BSc Psychology

UCAS codeC802
Duration3 Years
Typical offerAAA-AAB; IB: 36-34
Location Streatham (Exeter)


Undergraduate Psychology

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Innovative programmes

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Our BSc Psychology programme is a stimulating, flexible and contemporary programme that provides you with an excellent foundation in key areas of psychology – developmental, cognitive, biological, social, clinical and personality – together with research methods and data analysis. With a strong reputation for intellectual rigour, academic excellence and practical value, the programme is designed to ensure it is relevant to the needs of a career in psychology.

Our world-class teaching is inspired and underpinned by cutting edge research. Through working with our outstanding academics and postgraduate students you will be given the opportunity to explore and help strengthen some of the key research fields in which we specialise, such as social and organisational psychology, psychopathology, human cognition, cognitive neuroscience, and animal behaviour.

You will benefit from state-of-the-art learning, teaching and research facilities including the Mood Disorders Centre. Specialist facilities comprise equipment for the measurement of eye movements and for the recording and modification of brain activity; labs for interviewing brain-damaged and depressed patients; labs for studying animal learning, cognition and evolution; and labs for studying cognitive and social psychology.

This broad and flexible programme allows you to explore your interests in more depth as they develop through a wide range of optional modules. Your first year will allow you to develop an excellent foundation in the core principles of psychology, before you can build on your strengths and interests to carry out more specialist research and study in the second and third years. In addition, you will benefit from Psychology’s diverse range of multi-disciplinary research collaborations with colleagues in other areas of the University, such as those based in the Exeter Medical School, the Business School and the Law School.

Our BSc Psychology degree provides a fantastic platform, whatever your future career path. It leads to a variety of employment and further study opportunities in a wide spectrum of subject -related areas, as well as valuable academic, personal and professional skills that can be utilised in a variety of sectors, including education, health, business and the media.

BPS accreditation

This programme provides 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.

Our students leave equipped with a range of skills they can translate into a number of different areas, around critical thinking and analysis, research design, data analysis, communication skills and being able to work in teams. Those are the skills that employers really value today. Psychology here at Exeter really opens up any number of doors to students to be able to take those skills and expertise out into the real world.

Dr Jo Smith, Director of Education, Psychology.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted, or replaced as a consequence of the annual review of this programme.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in stage 1 as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You are also permitted to take the five-credit module PSY3910 Professional Development Experience. Registration on this module is subject to a competitive application process. If taken, this module will not count towards progression or award calculation.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

I would recommend Psychology at the University of Exeter to my friends. The variety of work we cover in the course is so broad that there is always something to interest you.

Joe Coley, Psychology student.

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34

Required subjects

GCE AL science grade B; IB science HL5; GCSE Maths grade B; GCSE English Language grade B.

GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology*; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.

 *If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one 'science' but could count as two A-levels towards our general requirements.

Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without GCE AL requirement(s): Sport and Exercise Science, Sport Science, Applied Science, Pharmaceutical Science. Applicants offering one of the above BTEC Extended Diplomas in lieu of the GCE A’ Level Science will also be required to have a grade C in GCSE English Languages, Mathematics and Science.

Additional selection criteria

We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.

We receive a large number of applications from well-qualified applicants and may not be able to make offers to all those applicants who have achieved or are predicted to achieve grades in line with the typical offer shown above.

In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.

*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

Research inspired teaching

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Teaching methods

You will be taught by internationally known research-active staff, through a range of teaching methods.

Large group lectures supported by small group academic tutorials are typical in the first and second years, with seminar discussions dominating your third year. In seminars, groups of 25-30 students discuss advanced topics. As the seminar leader normally has an active research involvement in the topic, you will be kept up to date with all the latest developments.

Practical work is undertaken in the field and laboratory. The large group practicals in the first year are replaced by small group practical work in the second year. For the extended research project in your final year, you will work in pairs.

In your third year you will attend a series of general meetings which cover topics intended to supplement your final year academic work. They provide a forum where you can raise issues and share problems related to your project work and gain information about potential careers in psychology, animal behaviour or psychology-related subjects.

Throughout your studies you will participate in research, for example, as part of the first your Introduction to Research Methods module. Engaging in research as a participant offers you a valuable insight and provides an alternative perspective that you can draw upon in your future work. In your second year practical modules, you will both participate in, and help design, psychological research projects. In your final year, you will work with a partner on an extended research project that has the potential to result in truly novel discoveries; many final year projects have subsequently formed part of published research articles.

