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Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Psychologists explore how memory, emotion and communication are controlled by the mind. This gives them a deeper understanding into how humans behave and why.
This science has links with several other disciplines, including biology, philosophy and education. Trained psychologists specialise in specific areas, such as sports psychology or child psychology.
Psychology is a diverse subject with many different areas of study. These include:
Psychology courses are a popular choice for undergraduates, as they provide diverse skills and a broad understanding of psychology. This is excellent preparation for a variety of careers, or for post-graduate study in a specific field of psychology. The benefits of studying psychology include:
A psychology degree gives you practical experience in conducting research and making discoveries. You’ll learn how to collect, analyse and present data in a professional way. These skills are highly valued by a range of employers and academic staff.
Psychology graduates have a wide choice of career options. You could follow a career in psychology, business or marketing, or you could transfer your skills to a different area such as law or education.
Psychology gives you a deeper understanding of yourself and other people. This insight can help you become more fulfilled in your future career, and more successful in working with other people.
At Durham, you’ll be part of one of the UK’s top 20 psychology departments (ranked 12th in the Complete University Guide 2020), which is recognised for its world-leading research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
During your degree, you’ll have access to excellent research facilities, including a virtual reality suite and EEG labs. Students can gain specialist hands-on experience through Durham's Research Assistant Scheme.
A psychology degree at Durham prepares you for a career through skills development and personal support. Placement modules and employability retreats will further your employability skills and career prospects.
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Psychology courses equip you with valuable skills that can be applied to a wide range of careers. These skills include:
Durham’s BSc (Hons) Psychology degree follows the British Psychological Society (BPS) guidelines. During Year 1 and Year 2, you will study key areas of psychology. In your third year, you can choose from a range of topics, such as social psychology, developmental psychology and health. You will design your own research project, which you could investigate in outside settings such as hospitals or schools.
An International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering is excellent preparation for your psychology degree at Durham.
This one year course gives you the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to succeed in your undergraduate psychology degree. You will study core modules in English, Maths and Chemistry, as well as subject-specific modules.
The Foundations in Psychology module provides a general introduction to psychological processes and theories. You will also study key scientific approaches to data collection and interpretation. The Numerical Skills module introduces mathematical and statistical principles for psychology, and the Extend Research Project allows you to explore your personal interests in psychology.
Find out more about the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering.
Find out academic and English language requirements for the International Foundation Year
Durham graduates are well-prepared for life after university. When you complete your degree, you will be ready to enter a career in psychology or a choice of other professions.
Psychology careers related to your degree include: