to take part in our Professional Practice in Psychology module. Offering you the chance to experience life as a consultant psychologist, providing psychological solutions to real-world problems.
  • * does not include Psychology courses in Nottingham Law School, or Nottingham Institute of Education

A personalised experience

Tailor your learning experience – with a range of optional modules and pathways, you can pursue your own interests and begin to shape your learning towards further study and / or a particular career.

At the end of your first year, you can choose to specialise in either mental health or forensic or educational and developmental psychology by choosing a specialist pathway.

You will have the chance to tailor-make your studies by choosing options from a unique range of modules in your final year.

Expert staff and specialist facilities

  • Study in one of the largest psychology departments in the UK. You will be taught and supervised by over 80 expert psychologists who have a diverse range of interests and research areas.
  • You'll be able to take full advantage of our excellent teaching laboratory suite. The facilities and equipment are exclusively for our psychology students, and will help you carry out your own research and data analysis.

How you're taught

The BSc (Hons) Psychology is taught by experienced staff used to working with students from a range of backgrounds and with varying levels of skill and experience.

To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university, you will receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods that include lectures, workshops, and one-on-one supervision. The smaller group sessions provide opportunities to develop:

  • problem-solving skills
  • group working skills
  • analytical skills
  • debating skills
  • presentation skills
  • research and data analysis skills.

Tutorials with staff

Students are supported throughout the course via a tutorial system. These small group meetings allow the students contact with an individual member of staff, who will help them with study skills and advice about the course and curriculum. At these sessions you will also have the opportunity to:

  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances, or your university experience.

Independent study

Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout the three years of your course, you will develop the skills required to undertake an independent research study in the form of a final year research project. Our final year students conduct research projects in a wide range of areas in psychology, some of which have been successfully published.

How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed in a variety of ways and on a modular basis – through traditional means such as examinations and essays, but also in more innovative ways such as research reports, oral and poster presentations, and by a final year research project. Our diverse approach to assessment allows students to demonstrate the breadth of their abilities and provides opportunity for everyone to excel.

The range of assessment tools has been acknowledged as one of the strengths of the course by the BPS Accreditation Committee and External Examiners.

In response to student feedback, the University has introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.

Learning from experts

Our lecturers are highly respected researchers who conduct innovative research in their specialist areas. Research groups include:

  • Addiction and Aberrant Behaviours
  • Wellbeing
  • Development, Interaction and Social Relations
  • Language and Psycholinguistics
  • Cognition

There are also a range of research units including:

  • The International Gaming Research Unit
  • Emergency Services Research Unit
  • Specific Language Impairment Research Unit
  • Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit

In addition to the traditional lectures, tutorials and independent study, you will also hear and learn from renowned experts and professionals in related fields who are regularly invited to come and talk to our students, providing you with an insight into their specialist knowledge and experiences.


You'll get the opportunity to attend the Department of Psychology seminar series that takes place throughout the academic year. The seminars invite experts and professional to present their publications and research findings. This is an integral part of the research culture in the Psychology Department and stimulates thinking and debate.

Assessment methods

  • Full Time Year 1 coursework (48%), written (50%) and practical (2%)
  • Full Time Year 2 coursework (75%), written (25%)
  • Full Time Year 3 coursework (58%), written (17%) and practical (25%)
  • Sandwich Year 1 coursework (48%), written (50%) and practical (2%)
  • Sandwich Year 2 coursework (75%), written (25%)
  • Sandwich Year 3
  • Sandwich Year 4 coursework (59%), written (33%) and practical (8%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Full Time Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%)
  • Full Time Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%)
  • Full Time Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%), independent study (78%)
  • Sandwich Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%)
  • Sandwich Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%)
  • Sandwich Year 3 placement (100%)
  • Sandwich Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%), independent study (78%)

Careers and employability

Work experience opportunities

Our Psychology course is designed so that you can develop all the knowledge and skills that you'll need for your future career.

The course will develop your transferable skills, including:

  • numerical skills (including statistical analysis)
  • analytical skills and critical thinking
  • communication skills
  • presentation skills
  • problem-solving skills.

Highly sought after by employers, these skills will put you in a strong position in the graduate market.

Work experience opportunities

You'll get the opportunity to participate in our Professional Practice in Psychology module, which is unique to NTU. This provides you with the opportunity to experience life as a consultant psychologist, to provide psychological solutions to real-world problem scenarios supplied by external organisations, and to present their solutions to these organisations in a professional conference format.