Contact hours

There are between 10-12 contact hours per week in the first and second years. This reduces in the third year as you focus on your research project, but you are expected to spend a minimum of 20 hours a week in independent study.

Tutorial support

Throughout your degree programme you will be supported by a Personal Tutor with whom you will meet regularly in all three years. Your Personal Tutor is there to help with any academic or personal problems that you may have.

Statistics helpdesk

Specific support with statistics is available through our Statistics Helpdesk. Open most weekday mornings during term time, the helpdesk is managed by postgraduate students who are on hand to answer queries and offer guidance and support.

Learning from experts

Our staff are research experts in the areas that they teach. You’ll benefit from direct access to this current knowledge through the variety of optional seminar modules that we offer in the final year in which students and the seminar leader discuss advanced topics in psychology.

Insights from current clinical practice inform our undergraduate clinical teaching. Not many other psychology departments can make that claim!

Find out more about our academic teaching staff in the Staff profiles pages. Here you can read about their areas of research, their publications, which modules they teach and about their external professional responsibilities.


Almost all modules are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework, or by coursework alone. Coursework comprises more than half of the overall marks which count towards your final degree. You will have to pass most of your first year modules in order to progress to the second year, although the marks do not count towards your final degree classification. Assessment in the second and final years counts towards your final degree award.

I came to study Psychology at the University of Exeter because of the location, ranking for my course, good qualification and service.

The Exeter Learning Environment (ELE) is a really valuable aspect of the course. I use the tools online to help my learning and it means that I can access course materials and chat to other students in the forums. The content of my course is very relevant and up-to-date. The practical and tutorial classes support and enhance the understanding of my modules. I learnt how to write an essay properly and this means I can better understand the aspects of the programme, and challenge myself whilst striving to improve my studies.

When I finish my degree programme, I want continue my studies.

Chen Yoke Yong, BSc Psychology.


Psychology and your career choices

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Through studying for a degree in Psychology you will develop essential skills highly valued by employers, such as communication, numeracy, critical thinking, independent learning, empirical research, ethical awareness and team working, which will prepare you for you a career in a range of sectors.

Recent Psychology graduates have secured initial jobs across a number of sectors including healthcare, commercial and education, with others choosing to undertake further specialist training.

Developing your skills and career prospects

Psychology at the University of Exeter provides a range of support and opportunities to help you develop skills that are attractive to employers. Visit our Careers and Employability web page for more information.

Graduate destinations

Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of University of Exeter Psychology undergraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2012/13. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Job title Organisation
Marketing and Communications Assistant
Recruitment Consultant
PR Executive
Trainee RSPCA Inspector
HR Project Specialist
Programme Teacher
Account Manager
Prison Accommodation Advisor
Trainee Research Executive
Child Support Worker
Laboratory Assistant
UX Consultant
Marketing Executive
Psychology Assistant
Search Engine Optimisation Assistant
Media Manager
Play Therapist Trainee
Global Account Executive
Academy Analyst
CuCo Creative
Intelligent Partners
Allen & Overy
UK Civil Service
Virgin Media
The Whole Child Development Centre
Empirica Research
Flow Caritas
The University of Hong Kong
Nomensa Ltd
South London and Mawdsley NHS Trust
GE Aviation
The Foundation Partnership
Give Smart
Garethgail Group
Great Ormond Street
Ipswich FC

Further study

Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from a Psychology undergraduate degree. Below are a few examples of further study and professional training undertaken by recent graduates. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2012/13. Please note that, due to data protection, the subjects of study and institutions are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Subject area Institution
Developmental psychology
Mental health
Human resources
Health psychology
Eating disorders
Primary PGCE
Secondary PGCE
Early childhood development
War and psychiatry
Clinical psychology
Legal practice
Sport and health sciences
Durham University
University of Exeter
Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London
University of Bristol
University of Sussex
University of Bath
University of East Anglia
Maastricht University
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
Ludwigs Maximilians Universität Munich
Oxford University

Find out more

Further information about the opportunities the University of Exeter offers to maximise our graduates’ employment prospects can be found on the CareerZone website.

The employability workshops provided by the careers service are really helpful for learning about CV's, application forms, and for improving many other skills such as negotiation, leadership or interview skills.

BSc Psychology student

Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

Phone: +44 (0)1392 725818

Website: Visit the Psychology website