Psychology and Sociology 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.
Sociologists are concerned with developing theories that explain the changing nature of social behaviour in their own and other societies. The kinds of question with which they are concerned are: 'What is society?' 'How and why is society changing?' and 'What are the opportunities for future change and development?'
A central theme of sociology at Brunel University is the study of the development of techno-cultural phenomena such as new communications technology and environmental issues which straddle traditional conceptual distinctions between the social, the natural, the technical and the material.
Among the more specific interests of Brunel sociologists are, for example, the social construction of technology, social theory, contemporary social structure, celebrity culture, the influence of the media, environmental risk, media regulation, urban spaces, comedy cultures and crime and addiction. These various interests are strongly reflected in the options available at Level 3 of our degree course.
Achieving a minimum second class honours from the BSc Psychology programme allows you to apply for Graduate Membership of The British Psychological Society, which entitles you to use the professional title MBPsS.
This course combines the wide structural insights of sociology with the rigorous techniques of psychology to give you a broad intellectual grounding in all aspects of human behaviour.
As societies change ever faster, it is becoming increasingly important to understand the interplay between the multiple causes of individual behaviour, the sociological context that shapes behaviour and how behaviour impacts social context. Graduates will be in an ideal position to understand behaviour and social change and to advise on the challenges and opportunities these present.
Students will study behaviour and society from a wide range of disciplinary and theoretpical perspectives and will be trained to use research methods appropriate to both disciplines.
- Foundations of Psychology II: Brain and Cognition
- Foundations of Psychology I: Learning and Social Psychology
- Research Methods
- Introduction to Sociology
- Biological Psychology
- Advanced Research Methods
- Advanced Data Analysis
- Developmental Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Social Divisions: Difference and Resistance
- Sociology of Health and Illness
- Psychology Work Placement 1
- Psychology Work Placement 2
- Advanced Issues in Social Psychology
- Advanced Issues in Individual Differences
Students choose one 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
Students choose two from:
- Comedy, Culture and the Media
- Multiculturalism: ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Difference
- The Age of New Media
- Forensic Science and Society
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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 a lab for infant research in visual and cognitive development, brain imaging facilities (fMRI, EEG), psychophysics, eye tracking and the use of information technology.
- We take particular pride in both the quality of our teaching and the extensive pastoral care of our students.
- We enjoy greater funding than many other comparable academic colleges and departments in Britain.
The BSc Psychology 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. 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 tutorials, seminars, laboratory classes and integrated or formal lectures.
Students are assessed using a range of methods, including coursework assignments, poster presentations, oral presentations and seen and unseen examinations.
Brunel graduates will develop a range of transferable skills that are useful in the wider workplace. Psychology degrees are highly regarded by employers in many fields and sociologists are in increasing demand in many sectors such as social welfare and policy, in local government and administration, medicine, education, research and in industry.
Students will acquire knowledge in new information and communications technologies and rigorous training is provided in methodologies and research skills. Our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited courses provide eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC). On completion students will acquire a range of skills, notably the ability to:
- Communicate effectively, both face-to-face or 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.
Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey
Psychology graduates tend to fall broadly into two groups – those who ultimately wish to progress into the Chartered Psychologist careers or health and social care professions and those who use their degree as a route into another non-related psychology career. Psychology degrees develop many of the transferable skills which all graduate employers require and, with around 60% of positions open to all disciplines, psychology graduates enter many other careers in both the commercial, community and not-for-profit sectors.
With a good degree in psychology, you may go on to train as a clinical, educational, occupational or research psychologist. Other careers include work with adults or children with disabilities, counselling, personnel management, market research and advertising, prison and probation work.
Sociologists are in increasing demand in many sectors in social welfare and policy, in local government and administration, in medicine, in education and research, and in industry. If you are thinking of a career in any of these fields, it may also be possible to select work experience in these areas.
Psychology degrees are valued by business and other employers.
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.
Around 40% of Psychology students at Brunel include sandwich placements as part of their degree, which are predominantly carried out in a range of public sector and research environments.
Placement leavers from Psychology experienced the following outcomes:
- 88.7% progressed into employment or further study
- 63.8% were engaged in a graduate-level activity (employment or further study)
- 60.0% of employed leavers were working in the top three categories of graduate level employment
- Their average starting salary was £17,481.
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 DDD in a related subject.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject with an A-level at grade B.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-levels grade BB.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points.
GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C are also required.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit in all units.
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.