Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes. It includes a range of disciplines that share a common interest in understanding how humans and other animals interpret and respond to the external world.

Why study Psychology at Bristol?

The School of Experimental Psychology is a friendly environment and our staff are passionate about helping students to thrive during their time at Bristol. Our courses have a fundamental emphasis on the experimental study of the mind, and we want our students to share a sense of fun and adventure in psychological science.

Our staff are experts who teach the latest developments in the field, based on the cutting-edge research that they and their colleagues are conducting. We offer state-of-the-art laboratories with facilities including magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalography recording, eye-tracking and sleep labs.

Over the course of their degree, students become independent learners who can think for themselves. After the second year, students can tailor the course to their interests, choosing from a range of seminar courses and undertaking a major research project of their choice. There is an active undergraduate psychology society, which runs regular events and produces its own magazine.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

We look for students who are bright, motivated and who show a genuine enthusiasm for psychology. While many of our students will hold a psychology A-level, this is not a pre-requisite. Some aptitude for mathematics is useful, as the courses include statistics, but you do not need to be a maths whiz. Our courses are centred around scientific enquiry and the final-year research project forms a major part of the degree. If you are scientifically minded, and want to know about psychology as it is currently understood, then these courses would suit you.

How is this course taught and assessed?

Our teaching is based on a combination of lectures, seminars, small-group tutorials, laboratory classes and participation in research experiments.

Close working relationships between students and staff are built through staff-led academic tutorials during the first year and developed through a combination of taught lectures and seminar-based discussion following this. This leads to individual project work from the third year.

We have diverse methods of assessment including coursework, oral presentations, and examinations, in addition to the final-year project dissertation.

What are my career prospects?

Our degrees provide pathways to professional training in psychology and are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Graduate destinations also include a broad range of other sectors, including health, education, marketing, scientific and legal consultancy, banking and finance, human resources, media and the public sector. The multidisciplinary and scientific nature of psychology means that you will develop an impressive range of transferable skills in quantitative analytical research, data handling and interpretation, critical evaluation, report writing, presentation and IT literacy.

Read more about what students from Psychology go on to do after graduation.


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