Psychology

What is Psychology?

Psychology involves the study of the brain and behaviour, incorporating a wide range of phenomena such as behaviour, motivations, memory and other mental processes.

Specific topics that psychologists study include how we interact with each other, the decisions we make and the thinking behind this. Other areas of interest include intelligence, mental illness, language and child development.

Further specialised areas in psychology include the biological origins of behaviour, how they may have evolved and the role of environment and culture in explaining them.

Psychology has applications in many contexts; from working with clinical disorders, to managing education and training. It is widely used in industry and employment as well as in legal and health contexts.

 

 

Why Sunderland for Psychology?

  • 95% of Psychology students are satisfied with the overall quality of the course at Sunderland according to the National Student Survey 2012, the highest for all Psychology departments in the North East for the 4th year running
  • Ranked fourth in the UK for assessment and feedback and personal development, sixth for academic support and eighth for teaching on the course in The National Student Survey 2012
  • Rated first out of 108 Psychology departments in the UK for Teaching Excellence by the Sunday Times University Guide 2012

The Department of Psychology offers a single honours programme that is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership provided the minimum standard of a Second Class Honours is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist in one of eight areas recognised by the British Psychological Society.

Psychology has applications in many contexts; from working with clinical disorders, to managing education and training. It is widely used in industry and employment as well as in legal and health contexts.

Our degrees are designed to suit your personal needs, so with this in mind we operate within a flexible framework, which allows you to select specific modules from within the programme to suit your own interests.

We have a strong track record of employability from this programme, with recent graduates entering a wide range of professions. In recent years we have seen psychology graduates enter careers in health and social welfare, industry, education and also research.

Purpose-built research and teaching facilities at the Reg Vardy Centre include:

  • Social psychology laboratory
  • Cognitive psychology laboratory
  • Eye-tracking laboratory
  • Multimedia and games research room

 

Psychology graduate stories

Russell Hounslow graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and a MSc in Applied Psychological Research.

Russell currently works with children, families and schools as an Assistant Educational Psychologist for Sunderland City Council Children's Services, with a view to eventually doing further study to qualify as an educational psychologist.

 

Click here to a full list of Psychology courses

 
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