Psychology

We will give you an excellent foundation in the key areas of psychology – developmental, cognitive, biological, clinical, social, personality research methods and data analysis. You will also have the opportunity to explore some of the research fields in which we specialise, such as social psychology, organisational psychology, economic and consumer psychology, psychopathology, human cognition, animal behaviour, cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology. If you study the Applied Psychology (Clinical) programme you will have the opportunity to specialise in the clinical applications of psychology earlier in your degree programme whilst also benefiting from a broad based training in psychology.

The staff who supervise your research projects and lead seminars are known both nationally and internationally in their own fields. They place a strong emphasis on theoretical, experimental and observational contributions to the growing field of psychology and as an undergraduate you will be very much part of this process.

We are a fairly large yet very friendly and informal discipline, with excellent student-staff relations. You will benefit from state-of-the-art learning, teaching and research facilities, including well-equipped workshops, specialist laboratories, clinical psychology suites to support the development of clinical competency and an audio/visual recording suite. Undergraduates have their own computer laboratory, which you will use extensively during your degree programme.

All our programmes provide British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation. BPS accreditation confers 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.

We place a strong emphasis on your personal and professional development, as well as academic performance. Throughout your degree programme you will be supported by a Personal Tutor who provides pastoral support. Our programmes have been specially designed to help you develop team-building and other transferable skills. You will be expected to develop good skills in personal organisation and time management and we will ensure that you acquire key skills in, for example, communication, presentation and IT that will make you sought after by employers in your future working life.

The most rewarding aspect about my experience of reading Psychology at Exeter was that the course was unlike anything I expected, particularly in its scientific rigour. I was constantly surprised by the profundity and diversity of the course. It covers vast areas of research and theory, much of it produced by the lecturers themselves, whose insight and enthusiastic, unselfish support added considerably to the intellectual challenges. Regardless of their merit, my questions and concerns were addressed unfailingly with patience and wit, and the eagerness of the staff to encourage and direct study beyond the limits of the prescribed reading ensured that the course never felt anything less than contemporary in its ambition. Psychology at Exeter is unquestionably challenging, but the atmosphere in the department is vibrantly friendly, enthusiastic and communal. I was genuinely sorry to leave it behind.

Matthew Boyden, BSc Psychology graduate

Our undergraduate programmes are accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Undergraduate Psychology

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