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Undergraduate - New Student Information

We are sure that the next three years will be exciting, challenging and rewarding. During the first few days, there will be a number of important meetings where procedures will be explained in detail. In the meantime, here's some information to get you started:


  • The Psychology Department is located on the first floor of the Humanities Building and on the first three floors of the Annex to the Humanities Building. Room numbers are prefixed by 'H' for Humanities. See Campus Maps
  • The Psychology Department Undergraduate/Postgraduate Office is in room H1.43 on the 1st floor by the lifts at the ‘Annex' end of the Humanities Building.
  • Academic staff, research staff and research students have offices on the first floor of the main part of the Humanities Building as well as in the 2nd floor Annex. Labs are on the ground floor of the Annex and there are research rooms on the 3rd floor.
  • Students and staff have a joint
    Common Room (H1.45) with microwave and refrigerator, and free tea and coffee.
  • You can also get light refreshments in Café Humanities Coffee Bar on the ground floor of the Humanities Building and in nearby cafés in the Library and in the Arts Centre.

Welcome Week timetable

Welcome Week 1st Year Psychology Students

Staff and Personal tutor

You will find out who your personal tutor is at the Introductory Talk on Wednesday and have a chance to meet them and other staff (academic, support, Health and Wellbeing and from Careers and the Library) at the "Meet the Psychology at Warwick Team on Thursday afternoon.

Personal tutors will arrange an initial meeting with their tutees in week 1. This will be arranged around their availability and your timetable. It could be on Monday 30th September (10am or 5pm) or later in the week. You can find room locations and contact details for your Personal Tutor on the Psychology Department's People pages. Details of your personal tutor will appear on Tabula in due course.

Personal tutors can help you with any issues that affect you personally. The DSEP will be your first port of call regarding issues that affect your cohort as a whole (e.g. concerns about lecture timetabling, general organisational issues, etc.). The Director of Student Experience & Progressions (DSEP) Dr Jagjeet Jutley-Neilson.

If you have any issues not covered during Welcome Week, please drop by the Undergraduate/Postgraduate Office H1.43 Humanities (open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9.30 -16.00, Wednesday: 9.30-14.30, Friday 9.30-15.00).


Only available once you have:

1 Enrolled

2 Registered online on any computer linked to the internet with ITServices for access to:

Week 1 - Lectures begin


Timetable information will be given to you at Wednesday's Welcome Week Introductory Talk. Once you have registered for modules you can see your personal timetable on Tabula.

Note: Lectures run from 5 minutes past, to 5 minutes to the hour.

Course structure and module choices

The individual elements of your degree course are know as "modules" (or courses)

1st year degree structure:

1. PS111 Brain and Behaviour (core for Psychology, Psychology & Linguistics & Psychology & Education courses).
2. PS112 Psychology in Context (core for Psychology, Psychology & Linguistics & Psychology & Education courses).
3. PS113 Statistical Methods in Psychology (core for Psychology, Psychology & Linguistics & Psychology & Education courses).
4. PS114 Research Methods in Psychology (core for Psychology, Psychology & Linguistics & Psychology & Education courses).
5. PS116 Academic Skills for Psychologists (core for Psychology, Psychology & Linguistics & Psychology & Education courses)
6. For Psychology students: An Optional module, which you can choose to take either in Psychology (PS115 Psychology in the Real World), or as an ‘outside option’ from any other department.

6. For Psychology & Linguistics students: You will have 1 core module in Linguistics, ET118 Linguistics, Understanding Language.

6. For Psychology & Education students: you will have 2 core modules in Education, EQ107 Education Today & EQ109 Theories of Learning.

Choosing an Outside option

If you are interested in taking an outside module, you can find information about a Departments' module on their website. Some modules are open to all students, and some are not open to those from a different degree – it is always a good idea to have a talk with the module convener to check that the module is what you are looking for and is open. You will get more information in your first week, and won't be expected to register for optional modules until you have received this. We advise you attend introductory lectures in Week 1, and during the first few weeks, for any outside option you are interested in. Most departments are happy for you to go along to more modules to ‘try out’ the module. Module registration is open for a few weeks, but you must select your option before week 3.

Options information for other degree combinations:

Psychology with Linguistics All modules are core, so no outside modules are available unless taken as an Over CAT(i.e. above or on top of the core modules)
Psychology with Education Studies All modules are core, so no outside modules are available unless taken as an
Over CAT(i.e. above or on top of the core modules)
Psychology & Global Sustainable Development Must chose 2 from PS111, PS112 and / or PS115
Philosophy with Psychology Must take PS111, and can take PS112 if they chose

Group tutorials will be scheduled either 13:00 - 14:00 Mondays or at a mutually convenient time.

Tutorials are designed to:

  • help you to get the most out of lectures, seminars, practicals and the library;
  • organise and write essays and practical reports;
  • explain the various assessment procedures;
  • generally to discuss all aspects of the course in an informal setting.

Your personal tutor is also there to help you with any problems which may arise throughout your time at Warwick, and in addition to meeting in tutorials, you should feel free to arrange to talk to him or her at any time.

Reading lists

Outlines for first-year modules available at These will include information on any set texts and other reading. There is no need to buy books until you get here.

Basic reading for first year modules can be from general textbooks, with additional reading coming from more specialised texts and journal articles. Any of the four general textbooks below, and the statistics text, would be suitable basic reading in the first year. They will be available in the university bookshop and as multiple copies in the university library. Earlier editions may be suitable and second-hand copies may be available.

  • Gleitman, H., Gross, J., & Reisberg, D.(2010). Psychology (8th ed.). New York: W.W. Norton & Co.


  • Kowalski, R., & Westen, D. (2011). Psychology (6th ed.). Hoboken, N. J., USA: Wiley.


  • Martin, N. G., Carlson, N.R., & Buskist, W. (2013). Psychology (5th ed.). Allyn & Bacon.


  • Nolen-Hoeksema, S., Fredrickson, B. L., Loftus, G. R., & Wagenaar, W. A. (2009). Atkinson & Hilgard's introduction to psychology (15th ed.). London: Wadsworth.


  • Howell, D. C. (2008). Fundamental statistics for the behavioral sciences (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.


The BPS website contains useful information and links to studying and reading eg

BPS Blogs:
"Guide to University Life"
"The journey to undergraduate


Welcome Week:
Monday 23 September
Lectures begin:
Monday 30 September
Meet Personal tutor:
week 1 individual tutorial

Term dates

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Before you arrive


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Welcome week highlights:

Tuesday 24 September

9:30 Welcome Breakfast
An opportunity to mingle with Academic Staff, current 2nd & 3rd year students.

18:00 Psych Soc Quiz Night & BBQ

A chance to get to know your fellow students.

Wednesday 25 September

10:00 Induction Talk

12 noon Meet the Mentors - Free Pizza

Students research

Thursday 27 September

10:00 Introductory Talk &
Module Fair
Crucial course
information including timetables; seminar, practical and tutorial groups

14:30 Meet the Psychology at Warwick Team. Highlights include information from Personal Tutors, Careers & Skills, Library, Health and Wellbeing at Warwick.

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