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Psychology BSc Honours

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Code
C800
Start
October 2019
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Jackie Meredith

Our psychology degree offers excellence in research-led teaching and can lead to a wealth of career routes, from advising governments on policy to priming elite sports teams.

Why study BSc Psychology at Middlesex University?

We teach the essential theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of human behaviour, which forms the essential foundations for further training in a specialist field of psychology, or for entering a wide range of related careers. We offer both a broad and thorough grounding in key psychological disciplines from cognitive and social psychology to biological and developmental psychology.

Course highlights

  • Our psychology teaching and research facilities include specialist laboratories and counselling practice rooms
  • Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) giving students the 'Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership': an essential step for qualifying as a psychologist
  • Expert teaching staff who are leading researchers in health psychology, forensic psychology and qualitative research
  • Our academics are regularly and widely published - Professor Olga van den Akker, for example, is renowned for her research into psychology and human fertility
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module
  • Middlesex was ranked as the top modern university in London for psychology in the 2016 Complete University Guide.

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What will you study on the BSc Psychology?

The course structure ensures that you develop essential skills in preparation for a wide range of careers, while also allowing for specialisation in a particular psychological discipline focused towards your professional interests.

In your first year you will receive a broad introduction to psychology. In your second year you go in-depth to study core subjects, including: biological, developmental, cognitive and social psychology; while also investigating individual differences, research methods and ethics.

In your third year you take study options of your choice at an advanced level while also undertaking an independent research project, supported by an academic. Options include Affective Neuroscience and Neuropsychology, Applied Social and Forensic Psychology, Business and Organisational Psychology, Counselling Theory and Practice, Educational Psychology and Lifespan Psychology.

What will you gain?

You will develop a wealth of transferable skills to support success in your chosen career path, or prepare you for postgraduate study. They include research and analytical skills, and a detailed understanding of human communication methods.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Mind and Behaviour in Context (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the five core areas of Psychology (cognitive, social, biological, developmental, individual differences).

    • Psychological Statistics (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the statistical and qualitative analysis as they are employed in psychological research. You will gain experience in a range of analytic techniques and learn to use relevant software. You will also be required to engage in extensive hands-on computer use to develop skills in data collection, input and analysis, using SPSS.

    • Psychology: Practice and Context (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with the basis of concepts and theories that underpin modern psychology; these include areas that will be developed further during your second year of study.

    • Research Methods and Design in Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to introduce the principles and practice of quantitative and qualitative psychological research. You will develop skills in searching literature and generating hypotheses with a sound rationale, understand the principles of sound research design and data collection, and be able to interpret findings and critically assess research output in psychology. You will also be provided with opportunities to develop skills in the dissemination of research results with the conventions, styles and critical approach of academic work.

    • Personal Coaching for Academic Success (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to equip you with the tools to better engage in your learning. It will teach you an array of independent and reflective skills from writing to dealing with exam anxiety.

  • Year 2

    • Brain, Body and Mind (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module presents an overview of the biological bases of behaviour and the cognitive approach to psychology as well introducing aspects related to individual differences.

    • Contemporary Issues in Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module is taught primarily by our fantastic cohort of professors in the department who will give you an insight into their cutting-edge research in applied psychological research.

    • Research Methods and Ethics in Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module enables you to understand and evaluate psychological research and to understand how research design relates to research questions. It will provide you with skills in a variety of statistical analyses and enable you to conduct ethical psychological research utilising quantitative and qualitative methods. It provides the foundation for interpretation and critical discussion of published psychological research.

    • Social, Personality and Developmental Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop the depth and breadth of your understanding of theory and research in developmental and social psychology whilst also explaining differences between individuals.

  • Year 3 - students must complete a total of 120 credits in the final year

    • Professional Practice (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to encourage a deeper understanding of the relationship between theory and practice, whilst allowing you to develop, review, reflect on and improve employment skills within the context of your own discipline. It will also further develop independent learning and communication skills. Finally, the module aims to prepare you to apply for postgraduate study and/or graduate employment after graduation.

  • Year 3 dissertation modules - choose ONE module from the following:

    • Dissertation (30 credits)

      You will pursue independent study with a designated supervisor on a topic not offered in-depth among the normal range of modules. You will be expected to carry out an original investigation using a recognised psychology or cognitive science research method, and produce a dissertation based on that research. The title and methodology of this dissertation must be agreed with the supervisor in advance. Undertaking this module will enable you to develop your methodological and statistical knowledge acquired through previous research methods training. It will develop your competence in the production of coherent written reports which are clearly presented and which have an analytic and critical orientation, and it will provide the opportunity for final year students to become competent and self-sufficient researchers.

    • Extended Psychology Dissertation (45 credits)

      Awaiting for module description.

