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C817 Psychology (Applied) BSc Undergraduate 2012


UCAS code C817
Degree BSc
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 3 years
Location Queen's Campus
Typical offers A Level
International Baccalaureate (IB)
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 0101

Course Content


If you want a degree programme that explains behaviour in the context of real life, then this is the one for you. Our degree courses in Psychology (Applied) emphasise psychology's relevance to a range of everyday issues such as health, crime, education, technology and neuropsychological rehabilitation.

The first two years of your programme cover the fundamental areas of psychology required for accreditation by the BPS. Students are asked to think about how the material they are learning about is relevant in actual situations. Your final year is made up of options that focus on the ways that psychology is applied to everyday problems and used in practical settings.

In year one, over six modules you learn about four major areas of psychology: cognitive psychology (the study of mental processing), social psychology (the study of individuals in groups), developmental psychology (the study of intellectual and social change in humans) and biological psychology (the study of the relationship between the brain and changes in mental state and behaviour). You will also learn important techniques in experimentation, observation and statistical analysis.

In year two you will further tackle the core areas of psychology considered by the British Psychological Society when it accredits a psychology degree. Over six modules you will develop your in-depth knowledge and understanding of the areas introduced in your first year and take up the study of neuropsychology, perception, abnormal psychology and psychometrics (the selection and use of psychological tests).

In your final year, you will have the opportunity to study subjects of particular interest (or relevance to your future career) in more detail. Again, these modules will have an applied focus, and examine psychological issues such as neuropsychology which may be considered in the context of neuropsychological rehabilitation, working memory which may be looked at in the context of its implications for designing multimedia systems for learning, and how developmental psychology can be applied in the context of education.

We also offer modules concerning forensic psychology and scientific outreach in schools (by placement).

Teaching and assessment details

You will experience lectures, seminars in small groups and practical work. You will not have to carry out practical work involving animals, but our courses do refer to such work. Assessment is by written examination and continuous assessment. Your final degree class will be based upon assessments in your second and third years.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

In addition to satisfying the University's general entry requirements and the programme specific entry requirements above, please note:

We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study.  

Grade C in Mathematics at GCSE or equivalent is required.

We do not include General Studies as part of our offer.

If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Centre offers multi-disciplinary programmes to prepare you for a range of specified degree programmes.

English Language requirements

IELTS 6.5 (no component under 6.0); TOEFL iBT 92 (no component under 23); Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) Grade C; or Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade A

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Fees and Funding

Fees have not been set for this academic year.

Scholarships and funding

Career Opportunities

Department of Psychology (Queen's Campus)

The Psychology department comprises members of academic staff who use cutting edge techniques in order to become world leaders in their research field. The experience gained with us will therefore enable you to enter the workplace with knowledge and hands-on experience of how psychological issues are investigated and how this knowledge is applied to solve problems in the world.

I had an excellent experience as an undergraduate on the Psychology (Applied) course. My experience at Queen's Campus has been second to none, I found the course intersting and enjoying the three years I spent there. The excellent research-led teaching, combined with the wide range of final year options, is what - in my opinion - makes this degree in Psychology far superior to others. The third year modules allowed me to get to grips with more practical aspects of Psychology and guided my decision of what to do after graduating.
Arwah, BSc (Hons) Psychology (2006)

Of those students that left in 2012:

- 32.5% are in full time paid employment

Of those in employment:

- 69% are graduate level employment

- Median salary £18,000

Of those students in further study:

- 95% are in graduate level study, in areas including:

  • Conversion course/Speech & Language Therapy
  • PhD/Psychology
  • Masters/Psychology
  • PGCE/Primary
  • PGCE/Secondary
  • Conversion course/Law

Employment development opportunities

The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre works closely with the Psychology Department to ensure that students receive information, advice and vacancies relevant to their needs.  A Careers Adviser delivers talks focused on ensuring that students receive the most relevant and up to date advice about professions that are of interest to students in the department.  This includes inviting professionals such as Educational, Counselling, Clinical and Forensic Psychologists onto campus to talk to students about their work.

A wide range of work is carried out in conjunction with the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre to develop students' employability skills, including presentations/workshops on CVs, applications, assessment centres, interviews, commercial awareness, leadership, etc. 

A wide range of recruiters of Durham Psychology graduates attend careers fairs and run presentations on campus, from career areas including: Psychology, Teaching, Accountancy, Law, HR, Retail, Management Consultancy, Marketing Advertising, PR, Banking, IT, to name a few.

Work experience

Our department encourages you to gain experimental expereince during your time with us. To that end you can get involved via a participant pool scheme for which you can gain credit and also take part in our research assistant scheme. In this scheme you have the opportunity to join a research group in the department to see first-hand how ideas turn into experiments, how those experiments are run and what the results mean.
We also encourage our students to find related vacation experience either within the department through a summer bursary (external funding) or by working with one of our employability partners.

Professional recognition

Our degrees are accreditied by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the *Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, which is the first step in your career as a psychologist. 

(*minimum of a second class honours degree required)

Neuro Partners are a company who specialise in care and support for people with Neurological Conditions and Brain Injury. We have over 250 employees across the North of England and although everyone works towards the same standards across the company, each individual brings their own knowledge ambition and expertise. Durham University produces high calibre Psychology graduates who boast all of the key skills we require when recruiting for Assistant Psychologists and Support Workers to work within our Service.
Kelly Mowbray, Director of Operations, Neuro Partners,

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Pre-application open days are the very best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments and opportunities to explore college options they will provide a full experience of Durham University for any prospective undergraduates.

Pre-application open days at Queen's Campus, Stockton will take place on:

  • Friday 15 June 2012
  • Friday 22 June 2012
  • Friday 14 September 2012

Further details and information on how to book.

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Department Information

Department of Psychology (Queen's Campus)


Psychology studies people: how they think, how they act, react and interact. It is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying such behaviour.

With 95% of Durham’s Psychology Department’s research assessed as being of International Quality and examples of World-Leading (4*) research excellence throughout the department (RAE, 2008), you are guaranteed to study in an academic environment of great quality. We have been rated as amongst the top 10 Psychology departments in the UK (The Times Good University Guide) for research and have received excellent results in our Teaching Assessments. You will receive genuine research-led teaching and as well as undertaking your course-based studies, we invite students to actively participate in our research environment through seminars, conferences, research assistantship schemes and access to our clinical and experimental facilities. We are the top leading University to offer a Psychology (Applied) programme in addition to our traditional Psychology programme, with both programmes demonstrating extensive depth and breadth in the field of psychology. Our degree programmes represent the first step in qualifying as a professional psychologist, with many students progressing on within the field; however our programmes also provide students with an excellent variety of skills and abilities which are transferable to a diverse array of professions.

RAE results


In addition to the excellent Queen's Campusfacilities, we have a suite of teaching laboratorieswell-stocked with IT equipment with our owncomputer network. Many of our staff have stateof-the-art facilities for research in neuroscience,neuropsychological rehabilitation anddevelopmental psychology housed in theprestigious Wolfson Research Institute. ThePsychology (Applied) degree is research-led andtherefore the top-quality research carried out bythe members of our Department at Queen'sCampus feeds directly into the Psychology(Applied) degree. It is therefore more appropriateto house this degree programme at Queen'sCampus. You will be surrounded by opportunities to get involved in cutting edge research if youso wish, secure in the knowledge that you arelearning about the most up-to-date developments in the field.

In addition to our cross-campus events aimed at providing opportunities for our students on both Single Honours programmes to mingle, students are welcome to attend all departmental events and seminars, etc held in our building in Durham City and you can also avail yourself of the opportunity to get involved in the research being carried out there.


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