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C8C1 - Psychology and Biology

Psychology and Biology

BSc Joint Honours

  • UCAS code: C8C1
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2020
Year :

This three-year, accredited degree will allow you to combine the study of behaviour and biology.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £22800

Entry requirements

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

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Professional accreditation

Course overview

This Psychology and Biology joint honours degree will equip you with a broad base of knowledge. You'll learn why humans and animals think and behave the way they do, and build an in-depth understanding of the science behind all forms of life.

You'll have access to the School of Psychology's brand new building, with purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities, including a forensic interviewing suite, a nutrition and food preference unit, a media and behaviour lab, medical consultation rooms, and psychological testing cubicles. 

Emerging as a well-rounded psychology graduate with a biology specialism, you'll study fascinating topics including ecology and biodiversity, evolution and genetics, cognitive psychology, and evolutionary psychology and medicine. 

COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

See our terms and conditions for more information

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Your course during COVID-19

Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.

We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.

Facilities

Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.

Your learning experience

Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.

Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.

Assessment

In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.

Field trips

We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.

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

Quality and ranking

  • 92nd – Life Sciences category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018
  • top 20 in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and The Complete University Guide 2021
  • top 100 – Psychology category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

Professional accreditation

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning

Modules

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.

In Stage 1, you'll explore the fundamentals of both psychology and biology. 

You'll cover topics such as cognitive psychology, sensation and perception, and psychology for joint honours students, as well as genetics and evolution, cells and biomolecules, the diversity of life, and ecology and conservation.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Genetics and Evolution 20
Cells and Biomolecules 20
Cognitive Psychology 10
Sensation and Perception 10
Instinct, Learning and Motivation 10
Research Methods and Skills 2 20
Introduction to Psychology for Joint Honours 10
Optional Modules Credits
Diversity of Life: Form and Function 20
Ecology and Conservation 20

In Stage 2, you'll broaden your depth of understanding across both disciplines.

You'll study modules including Animal Physiology, Developmental Psychology, Individual Differences, Biological Psychology, and Molecular Biology and Development. 

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Animal Function (Physiology and Development) 20
Developmental Psychology 10
Social Psychology 10
Individual Differences 10
Biological Psychology: Sex, Drugs, Rhythms and Blues 10
Methods in Psychology 2A 10
Statistics for Empirical Psychology 10
Optional Modules Credits
Animal Behaviour 10
Microbiology 10
Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation 20
Vertebrate Biology 20
Biotechnology: Principles and Practice 20
Molecular Evolution and Systematics 20

In Stage 3, you'll be able to focus in more on your chosen areas of specialism.

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 specific areas of interest in psychology including evolution and behaviour, consumer psychology, the psychology of religion, and the psychobiology of drug addiction, as well as topics in biology, such as companion animal behaviour, genomics, cellular systems, applied ecology, and biodiversity. 

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Psychological Enquiry 3: Psychological Literacy and Professional Skills 10
Empirical Project 30
Optional Modules Credits
Precision technologies and global challenges in managed animal behaviour and welfare 20
Cellular Systems 10
Biodiversity Science and Management 20
Applied Ecology 20
Biotechnology: Applications 20
Physiological Zoology 20
Microbial Genomics 20
Evolution & Behaviour 10
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 Psychology 20
The Psychology of Teaching and Learning 20
Eating and Weight Disorders 20
Perception 10
Clinical Sport & Exercise Psychology 20
Psychobiology of Drug Addiction 10
Sex Differences and the Brain 10
Making Sense of scents: investigating olfactory perception 10
Psychology for Sport Performance 20
The Social Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll learn through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • lab and field practical classes
  • computer sessions
  • field trips

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

In Psychology, you'll work with state-of-the-art, purpose-built facilities in our brand new building to learn how to formulate theories, conduct experiments, use statistical techniques, and write up research reports.

In your Biology modules, you'll gain hands-on experience of studying cells and biomolecules, developing the skills needed to work effectively in a lab and perform relevant calculations. 

Business skills

Your psychology modules focus on psychological literacy, applying psychology in a real-world setting, while Methods in Biotechnology will introduce you to the technology that is currently used in the sector. 

Research skills

Throughout the programme, you'll be taught essential research skills, such as conducting experiments, analysing and interpreting data, and writing up research reports.

You'll also 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.

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

Opportunities

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

Facilities

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

Support

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

As a joint honours graduate, you'll develop a range of skills that are sought by employers. By studying two disciplines, you're well prepared for the multidisciplinary challenges of everyday work, such as:

  • time management
  • organisation
  • self-motivation

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

Recent graduates have secured employment in companies such as the NHS and the British Association of Dermatologists. 

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 and sciences 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.

*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) 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

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level

AAA-AAB

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

PARTNERS

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 2020 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students

£9250

International Fee Students

£22800

The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK 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

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.

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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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • 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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