Our programme draws on our research excellence and our focus on transferable skills means a psychology degree from Liverpool will be suitable for a wide range of career choices. The degree is accredited annually by the British
The degree is accredited annually by the British Psychological Society and provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, making it an excellent platform for postgraduate study.
The curriculum allows you to follow ‘pathways’ of module choice, enabling you to develop specialist knowledge in a range of subject areas (eg clinical, forensic etc). Entry to the undergraduate degree programme is available to applicants with a wide array of qualifications and backgrounds. Outstanding applicants may be offered conditional places on linked postgraduate courses provided by the University of Liverpool allowing our graduates to further enhance their career prospects.
Programme in detail
In each year, you take eight modules across two semesters, with a range of compulsory and optional modules in psychology. Our teaching programme is ‘research-led’ in that modules are delivered by leading researchers from a range of disciplines across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. All aspects of psychology are covered, from the study of brain mechanisms which underlie behaviour through to the analysis of human behaviour in social contexts.
There is a diverse range of modules including social and clinical/health psychology, cognitive and developmental psychology, individual differences and cross-cultural psychology, and biological and physiological psychology.
In Year Two, students work together in groups on a small research project with their Academic Adviser as preparation for their final year project. Your Academic Adviser supports your personal development and also offers pastoral support over any issues you may be experiencing.
In Year Three, module choices can be tailored into ‘pathways’ (eg clinical, forensic, neuroscience etc) and you can work on a one-to-one basis with an individual academic to develop an in-depth research project which may be on a topic relevant to the chosen specialism. In your final year you are also encouraged to apply for entry to our range of taught postgraduate programmes in psychology (eg our MSc Investigative and Forensic Psychology, which is accredited by the BPS Forensic Division and therefore provides access to a career as a forensic psychologist). There is also the option to transfer onto our MPsycholSci programme (C804).
Ours is a challenging programme but there is plenty of support in place to help you. Throughout Year One, you will regularly work within a small peer group under the supervision of an academic. These sessions aim to develop key study skills to help you achieve the most in your studies.
We also offer support for making career choices. In the first year of study, this includes opportunities to consider potential career pathways within and outside of the discipline of psychology, and reflect on those personal skills which will need developing and strengthening over the next three years.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
418 Year One undergraduates in 2016
94.1% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2014/15)
National Student Survey
90% of students agree staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2015)
Facts and figures
We received five commendations for high quality teaching following our BPS accreditation visit (2013)
Why this subject?
Enjoy a flexible future
On graduation, 94% of our students go straight into work or further study and our British Psychology Society (BPS) accreditation satisfies the requirements for either. Successful graduates may be offered a postgraduate place here at Liverpool enabling you to continue to build your career specialism.
Prepare for your professional career
You, and your future employers, can be reassured by the fact your programme is accredited by the BPS. You’ve covered the BPS criteria by the end of the second year, offering you the flexibility to really focus on your key areas of interest in Year Three.
Explore your career options with potential future employers
Your programme is informed by an extensive network of professional contacts and potential employers, helping ensure it prepares you for the workplace. Guest practitioner lecturers also help you clarify your future career direction.
Learn from active research leaders
You’ll be studying in a department which is home to some of the world’s leading academic experts, research centres and laboratories, providing opportunity for learning about, and participation and collaboration in ground-breaking research. Our Year Two Research Internship Scheme offers you the opportunity to work alongside researchers to support study design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of manuscripts.