Social Psychology

Social Psychology BSc (Hons)

Have you ever wondered how salesmen and advertisers get us to buy things? Or why cult leaders exert such destructive influence over their followers? If you’re interested in understanding how the thoughts, feelings and behaviour of individuals are influenced by others, then this British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree will appeal to you.

Our psychology degrees share a common core in the first year, providing you with a breadth of knowledge, before providing the core BPS curriculum in Year 2, with the option to specialise in your final year in Health, Forensic, Social or Neuropsychology, or retain a breadth of coverage on the BSc (Hons) Psychology. You’ll have a wide range of international opportunities available, including the option to travel to our overseas campuses, support to learn a language or participate in overseas research conferences.     

Following this British Psychological Society accredited course, you’ll study a range of topics throughout the first two years of the course, alongside additional modules covering topics related to social psychology, before spending the majority of the final year specialising mainly in social psychology. In your final year, you’ll be designing your own empirical project to investigate topics in an area of social psychology that captures your interest - past examples of such projects have looked at how the layout of menus can influence food choice, whether mood can influence our lie detection accuracy and how the medium of an advert might affect our likelihood to buy a product. You’ll also take specialist modules that deal with contemporary issues in social psychology such as persuasion (by con artists, salespeople and politicians, amongst others), deception detection in everyday life, romantic relationships and how social psychology has a major influence in the workplace.

Check out our Facilities ...

You will study in our purpose-built psychology building, Darwin, with its specialist labs :

Health Psychology Suite

Virtual Reality Lab (VRL)

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: 3 years; Part-time: 5-6 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

  • View 2018/19 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112-128 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112-128 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 112-128 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

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Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Methods and Practice of Psychological Inquiry
  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition
  • Current Topics in Psychology I
  • Current Topics in Psychology II

Optional modules:

  • An Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology
  • Topics in Forensic and Criminal Psychology
  • Psychology of the Media
  • The Social Construction of Childhood
  • Crime and Society
  • Media and Culture
  • Sociological ways of Thinking

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Psychological Research 1: Design and Quantitative Analysis
  • Psychological Research 2: Qualitative Methods
  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive and Physiological Psychology
  • Individual Differences

Optional modules:

One from the following:

  • Health Psychology
  • Applying Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology

And one from the following:

  • Diversity and Inclusive Practice with Children and Adults
  • Understanding Interpersonal Violence
  • Sociology of Social Movements
  • Sociology of Religion

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

  • Social Psychology Project (double module)
  • Contemporary Issues in Social Psychology
  • Interpersonal and Organisational Psychology

Optional modules – choose two of the following:

  • Applying Psychology to the Educational Setting
  • Psychology Placement Module
  • EITHER Violent and Sexual Offending
    OR Crime: Impacts and Consequences
  • EITHER Neuropsychological Disorders and Techniques
    OR Brain, Treatments and Behaviour
  • EITHER Health Psychology: Theory and Practice
    OR Psychology of Health Promotion

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

You’ll be taught by academics that produce first-class research, which has an impact not just in academia but in our working and everyday lives. Much of our psychological research continues to be rated ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world-leading’ as per the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014, whilst 100 percent was rated as having ‘real-world’ impact.

You’ll enjoy visits from renowned guest speakers - previous speakers have included Prof. Richard Dawkins, Sir Nicholas Humpfrey and Prof. Bruce Hood.

Year 1 is assessed by coursework and Multiple Choice Question exams; Year 2 through coursework, MCQ and essay exams; Year 3 through coursework or essay exams and the project.

Our Industry Links

We continuously engage with employers to make sure our curriculum delivers the skills and knowledge industry needs. These include a number of professionals from various sectors, including NHS Trusts including patient groups, medical practitioners and allied health professionals, Her Majesty’s Prison Service, Police forces, Local Education Authorities, schools and professional sports organisations.

Professional Accreditation

The course is accredited by the British Psychology Society which is the learned and professional body, incorporated by the Royal Charter, for Psychology in the United Kingdom.  This means that the course quality, leadership, design and content, the resources (physical and staffing) and the selection and admissions policies have all been found to meet the standards demanded by the BPS.  Consequently the course fulfils the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS for those students graduating with a Lower Second Class Honours Degree or better.  Thus enabling progression to postgraduate training in psychology, and therefore enables graduates to pursue, in due course, eligibility for Chartered Membership of the Society (CPsychol).


Exciting Opportunities

Graduate Careers

Some of our graduates pursue a career in psychology by undertaking postgraduate training to become professional psychologists, including our BPS-accredited master’s programmes. UCLan graduates, however, are valued more broadly, and others utilise the skills that our degree encourages to take graduate-level positions in a range of organisations.

Progression Routes

Progression onto the following postgraduate programmes:

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Psychology
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.