  • Year 3 optional modules - the remaining credits must be filled with the following options; a maximum of ONE module can be taken from each block

    • Autumn term modules - Block 1

      Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)

      This module aims to develop the depth and breadth of students’ qualitative research methods knowledge and practice by equipping them with a combination of practical and theoretical skills. Strengthening existing knowledge of qualitative research methods, students will be familiarised with a range of qualitative methodologies and methods of generating and analysing data in-depth. The module allows the time and space necessary for sustained immersion. It enables proficiency in qualitative research knowledge and skills to be further enhanced through repetition and comparison when learning advanced concepts and their application, such as ontologies, epistemologies, social constructions, research questions, sampling, data generation, accounts, claims, reflexivity. Students will be provided with active experiences of interviewing and conducting analyses, as well of developing reflexive practice which is an essential aspect of qualitative research. In order to optimise student engagement and learning, an experiential approach to teaching advanced qualitative research methods will be undertaken; student-led active learning will complement didactic aspects. Teaching will be led and illustrated through the module leaders’ own qualitative research practices; this will be delivered through a series of lectures and skills-based workshops informed by their research. The lecture and skills-based workshop elements will run consecutively in a three-hour weekly session. This module also aims to prepare students to conduct qualitative research in the future, such as in their dissertation projects. Therefore, this module is both ideal for, and provides a rich learning opportunity for students who enjoyed their study of research methods at Level 5; those who are undertaking a qualitatively-based dissertation project; those who want to study Psychology at a postgraduate level; and for those planning a career in research.


      Atypical Child Development (15 credits)

      This module aims to develop the depth and breadth of students’ understanding of core theory and up-to-date research in the field of atypical developmental psychology. This is the ideal module for students who have enjoyed their study of developmental psychology at level 5. Strengthening existing knowledge in developmental psychology, students will be introduced to perspectives and theory in atypical child development, as well as classic and contemporary research that underpins these theories. The interaction of emotional, cognitive, biological, behavioural and environmental factors in the development of atypical behaviour will be explored, whilst emphasising the importance of understanding typical child development. Content will focus on anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive related disorders, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, language learning, attachment disorders and eating disorders. This module provides a rich learning opportunity for students planning a career with children, particularly within teaching, educational psychology, clinical psychology, youth work or counselling.
      Neuropsychology: The healthy brain and what can go wrong with it (15 credits)


      Applying health Psychology to behaviour change (15 credits)

      The module aims to introduce students to health psychology and the work of Health Psychologists in practice. It covers the psychological, behavioural and social determinants of health and illness, before focusing on health behaviour change interventions and chronic illness and its management. It aims to help students apply knowledge and skills to real-world health problems.

      Neuropsychology: The healthy brain and what can go wrong with it (15 credits)

      This module will introduce students to the history, principles and methods of neuropsychology with a particular emphasis on case studies.


      Critical Forensic Psychology (15 credits)

      The module aims to explore the application of psychology to social problems in the areas of crime, conflict and violence, taking into account individual, group and social factors. It considers how individuals and groups become involved in, and perpetuate, these problematic behaviours, and also considers the consequences for victims, government and justice responses, and approaches to prevention.

    • Autumn term modules - Block 2

      Creative and Visual research methods (15 credits)

      This module aims to introduce students to a range of contemporary visual research methods and to develop students’ capacity in the application of different methods of collecting, analysing, and disseminating visual data in psychological research.


      Infancy and childhood: psychoanalytic perspectives (15 credits)

      This module looks at difficulties in personal and social development are commonly attributed to traumatic, painful or confusing events in infancy and childhood. The primacy of childhood in contemporary society is largely a legacy of psychoanalytic thinking. This module will introduce you to important and influential psychoanalytic theories regarding infancy, childhood and adolescence. It considers the relationship between life events and subjective phantasy in the development of the personality and psychopathology. It explores the consequences of these modes of thinking on the practice of psychotherapy, counselling, social work, teaching, and child care. It provides a foundation for further training in therapeutic and social care professions.


      New Directions in Cognitive Science (15 credits)

      We all have the experience of an internal dialogue; linguistically phrased commentary and reasoning that pertains to our actions in the here and now or to actions we might wish to execute. But do those sentences truly reflect how our brains collate and process information? For many years the assumption was that they do, but of late this view has been challenged.
      Cognitive science is a multidisciplinary approach to studying and understanding internal causal states for the production of behaviour (thoughts). The primary aim of cognitive science is to provide a mechanistic (how things work) and functional (why things work) account of cognition. Cognitive science has traditionally been grounded in a ‘symbolic account’ of mind – the notion that the brain, much like a computer, manipulates abstract information that has representational content (is about something). However, recent changes in our understanding of behaviour, cognition and neuroscience have challenged these underlying assumptions. This module will outline the underlying assumptions of cognitive science, how they have been challenged by recent developments and whether cognitive science can incorporate these new developments within its existing framework. Importantly, this module will teach topics from different areas of science including; psychology, ecology, neuroscience, and computer science.


