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Psychology and English (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

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    3 years full time
    4-6 years part time

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This Joint Honours course introduces you to a well-established Psychology course and is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)*, which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. This course will help you analyse and understand human behaviour, thought and emotions from many different psychological outlooks. By studying Psychology combined with English, you will get an introduction to a fascinating range of literary texts and periods, which will allow students to develop their skills as a thinker, reader, writer and critic.

*Accreditation applicable to Undergraduate Single Honours Psychology degrees and Joint Honours degrees where Psychology is the major subject.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Updated 24/11/2020


  • British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation.*
  • Flexible module choices to tailor your degree to your needs.
  • Progression courses available.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

Course Content

  • By choosing to study these subjects there is a higher level of flexibility in deciding your future employability pathway. This course is designed to enthuse and inspire you, broadening your knowledge of Psychology whilst fine tuning your understanding of English Literature. Both courses are taught by an enthusiastic and experienced team with substantial research and teaching experience.

    You will 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 with a comprehensive and thorough understanding of English Literature from the performance poetry of the Early Middle Ages to contemporary literature. The aim of this course is to allow students to develop their own research interests through a wide range of optional modules and a final year dissertation. You will develop a critical understanding and high level of professional practice skills in Psychology. In the English section of the course you will engage with texts through extensive reading and studying the intellectual and historical contexts within literature. Ideas can be shared and developed through lectures, seminar discussions and group projects.

    Year One

    You 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. You will 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, you can take other first year Psychology modules exploring the many ways that psychology is applied to real-world problems and developing your research, thinking and communication skills.

    For the first year of BA English we offer three modules to Joint Honours students in which the foundations of your degree are laid. These modules are:

    • Contemporary Shakespeares, where you will encounter the Bard in a variety of modern genres including the graphic novel and screen adaptations
    • Identity Under Construction: Late Twentieth Century Literature. Here you will explore the development of English Literature from Orwell and the end of the Second World War to the present
    • Language and Creativity which examines the English Language in its everyday and creative functions and provides a comprehensive understanding of variation in language across different social and professional contexts
    Year Two

    In the second year, if you major in Psychology and seek a 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. But if you minor or joint you can also choose to study Positive Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology and Educational Psychology.

    In the second year in English you build on the knowledge you now possess. There are two core modules for BA English:

    • Experimental Literature, in which you will read and discuss a broad variety range of literature from the first half of the twentieth century
    • Victorian Visions where you will encounter important genres such as poetry, drama and fiction, and writers from Charles Dickens and the Brontës to Oscar Wilde

    There is also a wide range of optional modules* in which you can read and discuss a diverse range of literature according to your interests, including:

    • Sex, Sexuality and Twentieth-Century Fiction
    • From Blade to Book: Early English Literature
    • From Fairy Tale to the Contemporary Child Hero
    • Contemporary American Fictions: Slavery, Sci-Fi and Serial Killers
    Year Three*

    In your final year, you will specialise in areas of interest and potential career preparation. There are Psychology modules in each of the applied psychological professions such as forensic psychology and clinical 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 your final year you will be required to take a combination of the following BA English modules. The core modules are:

    • Early Modern Literature: Page, Stage and Screen which provides new perspectives on that period, from Renaissance Sexualities to Visions of the New World
    • Satire and Revolution: Re-Reading Eighteenth Century Literature which focuses on the long eighteenth century, a period of intellectual and cultural progress, but also of wicked wit and violence

    The optional modules* include:

    • Contemporary Women’s Writing
    • Gothic Worlds 1750-1900
    • Adaptations
    • Writing Town and Country
    • Celebrity, Publicity and American Literature

    * Modules are run depending on student numbers and staff availability

    Opportunities Abroad

    There are opportunities for international study visits and exchange as part of the second year for the Education Studies element.


    There are a variety of assessment formats including essays, practical reports, presentations, time-constrained essays, multiple-choice tests, group project work, analysis and reflection.

  • General entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC.

    If you are a Home or EU student and would like more information on making an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • International – Full Time: £12,900
    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    Scholarships and Bursaries

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • This joint honours programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)* and can be the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

    *Accreditation applicable to Undergraduate Single Honours Psychology degrees and Joint Honours degrees where Psychology is the major subject.

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