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Psychology (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study Psychology At Warwick?

  • We are widely recognised as one of the UK’s top research departments. In the last national research evaluation, Warwick Psychology came 7th of more than 80 departments in research outputs. This means that you will be taught by academics at the very cutting edge of their field, providing an inspiring learning experience. We receive very positive feedback from our students, with 91% of those completing the NSS surveys in 2014 or 2015 saying they were satisfied with their course.
  • We teach and conduct world-leading research across the whole discipline of Psychology. Topics researched range from improving sleep to paying attention when driving, from decision-making among police to communication between babies (and meerkats!), and from online bullying to eating disorders. To do this we work closely with the NHS, the police, and international bodies such as the World Health Organisation.
  • You will benefit from the Department’s nationally-commended resources (British Psychological Society, 2015). These include sleep labs, a full Jaguar Land Rover driving simulator, and an infant laboratory.

Professor Neil Stewart


James Ulke

2nd year undergraduate

Why study at Warwick?

A view from our academics

What will I learn?

This flexible course, accredited by the British Psychological Society, provides a thorough grounding in quantitative research methods and the main theoretical areas of psychology. It forms an excellent basis for both further postgraduate study for professional qualifications and for other employment.

Our staff are passionate about their subject and recognised internationally in their fields, meaning you will be sharing in the most up-to-date subject knowledge. You will gain a critical awareness of research and theory in cognitive, developmental, biological, social and abnormal psychology as well as skills in communication, presentation and group work. The programme includes opportunities for project work and a residential weekend in the Windsor Great Park. Later in the course you will select your third year modules, allowing you to tailor content to your own interests and ambitions.

Your first year covers the foundations of research methods and psychological theory, and you can also choose optional modules in another subject that you enjoy. Your second year covers further core areas of psychology, while developing your research skills. In your final year, you can choose from a number of advanced specialised options taught by members of staff who are experts in those fields. For our current third-year students, these include Abnormal Psychology, Psychology and the Law, Developmental Psychopathology, Human Sexuality and Sleep and Health. You will also complete a final-year project in an area of your choice; this double-weighted core module contributes 25% to your final-year mark.

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.

Entry Requirements

A level AAB, including grade B in GCSE Mathematics.
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.
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.

A levels in Applied Subjects and Mixed Portfolios Candidates are considered on an individual basis.

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.

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

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.

Further Information

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?

In your first year you will study the core areas in Psychology and gain experience in statistical analysis and experimental design through practical work. You may take topics in Psychology as your option module or you may prefer an option from another department’s list of 1st year modules.

Psychology modules may include Brain and Behaviour; Psychology in Context; Statistical Methods in Psychology; Research Methods in Psychology; Academic Skills for Psychologists; Topics in Psychology.

Modules in the second year are compulsory but an extra module from any academic department can be taken if you wish. Students in the past have taken modules from the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning, from the Language Centre and the School of Life Sciences.

Psychology modules may include Individual Differences; Language and Cognition; Perception, Planning and Action; Methods in Psychology II; Second Year Project; Developmental Psychology; Psychobiology; Social Psychology.

In the third year your project is compulsory but you may choose six option modules depending on your interests. You may choose to replace one of the Psychology modules or take an extra module from another academic department such as Warwick Business School, the School of Life Sciences or, perhaps the departments of Philosophy or Sociology.

Psychology modules may include Third Year Project (core); The Self in Social Psychology; Cognitive Science; Abnormal Psychology; Issues in Families and Development; Psychology of Ageing; Perception; Psychology and the Law; Developmental Psychopathology; Theory and Research on Emotion; Persuasion and Influence.

Find our more about the degree structure and module information. 

* This not an exhaustive list and the modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please visit the department website for more detailed information. 


Recent graduate destinations include:

Digital Analyst for a PR firm; Social Media Co-ordinator for a major price comparison website; Advisor to The Alzheimer’s Society; Merchandising co-ordinator for Christian Dior; Specialist Clinical Psychologist for Worcestershire NHS Trust.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level:
AAB, including grade B in GCSE Mathematics

IB: 36 points, including 5 in Higher Level Mathematics or 6 in Standard Level Mathematics/Mathematical Studies.

A natural science subject at A level or equivalent is preferred, otherwise at least grade B in two science subjects/double science at GCSE or equivalent will be considered.

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.


Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
Department of Psychology

Student blogs

Ptolemy Banks - Psychology

Amreet Sarai - Psychology

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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 2017 entry.