      Social, Cultural & Community Mental Health (15 credits)

      This module develops the students' knowledge of social approaches to mental health theory, research and practice, and their application to community mental health. Students' will develop a critical understanding of cultural, social, environmental and economic influences on mental health and the relationship between social adversity and mental health problems. Additionally, students will develop the ability to critically evaluate evidence bases and evidence-based mental health care practice in community settings. This module would be well suited to students who are considering careers in clinical psychology, counselling psychology, psychotherapy, mental health promotion and campaigning, social work, human rights advocacy, health management and community mental health.

    • Autumn term modules - Block 3

      Creativity & Imagination (15 credits)

      The module explores psychological aspects of creativity and imagination. Students' will develop a critical understanding of psychological theory and research relating to creative productivity across a range of contexts. Additionally, students will apply theory and research to plans for developing, enhancing and/or utilising creativity and imagination in real-world contexts.


      Psychology in Education (15 credits)

      This module is designed to give students an advanced level of understanding of the way that psychological theories and research have influenced our understanding of child and adult learning and teaching in educational settings. The aim is to direct students to develop an appreciation of traditional and contemporary research, knowledge and applications in the domain. Students will study cognitive, social, developmental, and biological theoretical perspectives, providing an integrated understanding of how psychological theory and research intersects with education in a wide range of settings. Psychology in Education provides a rich learning opportunity for students wanting to study educational psychology at Masters level and for those planning a career in teaching.


      How to DO cognitive neuroscience (15 credits)

      Cognitive neuroscience is at the forefront of advances in psychology. It is the study of brain states and how such brain states are related to behaviour and cognition. Many of the recent advances in the field are due to the rapid development and use of technology that allows us to infer what the brain is doing during different psychological states. This module aims to provide an introduction to the theory that underpins cognitive neuroscience techniques such as EEG, TMS, fMRI, TES. Moreover, and importantly the module will aim to provide a hands-on approach to learning how to use them. In this module students will have the chance to learn how to use advanced equipment by practicing with it. The aim is to teach how the equipment works, how to analyse the data, and what questions different methods can answer and what are its limitations by using them.


      Contemporary Psychoanalytic Practice: Psychoanalysis for Therapists (15 credits)

      The aims of this module are to provide students who are considering a career in therapeutic practice a knowledge of psychoanalytic concepts and ideas and how they have developed and are applied in contemporary therapeutic work. It will give students an understanding of the diversity and the wide range of applications of psychoanalytic approaches not only in terms of different theoretical approaches but also in relation to the treatment of different clinical pathologies, as well as to different client-groups and ages, and settings. It will inform and evaluate the contribution of psychoanalytic concepts in therapeutic work. The module aims to give insight into the different views held about the therapeutic process. It aims to give information about the situation, the landscape of psychotherapeutic practice in the UK today and prospects for further learning and employment in the field.

    • Spring term modules - Block 4

      Psychology of Music (15 credits)

      This module aims to introduce students to music psychology, a new field studying human psychological responses to music, which include emotion regulation, cognitive benefits, inter-personal coordination and empathy. The study of music as part of human communication and cognition has long eluded the psychological disciplines. Yet music is universal, very present in everyday life and most people are music users in different forms and to varying degrees. In the last twenty years the amount of published studies and applications has blossomed, making of music psychology a very topical area with significant ramifications in educational (e.g., reading) and rehabilitative contexts (e.g., Parkinson’s), as well as health, well-being and developmental disorders. The module aims to introduce aspects of music as they have been studied within different psychological fields, including behavioural neuroscience. The module would ideally combine with language modules, general cognitive neuroscience, education, atypical, health, psychology of art.


      Primatology (15 credits)

      Humans are only one species of primate. We share the world with chimpanzees, orangutans, bonobos, and gorillas – in addition to more than five hundred other species of primate, everything from lemurs to marmosets to mandrills. To understand ourselves is to understand the primate background to our biology, behaviour, and cognition. This module will provide a comprehensive survey of the living primates with a focus of research in the wild (ethology) and in the psychology lab (comparative psychology). Over the last twenty-five years, experimental research in primate behaviour and cognition has exploded, and this primatology module will provide students with up to date knowledge of the major areas of study. The primatology module will provide a rich learning opportunity for students who want to understand the foundations of human nature that we share with our primate cousins.


      Neuropsychology of language & communication (15 credits)

      This module aims to introduce students to an advanced level of the study of language, which will ideally combine with general cognitive neuroscience modules, and the Psychology of Music. Aspects of the module would be relevant also for the study of aging, language and communication in multicultural environments and atypical groups. The module includes a skill component introducing students to a selection of main tests used in the assessment of language and literacy in the developmental population, which will be associated with a practical report. An indicative list of lecture topics is presented below.


