BSc (Hons) Psychology
Why study Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Opportunity to undertake a 10-hour (minimum) work placement in your second year
- Excellent spring board into careers as diverse as teaching, the police, media, management, counselling, clinical, educational, occupational and health psychology
- State-of-the-art facilities including a driving simulator and human performance lab
- Fascinating range of topics ranging from psycho-social problems and drug use to understanding the criminal mind and the functions of the brain
- This degree is available to study following a foundation year
- International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
About your course
The professionally-accredited BSc (Hons) Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University is informed by internationally important research and taught by experts in the field.
The study of psychology is about understanding fascinating concepts such as human thinking, memory, problem solving, emotion, development, communication, relationships, and using a scientific approach to apply them in a broad range of areas from health, education and work to more specific areas, like teamwork, stress management and conflict resolution.
The course builds your understanding of psychological theory to the stage where you will be able to apply it in practice. The first and second years provide you with a grounding in all the core areas of Psychology. Options in third year then allow you to specialise in areas as diverse as education, forensics, health, work psychology, cognitive neuroscience, positive psychology and substance use.
The programme has been designed to help you develop not only your knowledge and skills but also your self-awareness, self-management, self-expression and self-presentation, so that you emerge from your studies as a fully-rounded and practical individual who is well prepared for the world of work.
Throughout your course you will be supported by a team of research-active tutors in the purpose-built environment at Byrom Street. Facilities include:
- a driving simulator
- an EEG laboratory
- testing booths
- a human performance lab
- a neuroscience lab
- and a health psychology lab
"The course gave me the opportunity to do a placement in a residential home for people with schizophrenia. This really opened my eyes to the importance of drug therapy."
Our BSc (Hons) Psychology courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). For students graduating with a 2:2 degree classification or above, they confer eligibility for graduate membership of the BPS and the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.
Graduate membership of the society is the starting point for your career as a psychologist and is a prerequisite for many of the society's accredited postgraduate and Doctoral programmes, and is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. You can read more about BPS accreditation at bps.org.uk.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
British Psychological Society (BPS) Student Membership
As a student on a BPS accredited course, you have the option to join the BPS as a student member. Membership starts from £26 per year (2021). For the latest society fee information, including fees for Graduate membership, please visit bps.org.uk.
You will enjoy varied career opportunities with a Psychology degree, plus it provides an excellent foundation for further study or research.
The course is an excellent springboard into many areas of psychology, from health and the caring professions to education, forensics and clinical and occupational practice. Psychologists can pursue careers as diverse as teaching, the police, media, business, human resources, management, counselling and clinical, educational, occupational and health psychology.
Teaching in schools and universities or postgraduate study are popular choices too. As an LJMU graduate you have a strong advantage when it comes to applying for research posts because of the thorough training in methodology provided by the course.
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.
Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.
Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
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What you will study on this degree
You will study a mix of Core and Option modules as part of your degree. Each module has a set number of credits. At each level, you will complete a total of 120 credits.
At Levels 4 and 5, all of your modules are Core, which means all students on the degree will undertake them. Each module carries either 10 or 20 credits.
At Level 6, you will undertake your dissertation module (Core, 40 credits). You then have a choice of Option modules to meet the remaining 80 credits, made up from three 20 credit modules and two 10 credit modules.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules may also be included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Lectures in this module will introduce you to key issues in psychology and explode common myths about the brain and behaviour. You will also have the opportunity to engage in experiential learning by participating in research studies running in the School of Psychology. Tutorials will focus on academic skills such as literature searching, citing and referencing sources, academic writing and authorship, and critical thinking. Some lectures will tie into these tutorials and focus on skills such as critical analysis, or ethical practice in writing and conducting research. At the end of the year, you will be asked to reflect on your personal development as a critical, psychologically literate citizen, and identify the skills that you have developed during your first year of study.
Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology 1: Relationships and Associations
This module will introduce the tools needed for carrying out a literature search. It will provide you with a practical introduction on how to design an experiment, collect data in an ethical manner, perform statistical analysis and write up findings in a manner consistent with published material.
Introduction to Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences
The aim of this module is to present a range of topics in developmental psychology and individual differences research. You will be introduced to methods applied to understanding key issues in developmental psychology and individual differences research to enable you to consult and summarise appropriate sources to explain key issues.
