BSc Psychology

UCAS codeC802
Duration3 Years
Typical offerAAA; IB: 36; BTEC: DDD
Location Streatham (Exeter)


Undergraduate Psychology

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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.

  • An excellent education in key areas of psychology – developmental, cognitive, biological, social, clinical and personality – together with research methods and data analysis
  • Explore some of the research fields in which we specialise, such as social and organisational psychology, psychopathology, human cognition, cognitive neuroscience and animal behaviour
  • Broad and flexible programme allows you to explore your developing interests in more depth through a wide range of optional modules
  • This programme provides British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation – the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist

Year 1
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 Introduction to Behaviour and Evolution and Classic Studies in Psychology.
Year 2
You will gain more detailed knowledge and critical understanding of psychology and this will help you decide on the theme of your final year research project. 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.
Year 3
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: social and organisational psychology; cognitive psychology; comparative psychology; clinical and child psychology.

Programme variations

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, Psychology student.

Entry requirements 2020

Typical offer


Required subjects

GCE A-levels: grade A in a science subject*.

IB: HL6 in a science subject*.

BTEC: Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without GCE A-level 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.

GCSEs: GCSE English Language at grade B or 5, plus GCSE Maths at grade B or 5.

*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; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Sport Science; Statistics. 

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements.

If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.

International Foundation programmes

Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

International Year One programme

Students considering direct entry to year two may be interested in our International Year One in Psychology programme. This course is for international students who have completed A-levels or equivalent, or who are already in the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree in their home country, but do not meet the academic or English language requirements for direct entry at University of Exeter.

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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You will learn through methods including:

  • Lectures
  • Small group academic tutorials
  • Seminar discussions
  • 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
  • Participate in research
  • Throughout your degree programme you will also be supported by a personal tutor with whom you will meet regularly 

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, 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.

Careers services

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. Our graduates compete very successfully in the employment market, with many employers targeting the University when recruiting new graduates.

Supporting your career in Psychology

Each year Psychology students are able to access a huge range of opportunities when considering their future career options. Recent events include the Your Future in Psychology Fair, career insights with visiting alumni and mock interviews with visiting employers and alumni.

Recent graduates

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) 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 for:

  • Action for Children
  • Addaction
  • All Response Media
  • BT
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Condé Nast
  • Deloitte
  • DMC PR
  • Dundas Communications
  • Dyson
  • Exeter College
  • G4S
  • Harrogate Homeless Project
  • Health and Care Videos
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Knight Frank
  • Leo Burnett
  • NHS
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Redrow Homes
  • Teach East (Peterborough)
  • Virgin Care
  • Vodafone

Recent graduates are now working as:

  • Advertising Executive
  • Agency Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Audit Associate
  • Consultant - Behaviour Modelling
  • Drug and Alcohol Recovery Worker
  • English language teacher
  • Event Executive
  • Graduate Management trainee
  • Housing Needs Officer
  • HR Specialist
  • Marketing executive
  • Media Planner
  • Merchandising Trainee
  • NHS IT Recruitment Consultant
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Psychological Wellbeing Officer
  • Rail & Engineering Consultant
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Sports Marketing
  • Therapist
  • Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Youth Support Worker

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 undertaken by recent graduates of undergraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 2016/17. 

  • CIPD Level 3
  • Graduate Diploma in Law
  • MA Psychological Research Methods
  • MA Social Work Practice (Think Ahead)
  • MA Marketing
  • MRes Psychology
  • MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology
  • MSc Animal Behaviour
  • MSc Business and Management
  • MSc Clinical Applications of Psychology
  • MSc Gender and International Relations
  • MSc in Computer Science
  • MSc in Social and Organisational Psychology
  • MSc in Speech and Language Sciences
  • MSc International Management
  • MSc Marketing
  • MSc Mental Health Studies
  • MSc Psychological Research Methods
  • MSc Social and Organisational Psychology
  • MSC Occupational Psychology
  • PGCE Post Compulsory Education
  • PGCE Primary
  • Postgraduate Diploma Children's and Young People's Psychological Therapy

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 after graduation, we’re here to help and support you with all your career and employability needs.

Our Psychology graduates develop a wide variety of practical, transferable skills that are highly valued by potential employers, including communication, numeracy, independent learning and teamwork.

Our various British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited programmes contain substantial teaching on statistics and research methodology, as well as scientific methods. This provides students with invaluable experience in understanding quantitative and qualitative data – skills and experience which are attractive to employers.
These transferable skills provide a breadth of career opportunities for our students, whether it be through the traditional routes, to more diverse opportunities including, for example, market research, human resources, psychotherapy and counselling and advertising.

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

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