St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

The Psychology Degree at St Mary's provides a BPS accredited route. Graduation through the accredited route confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society (provided the minimum qualification of second class honours is achieved). St Mary's also provide non'accredited routes, which may be of particular interest to students wishing to read for a Joint Honours Degree. The staff are research active and their work covers areas such as the psychological effects of brain damage, attentional biases associated with anxiety, intergenerational relationships within the family context, and factors and perceptions in social inequality. Sociology at St Mary's University provides a space to study the subject in a broad interdisciplinary environment that includes criminology, media arts, history and many other humanities disciplines. At the same time, the sociology programme is taught by a team of academics who you will get to know over the three years with teaching and research interests across the broad spectrum of the social sciences.

Course Modules

Psychology Level 1: the focus of level 1 is on understanding how a contemporary psychologist, as opposed to the psychologist portrayed in the media, thinks about and investigates central questions of interest; students begin to develop an understanding of the different perspectives followed in psychology, and how these guide our investigations and explanations of human behaviour and mental processes. Modules include: introduction to psychology; abnormal psychology; issues in psychology; research methods and statistics I. Level 2: The theme for level 2 is 'evaluating psychology'; students build on the skills and knowledge they developed during level 1; the modules taken will include: research methods and statistics II; practical psychology laboratory; memory; social psychology; child development; health psychology; psychology of education; contemporary issues; psychology of ageing; work experience. Level 3: The theme of level 3 is 'limitations of psychology'; students are now considering the perspectives and themes that have been introduced at an advanced level, and in considerable depth; students are beginning to question the limits of our knowledge and understanding, and show an appreciation for the temporary nature of scientific knowledge; students are advancing their understanding of the relationship between empirical evidence and theory; in particular, how empirical evidence supports and constrains theories, and how theories guide the collection and interpretation of empirical data; modules include: independent study (determined by the route and pathway followed, but students take one of the following in psychology: empirical project, psychological review or work experience); directed study (compulsory for equalling students); eyewitness testimony; applied child psychology; political psychology; human relationships; neuropsychology of emotion; consciousness; individual differences; psychobiology; thinking and language; perception and attention; positive psychology. Sociology Level 1: Sociology students take three compulsory core courses: Society and experience, which introduces the key ideas in sociology through an exploration of social processes and institutions that we all have some familiarity with, such as the family, education, gender, employment and crime; research methods introduces techniques of social research, how to conduct interviews, life histories and social observations; contemporary social theory in the modern world examines the vision of classical sociology and its relevance to contemporary society; options are offered from the following areas: introduction to criminology; visual sociology and the media. Level 2: All students taking single honours sociology or joint honours sociology take two compulsory core courses: global societies and identities and research methods; global societies and identities pays specific attention to the structures and identities of social stratification within global modernity with emphasis on the UK, the European Union and the USA; Research Methods 2, introduces the use of the computer for social research; students can also choose two or more modules from the following: gender and sexuality; schooling and society; work, management and employment; contemporary religion and religious movements; rich world, poor world; crime and the media; gender and representation in film; representing race, culture and difference; researching the media; people and places; European thinkers; contemporary Islam; work experience; popular culture. Level 3: All students taking single honours sociology must take Modernity in the 21st Century as the core course and a Dissertation; all joint honours students must take a personal research module; students may do their own research by writing a 5,000 word essay or a 10,000 word project; modernity in the 21st Century covers issues of globalisation, ecology, new technologies, and cultural transformations in society.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
1 - 4 years
Part Time
BSc (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 104
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates CCCC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) DD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2
  • Course specific
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade

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£4,410 - £5,783
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