      Death, Separation and Loss (15 credits)

      This module aims to shed light on death. Put simply, death is the cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism, however this module is concerned with the complex processes surrounding death, and related issues of separation and loss. It aims to understand the psychological processes involved not only after someone dies, but also to identify the different kinds of losses humans can experience and the factors involved in grief and mourning. Separation and loss are core to the notion of disenfranchised grief, where the griever or the loss itself may not be recognised (e.g. a ‘broken heart’ from a relationship break-up or divorce, miscarriage, a child as a griever, terminal illness). Classical and contemporary theories of death and bereavement will be covered (e.g. Mourning and Melancholia, Grief Stages, Dual Process, Continuing Bonds and Terror Management Theory). Students will be introduced to both evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence in the area, which will highlight expertise in the faculty, from quantitative research on death and video games, to qualitative research on suicide, to practice areas including bereavement counselling and emerging technologies for end of life management.


      Key Issues and Controversies in the Psychology of Elite Sport Performance (15 credits)

      This module will aim to introduce students to the ways in which psychological theories and methods contribute to our understanding of elite sport performance, to understand the psychological, behavioural and social determinants of elite sport performance and the applications of sport psychology, from a practitioners perspective, to working with skilled performers.

    • Spring term modules - Block 5

      Coaching Psychology (15 credits)

      This module offers advanced level study of topics in coaching psychology and offers students a blend of academic study, practical knowledge, and personal development. The module is designed to measure a variety of learning outcomes and to facilitate students’ development of critical thinking, independent learning, reflective learning, and listening and communication skills. It provides an introduction to basic skills of Coaching and Coaching Psychology. The module may encourage students to explore further training in Coaching and Coaching Psychology as part of their professional and career development.


      Lifespan Stages: Adult stages of development (15 credits)

      The module aims to explore the psychology of lifespan development using theoretical and research orientated approaches. It considers how psychological knowledge of ways in which development can be investigated and observed using research can be undertaken from a variety of perspectives, as well as how it can be understood using models of cognitive, biological, socio-ecological, psychodynamic and developmental psychology. The module aims to develop students’ understanding of how theoretical, empirical and personal examples arising in the fields of academia, research and clinical practice contribute to understanding of lifespan development and can be practically applied to Lifespan investigation.


      Fundamentals of cognition: Human memory (15 credits)

      This module aims to provide students with a solid foundation in the operations of human memory and is ideally suited to students who enjoyed learning about key principles of how memory works at Level 5. The focus will be on long-term memory, and students will build upon their existing knowledge through consideration of classic and contemporary research that has shaped current theory. With both a theoretical and applied focus, content will surround perspectives on the operations of different kinds of long-term memory (e.g., explicit and implicit, semantic and episodic), the basic memory processes and factors that affect them, memory enhancement and impairment, memory disorders, the reconstructive nature of memory, and practical and contemporary issues in the study of human memory. This module provides a rich learning opportunity for students with an interest in further study or a research career in cognitive psychology / cognitive neuroscience.


      The Science Of Intimate Relationships (15 credits)

      Why do we have a fundamental need to connect with others? This module considers the ‘big’ questions about intimate relationships, and takes a scientific approach to investigating topics such as closeness, trust, love, partner selection, issues in relationships (conflict, betrayal, infidelity, jealousy and power) and relationship maintenance and dissolution (including separation and loss). The aim is to develop knowledge and understanding of theories and models of intimate relationships and the research that has contributed to this. With its emphasis on ‘science’, the module will go beyond the classic psychological approach of intimate relationships (e.g. theories of attachment, interpersonal attraction and love), to consider relevant theory and research from the broader behavioural sciences (e.g. evolutionary biology, physiology, cybernetics and artificial intelligence). The module takes a research and practice lead perspective, to examine how theory, research tools and data have been translated into practice, including sessions from practicing clinicians, bringing examples of their clinical practice to illustrate theory. The module will be of interest to those wanting to further understand how and why intimate relationships are a defining feature of human experience.

    • Spring term modules - Block 6

      Therapeutic Psychology (15 credits)

      This mental health module will explore different approaches to therapeutic psychology. It will also explore key approaches to therapeutic theory and practice.