This module will introduce you to psychological themes of aggression, helping behaviour, stress and emotion. It will develop your ability to identify unique contributions of different theoretical perspectives to the psychological research on a particular theme and encourage you to critically compare different theoretical perspectives on a psychological theme.
Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology 2: Testing for Differences
This module will introduce the tools needed for carrying out a literature search. It will provide you with a practical introduction on how to design an experiment, collect data in an ethical manner, perform statistical analysis and write up findings in a manner consistent with published material. Building on from Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology 1: Relationships and Associations, you will learn more complex statistical tests.
Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
This module introduces you to biological and cognitive psychology. You will examine fundamental issues in cognitive psychology and will consider theoretical models of memory, as well as examining attention and perception. You will introduced to funadmental issues in biological psychology.
Concepts In Mental Health and Wellbeing
This module will introduce historical and conceptual issues in understanding mental health/psychological difficulties. You will examine contemporary models and interventions and be introduced to emerging models demonstrating our developing understanding and approach to supporting psychological difficulties.
Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology 3: Qualitative Research Methods
This module will develop your understanding of a range of qualitative research methodologies to allow you to critically consider ethical issues in respect of qualitative research. The aim of this module is to give an understanding of key qualitative techniques such as interviewing and facilitating focus groups.
Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology 4: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
This module enables you to examine the use of advanced tests of differences and relationships in psychological research. You will develop an understanding of factorial analysis of variance (ANOVA), multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA), simple regression and multiple regression.
Cognitive and Biological Psychology
This module covers key topics in the area of cognitive and biological psychology. This module builds on the biological and cognitive psychology materials introduced in level 4. You will explore current research relating to biological underpinnings that account for commonalities and individual differences in vision, touch, sleep, motivation, learning and consciousness.
Developmental and Social Psychology
In this module you will explore psychological development through the life span, covering key areas of development such as cognitive development, identity development and developmental disorders. The module will cover key concepts from individual differences research: intelligence, gender commonalities and differences, and personality and subjective wellbeing. You will also gain an understanding of social psychological concepts such as interpersonal relationships, group processes and intergroup relations.
Careers and Employability
This module will equip you with the employability related skills to be able to focus on future careers and help prepare you for the career you want.
Contemporary Issues in Applied Psychology
This module will introduce you to the psychology of risk-taking behaviours and threat assessment in the context of health, digital communication and crime. It will develop your ability to evaluate risk-taking behaviours and threat assessment in applied psychology from multiple perspectives.
Mental Health Conditions
This module will investigate current approaches to the study of mental health. It will critically evaluate theories of mental health conditions and related treatment options. You will consider models of mental health conditions and the benefits of moving towards a biopsychosocial model.
This module aims to allow you to develop and independently apply your empirical research skills in your chosen area of psychology. You will explore in depth, recent and relevant literature in your chosen field and use it to guide the design of a methodologically appropriate study to address a specific research question.
This module aims to allow you to critically evaluate and apply psychological theories and knowledge in relation to real-world forensic problems. You will work in cross-disciplinary groups to critically explore and evaluate a range of potential solutions to real-world problems.
This module will explore psychological theory, as it relates to public health care. It will also examine some of the major threats to public health, including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. You will explore in-depth the major concepts and research methods used in the field of health psychology.
Cognitive Neuroscience addresses the question how the brain enables human cognition and behaviour by employing a variety of different methodologies. The module will examine how methodologies as for example lesion studies, functional brain imaging, electrophysiological studies and behavioural experiments contribute to our understanding of a variety of cognitive functions such as memory, attention and perception.
The aim of this module is to explore in-depth the major concepts and research methods used in the field of positive psychology. You learn in-depth discussions of the psychology science associated with human strengths, flourishing and positive emotions. You will also explore the position of Positive Psychology in relation to other branches of Psychology.
Psychology in Education
This module will be of interest if you are considering a career in teaching or Educational Psychology. Factors affecting individual differences in children's academic performance will be explored with a particular emphasis on cognitive factors. In considering educational interventions you will learn about the ethics of research into interventions. You will think critically about the selection of interventions for specific learning difficulties based on research evidence and develop psychological literacy that would be relevant for a career in education.
Psychopharmacology and Addictive Behaviour
This module will introduce you to popular drugs of abuse, their mechanisms of action and their effects. You will learn how the effects of drugs can be harmful and are related to many factors including purity, dose and route of administration.
