What will I learn?
This BPS-accredited course 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. The majority of the course will focus on psychology, covering cognitive, social, developmental and biological psychology. Reflecting Warwick’s specialised research expertise in the subject, you’ll explore topics such as economic decision making, the long-term psychological impact of childhood experiences, and the impact of ageing on cognition. The remainder of the course comprises Linguistics modules, which 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 real-world contexts (how people get their message across in different social settings). Topics covered also reflect Warwick’s unique research expertise in areas such as bilingualism, non-verbal behaviour, and cross-cultural communication. Throughout the course you’ll gain a critical awareness of psychological research and theory; the ability to analyse structure of language and patterns of language; plus communication, research, presentation and collaboration skills.You will carry out a research project in all three years, enabling you to apply the knowledge and research skills you’ve developed. In your first two years all modules are core (25% linguistics, 75% psychology), providing a firm grounding in cognitive, social, developmental, biological psychology, and introducing the foundations of linguistics. In your third year y
How will I learn?
Teaching and learning are delivered through lectures, seminars, practical classes and tutorials. In the first year, you will be assigned a personal tutor, who will guide your study throughout the course, and with whom you will meet regularly to discuss your progress and items of tutor-assessed work. In your second and third years, project work is supervised by members of academic staff with expertise in the area in which you wish to work.
How will I be assessed?
Half your degree credit will be from examinations and the other half will be from assessed work, such as 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.
Can I study abroad?
We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for a year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
A level AAB, including grade B in GCSE Mathematics. Applicants with no natural science subject at A level are normally expected to have a grade B in two science subjects/double science at GCSE. If you are taking a science A Level, you must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.
International Baccalaureate 36 points, including 5 in Higher Level Mathematics or 6 in Standard Level Mathematics/Mathematical Studies. A natural science subject at Higher Level is preferred, otherwise at least 5 in a natural science subject at Standard Level will be considered.
- Applicants with applied subjects or mixed portfolios will be considered on an individual basis. Many of our applicants are taking at least two of our preferred subjects at A level or equivalent: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Economics, English, History, Geography, Classical Languages, Psychology, Sociology and Modern Languages. However, all applications will be considered on their individual merits.
- 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 will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 page.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking at A or AS level.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
Open Days All applicants in receipt of an offer are invited to a Departmental Open Day, held during the spring term. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
You will study six core modules that build the foundations of Psychology at Warwick:
- Brain and Behaviour
- Psychology in Context
- Statistical Methods in Psychology
- Research Methods in Psychology
- Academic Skills for Psychologists
- Linguistics: Understanding Language
As well as a group research project we ask you to study six core modules from seven options:
- Language and Cognition
- Methods in Psychology II
- Social Psychology
- Linguistics: Acquisition and Use
- Developmental Psychology*
- Individual Differences*
* one to be deferred to the third year
You will undertake a final-year project that has a Psychology or Linguistics skew depending on your leanings. There are three core modules:
- Your deferred 2nd year module
- Multilingualism and Culture
Plus three options from:
- Cognitive Science**
- Nonverbal Behaviour**
- Words and Reading**
- Third-year optional Psychology modules
- Third-year optional Linguistics modules (one max)
- Perception, Planning and Action
You will carry out a research project in all three years, enabling you to apply the knowledge and research skills you’ve developed. In your first two years all modules are core (25% linguistics, 75% psychology), providing a firm grounding in cognitive, social, developmental, biological psychology, and introducing the foundations of linguistics. In your third year you will take one core psychology module and complete your third-year project. You can select the remainder of your modules asoptions – two in linguistics, two in psychologyand the fifth in either subject.
The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
Where can my degree take me?
Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (NHS), Accenture, Boots, The Alzheimer’s Society, Teach First.
Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Assistant Neuropsychologist, Digital Analyst,Specialist Clinical Psychologist, Social Media Co-ordinator, Patient Experience Officer.
A level: AAB, including grade B in GCSE Mathematics. Applicants with no natural science subject at A level are normally expected to have grade B in two science subjects/double science at GCSE.
IB: 36 points, including 5 in Higher Level Mathematics or 6 in Standard Level Mathematics/Mathematical Studies. A natural science subject at Higher Level is preferred, otherwise at least 5 in one natural science subject at Standard Level will be considered.
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Department of Psychology
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.
For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.
This information is applicable for 2018 entry.