Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University

Social Sciences

Undergraduate study

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BSc (Hons)

Social Psychology

Department of Social Sciences

Year of entry: 2015

This degree course covers all aspects of Psychology and is accredited by the British Psychological Society as a full psychology degree.

Course details

Why Choose US?

  • Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society

In common with all accredited psychology courses, our course equips graduates to acquire full membership of the BPS and to seek further training to become recognised professional psychologists. We call this degree 'Social Psychology', because we teach the wide range of psychological subjects from a social perspective and we encourage our final year students to write their dissertations on social and developmental topics.

If you would prefer to study psychology with an emphasis on biological aspects, you may consider the BSc (Hons) Psychology within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Our degree, however, suits those who enjoy examining the social and individual aspects of psychology.

Students can choose one of the following schemes

Optional English Language Assistantship Placement

This involves the option of taking a four year degree, in which a student can apply for a British Council placement to work as an English language assistant in a school abroad during their third year. This is paid employment and earns the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) which is an additional qualification to the final degree.

Optional Placement Schemes

Other placement schemes operated by the University may also be undertaken with the approval of the operating Department, which may lead to the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS), or the Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS), depending on the scheme.

Note that employability skills are studied throughout the course and are tied to academic content

Special Opportunities

Studying social psychology at Loughborough provides students with access to a variety of special opportunities:

  • You are able to study modules from another social sciences subject alongside those in Social Psychology, providing an alternative insight into other social sciences areas
  • You are able to take a number of psychology modules offered by the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences providing a more human/clinical approach to the course
  • You can study a foreign language as part of your course from beginner level upwards

Any combination of arts or science A-Level subjects (including General Studies) is acceptable for entry, and we do not recommend or favour any particular subjects. If you are a mature candidate your qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Offers are made on the basis of information on the UCAS form. If you are offered a place you will be invited to visit the Department on an Open Day to talk with staff and current students and to tour the campus.

Teaching and Learning

As well as attending lectures and tutorials, you will learn about psychology in practical and statistics sessions, module clinics, and one-to-one supervision.

The Department’s laboratories are equipped with the latest digital technology including an observation suite and space for interviews, focus groups or experiments in progress. We also carry large stocks of psychological tests and other materials that you will use in your studies.


Modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examinations. Practical modules are assessed by 100% coursework. The assessment at the end of Year 1 qualifies you to proceed to Year 2. The final degree classification is determined by performance in Years 2 (40%) and 3 (60%) of the course.

Career Prospects

Students from this course have gone on to a range of careers including; clinical and counselling psychologists, nursing, community work, social work, personnel / human resources, IT and accountancy, advertising, journalism, civil service and the prison service.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time C880
BSc (Hons) DIntS / DPS / DIS 4 years full-time sandwich C88A

Course structure

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Social Psychology: Cognition and Social Influence
  • Introduction to Social Psychology: Self and Social Life
  • Controversies in Psychology
  • Social Psychology and Relationships
  • Practical Social Psychology A and B
  • Psychological Statistics A and B

Optional modules include:

  • Sociology
  • Criminology and Social Policy
  • Communication and Media Studies 
  • Politics
  • Languages (French, German, Spanish and Mandarin)
Year 2

Compulsory modules 

  • Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology
  • Researching Social Life 
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Understanding Human Interaction
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Individual Differences and Personality
  • Developmental Psychology
Optional Placement Year
Final Year 

Compulsory modules

  • A research project on a topic of your choice: Social Psychology dissertation
  • Social Psychology and Social Problems
  • Social Psychology of Public and Interpersonal Communications

Optional modules currently offered include:

  • Children’s Interactions
  • Human Sexualities
  • Political Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • The Social Psychology of Everyday Life
  • The Media in Global Context
  • Persuasion and Communication 
  • Youth Culture and the Media
  • Producing the News
  • Popular Music and Society 
  • Media, Memory and History
  • Media Panics
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Inequalities 
  • Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism
  • Debating Society
  • Sociology of Religion 
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Race and Racism
  • Sociology of Tourism
  • Children, Young People and Risk
  • Women and Crime: Victims, Offenders and Survivors
  • State Surveillance and Deviant Bodies
  • Victimology
  • Crime and Deviance in Sport

Please note that optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: C880 BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

ABB-AAB (General Studies accepted)
AB, plus majority A/B grades in Highers
34-36 points including 5 at SL in English
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM-DDD profile

UCAS code: C88A BSc (Hons) DIntS / DPS / DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

ABB-AAB (General Studies accepted)
AB, plus majority A/B grades in Highers
34-36 points including 5 at SL in English
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM-DDD profile

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: C880

BSc (Hons) DIntS / DPS / DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: C88A

Further details

This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society, qualifying our graduates to train for a career in clinical, educational, forensic or health psychology. The course gives a broad introduction to all aspects of psychology with an emphasis on the personal and social aspects of psychology rather than the biological and cognitive. We are one of only three UK universities offering a BPS-accredited psychology degree that is taught from a social perspective.

Our department employs one of Britain’s largest concentrations of social psychologists. We have an established international reputation and our research is at the cutting edge of new developments in the discipline.

Social Psychology is undergoing widespread and dynamic changes. Social Psychologists are asking exactly what it means for Social Psychology to be scientific and what its role in society should be. Loughborough is at the forefront of these debates.


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Department of Social Sciences
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU

Tel: +44 (0)1509 223365

More about this course

Dept of Social Sciences UG Brochure


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