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Department of Psychology

Psychology (Applied) (C817)

Our BSc Psychology (Applied) (C817) programme is taught at Queen's Campus Stockton, where the department has rooms and offices in both the Ebsworth building and the prestigious Wolfson Research Institute. Students studying this programme are required to be members of one of the two colleges based at Queen's Campus, Stockton.

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Studying Psychology (Applied) (C817)


Single honours BSc degree courses in Psychology and Psychology (Applied) are similar in the first two years but they differ in emphasis. This difference is brought sharply into focus by the different final year options that are offered in Psychology (Applied). The course is designed to cover the essential material for BPS accredited Psychology degrees in the first two years, and to allow for specialization in the third year. You will study six modules per year, and your overall final degree classification will be based on your second and third year performance, weighted 40/60 in favour of final year work.

The Psychology (Applied) degree programme is organised around three broad approaches to the subject: Cognitive, Biological and Social & Developmental. That is, we study people in terms of their internal mental processes, the biological mechanisms that underlie their behaviour, and the social and developmental context in which they act. In addition, we consider ways of assessing individual differences between people, and consider abnormal and clinical aspects of psychology. From the very beginning of the course Psychology (Applied) students are asked to think about how the material they have learned is relevant in the real world. Students are instructed in the statistical and methodological techniques that form the basis of psychological research. Widespread use is made of computers during the course, although no prior knowledge is assumed and the emphasis is on ease of use. Practical work does not involve the use of animals.

It is in the final year that the difference between the two single honours programmes is the most apparent. Whereas the modules available to students who are undertaking the Psychology or Joint Honours degrees place more emphasis on addressing theoretical issues in psychology, the modules available to students who are undertaking the Psychology (Applied) degree place more emphasis on practical application; for example neuropsychology may be considered in the context of neuropsychological rehabilitation, working memory in the context of its implications for designing multimedia systems for learning, and development in the context of education.

Under current regulations, you may choose to take three or four modules in Psychology (Applied) or two or three Psychology (Applied) modules plus one or two from the Psychology Year Three modules on offer (including Modern Foreign Languages). In addition to your chosen four modules, you will carry out and write up your own research project
(Applied Psychology Dissertation) supervised by a member of staff. The range of possible topics is very wide and research can take place in settings such as schools or hospitals, as well as in research laboratories in the Department of Psychology. The dissertation is a double module.


Applying to Durham for Psychology?


For more information please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Secretary.