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C800 - Psychology


BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: C800
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2022

This professionally accredited degree will equip you with an in-depth understanding of the fascinating field of psychology, and how to apply your knowledge in a real-world setting.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £24600

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAA-AAB
  • IB: 35 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Professional accreditation

Course overview

This three-year Psychology BSc Honours degree will give you a headstart in your professional career. With a unique range of professional pathways and hands-on learning, you're able to shape your undergraduate degree.

Your teaching will be informed by internationally recognised research and delivered in our brand new building. You'll have access to purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities, which include: 

  • a forensic interviewing suite
  • a nutrition and food preference unit
  • a media and behaviour lab 
  • medical consultation rooms
  • psychological testing cubicles

You'll study a broad range of topics, such as social psychology, biological psychology, research methods, individual differences, neuroscience, developmental psychology, and cognitive psychology. 

Your course during COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.

View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information

Quality and ranking

  • top 20 in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 The Guardian University Guide 2020 and The Complete University Guide 2021
  • top 100 – Psychology category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020
  • top 150 – Psychology category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020

Professional accreditation

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning


The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

During your first year, you'll receive a broad introduction to core areas of psychology, as well as relevant practical and research methods. 

You'll study topics such as development and social psychology, cognitive psychology, sensation and perception, and the history of psychology. 


Compulsory Modules Credits
Psychological Enquiry 1 - Psychological Literacy and Academic Skills 10
Developmental and Social Psychology 10
Evolution and Genetics for Psychologists 10
Cognitive Psychology 10
Sensation and Perception 10
Instinct, Learning and Motivation 10
History of Psychology 10
Personality and Mental Health 10
Research Methods and Skills 1 20
Research Methods and Skills 2 20

In Stage 2, you'll start to specialise in the areas that interest you most. 

Alongside core topics including developmental psychology, individual differences, biological psychology, and statistics for experimental psychology, you'll be able to choose from optional modules such as perception, animal cognition, and clinical psychology. 


Compulsory Modules Credits
Developmental Psychology 10
Social Psychology 10
Individual Differences 10
Biological Psychology: Sex, Drugs, Rhythms and Blues 10
Psychological Enquiry 2: Principles of Psychology 10
Methods in Psychology 2B 10
Statistics for Empirical Psychology 10
Methods in Psychology 2A 10
Optional Modules Credits
Career Development for second year students 20
Perception 10
Cognitive Neuroscience 10
Clinical Issues in Forensic Psychology Practice 10
The Body, the Mind, and the Self-Interoception in Health and Clinical Psychology 10
Research Skills and Development 20
Evolution, Behaviour & Comparative Cognition 10
Introduction to Health and Addiction Science 10

In Stage 3, you'll be able to focus on your chosen specialist area.

You'll design and carry out your own empirical study in an area of psychology that particularly interests you. 

You'll also have the opportunity to explore further areas of interest, including the psychology of religion, the damaged brain, foundations in forensic psychology, psychology for sport performance, and consumer psychology. There are no module restrictions, allowing you to study areas that will prepare you for the next steps in your chosen career. 


Compulsory Modules Credits
Psychological Enquiry 3: Psychological Literacy and Professional Skills 10
Empirical Project 30
Optional Modules Credits
Career Development for final year students 20
Consumer Psychology 20
Art, Mind and Brain 10
To Cheat or not to Cheat: The Evolution of Cooperative Behaviour 10
The Damaged Brain: Case Studies in Neuropsychology 10
Psychology of Religion 20
Disorders of Development: A Psychological Perspective 20
Foundations in Forensic and Criminal Psychology 20
The Psychology of Teaching and Learning 20
Eating and Weight Disorders 20
Clinical Sport & Exercise Psychology 20
Psychobiology of Drug Addiction 10
Sensation & Perception in Atypical Development 10
Sex Differences and the Brain 10
Cultural and Technical Intelligence: Developmental and Comparative Perspectives 10
Psychology for Sport Performance 20
The Social Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination 20
Advanced statistics for Empirical Psychology 10
Evolution of Brain and Behaviour 20
Making Sense of Forgotten Senses: Investigating Olfaction and Gustation 20
Transpersonal Psychology: Mindfulness and Psychological Well-Being. 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll be taught through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • lab sessions
  • practical sessions
  • field work

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Case studies

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Practical sessions

  • Presentations

  • Projects

  • Reports

Skills and experience

Practical skills

The vast majority of modules will involve practical lab work in our state-of-the-art. You'll learn how to formulate theories, conduct experiments, use statistical techniques, and write up research reports. 

From your first year, you'll also participate in staff and student psychology projects and carry out fieldwork. 

Business skills

Our modules focus on psychological literacy, this prepares you with the knowledge of how to apply psychology in a real-world setting, readying for a career in the field. 

Research skills

In stages 1 and 2, you'll complete Research Methods and Skills modules, in which you'll develop as an independent researcher. 

In Stage 3, you'll put these skills into practice, completing a comprehensive research project in an area of your choice.  

You'll also have the opportunity to gain additional research outside your course, including the School's certified research apprenticeship scheme. 

Chat to a student

If you would like to study Psychology you should definitely consider Newcastle! The course ensures you have a good grounding in all areas of Psychology as well as allowing you to focus in more specialised areas in third year.

Hannah, Psychology student


Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment


As a psychology student at Newcastle University, you'll be based in the School of Psychology's Dame Margaret Barbour Building, in the University's city-centre campus.

As well as having great access to University facilities like its libraries, student's union and sports centre, the School of Psychology is less than 10 minutes' walk from Newcastle city centre.

You'll also have access to our excellent practical facilities in the School, such as:

  • a forensic interviewing suite
  • a nutrition and food preference unit
  • a media and behaviour lab
  • medical consultation rooms
  • psychological testing cubicles


You will have an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree. They can help with academic and personal issues.

All first-year psychology students join a study group of approximately 10 students, led by an experienced and trained final-year student who will also act as your mentor for your first year.

Your future

95% of our psychology graduates are employed or in further study within six months of graduation, with 82% of those in employment in professional and managerial roles*. 

*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17

Opportunities for diverse career paths

Recent graduates have secured employment in areas such as clinical psychology, forensic psychology, and educational psychology, in companies such as NHS, Home Office, HMRC, Prison Service, and local, national, and international charities. 

Many of our graduates embark on further study, including master's degrees and PHDs in areas such as forensics, sports and exercise, medicine, clinical psychology, and teacher training. 

As a psychology graduate, you'll also be incredibly versatile, with plenty of transferable skills, including analytical thinking, research skills, strategy development, problem solving, and content writing skills. Many graduates go on to careers in teaching, marketing, and financial services. 

Employability at Newcastle

96% of Newcastle University graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 85.5% in graduate-level employment or further study.

Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.

Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

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Careers support

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK.

Read our detailed explanation

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

35 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements


Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students


International Fee Students


We will publish fees for 2022 entry once they are available. The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Fees for 2022 have not been set yet. We will publish fees for 2022 entry once they are available.

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme). 

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.

If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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