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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Benefit from dedicated laboratories and computer rooms where you can learn a variety of psychological research methods
  • Develop your special interest in cognition, while studying other major areas of psychology
  • Gain hands-on experience of experiments, observation, interviews, questionnaires and psychometric tests in small group projects
  • Study in a supportive environment with your own personal tutor, plus one-to-one supervision for your extended project
  • Use our excellent links with relevant organisations in the local area to find a volunteering placement in your third year
  • Opportunity to study abroad in the United States for one semester

Cognitive psychology is an exciting, modern area of psychology where there is scope for innovative research and new ideas. It is based on the idea that the mind can be understood as a complex computing system.

Cognitive psychologists learn to build up cognitive models of the information processing going on inside the mind, including perception, attention, language, memory, thinking and consciousness. If you have a special interest in cognition and how it relates to all aspects of human experience and behaviour, then Psychology and Cognition at Winchester is an excellent degree choice.

The programme has a strong focus on research methods culminating, under expert supervision, in an extended independent research project on a cognitive psychology topic. This allows you to engage with the latest research findings and psychological theories and gives you a chance to make a significant contribution to the vibrant research culture at Winchester.

In Year 1, you examine 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. You also develop skills in essay writing, reading journal articles, structuring arguments and using IT within psychology. Core modules include Psychology in Contemporary Society and Foundations in Psychology.

In Year 2, you examine the above approaches in more depth and continue your study of different research methods, exercising greater independence in your practical work. In particular, students further develop their skills in critical thinking, research and presentations. You also learn more about cognition by studying a Brain, Behaviour and Cognition module.

The first two years lay the foundations for more specialised study in Year 3, where you choose an area to research in greater depth. Core modules include Cognitive Neuroscience, and Psychology, Crime and the Criminal Justice System, while optional modules may include Media Psychology, Health Psychology and Conceptual Skills in Psychology.

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, you also develop skills in communication, numeracy, analysis, teamwork, critical thinking and independent learning — all of which are highly valued by employers.

On graduation, successful careers await you in education, health and social care, marketing, business, management, human resources and other fields. Roles such as psychological wellbeing practitioner and assistant psychologist are open to graduates and are an excellent way to gain experience before taking the next step towards a career as a psychologist.

Those wishing to pursue professional careers in psychology need to undertake further study and training to gain professional recognition as a Chartered Psychologist. Graduates will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) status, which is an entry requirement for accredited postgraduate training courses in psychology.

Accreditation

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.

Careers

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.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course.

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.

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.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

Students may take an optional Volunteering module in Year 3.

Study abroad

Our BSc (Hons) Psychology and Cognition course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA) and Europe via Erasmus.

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

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 opportunities with other Psychology departments in Europe.

Location

King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester

Assessment

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% coursework
  • 25% written exams
  • 8%  practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 56% coursework
  • 31% written exams
  • 13% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 64% coursework
  • 28% written exams
  • 8% practical exams

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

Feedback

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.

Further information

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

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2018 Entry: 112-120

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

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

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 enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

UK and EU Students: Send us a message

International students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1: Level 4

Semester 1 Credits

Psychology in Contemporary Society 15

This module will introduce students to the way in which psychology can be both used and mis-used in a variety of ways in contemporary society. A series of lectures will demonstrate the gap between scientific psychology and its occasional misinterpretation by groups including the media, business and even law enforcement. By the end of the module students should have a good understanding of the importance of scientific research and communication to the public. Students will research a selection of the topics presented, and write a portfolio of their findings in which they will be assessed on their critical analysis of the evidence and their ability to present scientific research in society.

Perspectives in Psychology 15

In this module we take a critical look at a range of topics across the different sub-disciplines of psychology. The aim is to show how the same topics can be seen from different perspectives. This might include topics such as the psychology of communication and the psychological aspects of health and wellbeing. For example, we will look at health and wellbeing from an individual differences perspective (e.g. relating to self-esteem), a cross cultural perspective (e.g. in health beliefs), an applied perspective (e.g. health interventions) and health and wellbeing in the workplace. Emphasis will be placed on how to build an argument and how to use evidence to support or criticise the point(s) being discussed.

Foundations in Psychology 30

This module introduces students to historical and contemporary perspectives on some of the core topics on the British Psychological Society’s required curriculum: biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, social psychology and conceptual and historical issues. Students will gain an understanding of the interrelationship between theorising and investigation. In addition, seminars and tutorials support the development of some essential skills for psychology students, including reading journal papers, referencing, literature searching, essay writing and presentations. Students have the opportunity to take part in psychological experiments to support their understanding of the biological and cognitive psychology topics, enabling them to reflect on their experiences in a group presentation.

Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics 30

Students are introduced to research design and basic techniques of qualitative and quantitative data analysis through being required to collect, interpret, and display quantitative and quantitative data in a variety of methods. Students are encouraged to see how data analysis relates to research design and hence to understand and value the insights that can be gained by a competent knowledge of quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques. Basic concepts in the philosophy of science are addressed, and ethical issues are covered. Workshop sessions enable practise of data analysis skills. Students will carry out practical investigations in small groups to further develop skills in design, data collection, analysis and report writing. The practical investigation is selected to illustrate particular aspects of design or analysis with a progression towards more complex designs and more emphasis on theoretical issues.

Semester 2 Credits

Applied Psychological Skills for Career Development 15

The aim of this module is to help students develop an understanding of potential future career paths and a greater awareness of their strengths, values and areas for personal development. The module will focus on the specific skills’ package expected from psychology students during their studies and the transferability of these into the workplace, using the Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) Psychology Student Employability Guide as a foundation. Students will develop an understanding of what organisations might be looking for in candidates and how they can represent their own competencies in the most effective way. This will be achieved through engagement with psychological literature related to career development and the opportunity for students to reflect on this literature in relation to their own career aspirations. This module is delivered via lectures and workshops, supporting student career planning and encouraging students to develop and reflect on their skills and discipline specific interests.

Introduction to Psychological Disorders 15

Introduction to Psychological Disorders introduces students to the world of clinical psychology and the mental health conditions that clinicians encounter. They will be introduced to the history of abnormal psychology, from the origins of the asylum to the present day diagnostic system of the DSM. The module will focus on the psychological origins of a selection of prevalent mental health conditions by exploring both theoretical approaches in academic psychology and by studying examples of individual experiences. Students will study critical approaches to the clinical management of mental health and of the nature of psychological disturbance generally and its impact on the social environment. They will also be given some insight into the workings of clinical psychology in the UK context and the various career opportunities offered within the profession for psychology graduates.

Foundations in Psychology 30

This module introduces students to historical and contemporary perspectives on some of the core topics on the British Psychological Society’s required curriculum: biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, social psychology and conceptual and historical issues. Students will gain an understanding of the interrelationship between theorising and investigation. In addition, seminars and tutorials support the development of some essential skills for psychology students, including reading journal papers, referencing, literature searching, essay writing and presentations. Students have the opportunity to take part in psychological experiments to support their understanding of the biological and cognitive psychology topics, enabling them to reflect on their experiences in a group presentation.

Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics 30

Students are introduced to research design and basic techniques of qualitative and quantitative data analysis through being required to collect, interpret, and display quantitative and quantitative data in a variety of methods. Students are encouraged to see how data analysis relates to research design and hence to understand and value the insights that can be gained by a competent knowledge of quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques. Basic concepts in the philosophy of science are addressed, and ethical issues are covered. Workshop sessions enable practise of data analysis skills. Students will carry out practical investigations in small groups to further develop skills in design, data collection, analysis and report writing. The practical investigation is selected to illustrate particular aspects of design or analysis with a progression towards more complex designs and more emphasis on theoretical issues.

Year 2: Level 5

Semester 1 Credits

Developmental Psychology 15

This module aims to introduce students to both developmental theory and developmental method. Developmental psychology covers not only a vast array of relevant phenomena, it also, possibly more so than other sub-disciplines, includes a considerable number of theoretical vantage points from which those developmental phenomena can be interpreted. There will be ample scope to let students engage with a number of conceptual and historical issues, as well as more contemporary ways of looking at development. Key will be the image of the child’s situated development within a complex setting in which social, biological and cultural factors play their part. Typical and atypical development across the lifespan (childhood, adolescence and ageing) will be considered in areas such as attachment, social relations, cognition, language and cultural development. Students will also gain critical understanding and practical experience of research methods used by developmental psychologists.

Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods 30

This module aims to introduce students to qualitative and quantitative approaches to psychological research methods. The qualitative component will cover issues in qualitative design, qualitative data collection methods, and students will gain practical skills in coding and analysing qualitative data. The quantitative component of the module will comprise weekly statistics lectures and workshops, in which students go through a number of set work questions using a statistical software package (SPSS). The module will emphasise the acquisition of practical research skills (in relation to key methods of data collection and analysis), critical skills (e.g. through evaluating research papers and methods), and a broad awareness of ethical issues relating to both quantitative and qualitative research methods in psychology.

Society and Communication 30

This module provides students with a broad overview of social and personality aspects of human communication such as: social interaction (in crowds, online and via media), prejudice, aggression, altruism, attitude formation and change, and personality. It also develops their methodological skills with respect to the use of measurement scales.

Brain, Behaviour and Cognition 30

This module provides students with a broad overview of fundamental topics in Cognitive Psychology, such as sensation and perception, attention, language, learning, memory, thinking, problem solving, decision making, metacognition, consciousness and cognitive neuropsychology. It will also provide an insight into the biological basis of human and non-human behaviour, including comparative and evolutionary psychology, typical and atypical neuropsychology, neuroscience, behavioural genetics, and the effect of hormones on behaviour. Conceptual and historical issues relevant to cognitive and biological psychology are also covered. Students will gain critical understanding and practical experience of research methods used by cognitive and biological psychologists.

