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Psychology

Undergraduate Courses

Our undergraduate programmes are accredited through the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of a Lower Second Class Honours is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. In 2016, 97% of Psychology students were satisfied with the quality of the course (National Student Survey) and 95% were employed or in further study six months after graduating.

We offer the following undergraduate courses:

If your qualifications or experience are generally acceptable for entry to higher education, but are not appropriate for normal entry to a degree programme, why not consider the BSc Psychology with Foundation Year course.  Find out more about our Foundation Year courses.

Modules

The undergraduate curriculum offers both a foundation of traditional psychological approaches and a contemporary emphasis on the application of Psychology to the modern world.

For more information on the modules you will study for each of our undergraduate options, please download the course-structure file (opens as a PDF).

Teaching

You will be taught by a variety of methods, including lectures and practical classes, which will include the application of taught theory using laboratory-based work. There will also be tutorials, seminars and workshop classes. The variety of teaching methods we employ allow our students to gain transferable skills in areas such as: working in teams, presentations and critical thinking.

Assessment

Assessment occurs in a variety of ways, from essays and reports to problem-solving and major reporting exercises, both individually and in groups.

Some modules will also feature written exams, and all students will undertake an individual project in a relevant area of research, giving you the opportunity to specialise in an area of Psychology that particularly interests you.

Personal Tutor

All of our students are assigned a personal tutor when they join the University. Your personal tutor is someone who can offer you guidance and advice; this could be about your course, and any other aspects that affect your study.

Postgraduate Courses

At Postgraduate level we offer well-established professional training courses, leading to recognised qualifications in Psychology specialisms.

MSc Occupational Psychology

This course is available as a one-year, full-time course or two years part-time. The MSc in Occupational Psychology is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers stage one training for Chartership with the BPS, the first stage towards becoming a registered Occupational Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). The course has recently been redesigned to incorporate the new training framework proposed by the BPS. The course includes Test User (Occupational, Ability) and Test User (Occupational, Personality) training – worth £2,600. You will explore topics including: selection, recruitment, stress management, career theory and occupational applications of counselling and coaching.

Our alumni are working in a variety of organisations including the Department for Work and Pensions (Occupational Psychologist), SHL Talent Measurement from CEB (Consultant), Liverpool John Moores University (Research Assistant) and Cheshire Fire Brigade (HR Assistant).

Further course details and information on how to apply

MSc Forensic and Investigative Psychology

The course is designed to develop an applied psychological knowledge base relevant to the domain of Forensic and Investigative Psychology, underpinned by theory and empirical research (including research methodology relevant to the course).

On completion of the MSc in Investigative and Forensic Psychology graduates will be able to offer a broad range of knowledge and associated skill sets, which will support them to work across a number of sectors.

Further course details and information on how to apply

MSc Cyberpsychology

Cyberpsychology as a discipline investigates the psychological processes and behavioural outcomes of engaging with new and emerging technology, including the Internet, smartphones, virtual reality and gaming devices. The course will also consider the effects of living in a digital age on both our online and our offline lives.

Completion of this course is also a stepping stone for those who may wish to pursue a career as an academic cyberpsychologist.

Further course details and information on how to apply

Professional Doctorate Counselling Psychology

Our three-year, full-time doctoral programme trains you to become a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Counselling Psychologist and register with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). It includes a broad spectrum of therapeutic approaches in mental health care, doctoral research practice, a critical approach to psychometrics and a solid grounding in the critical issues in clinical practice. The course integrates theoretical knowledge and clinical practice through a practice placement.

Interviews take place in February. As this course has a high demand, please ensure your application is submitted as early as possible.

Further course details and information on how to apply

PhD in Psychology

Applications for self-funded PhDs are welcomed in the following areas: health psychology, cognitive psychology, cyberpsychology, forensic psychology, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information on the areas of research that we undertake, visit our research page. For information on research study fees, please click here

If you are interested in pursuing a self-funded PhD and you have already identified a member of staff that you would like to work with you can email fehwresearch@wlv.ac.uk or apply online.

Please note that we usually require a minimum of a 2-1 in Psychology to be considered for a PhD place, however individuals with a 2-2 who also have a relevant postgraduate qualification (e.g. Masters in Research Methods) will also be considered.