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Psychology (BSc)

  • C800

3 years (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Psychology is the systematic and scientific study of behaviour and experience. It has a wide range of applications from industry to commerce, education and health and social services. Cardiff School of Psychology is long established, well resourced, and has an excellent international reputation. As a Psychology student at Cardiff, you will be studying the subject very much from the scientific standpoint whilst meeting the challenges of understanding behaviour from social, cognitive and biological perspectives. Supported by enthusiastic lecturers from the UK’s leading research department, you will also be studying a degree programme that is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Key Facts

UCAS Code C800
Duration 3 years
How to apply
Accreditation The degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.
Typical places available The School admits 190 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Typical applications received 1,000
Scholarships & Bursaries
Typical A-level offer AAA/A*AB or AAB
Admissions Tutors Dr Marc Buehner, Dr Lewis Bott
Tel Number 029 2087 6707
Email address
School website

This is a three year long degree programme that is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.

Year One

Level 4 of the degree occupies the autumn semester of the first year and is designed to help students make the transition from school to university level study. It consists of three modules. These modules will:

  • introduce scientific thinking skills and use example research topics to help students learn the differences between good and bad science
  • provide an overview of the main subject areas of psychology
  • introduce the basics of research methodology through practicals and research design teaching.

Interactive seminars and tutorials form an important part of the course.

Year Two

Level 5 occupies three semesters, starting in the spring of the first year. This level covers the main psychology areas in depth, combined with further teaching of research design and statistical analysis, practical work, and weekly tutorials.

Year Three

Level 6 is the final year. Here, students undertake a supervised research project that runs over two semesters. The research project is an opportunity to carry out an independent piece of research with individual supervision from a member of academic staff with expertise in the research area. In addition to the project, students at Level 6 complete a range of final year modules (commonly around six depending on whether the modules selected are single or double modules). The option modules offer the opportunity for deeper exploration of topics that are close to the research interests of staff.

Typical Final Year Modules to choose from include:

  • Stress and Disease
  • Neuroscience of Learning and Memory
  • Structural and Functional Neuroimaging
  • Speech Communication
  • The Development of Psychopathology and Criminality
  • Attitudes and Attitude Change
  • Work Psychology
  • Animal Learning and Cognition
  • Memory Processes and Memory Disorders
  • Decision Making
  • Vision and Action
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Emotion: Social and Neuroscience Perspectives

The School of Psychology is one of the largest and best departments in the UK. It is a stimulating and rewarding place to study. The School offers outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, informed by international, cutting-edge research, in a friendly and supportive environment.

All students have the chance to develop skills that will help advance their career prospects both inside and outside of Psychology. Students are active participants in our current research, through projects, seminars, vacation schemes and online blogs.

The courses are taught through a wide range of media. Traditional lectures are supplemented by video demonstrations, practicals and small group seminars & discussion groups. These encourage and help students in presenting arguments, setting out ideas and enhancing communication skills and analytical competence. Practical work, conducted both in the laboratory and the field, enables students to learn interviewing techniques, survey work, psychometric testing and experimental skills. Personal contact with academic staff at all levels is sustained by the extensive use of tutorials throughout the degree programme. Each student is assigned a personal tutor, whose role it is to provide academic advice and pastoral guidance throughout the degree programme.

Typical A-level Offer


If an applicant has studied one of the following subjects - Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics - the typical offer would be AAB. If a student has not taken any of these subjects, the typical offer would be AAA/A*AB. We do not accept General Studies as an A level. In addition to this, at least a grade B GCSE is required for English Language or Welsh as a First Language and for Mathematics or Statistics. Psychology uses statistical methods which is why some basic knowledge and skill in mathematics is required.

Typical WBQ Offer

In addition to a grade A in the core, AA or AB in 2 GCE A level subjects If a candidate has studied one of the following subjects — Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics — the typical offer would be A in the core and AB at A2 If a candidate has not taken any of these subjects, the typical offer would be A in the core and AA at A2. General Studies is not acceptable at AS or A level.

Typical Int Bacc Offer 36 points overall, with a minimum of 18 points at higher level.
Other Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.

A list of commonly accepted alternative entry qualifications and admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be read here.

The degree offered by the School prepares the way for a wide range of careers, and the record of employment for the School’s graduates is above the national average. In 2010, 64% of the Schools’ graduates were in employment within six months of graduation while a further 25% were engaged in further study.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr Marc Buehner  

Telephone: 02920 870035 



More information

School of Psychology

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