Psychology BSc (Hons)

Key information


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 by the British Psychological Society and provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, making it an excellent platform for postgraduate study.

We have a three stage curriculum: Year One is based on the BPS core subject areas, Year Two is based on the research themes of psychology at Liverpool and in Year Three you will have the option to choose modules from our research specialisms. This will enable 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 of Years One and Two, you take six compulsory modules across two semesters. In Year Three you take six optional taught modules plus the research project. 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 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.

In Year Three you select six optional modules from four thematic pathways with the requirement that at least one module is selected from each pathway. The large number of available modules makes it possible to focus your learning on topics of personal interest. You also have the opportunity to select the placement module which includes a summer work placement to an organisation. As part of your research project, the only compulsory module in Year Three, you can work on a one-to-one basis with an individual academic to develop an indepth research project which may be on a topic of personal and professional interest.

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. Your academic adviser supports your personal development and also offers pastoral support over any issues you may be experiencing. 

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

329 Year One undergraduates in 2018

Graduate prospects

99% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)

Degree results

89% of students graduated with a First Class or 2:1 degree (2017)

Why this subject?

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 and our new research connected curriculum moves quickly from general psychology to our research strengths and specialisms. You’ll benefit from research focused lectures in Year One, enabling an understanding and application of the Liverpool context, all taught by specialists who are passionate about their research activity.

Prepare for your professional career

You, and your future employers, can be reassured by the fact your programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). In addition, our curriculum content and our teaching has been developed with a strong focus on your future employment. Our new approach to authentic assessment will also help you develop practical skills, and connect theory to practice.

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.

Enjoy a flexible future

On graduation, 99% of our students go straight into work or further study and our 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.