Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

How do we think about and research human behaviour? What is the relationship between biology, behaviour and mental processes, particularly the role of the brain and nervous system? Does the study of animal behaviour help us understand our own behaviour? These are just some of the key questions covered by the course. It provides a systematic introduction to the major areas of modern psychology. It will give you experience of degree'level study, support your work, deepen a professional interest, or simply increase your knowledge and understanding of human behaviour. Completion of core modules enables progression onto the 2nd year of our 4'year part'time evening study BSc psychology.

Course Modules

Core modules: Biological basis of behaviour; foundations of modern psychology; research methods (part 1); research methods (part 2). Option modules: Critical approaches to attachment; critical approaches to positive psychology; Freud and psychoanalysis (an introduction); health psychology; problem solving and decision making (cognitive psychology); psychological and developmental issues in adolescence; psychological and developmental issues in early childhood; psychology of learning and learning styles; psychology of mental health; social psychology; the developing child (a psychological perspective); understanding human personality.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 - 4 years
Part Time
CertHE (Post A-Level)

Qualifications required:

  • Age restriction