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Why study psychology?

Studying applied psychology will enable you to explore the academic principles of psychology and to develop an understanding of its relevance to contemporary society.

Our undergraduate psychology degrees address a range of psychological issues such as how we learn, development across the lifespan, group dynamics, the relationship between culture and the individual, and the social and political nature of psychology itself.

Psychology is a fascinating and challenging science of human behaviour. You will learn about the range of theoretical perspectives underpinning psychology, landmark and contemporary research, and practical aspects of tried and tested methods. The psychological knowledge and skills that you will develop are mapped against the British Psychological Society's recommended curriculum and the Quality Assurance Agency's Benchmark Statement for Psychology.

You will learn to think beyond any neat and tidy textbook understanding of whom and what psychology is for and learn to apply psychological knowledge, to your own experiences, emotions and behaviours as an individual; to an understanding of the psychological dimension of contemporary society and social problems; and to the many personal, interpersonal and group processes that link individual and social issues.

You will approach psychology as a discipline that has enormous contemporary personal and social relevance; that can contribute to and learn from other disciplines in addressing the big questions about human existence in complex societies; and that has its own intriguing and controversial history.

We provide an academic environment in which the curious and critical psychologist can develop and flourish. Throughout the course you will be encouraged and expected to engage with psychology literature and research to deepen your understanding of the personal and social relevance of this lively and contested field of study. At its heart the course will support the development of student’s capacity to understand, apply and reflect upon the past, present and future of psychology, with the academic benefit of studying a related social science discipline alongside.

Our dedicated psychology lecturers are all active psychological researchers, with many books, journal articles and collaborative research projects. We specialise in cultural, social, critical and counselling psychology, with a shared interest in the interface between psychology and other social science disciplines. We are an experienced, enthusiastic and established team of psychologists, central to the success of the School of Applied Social Sciences, with an active stake in the development of psychology education and research against a backdrop of profound global change.

Undergraduate courses in psychology

At undergraduate level applied psychology is offered alongside other subject areas to form a number of joint honours degrees:

The joint degree combinations allow you to engage with two subject areas. Links between applied psychology and the other joint degree subject are explored during independent study, and through research projects and literature analysis and review.

From September 2015 we will also offer applied psychology as a single honours course:

All of our applied psychology degrees enable students to acquire the essential research skills needed for investigating experience and behaviour. They are supported in developing the ability to conduct research independently.

Placement opportunities

There are also opportunities for international study on our exchange programme, and to undertake a community-based placement in year 2 or 3.

Masters courses in psychology

At postgraduate level we offer masters degrees in:

Community Psychology is a sub-discipline of psychology that examines community participation and social change as factors in the way that we understand and promote psychological wellbeing.

The Mental Health masters degree is aimed at practitioners, users, carers and others interested in studying issues of mental health and mental illness.


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"The course staff are extremely supportive and friendly, which really helps make the fantastic university experience I have had at Brighton."

Stephanie Wilks-Wiffen, Applied Psychology and Criminology BA(Hons)

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