Psychology courses for 2020
Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes. It includes a range of disciplines that share a common interest in understanding how humans and other animals interpret and respond to the external world.
Why study Psychology at Bristol?
The School of Psychological Science is a friendly environment, and our staff are passionate about helping students to thrive during their time at Bristol. Our courses have a fundamental emphasis on the experimental study of the mind and we want our students to share a sense of fun and adventure in psychological science.
Our staff are experts who teach the latest developments in the field, based on the cutting-edge research that they and their colleagues are conducting. We offer state-of-the-art laboratories with facilities including magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalography recording, eye-tracking and sleep labs.
Over the course of the degree students become independent learners who can think for themselves. In the third year students can tailor the course to their interests, choosing from a range of seminar courses and undertaking a major research project of their choice. There is an active undergraduate psychology society which runs regular events and produces its own magazine.
What kind of student would this course suit?
We look for students who are bright, motivated and who show a genuine enthusiasm for psychology. While many of our students will hold a Psychology A-level, this is not a pre-requisite. Some aptitude for mathematics is useful as the courses include statistics, but you do not need to be a maths whiz.
Our courses are centred around scientific enquiry and the final-year research project forms a major part of the degree. If you are scientifically minded and want to know about psychology as it is currently understood, then these courses would suit you.
How is this course taught and assessed?
Our teaching is based on a combination of lectures, seminars, small-group tutorials, laboratory classes and participation in research experiments.
You will develop close working relationships with staff through staff-led academic tutorials during the first year and these are developed through a combination of taught lectures and seminar-based discussion. This leads to individual project work from the third year.
We have diverse methods of assessment including coursework, oral presentations and examinations in addition to the final-year project dissertation.
What are my career prospects?
Our degrees provide pathways to professional training in psychology and are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Graduate destinations include a broad range of other sectors, including health, education, marketing, scientific and legal consultancy, banking and finance, human resources, media and the public sector.
The multidisciplinary and scientific nature of psychology means that you will develop an impressive range of transferable skills in quantitative analytical research, data handling and interpretation, critical evaluation, report writing, presentation and IT literacy.
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