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Learn how we interact with each other, the decisions we make and the thinking behind this. Study the brain and a wide range of phenomena such as behaviour, motivations, memory and other mental processes. Apply what you learn to many contexts, from working with clinical disorders, to managing education and training.

Browse our Psychology courses and sign up to our mailing list below.

Take a look at our Psychology guide and Psychology careers sections.

Top quality teaching and facilities 

Psychology is a versatile and endlessly fascinating subject. It is widely used in industry and employment as well as in legal and health contexts. 

Here at Sunderland, some of our Psychology courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), and our Psychology department was voted No.4 out of 110 in the UK for teaching excellence in the Sunday Times University Guide 2013.

You’ll also get the chance to benefit from the University’s purpose-built research and teaching facilities at the Reg Vardy Centre, which include:

  • Social psychology laboratory
  • Cognitive psychology laboratory
  • Eye-tracking laboratory
  • Multimedia and games research room
Students in Cognitive Lab, psychology
Psychology students in our cognitive laboratory

Courses we offer

Some of our courses are 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.

Our degrees are designed to suit your personal interests, so with this in mind we operate within a flexible framework, allowing you to select specific modules from within our various courses. Take a look below to find the right course for you. 

Psychology BSc (Hons) Full-time
Boasting a Psychology Department rated fourth in terms of teaching excellence in the UK, you can have great confidence in the quality of our Psychology course. With an exciting range of modules to suit an array of different interests, BPS accreditation and specialist psychological laboratories, you’ll be perfectly set up for a career in Psychology.

Extended Psychology BSc (Hons) Full-time
Gain a solid grounding in Psychology and the study skills needed to tackle a degree. Take an alternative route to a Psychology degree, covering Psychology Research and Topics in Psychology, in an introductory year based at Sunderland College.

Counselling FdA Part-time
Reflect on your workplace experiences by studying this Foundation course at partner colleges on a part-time basis, allowing you to combine it with practical placements or paid work.

Counselling (Top-Up) BA (Hons) Part-time
Top-up a Foundation Degree in Counselling to a full honours degree, while still having the time to complete work experience while you study. Build on your existing knowledge, enhance your practice and reflect more widely on your professional development.

Psychology with Counselling BSc (Hons) Full-time
Add a counselling strand to our outstanding psychology course and explore two complementary and exciting disciplines. Gain wide-ranging insights into how people behave and how they can be helped to tackle problems.


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