BSc (Hons) Social Psychology

Social Psychology at Winchester considers all aspects of human experience and behaviour, introducing students to many different perspectives within psychology. The programme has a strong focus on research methods, culminating in an extended independent research project on a social psychology topic.

BSc (Hons) Social Psychology at University of Winchester

UCAS code: C880

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2018 Entry: 112 - 120 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language and Maths is required.

Degree duration:

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

26 points

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2018 Entry Full-time £9,500** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £79.17 and a 15 credit module is £1,187. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £7,125.

Total Cost: £28,500** (3 years) 

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £11,900** p/a
Total Cost: £35,700** (3 years) 

For further details, click here

Additional costs:


  • Binding: Students have to soft bind two copies of their project reports in the third year. This is a mandatory cost. Costs £5. 


  • Core texts: Core Texts are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Some Core Texts can be bought second hand, or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Cost £400 for whole course. 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information


Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of qualification of second-class Honours is achieved and the empirical project is passed.

Study abroad (optional):

USA; Europe via Erasmus - the University currently has Erasmus partnerships with the University of Gdansk and the Warsaw School of Social Psychology in Poland and the University of Limerick, Ireland, where students can apply to visit for a semester.

Work experience:

Students may take an optional Volunteering module in Year 3.


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World


The Department of Psychology has well-established links with psychologically relevant organisations in the local area, and many of our students volunteer at one of these organisations in their third year.

Student Satisfaction:

In recent module evaluations, students have commented positively on the:

  • Clarity of the programme
  • Quality of teaching, in particular 'very well-informed and helpful lecturers'
  • Personal contact with the lecturers, the 'community feel'

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

**Indicative Fees for 2018/19 Home and EU students are £9,500 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

If you are starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,500. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £28,500 (Home and EU), £35,700 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

Year 1 examines laboratory-based research methods, problem-based learning, and working as a psychologist. It introduces different approaches within psychology - personality and individual differences, social, developmental, cognitive and biological - illustrating how they lead to distinct perspectives on key research questions, and to the methods psychologists use to answer these questions. Students are also introduced to the methods psychologists use to answer these questions, gaining practical experience. In particular, students develop skills in essay writing, reading journal articles, structuring arguments and using IT within psychology.

In Year 2, students examine the above approaches in more depth and continue their study of different research methods, exercising greater independence in their practical work. In particular, students further develop their skills in critical thinking and research, reading journal articles and presentations. Also at this level, students begin to identify a topic for their Year 3 Research Project within the area of social psychology.

Years 1 and 2 lay the foundations for more specialised study in Year 3, where students choose which topics to study in greater depth. Practical work culminates in an extended research project in an area of your choice. Working within the area of research expertise of an academic supervisor, students undertake a year long research project allowing an engagement with the latest research findings and psychological theories.

Year 1

Core modules include:

  • Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics
  • Foundations in Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychological Disorders
  • Perspectives in Psychology
  • Applied Psychological Skills for Career Development
  • Psychology in Contemporary Society

Year 2

Core modules include:

  • Brain, Behaviour and Cognition
  • Society and Communication
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Conducting Independent Psychological Research

Year 3

Core modules include:

  • Research Project: Empirical
  • Media Psychology
  • Society, Politics and Prejudice

Optional modules include:

  • Advanced Issues in Developmental Psychology
  • Advanced Statistics and Applied Statistics
  • Advanced Critical Thinking in Psychology
  • Computational Skills in Psychology
  • Topics in Educational Psychology
  • Conceptual Debates in Psychology
  • Embodied Cognition and Contemplative Practice Studies
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Psychology
  • Crime and the Criminal Justice System
  • Psychology in the Workplace
  • Volunteering
  • Eyewitness Psychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology and Human Nature
  • Value Studies

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right-hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
  • Independent learning: 900 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
  • Independent learning: 960 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 156 hours
  • Independent learning: 1044 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

The Department of Psychology places great emphasis on the quality of teaching, and discussions of learning and teaching are regular features of departmental meetings. We highly value the views of our students and encourage them to contribute to our discussions via their student representatives.

The Department is situated on different floors of the same building, with the hub being the Psychology Resources Room, which provides students with an alternative study area where students and staff gather for informal chats over tea or coffee. Nearby is the Psychology Departmental Office, academic staff offices and some of the many research rooms and laboratories. The close location of all our facilities contributes to a lively yet intimate academic atmosphere allowing students and staff to get to know one another.

The Department houses several laboratories which support cutting edged research in social, developmental, cognitive and biological psychology, and has attracted significant investment in recent years to support both our teaching programmes and our research. All academic staff play an active role in research and by the third year, students are able to undertake their own research project and make contributions to the vibrant research culture.

Key features of the student experience are:

  • Department research seminars (approximately on a fortnightly basis during term time)
  • The opportunity to undertake the University of Winchester's Research Apprenticeship Programme which enables students to work with academics on a genuine research project, so that they engage first-hand in cutting-edge scholarly activity and build vital transferable skills for their future.
  • A range of academic and social activities organised by the student-led Psychology Society
  • Community based experience on the popular volunteering module
  • Exchange oppportunities with other Psychology departments in Europe.

Programme Leader

Teaching team

We are a dynamic and growing Department, who pride ourselves on providing the best quality educational experience for all of our students within a friendly and supportive learning environment.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 67 per cent coursework
  • 25 per cent written exams
  • 8 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 56 per cent coursework
  • 31 per cent written exams
  • 13 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 61 per cent coursework
  • 33 per cent written exams
  • 6 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Where a programme is accredited to a Professional, Statutory or Regulatory body, assessments will also meet the standards required by these organisations.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates pursue careers in health and social care, education, marketing, public relations, management, human resources, and the public sector. Those wishing to pursue professional careers in psychology - such as clinical, educational, or occupational psychology - need to undertake further study and training to gain professional recognition. Graduates will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) status, which is an entry requirement for many accredited postgraduate training courses in psychology. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Due to the wide range of skills, and the rigour with which they are taught, training in psychology is widely accepted as providing an excellent preparation for many careers. In addition to subject knowledge, graduates also develop skills in communication; numeracy; analysis; teamwork; critical thinking; computing; independent learning; and many others, all of which are highly valued by employers.

For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?


The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.


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