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Department of Psychology

Undergraduate Study

Welcome to Psychology at Durham University

Welcome to Psychology at Durham University

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Our courses

Durham University offers an undergraduate BSc (Hons) programme in Psychology and an undergraduate BSc (Hons) programme in Behavioural Science. You can also take Psychology as part of BA Education Studies with Psychology (X1C8), BA Philosophy and Psychology (CV85), or BSc Natural Sciences (CFG0). Apply here!

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements for various British qualifications are given below. If your qualifications are not listed here, or you require information regarding the wide variety of international qualifications we accept, then please contact for further information.

Qualification Typical Requirement
A Level A A A
International Baccalaureate 37, including 6, 6, 6 in Higher Level Subjects
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma QCF D + A A at A Level
BTEC Diploma QCF D D + A at A Level
BTEC Extended Diploma QCF D D D
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma D3 D3 D3
Scottish Advanced Highers A A A at Advanced Highers level, plus A A A A B in five Scottish Highers
Access to HE Diploma At least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction, plus a minimum of 15 level 3 credits at a minimum of Merit

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 3rd year Dissertation. You’ll work with world experts, using 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.

Employability. 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 the top ten UK departments for graduate prospects.

Equality and Diversity

Here at Durham, the Department of Psychology is committed to creating and celebrating an environment that has equality, diversity and inclusion at its core. We passionately believe the best Psychological Science must draw on the unique and distinctive talents of all people. We believe by harnessing the power of diversity we can enable, empower and energise our staff and students, and in so doing realise the potential psychology holds to make a real difference to peoples’ lives.

The Athena SWAN Charter was introduced in 2005 to advance the representation of women in science, engineering and technology and to address gender inequalities and improve career progression for female academics. The Athena SWAN awards recognise and celebrate good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

The Department of Psychology is incredibly proud to have received, in 2013, and retained, in 2017, the prestigious Athena Swan Silver award for its outstanding progress in promoting gender equality and addressing the unequal representation of women in science. This award highlights our unwavering commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Professor Richard Crisp

Head of Department

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