Neuropsychology

Neuropsychology BSc (Hons)

How does the brain control our behaviour? How do brain disorders affect us? What about drugs…? If you want to specialise in physiological psychology, this is the course for you. It will prepare you for a career working with people with a range of needs - neurodegenerative diseases, tumours, strokes, traumatic brain injuries… For the first two years, you’ll study core areas of the British Psychological Society’s curriculum on this accredited course, with a specialist Techniques in Biopsychology module in Year 2. In Year 3, you’ll develop your neuropsychological skills further by choosing from topic and project options including biological treatments in neuropsychological disorders and techniques and brain, treatments and behaviour.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five - six years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:

    C860

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • A BPS-accredited course providing Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).
  • Psychology and health at UCLan is 1st the UK for overall student satisfaction and academic support. We are ranked 2nd in the UK for teaching and learning opportunities - National Student Survey 2019.
  • Internships and placements available within our Brain Imaging Laboratory (BiL) or Developmental Cognitive Neuropsychology Laboratories to help embed a deeper understanding of the discipline and enhance employability.
  • Our degree content is underpinned by expert staff who deliver both neuropsychology and/or neuroscience to ensure it is contemporary and research informed.

Course Overview

Year 1

The first year of the course begins by providing a broad understanding of the core elements of the discipline alongside some optional modules that permit you to explore new interests or consolidate existing ones.
 

 Compulsory modules

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

Plus four modules from the following:

  • Topics in Forensic and Criminal Psychology
  • Psychology of the Media
  • Baby Minds: Psychology of Infant Development
  • Social Media and Cyberpsychological Behaviour
  • Clinical Perspectives on Psychological Disorders
  • Brain and Behaviour

Year 2

In Year 2 we deliver all of the core British Psychological Society curriculum through your core modules.  You also take the Topics and Techniques in Neuroscience, this module provides a breadth of content related to your degree title and is the basis for the two specialist modules in Year 3 and your project.  Alongside these modules, you select an additional module from one of the other specialist routes.
 

Compulsory modules

  • Psychological Research 1: Design and Quantitative Methods
  • Psychological Research 2: Qualitative Methods
  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive and Physiological Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Topics and Techniques in Neuroscience
     

Plus two modules from the following:

  • Neurocognitive Development & Disorders
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cyberpsychology, Identity and Online Behaviour
  • Forensic Psychology
     

Placement Year

At the end of Year 2 you may choose to spend a year on placement to develop your work place skills and enhance your employment prospects.  Alternatively, you may take a placement over the summer between Year 2 and 3 as one of your final year modules.

Year 3

For your final year you also take the two modules of Neuropsychology that develop your specialist knowledge alongside a final year research project in this area.  You may then select two further modules from the extensive list of options.
 

Compulsory modules

  • Neuropsychology Project
  • Neuropsychological Disorders and Techniques
  • Brain, Treatments and Behaviour
     

Optional modules
Select two modules from the following:

  • Psychology Placement Module
  • EITHER Applying Psychology to the Educational Setting
  • OR Advanced Developmental Psychopathology
  • EITHER Violent and Sexual Offending
  • OR Crime: Impacts and Consequences
  • EITHER Application of Clinical Psychology Practice, Clinical Research, Service Delivery
  • OR Cognitive Behaviour Assessment and Treatment Planning in Clinical Psychology
  • EITHER Psychological Aspects of Cyberspace: Theory, Research and Applications
  • OR Understanding Human Behaviour in Cyberspace: Current Problems, Debates & Insights

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

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

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 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112-128 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 112 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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Further Information

All our Psychology degrees share a common first year, with the opportunity to start specialising from Year 2. You can choose BSc routes in Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Neuropsychology, Psychology with Psychotherapy and Counselling and Psychology and Criminology.

The Psychology syllabus is informed by the professional body, the British Psychological Society (BPS). All core modules are completed by Year 2, after which you can choose your specialism and, if you like, progress straight onto a specialist BPS-accredited master's, which provides stage 1 of your training towards becoming a professional psychologist.

