This programme introduces you to a well-established Psychology programme and 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 English, students 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.
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 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 English 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 students with a comprehensive and thorough understanding of English Literature from the Renaissance to the present day. 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. Students will develop a critical understanding and high level of professional practice skills in Psychology. English students 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.
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.
Stage one explores the introduction of English Literature and sets down the foundations. At stage one the first module is Nineteenth-Century Literature: Romance and Revolution, where students encounter important genres (such as poetry and fiction) and writers (from Charles Dickens and the Bronte’s to Oscar Wilde). The second is Writing the Present: Post-War and Contemporary British Literature where you will explore the development of English Literature from the end of the Second World War to the present.
Other modules enable students to acquire an understanding of nineteenth century English literature and Writing the Present: Post-War and Contemporary British Literature where you will explore the development of English Literature from the end of the Second World War to the present.
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.
Within the English modules, students will delve into more detailed and developed areas, considering the wider range of literature from the realms of Eighteenth century Literature; Satire and Sensibility as well as focusing on the wicked wit and violence of ‘the long eighteenth century’ (1660-1800).
In stage three, students 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. 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.
For our most advanced students, Renaissance Literature provides new perspectives on that period, from ‘Renaissance sexualities’ to ‘visions of the new world’. In Multimedia Journalism, students will also get an opportunity to bring their writing and reporting skills up to professional standards and meet specialist professional writers.
*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.
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
- core period modules from the Renaissance to the present day
- opportunities to develop creative writing skills
- diverse range of assessment methods
- 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 English 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. 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, teaching, postgraduate study (through MA courses in English or related areas), adult education, social work training, marketing, editorial work with major publishers, librarianship, bookselling, management trainee schemes with large companies and local government.
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.
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|