- A broad and flexible programme which allows you to explore your developing interests in more depth through a wide range of optional modules
- Specialist learning and research facilities include the Mood Disorders Centre, labs for studying animal learning, and equipment for measuring eye movement and brain activity.
- Explore some of the research fields in which we specialise, such as social and organisational psychology, psychopathology, human cognition, cognitive neuroscience and animal behaviour
- Learn from internationally-recognised academics and work alongside them in a research-rich environment
Top 100 in the world for Psychology
QS World University Rankings 2021 and THE World University Rankings by Subject 2022
Top 15 in the UK for Psychology
The Complete University Guide 2022
Opportunities to undertake study abroad or a year’s placement in business or industry
I love the variety this course has to offer. My favourite module in third year was the Psychology of Gender, which I found really interesting and completely different to anything I had done before.
The course provides an excellent grounding in many aspects of psychology and in the third year particularly there is lots of flexibility around modules, which allowed me to really tailor the degree to my interests.
The highlight of the course has been the opportunity to conduct my own research through the dissertation. Proposing my own research question, finding a way to test this and analysing the implications of my results was a truly unique opportunity.
I am looking into jobs in marketing, PR and advertising for when I’ve graduated and I am doing some work experience at a PR company this summer.
This course is accredited* by the British Psychological Society. 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.
*Please note: the 'with Professional Placement' variant of the course is currently pending BPS accreditation.
Entry requirements (typical offer)
|Qualification||Typical offer||Required subjects|
|A-Level||AAA||A in a Science subject*|
|IB||36/666||HL6 in a Science subject*|
|BTEC||DDD||Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without GCE AL requirements: Applied Science; Health and Social Care; Sport and Exercise Science; Sport 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 B or 5 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.|
|GCSE||B or 5||Grade B or 5 in English Language and Mathematics|
Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.
|Other UK, EU and International equivalences|
NB General Studies is not included in any offer.
Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply
*Accepted science subjects: Biology/Human Biology; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Life and Health Sciences (Double Award only), Marine Science; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths; Nutrition and Food Science; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Sport Science; Statistics.
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.
In your first year you will explore the core principles of psychology, before you build on your strengths and interests to carry out more specialist research and study in the second and third years.
In your final year, you will work 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.
You will also benefit from Psychology’s diverse range of research collaborations with colleagues in other areas of the University, such as the College of Medicine and Health, the Business School and the Law School.
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.
You’ll study a range of core areas, gaining a broad knowledge of psychology. Practical classes will give you training in quantitative, laboratory-based, experimental methodology in psychology. The first year also includes optional modules such as Classic Studies in Psychology, Introduction to Behaviour and Evolution and Workplace Learning.
You will gain more detailed knowledge and critical understanding of psychology and this will help you decide what you would like to focus on in your final year. There’s a much greater emphasis on original practical work in the second year and you’ll start to design and carry out your own investigations. Practicals are in areas of cognitive psychology, animal behaviour, social psychology, research interview design and qualitative methods.
Find out more about placement and study abroad options under Course variants.
with Study Abroad
with Professional Placement
In the final year, the majority of your learning is based on small seminar groups. Optional seminar modules draw on the research expertise of academic staff from four general subject areas: cognitive psychology; neuroscience and neuropsychology; comparative psychology; clinical and child psychology.
Why study abroad?
Students who have studied abroad demonstrate initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where they stay, may also have gained a working knowledge of another language – all qualities employers are looking for.
Where can I study abroad?
If you choose BSc Psychology with Study Abroad you will spend the third year of your degree studying at one of our partner universities in Canada or Europe for example. You can find a complete list of International Exchange partner universities on the Study Abroad website (click on the College of Life and Environmental Sciences link, then look under Psychology).
What will I study whilst I am abroad?
Whilst overseas, you will complete predominantly psychology-related modules that supplement the academic content of the Psychology modules offered at Exeter.
For your year abroad you will agree a suite of modules in your host institution with the College Study Abroad Coordinator. Details of individual modules that may be taken whilst abroad can be found in the partner institution's factfile.
Does it count towards my degree?
Yes: all assessments during the year abroad are undertaken at the host university and count towards your final degree.
Upon return to the University of Exeter, you will then complete the final year of your degree in a fourth year.
How does it affect my tuition?
If you spend a full academic year studying abroad you will pay a reduced fee of 15 per cent of the maximum fee for that year. More about fees and funding.
How do I apply?
There is no need to apply directly to this programme: apply via UCAS for BSc Psychology, and you can transfer onto the four-year programme with Study Abroad once you are at Exeter. To be eligible for a Study Abroad place, we would expect you to successfully complete your Year 1 and Year 2 studies with an average mark of at least 60% in each year.
For further information on where you can go and all the issues surrounding study abroad, see the Study Abroad website.
UCAS code: C812
This programme offers the opportunity to take a professional placement year (through a competitive entry process).
