Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Our professional body, the British Psychological Society (BPS), describes Psychology as being "about understanding what makes people tick and how this understanding can help us address many of the problems and issues in society today."
Our programme is accredited by the BPS, and as such you will cover topics from the seven key areas in Psychology, building understanding and critical insight throughout your degree programme. These areas are:
Biological Psychology – Biological basis of behaviour: neuroscience, genetics, animal behaviour
Cognitive Psychology – Mental processes underlying thinking, memory, language and learning
Conceptual & Historical Issues – Considers where the discipline has come from, where it’s going, and the big unanswered questions of Psychology
Developmental Psychology – How we grow and develop, from conception to old age
Individual Differences – How we differ from one another in terms of traits, abilities and motivations
Research Methods – How we collect and analyse data to further understanding the mind and behaviour
Social Psychology – How we perceive ourselves and others, interact as groups and the influences of culture and society
Psychology Degree Highlights
Our BPS accredited programme is delivered by research leaders with a commitment to both student support and delivering an innovative and interactive educational experience.
Successful completion of an accredited undergraduate programme confers eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
We invest in our students by providing free Student Membership of the BPS throughout their undergraduate degree programme. As such a graduate of Queen's will automatically become a Graduate Member of the BPS with GBC providing the final year thesis module is passed and at least a 2.2-degree classification is achieved. This allows the use of the title MBPsS after your name for as long as you remain a member of the BPS.
Our students can choose either a year-long paid professional placement or a placement module in their final year. Recent students have secured placements with IBM, PWC, Praxis, NI Civil Service, a range of local schools, Simon Community among many others. We support our students to find a placement that works for them through our dedicated Placement and Employability support team who are on hand before, during and after placements.
Working together with colleagues in the University's careers team we prepare students both for placement and their future careers with a programme of guest speakers and practical skills workshops including CV writing, writing a personal statement and interview skills. Our aim is to enable our students to go on to further study or graduate employment in the workforce.
We have invested to enhance facilities for students within the School to include a refurbished teaching and learning area where you will take weekly practical classes in your first two years. These state of the art facilities, which are only available to Psychology students, can also be used for private and group work outside class times.
Students can get involved in our research programmes from early on and as such will become familiar with many of our high-tech research facilities such as our animal behaviour lab, brain stimulation lab, the virtual reality and motion-capture technology in our Science in Motion lab located in the Queens Sport building, our eye-tracking devices, our child development observation lab, and a large psychology test library amongst other facilities.
For breaks between classes, there is a Psychology student social space with kitchen facilities as well as a separate student quiet room.
Internationally Renowned Experts
Our research is grouped around a number of themes including Development and Cognition; Social Psychology; Health Welfare and Clinical Psychology; and Perception and Action.
We’re at the forefront of groundbreaking research which you’ll find embedded throughout our teaching.
We are particularly proud of the impact of our research on informing policymakers, developing industry partnerships and ultimately touching on the lives of thousands of individuals.
The most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) placed the School among the UK’s top 20 Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience departments in terms of both research intensity and research impact.
Our commitment to student experience begins before you join us on campus with a series of pre-induction welcome activities. These will provide you with important information about your course as well as an opportunity for you to meet your peers and smooth your transition into University life. You will later participate in a range of on-campus induction events, all aimed at building connections with your peers, academic staff, and the School more widely. During this time, you will meet the staff who will be important during your first year including your Year Head, Personal Tutor and Advisor of Studies.
Beyond this, we hold social mixer events for each year group at the start of every year and we run a programme of social events which in recent years have included an on-campus zoo day, staff-student Christmas quiz, student photography competition, Easter treasure hunt and a staff-student running club. We also facilitate a number of student-led social groups including 21+ (for those who have had a break in their studies before coming to University) and our international student group. We run a peer mentoring scheme where first-years are assigned to second and third-year mentors and our student society PsychSoc is also very active.
All of this is overseen by our Psychology Student Support Officer who is available for help and support.
Your feedback is an important part of ensuring you have the best student experience possible and we provide numerous opportunities for students to voice their opinions throughout the academic year via town-hall meetings and student voice committees. These help us build an even better student experience.