Manchester Metropolitan University

BSc (Hons)

Psychology

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • This degree progamme is accredited by the BPS, which means that providing students graduate from your Psychology course here at Manchester Met with a minimum of a 2:2 honours classification and you pass your dissertation research project, you will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the BPS
  • Psychology is taught in the new Brooks building which provides state-of-the-art teaching facilities and social spaces for students
  • 97% of Psychology students go straight into employment or onto further study after graduating
  • The Department of Psychology at Manchester Met has been ranked as outstanding by the British Psychological Society.
  • The Department of Psychology is home to the Applied Psychology and Well-Being Research Group

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Placement options

There are opportunities to conduct fieldwork with outside agencies.

About the course

Our department offers a very diverse psychology teaching curricula that reflects our staff team’s range of expertise. We cover a wide spectrum of psychological study, including cognitive psychology, social, health and community psychology and both qualitative and quantitative methods.

You will be able to choose from a range of applied options in psychology and there will be the opportunity for you to conduct independent research. We have built a reputation for delivering challenging and rewarding programmes which attract a wide range of students.

Staff include practicing researchers, counsellors,and forensic and community psychologists who draw on their own expertise to inform their teaching and research.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

In order to comply with the guidelines of the British Psychological Society and ensure that our graduates meet the requirements for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership we have a number of core options in our course units that all students must demonstrate competence and understanding in.

During the first year, these units are:

  • Social and Community Psychology
  • Investigating Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology and Individual differences
  • Cognitive and Biopsychology

Core Units
Cognitive and Biopsychology
This unit covers a range of key areas in Cognitive Psychology & Biopsychology. It provides a foundation for Level 4 units in Cognitive and Neuropsychology.
Developmental and Individual Differences
This unit explores the influence of biology, genetics, social factors and individual differences on behaviour throughout life.The developmental section inlcudes: historical perspectives (Freud, Piaget, Kohlberg, etc.); stages of development; and attachment styles. The Individual Differences section covers: introduction to the study of personality; the Psychoanalytic, Behavioural, and Phenomenological and Trait approaches.
Investigating Psychology (Single Honours)

To introduce to students commonly used research designs and statistics within psychology, including methods of analysing quantitative and qualitative data and the conventions of reporting psychological research, including the displaying of data.

Social and Community Psychology

The unit explores issues of social identity, inequality and diversity, which are considered in relation to social institutions; social structures; and social processes across a number of different levels.The Social Psychology section covers topics such as social cognition; social perception; and attitudes formation and change. The Community Psychology section covers: critical perspectives on psychology; culture; community; social stratification; class; social institutions; and social systems.

Year 2

The second year builds on the knowledge and skills gained in the first year with a concentration of units in:

  • Individual Differences
  • Cognitive and Neuropsychology
  • Applied Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Culture, Society, Community and Self

Core Units
Applied Social and Developmental Psychology

This unit explores theoretical, methodological and applied aspects of developmental and social psychology.  The indicative content for this module will be divided into two separate but related sections: developmental and applied social psychology.  The developmental section covers topics such as: critical and historical perspectives of developmental psychology; research methodology; legal and ethical issues in researching and working with children; psychosocial perspectives and the theories of emotional intellectual and language development; current issues in applied contexts; influence of family; gender and culture.  The applied social psychology section covers topics such as: theoretical perspectives; research methodology and ethics; and the application of psychological knowledge to social problems and issues. 

Cognitive and Neuropsychology

This unit covers a range of key areas in cognitive psychology and neuropsychology/biopsychology.  It provides foundation level understanding of contemporary issues, debates, and methods in these fields.  You will also critically explore areas of research that may include: perception, attention, memory, language, and problem solving.  This will include discussion and evaluation of theory, methodological issues and quantitative analysis. 

Culture, Society, Community & Self

This unit examines the concept of the self in its historical, philosophical, cultural, social and community contexts.

Individual Differences

This unit critically examines human personality, its variations and practical methods of measurement, along with clinical disorders and issues arising from their diagnosis and treatment.  The unit will focus on the related areas of personality and individual differences.  Personality will include: a critical analysis of Identity in relation to development and the world; psychometric approaches to personality; the social construction of personality; and the implications of personality research.  Individual Differences will cover topics such as: history of individual differences and mental illness; biological aspects of individual variation (e.g. intelligence); diagnosis and treatment of disorders; the fairness, uses and abuses of psychological tests, and individual differences in applied settings.  Psychometric aspects of personality and individual differences will be explored methodologically via the production of a practical report using computerised statistical techniques to evaluate data.

Year 3

The third year is based mainly on a number of elective options, outlined below, however students must also complete a research proposal and supervised dissertation in the form of a journal report.

Elective options include:

  • Applied Psychology
  • Child, Community and Society
  • Clinical and Forensic issues in Psychology
  • Key topics in Cognitive Neuroscience and Anomalous Psychology
  • Health and Psychological Interventions
  • Contemporary and Historical Issues in Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Coaching: Psychological Theory and Practice

Core Units
Dissertation

Journal Report of empirically based research.

Likely Optional Units
Applied Psychology

This unit considers how psychological theories, concepts and processes derived from various perspectives are applied to areas such as: health, education, organisational, clinical, and forensic. Strands of investigation include topics such as Health & the environment: circadian rhythms, the psychology of place and gender; Organisational: psychological testing, group dynamics, stress and stress management; Clinical: attention and addiction; mindfulness, mentalisation, consciousness and the self; Life span: aging, development, psychological development, individual differences and learning; and Legal: eye-witness testimony, investigative interviewing, the role of criminalists in prison/health/legal settings. Definitions and concepts will be considered within a historical and contemporary framework and reference will be made to recent developments and innovations within applied psychology. Coverage will include consideration and critical evaluation of research methods: personal experience, anecdote, observation, survey, experiment and cross-cultural/sociological approaches together with tools employed by psychologists to bring about desired outcomes in applied settings.

