Psychology and Anthropology BSc
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About the course
Psychology is often defined as the study of behaviour and of the mind. Through their theories and research, psychologists investigate a diverse range of topics including:
- The relationship between the brain, behaviour and subjective experience.
- Human development.
- The influence of other people on the individual’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
- Psychological disorders and their treatment.
- The impact of culture on the individual’s behaviour and subjective experience.
- Differences between people in terms of their personality and intelligence.
- People’s ability to acquire, organise, remember and use knowledge to guide their behaviour.
Anthropology at Brunel is an outward-looking and cosmopolitan social science, its subject being the documentation and explanation of cultural diversity. You will apply the ideas of anthropology to practical issues and will gain a solid grounding in the social sciences (sociology, psychology and media and communications). Special emphasis is placed on cross-cultural studies.
This degree ensures that you gain an understanding of the breadth and diversity of psychology. Combining this with anthropology, this course is particularly suited to students who are curious about their own and other societies and who are interested in understanding social processes and meanings in the world around them.
Rigorous training is provided in a range of methodologies and research skills appropriate to psychology and anthropology.
This degree will introduce you to the history, theory and main contemporary issues within the discipline. You will also apply the ideas of anthropology to practical issues in the field of medical anthropology, in the anthropology of childhood and youth, and in the analysis of cultural diversity in Britain, Europe, Africa, parts of Asia, the Pacific and Latin America.
The course addresses contemporary issues such as war, nationalist movements, racial prejudice, inter-ethnic conflicts, and gender inequalities. Popular modules include: British Ethnic Minorities; Kinship and New Directions in Anthropology; Themes in Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology; Anthropology and International Development; and Medical Anthropology in Clinical and Community Settings.
The Psychology courses at Brunel emphasise the everyday and real-life significance of psychology by encouraging you to explore the relationship between the practical and theoretical aspects of the subject, both through your academic study and your work placements.
- Foundations of Psychology II: Brain and Cognition
- Foundations of Psychology I: Learning and Social Psychology
- Research Methods
- Introduction to Anthropology: Themes
- Introduction to Anthropology: Beliefs and Ways of Thinking
Level 2 Compulsory
- Biological Psychology
- Advanced Research Methods
- Advanced Data Analysis
- Developmental Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Classical Anthropological Theory
- Political and Economic Issues in Anthropology
Psychology Work Placement 1
Psychology Work Placement 2
- Advanced Issues in Social Psychology
- Advanced Issues in Individual Differences
Students choose one from:
Students choose 2 from:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Inter-group Relations
- Evolutionary Psychology
- Drugs, Hormones and the Brain
- Practical Investigations of Mind and Brain
- The Cognitive Neuroscience of Consciousness
- Approaches in Psychotherapy
- Cross-Cultural Psychology
- Clinical Aspects of Eating Disorders
- Animal Behaviour
- Anthropology of the Person
- The Anthropology of the Body
- The Anthropology of Childhood and Youth
- Themes in Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology
- Medical Anthropology in Clinical and Community Settings
- Anthropology of Education and Learning
- Contemporary Anthropological Theory
- Anthropological Perspectives on War and Humanitarian Assistance
- Anthropology of International Development
- Global Health in Anthropological Perspective
A major part of the final year is the writing of a joint psychology and anthropology project. This may include a combination of an ethnographic study and quantitative or qualitative research methods from psychology to investigating a specific topic of interest.
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and what you will learn on the course.
- The degree provides graduate basis of chartered membership and membership with The British Psychological Society (assuming a 2:2 or above is achieved). This can be important as an entry qualification for postgraduate professional training in psychology.
- A full range of laboratory and technical facilities is used in the teaching of experimental psychology, including brain imaging facilities (fMRI, EEG), psychophysics, eye tracking and the use of information technology.
- We enjoy greater funding than many other comparable academic colleges and departments in Britain.
- Students can carry out fieldwork placements overseas. Roughly half of our students spend their second work placement abroad, engaged in research in countries such as: South Africa, Botswana, India and Nepal.
- This course differs from anthropology courses at other universities because of the broad social science perspective from which it is taught.
- You will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of a number of European universities.
- Research has an international reputation, with particular expertise in child-focused anthropological research, medical anthropology, psychological and psychiatric anthropology and the anthropology of education and learning.
The BSc Psychology and Anthropology programme at Brunel is accredited by The British Psychological Society.
Teaching and Assessment
We pursue excellence in both teaching and research. Our aim is to produce degree programmes which combine innovative and classical teaching methods with leading-edge research, and which recognise the value of practical work experience in the learning process. We take great pride in both the quality of teaching and the extensive pastoral care of our students.
This course will help you to develop specific skills in the practical methods associated with psychology and anthropology. A full range of laboratory and technical facilities is used in the teaching of experimental psychology, psychophysics and the use of information technology.
All members of the academic staff are actively engaged in research and many have international reputations in their field. Their innovative findings feed into your courses to ensure that teaching is up-to-date.
How many hours of study are involved?
Each module will involve two to three hours of contact time per week. Students will also spend a great deal of their time in private study and preparing assignments.
How will I be taught?
Teaching methods include seminars, laboratory classes and integrated or formal lectures.
In addition to lectures and seminars, in the first year you meet weekly, usually in groups of three or four, with your personal tutor. These tutorials - unusual outside the Oxbridge system - provide an opportunity to develop academic skills in an informal and highly supportive context. They also help create a real sense of belonging within the department, something our students tell us they really value.
Students are assessed using a range of methods, including coursework assignments, poster presentations, oral presentations and seen and unseen examinations.
As a degree programme that is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), graduates from Brunel's Psychology BSc programme can obtain the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) - an entry requirement for many BPS accredited postgraduate training courses.
It is required for entry to all accredited Stage 2 and Doctoral programmes as part of the route to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
Brunel Psychology graduates develop a range of transferable skills that are useful in the wider workplace, including the ability to:
- Communicate effectively - verbally and in writing
- Understand, analyse and use complex data
- Retrieve and organise information from different sources
- Handle primary source material critically
- Engage in effective team work
- Solve problems and reason scientifically to consider alternative approaches and solutions
- Make critical judgements and evaluations to gain different perspectives on a question
- Use personal planning and project management skills to become more independent and pragmatic.
This degree forms the basis for a wide variety of careers, including development work, social research and journalism. Psychology and anthropology degrees are valued by business and other employers.
With a good degree in psychology you may go on to train as a clinical, educational or occupational psychologist. Other careers include work with adults or children with disabilities, counselling, personnel management, market research and advertising, and prison and probation work.
This course is also available as a four year sandwich course (with Professional Development) which includes two high quality placements in a variety of settings.
The positive impact of a sandwich placement on graduate employment outcomes across Brunel is considerable. Those who have done placements are also much more likely to be in employment for which their degree was a formal requirement or where they believe their degree gave them a competitive advantage in recruitment.
Around 40% of Psychology students include sandwich placements as part of their degree which are predominantly carried out in a range of public sector and research environments.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Fees for 2016/7 entry
£9,000 full-time; £1,000 placement year
See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants
Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.
Entry Criteria 2016/7
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*DD in a related subject.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject with an A-level at grade A.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-levels grade AB.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 31 points.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher.
GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C are also required.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants within our grade range as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.
Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.