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Psychology (Joint Honours) BA/BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4-6 years part time

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000

  • Location:


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Our Psychology Joint Honours course provides you with an understanding and analysis of human behaviour, thoughts and emotions.

You will have the opportunity to enhance your employability skills through volunteering, events, workshops, research placements and research in educational settings. You will develop transferable thinking skills throughout this course, such as the ability to critically analyse issues and situations which will also enhance your employability.

Updated 12/07/2021


  • Partnerships and Accreditation available.
  • Progression courses available.
  • Flexible module choices to tailor your degree to your needs.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
  • HP Laptop and software included with this course* (*Terms and Conditions apply)

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Course Content

  • This course has been designed to contribute towards achieving the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goal: SDG3 Good Health and Wellbeing.

    This course offers you a high level of flexibility and offers you a high level of flexibility as well as a broad knowledge base in Psychology that can also be transferred to other disciplines. Studying Joint Honours Psychology can set you on a range of career paths including Educational Psychology, teaching, physical and mental health and clinical Psychology amongst others outside of Psychology. If you want a career in Psychology you must major in Psychology and ensure that you take sufficient Psychology modules to meet the requirements of British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

    You will learn new ways of understanding how and why people think and act as they do. You will also be equipped with transferable critical and analytical skills to enhance your employability. You will have the support of a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) throughout the duration of your course that can provide you with academic advice and guidance. You will have access to excellent facilities and resources for research in areas such as social, cognitive, biological, developmental and personality psychology.

    This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership, provided that you meet the minimum standard of a second class honours in your degree. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

    As a Joint Honours student you will take three modules for each stage of this course. Some modules are mandatory whilst others are selected from a wide range of options. In stage one important core ideas, evidence and methods are introduced. This basic knowledge is built upon in stages two and three to provide a well-rounded understanding of topics.

    Stage one

    In stage one, three modules provide you with an excellent grounding in Psychology, these are Psychology in Practice, Introduction to Psychology and Becoming a Psychologist. The Introduction to Psychology module tackles the major approaches to understanding human behaviour: social, cognitive, biological, developmental and personality psychology. The Psychology in Practice and Becoming a Psychologist modules enable you to develop skills in the execution of a range of psychological research methods, the analysis and interpretation of data and report writing.

    Stage two

    During the second stage, you will undertake several optional modules. If you are interested in completing your dissertation in Psychology, the Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology module must be completed. If you are wishing to qualify for GBC status, the following modules must be taken:

    • Cognitive Psychology
    • Biological Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Personality Psychology
    • Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
    • Social Psychology

    If you are not pursuing the GBC status, you will need to select a range of modules totalling 60 credits alongside 60 credits in your other chosen subject (depending upon whether you choose to minor or major in subjects).

    Stage three

    In stage three, you will specialise in areas of interest as potential career preparation. You will have the chance to select from the wide range of advanced Psychology modules on offer. If you choose to produce a dissertation in Psychology, you will undertake an empirical dissertation with one-to-one guidance from a Psychology lecturer. The dissertation allows you to immerse yourself in a topic of your choosing, subject to staff approval, putting into practice the research skills that you have gained throughout the course.


    Module information can be found on the Award Map.

  • Here are the following course combinations available to you:

    Find out what other courses and combinations we offer on our Joint Honours page.

  • Typical offers are BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC.

    In addition, you will be expected to have achieved GCSE Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Domestic equivalencies are not accepted, apart from Access applicants who must take 12 credits of Maths Level 2 or 6 credits of Maths Level 3 as part of their Access course. International equivalences will be reviewed on application.

    If you would like to make an application as a Home student, 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 beginning their studies in September 2021. 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.

  • If you want a career in Psychology you must major in Psychology and ensure that you take sufficient Psychology modules to meet the requirements of British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • There are several features of this Joint Honours course which can put theory into practice to cement theoretical learning from lectures and seminars. You can benefit from the following features:

    • opportunities for volunteering and placements
    • a flexible learning pathway
    • an exciting range of modules
    • dedicated laboratories for psychology students
    • sensory deprivation room
    • biological testing suite
    • observation suite

    Facilities and equipment available:

    • Three dedicated psychology technicians available to support students
    • Six research cubicles
    • Perception lab
    • Observation suite
    • BioPac MP30, MP36 & MP36r: A tool for measuring EEG, ECG, EDA and Respiration.
    • Bitalino smart wearables: enables anyone to create projects for wearable health tracking.
    • SmartBCI 18-channel wireless EEG: An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a device used to measure the electrical activity of the brain. An EEG tracks and records brain wave patterns.
    • Muse EEG: Muse is a wearable brain sensing headband. The device measures brain activity via 4 electroencephalography sensors.
    • Rubber Hand Illusion: The illusion comes on when the real and fake hands are stroked at the same time and speed for a minute or two.
    • HTC Vive VR Headsets: The HTC Vive is a virtual reality headset developed by HTC and Valve Corporation. The headset uses “room scale” tracking technology, allowing the user to move in 3D space and use motion-tracked handheld controllers to interact with the environment.

    Listed below are some of the key tests you can administer within our psychometrics library:

    • Intelligence scales: Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale, Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children, and the Weschler Abbreviated Intelligence Scale x 2
    • Personality measures: NEO Five Factor Inventory & PI-R, Eysenck Personality Scales, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Cattell’s 16PF Form (A&B)
    • Health Psychology Portfolio
    • Mental Health Portfolio
    • Measures of Children’s Mental Health & Psychological Well-Being
    • Child Behaviour Checklist
    • Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking – Verbal/Figural
    • Rorschach test
    • Witkin’s Group Embedded Figures test

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Careers and Employability

Psychology is applied to many professional contexts. Continue your studies in Psychology at postgraduate level and obtain ‘chartered’ status as a counselling, clinical, educational, occupational, health or forensic psychologist.

Choose to pursue a career as an academic psychologist, conducting research and teaching in higher education. For further information about potential career opportunities for Psychology graduates, please visit the BPS website.

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 and many other professions.

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