Child, Community and Society

This unit explores a number of important and integrated social and psychological themes in the areas of childhood, community and society. You will cover a wide range of topics that includes, but is not limited to:

  •  Psychological language
  • Metaphor
  • Humankinds/natural kinds
  • Sexuality
  • Emotional labour
  • Psychology in the workplace
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Marxism
  • Crip theory
  • Models of community psychology, values and principles
  • Stakeholder analyses and neighbourhood work
  • Interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of children and childhood
Clinical and Forensic Issues in Psychology

This unit critically examines issues in the theoretical, practical and professional areas of forensic and clinical psychology.  Literature will be considered from a range of contemporary and professional sources such as: courts, juries, expert witnesses, sentencing, special offender categories, prison and health settings.  In addition to this key concepts and theories in the area will be outlined and evaluated and will include: restorative justice, critical criminology, biological and psychological explanations of crime, cybercrime, victimology, the criminal justice system, policies of crime control, classification, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, paradigms within the clinical field and treatment approaches.  The unit will also reflect upon the relationship between theory, policy and practice and in doing so will illustrate employment possibilities within real-world settings. 

Coaching: Psychological Theory and Practice

This unit presents an introduction to the theories, research and practice of coaching, with a focus on coaching in an occupational setting.

Contemporary and Historical Issues in Psychology

The unit will critically examine a variety of contemporary and historical issues in psychology. In doing so it will explore the development and status of psychological perspectives, theories and methods. The key themes of the unit revolve around: the nature of psychological reality (ontology); paradigms of knowledge production (epistemology); philosophical and historical influences, the development and status of psychology as an academic discipline, the use and developmental of methodological and analytical techniques, the applicability and utility of psychology theory and findings, and ethics. Historical issues include consideration of the standing and impact of major psychological perspectives, areas such as: experimental, psychometric, behavioural, psychodynamic and humanistic psychological approaches and traditions. Contemporary issues may include: controversies in psychology; indigenous and cross cultural psychology; psychological language; gender and sexuality; psychology and society (e.g. popular psychology), current developments and advancements in psychology; psychology and power, space and place, subjectivity, and psychology's relationships with other disciplines.

Educational Psychology

This module presents an introduction to the theories, research and practice of contemporary educational psychology.

 

Health and Psychological Interventions

This unit critically examines contemporary theoretical and methodological issues in health psychology and psychological/health interventions. The unit will focus on the related areas of health psychology and psychological interventions. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a range of topics within these disciplines including: models of health; health inequalities; substance misuse and addiction; chronic illness; gender and health; enhancing health and the biological underpinnings of health. Aspects of contemporary health interventions will be covered across the unit enabling students to critically consider the impact and application of health interventions, including; promotion of healthy living; community health interventions; recovery revolution; understanding behaviour change and psychological interventions.

Key topics in Cognitive Neuroscience and Anomalous Psychology

This unit provides a basis for understanding: key topics, debates, developments and methods in the complex and interesting areas of cognitive neuroscience and anomalistic psychology.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Methods of Assessment

Combination of coursework and end of year examinations.

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
  • Year 1 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 2 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 3 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
Assessment
  • Year 1 50% coursework; 50% examination
  • Year 2 80% coursework; 20% examination
  • Year 3 60% coursework; 40% examination
Optional foundation year
  • Study 30% lectures, seminars or similar; 70% independent study
  • Assessment 75% coursework; 25% examination

Additional Information About this Course

This degree is accredited by the British PsychologicalSociety (BPS) for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). To be eligible students must achieve a minimum lower 2nd class honours degree classification.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/psychology/staff/

Typical entry requirements

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required

Grades BBC-BBB excluding General Studies.  Acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM) in Applied Science or Health Professions

We do not accept Extended Project or CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education & Care (Early Years Educator) VRQ

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or grade 4.

Equivalents i.e. Functional Skills Level 2 or Key Skills are not accepted for this course.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with 45 credits at Level 3 to include 15 at Distinction and 30 at Merit.  Acceptable subjects are Psychology, Social Sciences, Biology/Human Sciences and Health Professions.

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Further information

In addition to formal qualifications it is recognised that students who wish to study psychology may have diverse backgrounds.

Therefore, it would be helpful if the following could be outlined in the application:

a) Your reason for choosing psychology

b) Any work experience you may have undertaken

c) Any interests or hobbies that you enjoy or take part in

Furthermore, remember that it is vital that you personal statement is clear and well presented.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course you may be eligible for our foundation year. www.foundationyear.mmu.ac.uk/

Your career prospects after the course

Provided you graduate from your Psychology course at MMU with a minimum of a 2:2 honours classification and you pass your Dissertation research project you will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the BPS; this is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Our recent graduates have gained employment in the teaching, banking, financial, education, healthcare, charity, local authority and retail sectors.

There are also opportunities available for postgraduate study and research.

Graduates with an Upper Second Class degree are also eligible to apply for our new NHS funded pre-registration Speech and Language Therapy masters degree.

94%

In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Applications through UCAS

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

Open Days

Come and find out more about this course and our facilities at our open days.

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Manchester Open Day Wednesday 21st June

Unistats Information

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Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.

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