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Psychology with Linguistics (BSc) (Course Full)


Please note: this course is full for 2019 entry.


Full-time 2019 entry, AAB

This degree combines a broad grounding in Psychology with the study of how people communicate through language. You’ll be taught by academics who are shaping the field internationally within both Psychology and Linguistics, and those working at the intersection of both subjects.

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Jointly delivered by our Psychology department and the Centre for Applied Linguistics (CAL), this degree will give you a critical awareness of psychological research and theory; the ability to analyse structure of language and patterns of language; as well as communication, research, presentation and collaboration skills. The course is BPS (British Psychological Society) accredited ensuring an excellent standard of Psychology content, and delving deeper into into linguistics than our single honours Psyhcology course, whilst allowing you to keep your career options wide open

The focus of the course is psychology, allowing students to cover the critical elements of the BSc Psychology programme whilst covering specialist Linguistics modules. This allows you to achieve a BPS accredited degree with a language and linguistics skew. The Linguistics modules not only introduce you to the structure of language, but also emphasise psycholinguistics (how adults learn a second language and how children learn the first language) and language use in realworld contexts (how people get their message across in different social settings). Topics covered reflect Warwick’s unique research expertise in areas such as bilingualism, nonverbal behaviour, and crosscultural communication.

In Year One you will study six core modules: five that build the foundations of Psychology at Warwick as well as ’Linguistics: Understanding Language’.

In Year Two you will study eight modules: seven that delve deeper into the core areas of Psychology and one which develops further knowledge and understanding of Linguistics. All relate to contemporary research.

In Year Three you will conduct an individual project showcasing the full range of intellectual and practical skills you have developed throughout your degree and choose six optional modules that interest you.

You will have a combination of lectures, seminars and practical classes. Lectures will introduce you to a particular topic. During weekly seminars you will build on the knowledge theories and ideas from the lecture and readings, sharing your views about the topic and debating the issues. Seminars give you personal access to the tutor as well as the opportunity to voice your views in a smaller group.

Class size

Lecture size will naturally vary. For the first and second year core modules you will be joined by all the students in your year. For lectures this can be the whole year group, up to 150, but seminar groups will be smaller, typically 30-40 students in the first year. For CAL and optional modules across all years class sizes vary between 10 and 100 students per module.

Contact hours

Typically there will be 7-8 hours lectures, 4-8 hours seminars (including guest seminars), 3 hours practical and 1-2 hours tutorital per week.

Half your degree credit will be from examinations and the other half will be from assessed work. This may include project reports and presentations, online tests, essays and other written assignments. A total of 40% of your degree credit will be based on second-year modules, and 60% on third-year modules. Your third-year individual project will acount for 25% of you final year marks.

In an interconnected world, employers greatly value an international perspective. Studying abroad provides you with a first-hand opportunity to explore how culture influences psychological processes and develop a range of valuable skills that give you a competitive advantage in the graduate market.

Our Department is part of the University’s large global network of exchange partners, with long-standing agreements with prestigious universities around the world. A particularly popular Warwick option is with Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, acknowledged as one of the world’s top universities. Opportunities exist in Brazil, China, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain and the USA. For a full and current list of our partners see: Typically, when students choose to study abroad, they apply in their second year for a third year of study at a partner institution. Students then return to Warwick for their final year.

There are a number of external work placements which students can apply for as a year in industry between the 2nd and 3rd year. Students who find their own placements will also be supported to take a year out of study to work.

Our students can also take up a variety of work experience opportunities alongside studies or during holidays. These have included mental health work placements abroad, Nightline counselling posts and involvement in the Psychology student magazine Cognoscenti.

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A level: AAB plus grade B / 6 in GCSE Mathematics. Applicants with no natural science subject at A level are normally expected to have a grade B / 6 in two science subjects/double science at GCSE.

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

  • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements. Please contact the Department of Psychology before applying on +44 (0)24 765 23096 or email
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • Brain and Behaviour

  • Psychology in Context

  • Statistical Methods in Psychology

  • Research Methods in Psychology

  • Academic Skills for Psychologists

  • Linguistics: Understanding Language

Year 2
  • Language and Cognition
  • Methods in Psychology II
  • Social Psychology
  • Linguistics: Acquisition and Use
  • Two from Developmental Psychology, Psychobiology and Individual Differences (one to be deferred to the third year)
Year 3
  • Your deferred second year module
  • Multilingualism and Culture
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Three from: Cognitive Science**, Nonverbal Behaviour**; Words and Reading**, any third-year optional Psychology modules, a third-year optional
    Linguistics modules (one max), Perception, Planning and Action
  • Individual project

** You must choose one of these.

Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

Words and Reading; Professional Communication; Communication Modes; Global Public Relations; Language, Gender and Power; Language in the Media; Intercultural Pragmatics; Abnormal Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology; Sleep and Health; Issues in Families and Development; Psychology and the Law; Behaviour Change; Nonverbal Behaviour; Psychology Across Cultures; Behavioural Science.

Employers of our graduates include: Coventry Eating Disorders Service NHS, Southern Domestic Abuse Service, Ernst and Young, Christian Dior, Pandora, The Alzheimer's Society, National Autistic Society, Severn Trent Water, Ogilvy, Royal United Hospital NHS Trust, Office for National Statistics, various schools.

Examples of our graduates' job titles are: Account Manager, Applied Behavioural Analyst, Communications Officer, Business Development Analyst, Head of Marketing, Clinical Psychologist Assistant, Market Analyst Graduate Research Executive, Management Consultant Analyst, Business Banker, Legal Officer, Teacher, Digital Analyst, Junior Psychologist.


"The range of skills you learn are so varied and rich."

"Warwick has a fabulous vibe and I loved it from the moment I arrived. My Psychology course was diverse in terms of lectures, the topics covered and the breadth of students studying on it. It was in-depth and rigorous but never dry.

My original plan was to go down the route of Clinical Psychology but in the second year of my undergraduate I began to think about other options. I initially took on a graduate role at Anderson Consulting but realised my passion remained with Psychology so I returned to university to complete an MSc, and become both a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychology Society."

Fiona Murden

- Managing Director, Aroka Ltd, Occupational Psychologist & Author

Studied 'Psychology (& MA Organisational Studies)' - Graduated 1997


"I thought about my career as soon as I started my degree."

"I was the first member of my family to access Higher Education so decided to choose Warwick as my destination of study mainly due to its global reputation.

Being a research-led university, we were able to study modules based around what the academics were researching at the time, which made the course unique.

During my psychology course, I had the opportunity to study areas of research that were very different to what other universities were offering which I really enjoyed. My degree helped my understanding of people and I use this theory to inform my work every day as a graduate management trainee at the University of Birmingham."

Sandev Panaser - Graduate Management Trainee

Studied 'Psychology (BSc)' - Graduated 2016

Entry Requirements

A level: AAB plus grade B / 6 in GCSE Mathematics. Applicants with no natural science subject at A level are normally expected to have a grade B / 6 in two science subjects/double science at GCSE.

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.


Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

3 years full time

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Additional costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.