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Psychology with Linguistics (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 new BSc course combines a broad grounding in psychology with the study of how people communicate through language. This is a brand new course, so we are in the process of applying for accreditation with the British Psychological Society. We will publish updates about accreditation on the web page as soon as the information becomes available.

You’ll be taught by from 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, 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, nonverbal 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 you will take one core psychology module and complete your third-year project. You can select the remainder of your modules as options – two in linguistics, two in psychology and the fifth in either subject.

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?

Students can apply to take a temporary leave of absence and study abroad for one year at one of our partner universities. We normally require students to have had the average mark in the 2:1 range in Year 1 in order to take a year abroad.

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 will have a chance to carry out a research project in both first and second years. In addition, you will take core modules on foundations of Linguistics.

The first year core modules may include Brain and Behaviour; Psychology in Context; Statistical Methods in Psychology; Research Methods in Psychology; Academic Skills in Psychology; Linguistics: Understanding Language.

The second year core modules may include Language and Cognition; Methods in Psychology II; Second Year Project; Social Psychology; Linguistics: Acquisition and Use; Developmental Psychology; Psychobiology; Individual Differences.

In the third year your research project and two Linguistics modules are compulsory but you may choose three optional modules in linguistics or psychology, depending on your interests.

The third year core modules may include Third Year Project; Multilingualism; and Culture and Sociolinguistics. Optional modules may include Cognitive Science; Non-verbal Behaviour; Words and Reading; Abnormal Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology, Sleep and Health; Issues in Families and Development; Psychology and the Law; Psychology of Ageing; Behaviour Change; Theories of Research in Emotion; Attention; Human Sexuality; Psychology across Cultures.

Find out more about our modules in the Department of Psychology and Centre for Applied Linguistics.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information. 


Recent psychology 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

Bethany Goodman - Applied Linguistics

Isabel Quah - Applied Linguistics

Elena Sandu - Applied Linguistics

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.