      Lifespan Issues: Impact of Life Experience (15 credits)

      The module aims to (a) to develop students’ understanding of how theoretical, empirical and personal examples arising in the fields of academia, research and clinical practice contribute to understanding life experience and psychology and (b) to encourage students to think reflectively about the psychological relevance of social norms, expectations, stereotypes and issues of personal identity and nurture on life experience and development

      Evolutionary Approaches to Behaviour (15 credits)

      To introduce students to core aspects of evolutionary theory and to demonstrate the application of evolutionary theory to behaviour. The principal aim is to demonstrate how behaviour can be regarded as the product of biological evolution. A secondary aim is to discuss how evolutionary approaches complement other frameworks and add another level of explanation to scientific understanding. Students will cover various different evolutionary approaches including ethology, behavioural ecology and evolutionary psychology; discussing key findings and methodological differences.

      The Psychology of Stress, Motivation and Work-Life Balance (15 credits)

      This module aims to introduce students to the area of occupational psychology particularly in relation to stress, motivation and work-life balance. The module will introduce theories which underlie stress with a strong focus on the role of stress in the workplace. The students will also gain an understanding of work-life balance and the real-world applications of promoting good work-life balance. The topics will be covered in a variety of ways which will allow the students to engage with some of the critical debates around area. This will range from the complexities surrounding the conceptualisation of work-life balance, to the impact it can have on the health of employees, whilst also incorporating the role of the employer. Although, motivation and stress in the workplace are areas which have been traditionally researched in relation to workplace psychology, both of the areas, along with work-life balance are currently yielding a lot of innovative research. The module will allow students to critically engage with an emerging and increasingly popular area of occupational psychology and it will appeal to students who have an interest in occupational psychology, but specifically the links between work and home life, and how psychology has helped to shape this discipline. Since work based stress, motivation and work-life balance are all employment based topics, the content will be relevant to students beyond their degree and can be carried into their chosen areas of employment. Particularly those who are planning to go into Human Resources, Occupational Psychology or wish to pursue a postgraduate course in this area.

Modules

  • September 2018 - Year 2 entry only

    • Year 2 Modules

      Research Methods & Ethics in Psychology (30 credits - Compulsory)

      The module enables students to understand and evaluate psychological research and to understand how research design relates to research questions. It provides students with skills in a variety of statistical analyses and enables them to conduct ethical psychological research utilising quantitative and qualitative methods. It provides the foundation for interpretation and critical discussion of published psychological research.

      Biological and Cognitive Psychology (30 credits - Compulsory)

      The module aims to give students an overview of the biological bases of behaviour and the cognitive approach to psychology. After initial study of the anatomy & physiology of the nervous system, attention is focused on aspects of behaviour that have a clear biological component. Through a series of practical laboratory sessions students will investigate specific central and peripheral nervous system variables and their relation to behaviour. In the second half of the module, the nature of the cognitivist approach to psychology will be outlined and key theories relating to major cognitive faculties explored. Understanding of these is enhanced through a series of interactive seminars, consisting of problem-solving activities.

      Developmental Psychology (30 credits - Compulsory)

      This module aims to develop the depth and breadth of students’ understanding of core theory and up-to-date research in developmental psychology. In this module you will study a wide range of theoretical areas, such as biological, social, emotion, and cognitive processes. This module will also introduce you to the classic and contemporary research that underpins these theories. A significant proportion of theories within this discipline focus upon development in the early part of the lifespan, during infancy and childhood, as these are the periods during an individual's lifespan when the most change occurs. You will be introduced to perspectives, theory and research in both typical and atypical child development. The interaction of emotional, cognitive, biological, behavioural and environmental factors in the development of atypical behaviour will be explored, whilst emphasising the importance of understanding typical child development.

      Social Psychology and Individual Differences (30 credits - Compulsory)

      This module aims to develop the depth and breadth of students’ understanding of theory and research in social psychology and personality psychology. In term 1, the social dimension of human psychology is introduced through topic-focused lectures combined with small-group collaborative research projects in laboratory workshops. In term 2, students will cover mainstream concepts and theories of personality and the application of personality (dispositional) theory in assessment. There will be a strong emphasis on critical consideration of the strengths and limitations of comparative models along with the conceptual links. The application of psychometrics and underlying principles of factor analysis will be explained in context and students will analyse their own personality to facilitate understanding.

    • Year 3 Modules - choose THREE optional modules

      Lifespan Development (30 credits - Optional)

      The module aims to explore the psychology of lifespan development using theoretical and research orientated approaches. It considers how psychological knowledge of ways in which development over the lifespan can be investigated and observed using research can be undertaken from a variety of perspective, s as well as how it can be understood using models of cognitive, biological, socio-ecological, psychodynamic and developmental psychology. The module aims (a) to develop students’ understanding of how theoretical, empirical and personal examples arising in the fields of academia, research and clinical practice contribute to understanding of each topic and (b) to encourage students to think reflectively about the relevance of these to their own life, experience and learning.

