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About the course

Psychology is a popular subject because it has relevance to so many areas of everyday life. It is of interest to anyone who wants to understand what causes certain elements of human behaviour and how knowledge of that behaviour can be applied. As a psychology student here at Solent you will explore how people act and interact, both as individuals and in groups, while analysing the thoughts and feelings that underlie specific behaviours.

BSc (Hons) Psychology scored 92% overall student satisfaction and ranked 7 for teaching in the UK. (National Student Survey 2020) 

The curriculum will see you exploring key areas of psychological study including education; crime; sport and exercise; social behaviours; therapy and counselling. You’ll also carry out intensive study of scientific approaches to psychology. These topics, which include research methods, problem solving and manipulation of data, provide useful tools for careers in healthcare, law enforcement, finance, research and IT.

This British Psychology Society accredited degree emphasises the practical application of psychology, with real-world assessments integrated throughout. You’ll also have the option to undertake work-based learning as part of your studies. To reflect the wide range of careers that are open to graduates, the course can be tailored with optional modules that suit your specific ambitions.

As you learn, you’ll benefit from access to Solent’s dedicated psychophysiological recording equipment, eye-tracking facilities and psychology labs. The teaching team, made up of academics with extensive industry and research experience, will guide you as apply your newly founded research skills to a range of experiments and projects. This hands-on training eventually leads to a final applied psychology project, acting as the perfect springboard into graduate employment or further study.

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You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Psychology at Solent is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Students benefit from access to dedicated computing facilities, specialist software, psychophysiological recording equipment, eye-tracking apparatus and a range of experiment spaces.

What does this course lead to?

Psychology graduates are well placed for a range of essential roles in mental health support, therapy, counselling, social work, research and criminal justice. Graduates would also be able to continue their studies, moving onto higher level degrees or working towards chartered psychologist status.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s psychology programme is ideally suited to students from a wide range of academic backgrounds. Candidates should be interested in human behaviour and aspiring to a career where that interest can be put to use. This may be in social work, psychological practise, the justice system or any of the many other relevant sectors.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been: 

Compulsory costs
Lab coat: £TBC

Optional costs
Students whose research and/or placement involves working with children will be expected to apply for DBS disclosure. 

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • Grade 4 in GCSE English and mathematics (previously grade C).
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Social Sciences Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply

Social Sciences Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Exploring Psychology
    On this module you’ll learn about how Psychology has developed as a scientific discipline and take a critical look at some of the key areas of Psychological research.
  • Psychology across the Lifespan
    This module will present a lifespan development perspective covering relevant theories, issues and methodologies both historical and contemporary. Specific topics will reflect recent research. 
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
    On this module you’ll learn about quantitative approaches to analysing psychological data. You’ll consider who/what the data relates to (sampling), how the data is obtained (design and methodology) and what data is collected (measurement).
  • Qualitative Psychology
    On this module You’ll learn about the concepts that lie at the heart of QP to understand key assumptions and approaches. We’ll look at what QP is and what methodologies are categorised as ‘qualitative’.
  • Debates in Psychology
    On this module you’ll learn issues of key topical and historical debates within psychology by considering findings from empirical research.
  • Applications of Psychology
    On this module, you’ll develop an understanding of the main psychology careers – for example; Clinical and Counselling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Health and Sport Psychology and Forensic Psychology.

Year two

Core modules
  • Brain and Behaviour
    On this module, you’ll gain an overview of brain anatomy and how processes are localised to different areas or structures. You’ll also learn about the way that our nervous system is structured. 
  • The Social Individual
    On this module You’ll explore individual differences within social psychological phenomena and consider the extent to which personality may affect and be affected by social situations and social behaviour.  
  • Psychological Research
    On this module You’ll explore individual differences within social psychological phenomena and consider the extent to which personality may affect and be affected by social situations and social behaviour.
  • Psychological Research in Action
    On this module you’ll learn the final batch of analytical methods in the Methods-based element and you’ll be able to identify and progress through the various stages in the Report- based element.
  • Psychological wellbeing
    On this module you’ll understand what psychologists mean by ‘psychological wellbeing’ and how this is explained in psychological models.
  • Cyber psychology
    This module will allow you to explore the interaction of psychology and technology. You’ll investigate the psychological theories underpinning the science of technology. 


Year three

Core modules
  • Applied Psychology Project
    This module allows you to independently conduct and write up a piece of psychological research. This will require you to research an area of psychology of your own choosing. 
  • Developing Professional Practice in Psychology
    On this module you’ll adopt the role of a practitioner by applying theory and research to a case study in an area that you're interested in.
  • Psychology and Society
    On this module you’ll consider how misunderstandings in the public sphere contribute to issues in society and how they can be addressed by applying psychology theory and practice. 


  • Advanced Analytical methods
    The module will introduce a range of advanced techniques that have not been previously covered in other modules. 
  • Psychology Placement
    This module will help you to continue your development as a reflective practitioner by identifying and reflecting on your skill development during a work placement.
  • Extended Essay
    This module allows you to engage in, plan, implement and conduct a substantial inquiry into a particular topic of interest within the field of psychology. 
  • Behaviour Change for Health & Wellbeing
    On this module You’ll earn some of the theories behind behaviour change and will evaluate and apply these theories to real life issues related to health and wellbeing. 

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Imogen Tijou academic profile Imogen Tijou Course Leader View profile
Daniel Connolly academic profile Daniel Connolly Senior Lecturer View profile
Rhodri Davies academic profile Rhodri Davies Senior Lecturer View profile
Mei Mason-Li academic profile Mei Mason-Li Senior Lecturer View profile
Karen Burnell academic profile Karen Burnell Senior Lecturer View profile
Lara Webber academic profile Lara Webber Senior Lecturer View profile
Greg Neil academic profile Greg Neil Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Learning is supported by purpose built labs which allow students to collect data from human participants using the same resources as professional psychologists. These facilities include the psycho-physiology laboratory, the observation laboratory, and the cognitive psychology laboratory.

Students can use these facilities to carry out cognitive and psycho-physiological investigations. For example, the sophisticated eye tracker can trace eye positions on a computer screen while our Biopac programme measures participant’s physiological reactions. Collecting a wide range of data using these resources gives students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of psychological methods and analysis, as well as helping them to gain first-hand experience of complex psychological research.

Students are taught by an experienced and supportive teaching team with a wide range of academic experience and professional expertise. Work-based learning modules ensure that students graduate with a portfolio of practical workplace experience.

Your future

Solent psychology graduates can be found in a wide range of different roles and industries. Recent graduates have gone onto careers in mental health support, clinical psychology, therapeutic practice and children’s health.

Graduates who wish to go on to become chartered and registered psychologists would need to undertake postgraduate study in their chosen field.

BPS qualifications cover topics such as counselling psychology; forensic psychology; health psychology; occupational psychology and sport psychology. 

Industry links

Students have opportunities to present at and attend psychology conferences. Charities and private companies provide live briefs for specific modules and provide mentoring training.

Recent guest speakers have included a sleep laboratory researcher, police advocates, practicing counsellors, and a specialist reading intervention teacher.


Practical experience is embedded throughout the curriculum. This includes work placement and live brief opportunities. Students are also encouraged to present their final-year project at industry conferences - past students have presented for the British Psychological Society.

Further study

After studying this course you may have the opportunity to study further on the following courses:

Get ready to find your place

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