Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. Psychological research aims to understand all aspects of human behaviour and apply findings to benefit individuals in society. Research in psychology seeks to understand mental health treatment, and many other areas affecting health and daily life. There are misconceptions about what psychology is. This is created by popular media as well as the diverse careers paths of those holding psychology degrees.
Why we change our behaviour to go along with others whether they are in the majority group, the minority group or an authority figure.
How memory works, why we forget and the accuracy of EWT are studied.
How early experiences with main caregivers influences our adult behaviours.
How we define abnormal behaviour, specifically looking at the explanations and treatments for three psychological disorders: depression, OCD and phobias.
Approaches in Psychology
Psychological theories explain behaviour from their own perspective and have strengths and limitations.
How the brain and nervous system function.
How psychologists study behaviour, how to design research and analyse data.
Why we are attracted to others, why relationships fail and the role of social media in relationships.
Symptoms, biological and psychological causes and treatments of schizophrenia.
Problems with defining crime, offender profiling and the role of genetics and personality in offender behaviour.
There are three exams. The length of each exam is 2 hours. Each exam is out of 96 marks and worth 33.3% of the total exam. There will be a mixture of questions on each exam paper including: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.
There is no requirement to have studied Psychology before, however the study of psychological research involves many of the concepts used in Science and Mathematics therefore it is important to have a good understanding of these subjects. Also the exam requires an extended piece of writing and therefore good written English skills will be helpful.
As Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour, it can be used in many areas, including careers in:
and any occupation that requires knowledge of how people think and react.
The range of experience of the teachers in the Psychology department is wide and varied, making for excellent teaching and a positive learning environment for the students.
The learning environment is supportive, challenging and stimulating, with excellent resources. There are opportunities for relevant course trips, conferences and outside speakers.
Psychology is sometimes confused with Sociology. Psychology is studied on a micro level (small) whereas Sociology is studied on a macro level (large). This means that Psychology focuses more on individual behaviour whereas Sociology considers larger groups and institutions as a whole. However there are many similarities between the subjects, such as, some of the methods of investigation that are used.
Here are some comments from past students who studied Psychology:
‘Psychology is a lot of work; there are lots of tests, but it is worth it when it comes to revision.’
‘Psychology was brilliant and interesting.’