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

Social Sciences

Undergraduate study

Department of Social Sciences

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BSc (Hons)

Social Psychology


Year of entry

Course information

This degree course covers all aspects of Psychology providing a route into a career as a psychologist or a number of other fields.

This particular pathway at Loughborough covers the range of psychology, from the mental to the biological, but emphasises the study of the person in society.

All of Loughborough’s undergraduate psychology degree courses fulfil the requirements for Graduate Membership and Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society, and all of them cover all of the core aspects of the discipline.

If you would prefer to study people with an emphasis on biological/cognitive influences, you may consider our BSc (Hons) Psychology within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

Students can, if they want to, choose one of the two optional schemes:

Why Choose US?

  • Ranked 8th for Psychology (Sunday Times Guide 2013)
  • Ranked 5th in UK for world-leading research (RAE 2008)
  • Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society
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 being used by the operating department.

Our social science approach to the study of psychology is reflected in the possibility of studying modules in a second social science subject alongside those in Social Psychology.

The choice of other subjects is wide and means that you can tailor your course to suit your own particular interests and career intentions. Or, you may choose to select all of your options from the Social Psychology modules offered.

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; practising psychologists, nursing, community work, social work, personnel / human resources, IT and accountancy, advertising, journalism, civil service and the prison service.

Course structure

Year 1

Compulsory Social Psychology modules

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

And a choice of optional modules from other Departmental courses in:

  • Sociology
  • Criminology and Social Policy
  • British Politics
  • Languages
  • Communication and Media Studies
Year 2

Compulsory Social Psychology modules in:

  • 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
Year 3

Compulsory Social Psychology modules in:

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

And a selection of optional modules in Social Psychology. Eg:

  • Children’s Interactions
  • Human Sexualities
  • Political Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Media and the Moving Image
  • The Social Psychology of Everyday Life

Or modules from another subject area in the Department

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

UCAS codes and entry requirements

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.

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-timeUCAS code: C880

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

BSc (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwichUCAS code: C88A

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

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

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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Contact us

Department of Social Sciences
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU

Tel: +44 (0)1509 223365

More about this course

Social Psychology Brochure 2013-2014 (PDF)


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