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Department of Psychology

Undergraduate Study

Durham University offers an undergraduate BSc (Hons) programme in Psychology. Typical entry requirements are AAA at A-Level.

You can also take Psychology as part of BA Education Studies with Psychology (X1C8), BA Philosophy and Psychology (CV85), or BSc Natural Sciences (CFG0)

Why study Psychology at Durham?

We focus on you

Psychology is a wonderful discipline; surprising, beguiling and revealing. We are energised teachers, who hope to make you love the subject as much as we do. So our teaching is profoundly student-led. From in-depth tutorials with academic staff to individual support from your academic advisor, we are there with you every step of the way.

You’ll make new discoveries

You will conduct your own research through our popular Research Assistant Scheme and your third year Dissertation. You’ll work with world experts and use cutting-edge technologies like Virtual Reality and EEG. At Durham, we don’t just teach you – we encourage you to work with us on new ideas, so that together we make new discoveries about human behaviour.


Through dedicated teaching sessions, an optional placement module, external speakers, and even an employability retreat - we actively prepare you for working life. You can also complete a Durham Award, a mark of excellence recognised by potential employers. We’re incredibly proud that our dedication has helped us to reach 5th place from 116 UK departments for graduate prospects.

In a survey of current students, our average satisfaction rating was 93% compared to an 85% average for other UK Psychology departments.
We are 6th for Psychology from 116 UK Departments in this ranking of entry standards, student satisfaction, graduate prospects & research.
We are 7th for Psychology from 113 UK Departments in this ranking of entry requirements, teaching quality, student experience, graduate prospects & research.

Our course

In Years 1 and 2, you will learn about a diverse range of topics within Psychology, including Abnormal, Biological, Cognitive, Developmental, Individual Differences, and Social Psychology, as well as statistics and research methods.

In Year 3, you can specialise in your own area of interest, and conduct your own research project alongside our world-leading researchers.

Find more details on our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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