Why choose a professional placement year?
In your professional placement year you will learn to apply the knowledge learnt during your first and second years, improve personal and transferable skills, make new contacts and enhance your employability. Work placements allow you to gain experience of a professional workplace prior to graduating and develop your career focus, and are extremely valued by employers.
Where can I do my placement?
On this four-year variant of the BSc Psychology degree you will spend your third year on a self-organised work placement with an organisation relevant to your degree, which we support you to secure.
What support is available during my placement?
You will be supported through your professional placement by a programme director who will provide high-quality advice to ensure you get the most from your placement.
Does it count towards my degree?
The professional placement year counts towards your degree through the completion of your placement and associated coursework. It contributes to your final degree classification, and the words ‘with Professional Placement’ will appear in your degree title.
During your first, second and final years of study, you will follow the same programme of study as the BSc Psychology (see Course content).
How does it affect my tuition fee?
If you spend a full year on a work placement, you will pay a reduced fee. Find out more in the fees section.
How do I apply?
You can apply to BSc Psychology with Professional Placement directly through UCAS using the code above.
How are the placements organised?
You are responsible for organising your own placement; however, we have established collaborations with local, national and international organisations that you can consider when applying for placement positions.
Tuition fees for 2022 entry
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £25,000 per year
Year abroad and professional placement
If you choose the four-year version of this degree programme and spend a full academic year studying abroad, you will pay a reduced fee of 15 per cent of the maximum fee for that year. If you spend a full year on a work placement (in the UK or abroad) you will pay a reduced fee of 20 per cent of the maximum fee for that year.
The University of Exeter has over £2.5 million in scholarships available for students applying to study with us from September 2022 - including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students and financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.
* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.
Learning and teaching
How will I learn?
- Small group academic tutorials
- Seminar discussions in groups of 20-35
- Support with statistics and biological psychology through our helpdesks
- Practical work in the field and laboratory
- Large group practicals in the first year, replaced by small group practical work in the second year
- Final year extended research project
- Participating in research
There are 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.
Throughout your studies you will participate in research, for example, as part of the first year 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.
Learn from experts
Our staff are internationally leading 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.
Find out more about our academic teaching staff on the Staff profiles pages. Here you can read about their areas of research, their publications and which modules they teach.
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.
Throughout your degree programme you will be supported by a Personal Tutor with whom you will meet regularly. Your Personal Tutor is there to help with any academic or personal problems that you may have.
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.
Our specialist facilities include:
- The Mood Disorders Centre – a partnership with the NHS
- Labs for studying animal learning, cognition and evolution
- Labs for interviewing brain-damaged and depressed patients
- Labs for studying cognitive and social psychology
- Equipment for measuring eye movement and brain activity.
As a graduate from BSc Psychology you will be exceptionally well-placed to pursue your interest in psychology working in sport, exercise and health settings.
You will also be prepared to pursue further training in psychology – for example if you wish to become a clinical, educational or occupational psychologist.
In addition, throughout the programme you will develop a variety of skills that will be attractive to potential employers in a range of sectors including education or business.
Employer-valued skills this course develops
- Empirical research methodology
- Ability to apply scientific methods
- Ethical awareness
- Analytical problem-solving
- Critical thinking
- Leadership and team working
Supporting your career in Psychology
Psychology students are able to access a huge range of opportunities when considering their future career options. A range of employability sessions are put on for our students which include: career talks with visiting alumni and employers from a range of backgrounds, career conversation events with key employers and organisations and an annual ‘Your Future in Psychology’ event and a ‘Careers in Healthcare’ event hosted by a diverse range of organisations and employers. Support is provided to access high-quality work placements through an optional Career Development module.
We have a dedicated, award-winning Careers Service ensuring you have access to careers advisors, mentors and the tools you need to succeed in finding employment in your chosen field on graduation. We offer the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award which include employability-related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market.
The University of Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. Whatever path you wish to follow, we’re here to help and support you with all your career and employability needs.
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.
Below are a few examples of initial jobs and further study undertaken by graduates from our Psychology undergraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 2016/17. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.
Recent graduates are now working as:
- Advertising Executive
- Communication and Content Specialist
- Drug and Alcohol Recovery Worker
- HR Specialist
- Junior Digital Analyst
- Marketing Executive
- Mental Health Support Worker
- Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
- Therapy Assistant
- Youth Support Worker
Recent graduates are now working for:
- British Heart Foundation
- Cancer research UK
- CEDA (Community Equality Disability Action)
- Condé Nast
- Enterprise Rent-a-Car
- JP Morgan
Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from a Psychology undergraduate degree. Recent graduates have gone on to study:
- CIPD Level 3
- Graduate Diploma in Law
- MA Psychological Research Methods
- MA Social Work Practice (Think Ahead)
- MRes Psychology
- MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology
- Postgraduate Diploma Children's and Young People's Psychological Therapy