You'll also be able to select the optional Work-Based Psychology Practice module. Students who choose this module will get to engage in work-related roles through volunteering, paid work, or workplace shadowing.

If you have applied for the four-year sandwich course (C801), you will complete a year-long work placement.

We encourage all our students to take part in voluntary work. Nottingham Trent Volunteering will allow you to get involved in one-day challenges, student-led projects, and the volunteer shop. You can also gain formal recognition for your achievements outside of your studies with our Acceler8 employability award. This award will improve your employability prospects and act as a record of the experiences you gain at NTU.

Our Employability team

Careers and employability advice is available to all our undergraduate students and is provided by a team of subject specialists within the Department of Psychology and the University's Employability team.

Psychology is very proud of its graduates and their successes. We very much look forward to helping you graduate to your chosen career, be it in psychology or beyond.

Your career development

With the British Psychological Society's GBC secured (provided you graduate with a 2.2 honours degree), you will be eligible on graduation to pursue further postgraduate (Masters of Doctoral) training in psychology, possibly as a professional psychologist (in forensic, clinical, educational, occupational, counselling, and sport psychology), to pursue an academic and / or research career in various areas of psychology (by working as a research assistant, for example, or by studying for a Masters or PhD), or simply to exploit the transferable skills you have learned on your course to pursue a career outside of psychology.

Psychology qualifications tend to be very popular with all employers because they demand an ability to communicate effectively in both spoken and written forms (through verbal presentation and the writing of essays and reports), an ability to solve real-world problems, and well-developed numerical skills. This all means you will be well placed to capitalise on other graduate employment opportunities in areas as diverse as marketing, human resources, policing and teaching. Further study or training may be required for some of these roles.

The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Psychology graduates are pursuing:*

  • Advertising and marketing manager
  • Assistant psychologist
  • Communications officer
  • Healthcare assistant
  • Marketing assistant
  • Mental health support assistant
  • Prison officer
  • Recovery support worker
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Speech and language therapy assistant
  • Teaching assistant
  • Trainee psychological wellbeing practitioner.

*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results, 2011-12 and 2014-15.

Facilities

As a Psychology student you will benefit from our dedicated learning environment, including purpose-built psychology teaching labs, state-of-the-art lecture theatres, and dedicated student study areas.

Our specialist research laboratories support staff research, as well as student projects, in the exciting areas of human cognition, behavioural neuroscience, human interaction and communication, and human development. These include:

  • eye-tracking labs (and mobile eye-tracking equipment)
  • motion capture lab
  • EEG labs
  • transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) lab
  • transport lab, including driving simulators
  • developmental observation lab
  • interview and focus group rooms
  • computational modelling and data analysis lab
  • auditory perception lab
  • large number of bookable lab cubicles
  • various other technical equipment, including an Oculus Rift and video and audio capture and analysis equipment.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

Entry requirements

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

For September 2018 entry you will need:

Three years full-time

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

Four-year placement

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

Three-year and four-year routes
It is preferable that students do not have more than one A-level in a performance, artistic or creative subject. However, all applications will be considered on an individual basis. Performance, artistic or creative subjects include the following:

Psychology is about understanding behaviour, in all its forms. Primarily you will have an interest in psychology – in why people behave in the way they do. Psychology at Nottingham Trent University is treated as both a biological and social science, and it is preferable that you have some understanding of the broad nature of the discipline. Ideally, you will be interested in learning about out how to carry out research and analyse data.

Please note that a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure) will be necessary before working with young people or vulnerable populations, but it is not required for admission onto the BSc (Hons) Psychology or the course pathways.

Foundation courses
If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements, please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification, please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements, please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements, please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support
If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University, please contact our international team for advice.

University preparation courses
If you do not meet the entry requirements, you may be interested in our pre-Masters or Foundation course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), which leads onto this postgraduate or undergraduate degree if successfully completed. NTIC students are based on the City Campus and have access to all the University facilities.

Find out more about university preparation courses at NTIC.

Course transfers
Transfers between the full-time and sandwich courses may be possible when you have enrolled at NTU, but the transfer will be subject to places becoming available on the sandwich course. The transfer will also be subject to you meeting criteria which include:

Please note that course transfers cannot be guaranteed.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at Nottingham Trent University to prepare for your chosen course:

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