Semester 2 Credits

Conducting Independent Psychological Research 15

This module is designed to prepare students for conducting independent psychological research required at level 6. The module will take students from the initial stages of choosing a topic and constructing research questions and hypotheses; searching and critically reviewing relevant literature; through to choosing appropriate research methods and paradigms, identifying samples and ethical considerations. Students will cover associated aspects of conducting independent research, such as, time and resource management. The module will also identify important areas of personal development and employability. Students will be encouraged to think about the development of their key research and transferrable skills throughout the module, as well as having the opportunity to attend a poster conference presented by current third year students.
Sessions will consist of taught classes, workshops and guided learning.

Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods 30

This module aims to introduce students to qualitative and quantitative approaches to psychological research methods. The qualitative component will cover issues in qualitative design, qualitative data collection methods, and students will gain practical skills in coding and analysing qualitative data. The quantitative component of the module will comprise weekly statistics lectures and workshops, in which students go through a number of set work questions using a statistical software package (SPSS). The module will emphasise the acquisition of practical research skills (in relation to key methods of data collection and analysis), critical skills (e.g. through evaluating research papers and methods), and a broad awareness of ethical issues relating to both quantitative and qualitative research methods in psychology.

Society and Communication 30

This module provides students with a broad overview of social and personality aspects of human communication such as: social interaction (in crowds, online and via media), prejudice, aggression, altruism, attitude formation and change, and personality. It also develops their methodological skills with respect to the use of measurement scales.

Brain, Behaviour and Cognition 30

This module provides students with a broad overview of fundamental topics in Cognitive Psychology, such as sensation and perception, attention, language, learning, memory, thinking, problem solving, decision making, metacognition, consciousness and cognitive neuropsychology. It will also provide an insight into the biological basis of human and non-human behaviour, including comparative and evolutionary psychology, typical and atypical neuropsychology, neuroscience, behavioural genetics, and the effect of hormones on behaviour. Conceptual and historical issues relevant to cognitive and biological psychology are also covered. Students will gain critical understanding and practical experience of research methods used by cognitive and biological psychologists.

Year 3: Level 6

Modules Credits

Psychology, Crime and the Criminal Justice System 15

This module will provide students with the opportunity to study topics related to psychology, crime and the criminal justice system. Students will be introduced to a small number of key topics in the area such as theories of criminal behaviour, treatment programmes for rehabilitating offenders, mental illness and crime, detection of deception, interviewing techniques, and eyewitness memory and testimony. A number of issues relating to each key topic will be covered and relevant research critically examined. The module will draw on knowledge students gained from first and second year modules regarding cognitive, social and developmental psychology and demonstrate how these areas relate to real world issues relating to crime and the Criminal Justice System. The aim is to give students a flavour of a potential area of subsequent professional practice in Forensic Psychology.

Research Project: Empirical 30

The project takes the form of an original independent empirical investigation in a psychological topic area.
Students are required to select their topic/research question before the end of Semester 2 of Level 5. They produce a research proposal as part of the course requirement for PS2802-Conducting Independent Research. Supervisors are allocated according to research topic. Data collection may only commence once ethical approval has been granted by the ethical committee. The indicative length of the project is 5,000 words for quantitative and 7000 for qualitative projects.

Cognitive Neuroscience 15

Cognitive neuroscience is a branch of both psychology and neuroscience overlapping with disciplines such as biological psychology, cognitive psychology and neuropsychology that aims to explore the biological substrates underlying mental processes and behaviours in healthy individuals and brain-damaged patients. Topics will cover historical perspectives, lateralisation of brain functions, brain development and plasticity, memory, visual perception, emotion, consciousness and mindfulness. Students will be introduced to methods used in cognitive neuroscience (experimental paradigms from psychophysics to cognitive psychology, functional neuroimaging and electrophysiology) and will be presented with key concepts and theories from current literature.

Optional Credits

Optional Modules
  • Advanced Issues in Developmental Psychology 15 Credits
  • Advanced Critical Thinking for Psychologists 15 Credits
  • Advanced Statistics and Applied Statistics 15 Credits
  • Topics in Educational Psychology 15 Credits
  • Conceptual Debates in Psychology 15 Credits
  • Media Psychology 15 Credits
  • Health Psychology 15 Credits
  • Conceptual Debates in Psychology 15 Credits
  • Embodied Cognition and Contemplative Practice Studies 15 Credits
  • Society, Politics and Prejudice 15 Credits
  • Psychology in the Workplace 15 Credits
  • Volunteering for Psychology 15 Credits
  • Eyewitness Psychology 15 Credits
  • Evolutionary Psychology and Human Nature 15 Credits
  • Value Studies 15 Credits

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 www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. 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. 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU 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 £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. 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 £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International 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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

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. 

Mandatory

Binding

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

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards

Key course details

UCAS code
C890
Duration
3 years full-time; 4 years full-time (sandwich); 6 years part-time
Typical offer
112-120 points (2017 Entry)
Location
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester