What will I study on a psychology undergraduate degree?


Degrees in psychology can be taken as a single, joint or combined honours course.

As psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour, you will cover a variety of content in these areas.

The exact content of psychology degree courses varies from university to university, but all courses accredited by the Society will include:


  • Biological psychology - how the brain influences behaviour, the effects of hormones, how it can be affected by drugs.
  • Cognitive psychology - how we remember, learn, think, reason, perceive, speak and understand.
  • Developmental psychology - how humans develop physically, mentally and socially during childhood and adolescence and their life span.
  • Social psychology - how human behaviour and experience are affected by social context such as in groups and relationships.
  • Conceptual and historical issues - how psychological explanations have changed over time and key debates which shape its future.
  • Individual differences - why people have different personalities, how we can measure intelligence, how we treat mental disorders
  • Research methods - how to conduct quantitative and qualitative methods, research design, data collection, analysis and interpretation.

Many degrees allow students to select their own modules in addition to core content. All will include some form of independent project and practical work.

For information regarding specific course content, contact universities directly.