      Applied Social Psychology (30 credits - Optional)

      The module aims to explore the application of psychology to social problems in the areas of crime, conflict and violence, taking into account individual, group and social factors. It considers how individuals and groups become involved in, and perpetuate, these problematic behaviours, and also considers the consequences for victims, government and justice responses, and approaches to prevention. The module aims [a] to extend students' understanding of social psychology through its application to social problems facing modern societies; [b] to develop students' aptitudes for identifying pathways for social change through the understanding the psychological processes implicated in social problems.

      Psychology of Language and Communication (30 credits - Optional)

      This module aims to provide an introduction to key themes, theories, empirical studies & methods to understand processes underlying human communicative systems, in particular language, the acquisition of literacy, and aspects of musical communication. Students will be guided towards the identification of key topics and a selected range of problems and questions related with the study of language and communication, and some of its applied implications. The module will also foster student’s ability to design study plans or research strategies to deal with them, both individually and jointly with peers and tutors, to develop the ability to extend their studies of language and communication in academic or professional contexts.

      Health, Exercise & Sport Psychology (30 credits - Optional)

      The module introduces students to the ways in which psychological theories and methods contribute to our understanding of physical health and illness, as well as exercise, and sport performance. It will enable students to understand the psychological, behavioural and social determinants of health and illness, as well as exercise and sporting performance, and the applications of health psychology to clinical practice and the applications of sport psychology to working with skilled performers will be illustrated.

      Mental Health, Well Being and Consciousness (30 credits - Optional)

      The module explores relationships between mind and body, conscious and unconscious mental life, the potential of psychology to help people to become more creative and fulfilled, and aims to develop students’ understanding of mental health issues and the clinical/therapeutic debates in this field.

      Psychoanalysis in Context (30 credits - Optional)

      The aim of this module is to provide final year undergraduate students with knowledge and understanding of the history of psychoanalysis and its status today, as well as an understanding of its application. It will equip students with knowledge about the history and development of psychoanalysis and the ways in which it has impacted on a range of disciplines and on contemporary society. The module will consider how the conceptual tools of psychoanalysis have been applied across the arts, feminism, postcolonial studies, psychology and critical theories. Students will be invited to pursue their own particular interests, evaluating how psychoanalytic theory might inform and resolve theoretical impasses and those of everyday life. The module provides an introduction to the major figures in the history of psychoanalysis, and its key theoretical and clinical concepts and an investigation into its contemporary applications by drawing on the expertise and research interests of members of the Centre for Psychoanalysis at Middlesex University. A variety of teaching methods and assessment are employed to present and encourage the understanding of human development from different perspectives. The module aims to inspire and challenge each student whilst promoting independent learning and critical thinking to conduct meaningful research. It will draw on theoretical, empirical and personal examples arising in the fields of academia, research and clinical practice to illustrate each topic.

      Psychology in Education (30 credits - Optional)

      This module is designed to give students an advanced level of understanding of the way that psychological theories and research have influenced our understanding of child and adult learning and teaching in educational settings. The aim is to direct students to develop an appreciation of traditional and contemporary research, knowledge and applications in the domain. Psychology in Education provides a rich learning opportunity for students wanting to study educational psychology at Masters level and for those planning a career in teaching.

      Professional Practice (30 credits - Optional)

      This module aims to encourage a deeper understanding of the relationship between theory and practice, whilst allowing you to develop, review, reflect on and improve employment skills within the context of your own discipline. It will also further develop independent learning and communication skills. Finally, the module aims to prepare students to apply for postgraduate study and/or graduate employment after graduation.

      Affective Science and Positive Psychology (30 credits - Optional)

      This module offers advanced level study of topics in affective science and positive psychology. It offers students a blend of academic study, practical knowledge, and personal development.The module is designed to measure a variety of learning outcomes and to facilitate students’ development of critical thinking, independent learning, reflective learning, listening and communication skills. It provides a critical overview of affective science and psychological models of emotion, and also introduces students to the scientific study of happiness, and how they can use the outputs of psychological research to live more fulfilling lives.

      Evolutionary Approaches to Behaviour (30 credits - Optional)

      To introduce students to core aspects of evolutionary theory and to demonstrate the application of evolutionary theory to behaviour. The principal aim is to demonstrate how behaviour can be regarded as the product of biological evolution. A secondary aim is to discuss how evolutionary approaches complement other frameworks and add another level of explanation to scientific understanding. Students will cover various different evolutionary approaches including ethology, behavioural ecology and evolutionary psychology; discussing key findings and methodological differences.

      Coaching Psychology (30 credits - Optional)

      This module offers advanced level study of topics in coaching psychology. It offers students a blend of academic study, practical experience, and personal development. The module is designed to measure a variety of learning outcomes and to facilitate students’ development of critical thinking, independent learning, reflective learning and specialised listening and communication skills. It provides an introduction to basic skills of Coaching based empirical psychological research. The module may encourage students to explore further training in Coaching and Coaching Psychology as part of their professional and career development.

