This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)* and is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. Students analyse and understand human behaviour, thought and emotions from many different psychological outlooks. By studying Psychology combined with Drama you will explore a variety of practical and theoretical approaches and performance styles from a range of historical and cultural perspectives.
By choosing to study these subjects there is a higher level of flexibility in deciding your future employability pathway. Both programmes are taught by an enthusiastic and experienced team which has substantial research and teaching experience.
*Accreditation applicable to Undergraduate Single Honours Psychology degrees and Joint Honours degrees where Psychology is the major subject.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
The University of Northampton
Boughton Green Road
Other course locations
This course will be divided between Park Campus for Pscyhology modules and Avenue Campus for Drama modules.
Our students learn new ways of understanding how and why people think and act as they do. They are also equipped with transferable, critical and analytical skills to enhance their employability. The course offers considerable flexibility and choice, whilst developing your knowledge of a range of practices encompassing different types of performance, improvisation, devising, adapting material for new media and audiences, as well as the literary skills required for textual interpretation, writing and critical analysis.
Students enjoy excellent studio facilities and access to view productions at Northampton’s nationally recognised regional theatre, Royal & Derngate. There are opportunities for visits, researching educational settings and activities in schools and other educational contexts.
Drama is an experiential practice-led discipline in which students practically explore key aspects of theatre and performance practice styles, conventions and theories across a wide range of historical and cultural backgrounds.
In Drama modules students will develop and increase their repertoire of physical and performance skills. They will develop physical and vocal techniques for work in different styles of performance, for improvisation and for devising. They will also acquire skills relevant for textual interpretation and critical analysis. These skills will be developed through a combination of teaching strategies including theatre visits, lecture or seminars and workshops with visiting professionals.
We are looking for gifted people with some experience of performance. This practical course will appeal to people wishing to pursue careers in different areas of the theatre and performance industries and related fields in the arts, in community work, in education and in postgraduate studies. Applicants should be able to express themselves in practice and in writing underpinned by research.
Students will be introduced to the core disciplines that underpin the academic analysis of both subjects.
Psychology modules introduce the major approaches to understanding human behaviour: social, cognitive, biological and developmental and personality psychology. Students acquire skills in the design and execution of a range of psychological research methods, the analysis and interpretation of data and report writing. In addition to the core modules, students can take other stage one Psychology modules exploring the many ways that psychology is applied to real-world problems and developing students’ research, thinking and communication skills. With Drama, the first stage is a generalist study of drama and forms the basis for study in stages two and three. This first stage concentrates on developing key skills, both practical and academic, through modules consisting of workshop-based, practice-led investigations of selected performance theories and through lectures and seminars.
In stage two, students that major in Psychology seek Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) and undertake four modules covering, social, developmental, biological, cognitive and personality psychology, plus the key debates within psychology and psychological research methods. Minor and joint pathway students can also choose to study Positive Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology and Educational Psychology.
In Drama, students build on the ensemble work of the foundation year through increased speculation in chosen areas of interest whilst extending the depth of study and scope of practical work. Students are exposed to work of greater complexity and challenges requiring more creativity and imagination most especially in the compulsory modules, Specialist Study and Theories and Movements of Performance.
In stage three, students specialise in areas of interest and potential career preparation. Students select from the wide range of advanced Psychology modules on offer. There are modules on each of the applied psychological professions such as forensic psychology and clinical psychology. There are also modules reflecting the research expertise of our staff, for example Transpersonal Psychology and Positive Psychology. Psychology majors typically undertake an empirical dissertation with one-to-one guidance from a Psychology lecturer. The dissertation allows students to immerse themselves in a topic of their choosing, subject to staff approval, and to put into practice the research skills they have acquired through the course.
In Drama, students will take the compulsory module, Adaptations, and participate in a compulsory intensive tutor led investigative course, Theatre and Performance in Context. Students will form creative relationships with professionals in the performance and creative industries.
*Please note that Stage Three modules are currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.
There are opportunities for international study visits and exchange as part of the second year for the Education Studies element. Periodically, Drama plays host to Erasmus and American Studies exchange students who cite the range of modules and teaching methods as significant factors in their development of confidence and understanding of drama as a learning medium and vehicle for social change.
There are a variety of assessment formats including, essays, practical reports, presentations, time-constrained essays, multiple-choice tests, group project work, analysis and reflection.
Facilities and Special Features
There are several features within both subject areas of this joint honours course which can put theory into practice to cement theoretical learning from lecture and seminar settings. Students can derive benefits from the following:
- excellent and innovative teaching
- friendly and supportive staff
- five fully equipped drama studios and a large flexible performance space where diverse staging can be explored
- a wide variety of work with visiting professionals in the creative and performance industries
- links with professionals in performance and creative industries and with theatres, locally and nationally
- opportunities for placements in the theatre industry and related areas and the forming of companies to work in applied theatre contexts
- an exciting range of modules
This joint honours programme provides an excellent foundation for entry into the competitive professional and academic fields of Psychology and Drama and applies to many professional contexts. With Psychology, after further qualification, you can obtain ‘chartered’ status as a counselling, clinical, educational, occupational, health or forensic psychologist. Also, academic psychologists conduct research and teach in higher education. Our graduates have followed each of these careers. It is widely acknowledged by employers that Psychology degrees provide an excellent grounding for a diverse range of non-psychological careers. Our graduates are employed in education, the health service, the police force, human resources management, marketing, the civil service, broadcasting, social work, performers, directors, stage managers, dramaturges, writers, theatre journalists, community arts administrators and practitioners, as well as teachers and lecturers in the discipline.
The highly valued transferable skills gained from the programme have enabled our graduates to go on to work outside the arts at managerial level, whilst some have gone on to postgraduate study. Students will have highly developed performance and academic skills and transferable skills for work in different fields. They will become incisive critics and confident presenters.
Within Drama students go on placements in regional and national theatres and also in applied and touring theatre companies in order to experience first-hand, professional work in the creative and performance industries.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
General entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,280 per 20 credit module|
This course is available to international students.
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