Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Social Psychology

Psychology

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time C88A AAB 1 October 2018
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time C880 AAB 1 October 2018

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Social Psychology course overview

This degree course provides a solid grounding in the scientific study of human behaviour and the mind, and a unique opportunity to study the social side of human behaviour in depth. It allows graduates to build their careers on a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited qualification

This degree covers all the main topic areas of psychology, with an additional focus on human social behaviour, identity, groups, relationships, and communication.

The course is taught within the Department of Social Sciences.

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, such as Sociology, Criminology and Social Policy, and Communication and Media Studies
  • You are able to take additional optional modules from across the suite of Psychology programmes, including Business Psychology and Sports and Exercise Psychology
  • You can choose to take a placement year, study abroad or study a foreign language

Psychology Facilities and Research

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Modules


Year 1

Indicative topics area include:

  • Foundations in Social Psychology
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Psychology and Relationships
  • Foundations in Developmental Psychology
  • Foundations in Cognitive Psychology
  • Foundations in Biological Psychology

Additional modules available from the other Psychology pathways, and from Criminology and Social Policy, Communication and Media Studies, and Sociology.

Year 2

Indicative topic areas include:

  • Social Interaction
  • Social Psychology and Communication
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Human Cognition
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Research Methods

Indicative optional topic areas include:

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Political Psychology
  • Psychological Issues and Strategies in Sport
  • Women and Crime

Additional modules available from the other Psychology pathways, and from Criminology and Social Policy, Communication and Media Studies and Sociology.


Optional placement/study year

Professional placement and/or overseas teaching assistantship.


Final year

Indicative topic areas include:

  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Language, Culture and Mind
  • Independent Research Project

Indicative optional topic areas include:

  • Psychological Disorders in Society
  • Social Psychology of Everyday Life
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology of Eating Behaviour

Additional modules available from the other Psychology pathways, and from Criminology and Social Policy, Communication and Media Studies, and Sociology

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


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

Assessment

Depending on the nature of the material, some modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination (for example 25% coursework and 75% examination), whilst other modules are assessed by 100% coursework or 100% by examination.

Coursework is based on a variety of tasks including individual essays, projects, in-class tests, lab reports, contribution in tutorials, group work and presentations.


C88A Social Psychology - BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS

A-Level
AAB
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) with 4 at SL Mathematics and 5 at SL English
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: Distinction plus two A Levels at grades AB
BTEC National Diploma: D D* plus one A Level at grade B; National Extended Diploma: DDD plus one A Level at grade B.
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics Grade C/4 (Grade B/6 preferred) and English Language Grade B/6

C880 Social Psychology - BSc (Hons)

A-Level
AAB
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) with 4 at SL Mathematics and 5 at SL English
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: Distinction plus two A Levels at grades AB
BTEC National Diploma: D D* plus one A Level at grade B; National Extended Diploma: DDD plus one A Level at grade B.
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics Grade C/4 (Grade B/6 preferred) and English Language Grade B/6

Selection

Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application, but in exceptional cases, an interview may be required. If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £16,000

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Additional costs for course

There may be additional costs related to completion of your research project (dissertation). Depending on the topic you choose to research and the nature of the project there may be travel costs, field expenses and postage costs that you will need to meet. 

Graduate destinations

This degree prepares you for a career in a wide range of settings including commercial or healthcare settings, and roles in management and human resources, education, community and social work, financial services, and psychological research. It provides a foundation for postgraduate study or further professional training for careers in counselling or clinical, educational, occupational, forensic or health psychology.

Professional placement year

One of the many benefits of undergraduate study in the Department of Social Sciences is that students have the opportunity to take a one-year professional placement between their second and third year of studies.

A professional placement helps you test drive a career and stand out to employers. Placement options are wide and varied but would typically be a graduate level role with one of a broad range of companies or organisations which can be based in the UK or overseas.

We have strong industry links which help our students secure year-long placements in the UK and internationally. These placements are an invaluable opportunity to enhance employability and apply skills and knowledge to a working environment.

Students are expected to secure their own placement, however, extensive support from the School Placement Officer and Careers Network team is always available.

Placement destinations differ slightly according to the subject studied, in previous years students have gone on placement to Unilever, HM Inspectorate of Prisons, NBC Universal, NHS Partnerships and The Prince’s Trust.

Students work towards an additional qualification whilst on placement – the Diploma in Professional Studies, which, on successful completion, is awarded at graduation.

Transfer between the three and four year courses is normally possible.

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.

Study Abroad

You can also choose to develop your skills by spending the year between your second and final year studying abroad at one of our partner universities around the world. This results in the award of a Diploma in International Studies in addition to your degree.

Our students

Charlotte

Course

Social Psychology

Department

Social Sciences

Qualifications

BSc (Hons)

Year of Study

2nd

Department / School Key Information Sets

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

UCAS code: C88A

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: C880