In Years 1 and 2, all of our Psychology courses include an introduction to the main areas of psychology and further development of these key themes. In Year 2, you take Topics and Techniques in Neuroscience, learning about different brain regions and their role in behaviour, and enhancing your practical skills. For your Year 3 Project, you would investigate some area of neuropsychology, and further develop your skills in Neuropsychological Disorders and Techniques, and Brain, Treatment and Behaviour. The rest of Year 3 is made up from a range of specialist and general options. 

In Year 1, you will attend lectures, seminars, workshops, computing and IT classes. You will take part in Psychology practicals and develop your skills in statistical analysis and report-writing. Lectures are delivered to large groups, but other classes contain about thirty students. These small groups allow you to develop your understanding of psychology and to practise your communication skills. You should get to know your fellow group members, and learn to use your Personal Tutor as a source of academic advice.

In Year 2, you will study core areas of psychology in more depth, including Social and Developmental, Cognitive and Physiological Psychology, Psychological Research Methods, Individual Differences, alongside an optional psychology module. As a Neuropsychology student you will also take Topics and Techniques in Neuroscience. You will continue to develop your skills in psychological research and report-writing but work in smaller groups of 4-6 students, and take a role in designing your own studies. For instance, you might investigate how to improve people's ability to detect lies in Social Psychology, or sex-stereotyping in children's television programmes in Developmental Psychology.

In Year 3, you will complete a double module research project on an appropriate topic. This can be the most exciting part of your degree because it lets you investigate a subject in which you have a particular interest, supported by one-to-one discussions with your supervisor. You will further develop your skills in Frontiers in Biopsychology, and select from a range of specialist modules including: Violent and Sexual Offending, Crime: Impacts and Consequences, Psychology of Diet and Exercise, Health Psychology: Theory and Practice, Health Promotion, Applying Psychology to the Educational Setting, Interpersonal and Organisational Psychology, Contemporary Issues in Social Psychology. In the summer between Years 2 and 3, you may do a work placement, which can be particularly useful for those who have a clear idea of the career they want to pursue.

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.

Based in the purpose built Darwin Building, we aim to provide the best possible facilities for our students including specialist teaching and research rooms. The building also includes a state-of-the-art lecture theatre and computer rooms.

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 was rated as ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world-leading’ in the last research assessment exercise.

Enjoy regular 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. Percentage of coursework to exams is roughly 50/50.

Excellent Facilities

Study in our state-of-the art purpose-built psychology building, Darwin.

Specialist labs include: Child Observation Suite (COS), Health Psychology Suite, Cognitive Laboratory, Forensic Laboratories

Virtual Reality Lab (VRL)

Cognitive Psychology Complex (CPC)


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, patient groups, medical practitioners, allied health professionals, the 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).

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Exciting Opportunities

You can get involved in the research carried out by our staff, both as a participant and as a researcher, and not just through your classes and final year projects - there are paid research student internships and part-time research assistant positions available. You can also take part in conference talks, research publications and research grants - our current students regularly publish themselves, or become members of the editorial panel of ‘Diffusion’, UCLan’s own undergraduate research journal.

In the summer between Years 2 and 3, you may do a work placement, which can be particularly useful for those who have a clear idea of the career they want to pursue.

Some of our graduates pursue a career in psychology by undertaking postgraduate training to become professional psychologists, including our BPS-accredited Master’s programmes. However, UCLan graduates are valued more broadly, and others utilise the skills that our degree encourages to take graduate-level positions in a range of organisations, including the Police, Prison Service, NHS, social and community services, health authorities and in the pharmaceutical industry, and in education and training.

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Zoe Danielle Hughes

BSc (Hons) Neuropsychology Graduate and PhD student

I chose to study at UCLan because it is central to numerous other cities, such as Manchester, Liverpool and London and I can easily travel to these places. It has a city vibe but still feels like a homely community. It was only 2 hours from my home in North Wales, so I could still regular travel home to see family and friends.

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Psychology

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 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 2019/20 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.