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Department of Psychology

Undergraduate Study

Durham University offers two undergraduate BSc (Hons) programmes in Psychology, both of which are accredited by the British Psychological Society. Psychology (C800) is taught at Durham City and Psychology (Applied) (C817) is taught at Durham University Queen's Campus.

More information on both of these courses is available by following the links below.

Psychology (C800)

Psychology (Applied) (C817)

If you would like additional information about either of the undergraduate Psychology courses taught at Durham University, please feel free to contact the Admissions Secretary or alternatively fill in a Request for Further Information form online and we will be happy to send you the information in the post.

As a department we can boast strong profiles in both teaching and research. These strengths are shown by our rankings in comparison to other psychology departments in the UK. As a department we are ranked 6th in all three of the Complete University Guide, The Times and The Sunday Times University Guide. In addition, 94% of our students said they found their course intellectually stimulating in the 2013 National Student Survey. As a comparison, the sector-wide average was 89%.

We are proud of our standing and reputation on teaching. Yet, we are also recognised for our research excellence. A nation-wide assessment of research by the UK higher education funding council (REF2014) reported that:

  • 99% of the department’s research is of International Quality.
  • 77% of the research is Internationally Excellent or World-Leading (rated as 3* or 4* 4* is the highest!).

We have research strengths in:

Applied, Clinical and Health Psychology

Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience

Developmental Psychology

Social, Emotional and Evolutionary Psychology

Neuroscience of Learning and Memory

In line with these strengths, we are able to give our students outstanding provision in the core areas of psychology that allow our single and joint honours students to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership within the British Psychological Society (BPS) with a minimum of a second class degree. A BPS accredited degree is required if you wish to go on to take professional courses in Clinical, Educational, Occupational or other areas of Psychology that lead to Chartered Status. All of the following areas must be covered in accredited degrees:

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Psychobiology
  • Social Psychology
  • Research Design & Quantitative Methods

Psychology is a broad discipline, and so you will need to learn about biological, social and developmental aspects of psychology, statistics, and research methods. Thus, all BPS accredited Psychology degrees contain statistics and experimental work. However, we teach statistics in an applied manner so even those who don’t think they are “good at maths” often find this is completely different here. And if you’re good at maths, then you’ll find this part of the programme well-suited to your abilities.

Psychology is a science discipline. Therefore, we conduct psychological research so that we can acquire knowledge. We, as a society, have learned a great deal from research conducted at universities like Durham University. Much of this knowledge has been gained by studying university students. Being a participant in research allows you to learn about research design and administration in a way that you would miss by reading about research in textbooks or in research articles. Textbooks and other academic writing necessarily leaves out a lot of the actual experience of doing research. Thus, being involved in research gives you a rare look at what research is really like, which complements what you learn in lectures and in books. In your first and second years, you are thus encouraged to participate in studies using our Participant Pool. In your third year, you may also use the pool to recruit participants for your own research (for your 3rd year project).

If you would like additional information about either of the undergraduate Psychology courses taught at Durham University, please feel free to contact the Admissions Secretary or alternatively fill in a Request for Further Information form online and we will be happy to send you the information in the post.

The Undergraduate Admissions Team

Psychology (C800)
Admissions Tutors - Dr Lynda Boothroyd, Dr Luna Centifanti and Dr Colin Lever
Admissions Secretary - Mr Peter Fawcett

Psychology (Applied) (C817)
Admissions Tutor - Dr Judith Covey
Admissions Secretary - Mrs Anne Armstrong

For more information please contact us