      Neuropsychology (30 credits - Optional)

      This module offers students advanced level study of topics in human neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience including techniques, methods and approaches; planning; personality; emotion; consciousness; visual processing; language; olfaction; ageing; and the behavioural effects of damage to the brain regions and structures which mediate these processes. The module is designed to measure a variety of learning outcomes and to facilitate the development of critical thinking and independent learning.

Modules

  • September 2018 - Year 3 entry only

    • Year 3 Modules - choose THREE optional modules

      Lifespan Development

      The module aims to explore the psychology of lifespan development using theoretical and research orientated approaches. It considers how psychological knowledge of ways in which development over the lifespan can be investigated and observed using research can be undertaken from a variety of perspective, s as well as how it can be understood using models of cognitive, biological, socio-ecological, psychodynamic and developmental psychology. The module aims (a) to develop students’ understanding of how theoretical, empirical and personal examples arising in the fields of academia, research and clinical practice contribute to understanding of each topic and (b) to encourage students to think reflectively about the relevance of these to their own life, experience and learning.

      Applied Social Psychology

      The module aims to explore the application of psychology to social problems in the areas of crime, conflict and violence, taking into account individual, group and social factors. It considers how individuals and groups become involved in, and perpetuate, these problematic behaviours, and also considers the consequences for victims, government and justice responses, and approaches to prevention. The module aims [a] to extend students' understanding of social psychology through its application to social problems facing modern societies; [b] to develop students' aptitudes for identifying pathways for social change through the understanding the psychological processes implicated in social problems.

      Psychology of Language and Communication

      This module aims to provide an introduction to key themes, theories, empirical studies & methods to understand processes underlying human communicative systems, in particular language, the acquisition of literacy, and aspects of musical communication. Students will be guided towards the identification of key topics and a selected range of problems and questions related with the study of language and communication, and some of its applied implications. The module will also foster student’s ability to design study plans or research strategies to deal with them, both individually and jointly with peers and tutors, to develop the ability to extend their studies of language and communication in academic or professional contexts.

      Health, Exercise & Sport Psychology

      The module introduces students to the ways in which psychological theories and methods contribute to our understanding of physical health and illness, as well as exercise, and sport performance. It will enable students to understand the psychological, behavioural and social determinants of health and illness, as well as exercise and sporting performance, and the applications of health psychology to clinical practice and the applications of sport psychology to working with skilled performers will be illustrated.

      Mental Health, Well Being and Consciousness

      The module explores relationships between mind and body, conscious and unconscious mental life, the potential of psychology to help people to become more creative and fulfilled, and aims to develop students’ understanding of mental health issues and the clinical/therapeutic debates in this field.

      Psychoanalysis in Context

      The aim of this module is to provide final year undergraduate students with knowledge and understanding of the history of psychoanalysis and its status today, as well as an understanding of its application. It will equip students with knowledge about the history and development of psychoanalysis and the ways in which it has impacted on a range of disciplines and on contemporary society. The module will consider how the conceptual tools of psychoanalysis have been applied across the arts, feminism, postcolonial studies, psychology and critical theories. Students will be invited to pursue their own particular interests, evaluating how psychoanalytic theory might inform and resolve theoretical impasses and those of everyday life. The module provides an introduction to the major figures in the history of psychoanalysis, and its key theoretical and clinical concepts and an investigation into its contemporary applications by drawing on the expertise and research interests of members of the Centre for Psychoanalysis at Middlesex University. A variety of teaching methods and assessment are employed to present and encourage the understanding of human development from different perspectives. The module aims to inspire and challenge each student whilst promoting independent learning and critical thinking to conduct meaningful research. It will draw on theoretical, empirical and personal examples arising in the fields of academia, research and clinical practice to illustrate each topic.

      Psychology in Education

      This module is designed to give students an advanced level of understanding of the way that psychological theories and research have influenced our understanding of child and adult learning and teaching in educational settings. The aim is to direct students to develop an appreciation of traditional and contemporary research, knowledge and applications in the domain. Psychology in Education provides a rich learning opportunity for students wanting to study educational psychology at Masters level and for those planning a career in teaching.

      Professional Practice

      This module aims to encourage a deeper understanding of the relationship between theory and practice, whilst allowing you to develop, review, reflect on and improve employment skills within the context of your own discipline. It will also further develop independent learning and communication skills. Finally, the module aims to prepare students to apply for postgraduate study and/or graduate employment after graduation.

      Affective Science and Positive Psychology

      This module offers advanced level study of topics in affective science and positive psychology. It offers students a blend of academic study, practical knowledge, and personal development.The module is designed to measure a variety of learning outcomes and to facilitate students’ development of critical thinking, independent learning, reflective learning, listening and communication skills. It provides a critical overview of affective science and psychological models of emotion, and also introduces students to the scientific study of happiness, and how they can use the outputs of psychological research to live more fulfilling lives.

