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. You will be studying at one of the UK's best institutions for sport and sport science. You will learn how sciences such as physiology, psychology, biomechanics and sociology can be employed to make sports performers the best they can be. The teaching on this programme is excellent and tutors will help you to achieve your potential. St Mary's has a long tradition of excellence in sport'related degrees and the Sport Science programme is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES), and enjoys strong links with the English Institute of Sport (EIS), and UK Athletics, both based on campus. Many elite sports performers choose to study Sport Science at St Mary's and we seek to support them in combining their sport with higher education. We also enjoy excellent laboratories and sports facilities.

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. Sport Science Level 1: Kinesiology; exercise physiology; sport and exercise psychology; sport and society. Level 2: Students are required to probe more deeply into relevant theory and practice to understand the context of sport science and to develop skills of investigating and reporting; at this stage students can choose to study sport science as a single honours, major, minor or equal subject; the key disciplines: biomechanics; physiology and psychology are offered, as well as opportunities to study modules in such areas as notational analysis and sport sociology. Level 3: Students have the opportunity to undertake an extended research project, there are also a variety of modules including: applied exercise physiology; biomechanics; environmental physiology; exercise psychology; issues in sport; performance analysis; nutrition and the athlete; sport and the media; sporting lives; sport psychology; work placement.

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

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 104
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) MD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • 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

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£4,410 - £5,783
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