Face Perception: Processes and Disorders
The aim of this module is to introduce you to theory and research relating to the processes of attending to, categorising and recognising human faces. You will also be able to examine the forensic applications of research in face perception.
The aim of this module is to introduce you to theory and research concerning social cognition and to analyse and evaluate key models and theories within the field of social cognition. You will also be able to explore contemporary applied issues in social cognition.
Functions of Human Sleep
This module will introduce key theories of the functional role of sleep in relation to the brain and behaviour. You will explore contemporary applied issues in sleep research and consider potential conflict between sleep as a biological drive.
The module is designed to provide a clear introduction to work psychology by covering contemporary research material to enable students to develop a critical understanding of some of the key themes in work psychology.
The aim of this module is to Introduce theoretical perspectives in the experimental study of human cognition and behaviour. The module will provide you with the skills needed to prepare a research report in a concise manner in the style needed for publication including focusing on the key elements of this work.
Psychology of Sexual Violence
This module aims to provide criminal justice practitioners of the future a basic understanding of sexual violence and sexual offenders, providing you with an understanding of the different types of sexual violence and an understanding of the psychological theories and motivational explanations which underpin our current understanding of why offenders commit such offences.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
Teaching is via lectures, seminars, online activities and workshop groups, with the time allocated to private study increasing as you progress through the course, although you will always have the regular support of tutorial group meetings. You will be expected to write a dissertation in your third year, with ten hours’ one-to-one support provided by your personal tutor.
The discipline of psychology can lead to such a wide variety of careers, and employers increasingly recognise its value. This programme is carefully designed to help you develop not only your knowledge, skills and competencies in your subject area, but also your personal skills to ensure that you emerge from your degree studies as a fully-rounded, balanced, well-adjusted and practical individual: all qualities that are highly valued by employers. Although this is a full-time course, you will have the opportunity to put your practical skills and knowledge into practice in your second year when you are offered the opportunity to complete a work placement and present a report on it.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support
As a Psychology student, you will benefit from a structured and supportive learning environment where your development as a highly employable individual is paramount. A tutorial system is built into every level of your course so you will have constant support, whether it involves getting feedback on your work or discussing more general course issues.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
All students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include exams (seen/unseen, multiple choice tests, short answer questions), written work (essays), individual verbal presentations, practical/lab reports and a dissertation. Final year option modules vary in assessment from 100% course work to 100% exams.
You will receive feedback on your coursework within three weeks of submitting it and your personal tutor will give constructive advice and discuss any issues with you.
What you can expect from your School
Our Psychology team is based in the Tom Reilly Building on LJMU’s City Campus (Byrom Street site), which is located in the heart of Liverpool city centre. Byrom Street offers undergraduate students excellent laboratory and research facilities and a host of cafes and social spaces. It’s easy access to LJMU’s Avril Robarts library on Tithebarn Street, which is a few minutes away. You will have tutorials, lectures and seminars in several different buildings around City Campus.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications: 120
GCSE and equivalents
Prior to course commencement applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:
- Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
- NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
- Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
- Higher Diploma in Maths/English
- Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
- Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
The Faculty of Health will accept Edge Hill University’s equivalence tests in English and mathematics as an alternative to the GCSE requirements. For further information, please go to EdgehillEquivalency Tests or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 3
- Subject specific requirements: 120 UCAS Points. Minimum Grade C in a relevant science or social science required.
- Is general studies acceptable? No
- Average A Level offer: BBB
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- T Level requirements: Merit grade in a health/science based subject
- National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DDM in a relevant subject area if studied on its own or to the total of 120 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Access programme must have been taken in a relevant subject area. Points can be gained from a combination of passes, merits and distinctions
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 120 UCAS points required. We may require specific grades in science subjects.
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 120 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects. A relevant science or social science subject is required.
- Scottish Higher: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Scottish Advanced Higher: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
OCR National acceptability
- National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own in a relevant subject area
- Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Acceptable when combined with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technicals
- Technical Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Technical Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Technical Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own in a relevant subject area
- Technical Foundation Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Technical Introductory Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Technical Subsidiary Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
Alternative qualifications considered
Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.
Reduced Offer Scheme
No interview required (UCAS application form only)IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.International entry requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
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