      Evolutionary Approaches to Behaviour

      To introduce students to core aspects of evolutionary theory and to demonstrate the application of evolutionary theory to behaviour. The principal aim is to demonstrate how behaviour can be regarded as the product of biological evolution. A secondary aim is to discuss how evolutionary approaches complement other frameworks and add another level of explanation to scientific understanding. Students will cover various different evolutionary approaches including ethology, behavioural ecology and evolutionary psychology; discussing key findings and methodological differences.

      Coaching Psychology

      This module offers advanced level study of topics in coaching psychology. It offers students a blend of academic study, practical experience, and personal development. The module is designed to measure a variety of learning outcomes and to facilitate students’ development of critical thinking, independent learning, reflective learning and specialised listening and communication skills. It provides an introduction to basic skills of Coaching based empirical psychological research. The module may encourage students to explore further training in Coaching and Coaching Psychology as part of their professional and career development.

      Neuropsychology

      This module offers students advanced level study of topics in human neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience including techniques, methods and approaches; planning; personality; emotion; consciousness; visual processing; language; olfaction; ageing; and the behavioural effects of damage to the brain regions and structures which mediate these processes. The module is designed to measure a variety of learning outcomes and to facilitate the development of critical thinking and independent learning.

      Visual Research Methods

      This module aims to  introduce students to a range of contemporary visual research methods and to develop students’ capacity in the application of different methods of collecting, analysing, and disseminating visual data in psychological research.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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How can the BSc Psychology support your career?

There are excellent employment prospects for Psychology graduates and salaries in this field are excellent. The range of professional skills that you will develop ensures that you are highly valued across the economy. You will have received the perfect academic grounding to progress into postgraduate study in areas such as educational, clinical, forensic, health and occupational psychology, or to become a charted psychologist. You could also progress into successful careers as counsellors, social workers, teachers and academics or pursue careers in areas such as law, business management or education.

You could be working in roles such as rehab associate, assistant psychologist, social therapist, support worker, learning support assistant, sports coach, and marketing assistant in organisations including:

  • North East London Health Trust
  • Homerton Hospital
  • Cygnet Healthcare
  • Homestart Primary School
  • Pro Star Academy
  • Caterlysts
  • Royal Free Hospital

What support is available?

Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

Dr Miranda Horvath
Reader in Forensic Psychology

Miranda is a well-respected researcher dealing with violence against women from a forensic psychological perspective. Two of her recent research projects, exploring sexualised language in lads' magazines and the effects of pornography on children, featured across the national media. Other professors are active researchers in health psychology and evolutionary psychology.

  • Evelina Saulyte

    Psychology BSc student

    The entire course has been challenging and very interesting. My lecturers were always engaged in what they were teaching and I had an opportunity to get knowledge in so many aspects of psychology. I will leave Middlesex with a huge amount of new experiences and knowledge about myself and what I am capable of doing.

    I have already joined my partner as co-founder of our company Invoiceberry Limited, which is an online invoicing software facility for small businesses and freelancers. My research for my dissertation will help me in this venture as I now understand more about entrepreneurship and the psychology behind entrepreneurial behaviour.

  • Sally Bowness

    Sally Bowness

    Psychology BSc graduate

    Sally now works as a creative director at Ratchet Digital

    I ended up going into media and have enjoyed a long career in the industry. I always maintain that having a degree in psychology makes you a good manager and equips you to deal with the ups and downs of internal politics. My degree gave me a good grounding in how to deal with a variety of personality types and not be intimidated. A degree in psychology also helped me to better understand demographics and how my writing could connect with audiences.

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    Paulina Wójciak

    Psychology BSc graduate

    Paulina now works for Cisco Systems in the field of strategic sourcing of marketing intelligence.

    When I started studying Psychology at Middlesex I finally started to enjoy my studies. I really liked the way the classes were organised as they were far more focused on knowledge exchange with other students and the practical application of what we being taught.

    The course also made me realise that clinical psychology wasn't the only path open to me, and that psychology can be applicable to many different professional fields. It really opened avenues and improved my observational skills. It also gave me the confidence to think independently, express my opinions and engage in debate, which I think helped me get where I am today.

Other courses

Psychology with Neuroscience BSc Honours

Start: September 2019

Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years with work placement, Usually 5 years part-time

Code: C832

Psychology with Counselling Skills BSc Honours

Start: October 2019

Duration: 3 years full-time, 5 years part-time

Code: C8B9

Psychology with Education BSc Honours

Start: September 2019

Duration: 3 years full-time, Usually 6 years part-time

Code: C8X3

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