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Why Study Psychology at Loughborough University

Psychology at Loughborough University offers you a fantastic opportunity to explore a wide range of subject material while developing crucial skills found highly valuable by future employers. With great facilities and leading research staff, the University provides you with the unique chance of choosing from two different psychology areas. The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) offers a BSc Psychology course, mainly focusing on the biological perspective of human beings and their behaviour. The Department of Social Sciences offers you a BSc Social Psychology course, concentrating on the social aspect of psychology and people in relation to one another.

Both courses are recognised by the British Psychology Society, delivering you professional training and a wide choice of topics. Their close relations and connections with psychologists currently working in today’s settings means you will have a fantastic opportunity to experience practical work and current theoretical approaches from leading experts in the current working climate.

The SSEHS Psychology degree was ranked 11th in the 2011 Times Good University Guide, while the Social Psychology course is one of the few degrees in Britain to offer you the chance to study the main areas in Psychology from a social rather than the biological or individual perspective. Both courses will enable you to gain extensive knowledge and insight into areas you particularly enjoy.

In addition you are offered the unique opportunity to study a language as part of your course, such as French, German, Mandarin and Spanish, expanding your skills and improving your versatility. Loughborough University also provides a varied social and extra-curricular life, enabling you to take part in volunteer projects and other great activities that will complement and enhance your degree.

Placement Year Opportunity for BSc Psychology

The SSEHS provides great opportunities to enhance your degree through an extra year’s placement in a relevant professional setting. This enables you to gain valuable training and experience of the working world. It will also enable you to achieve an additional award, the Diploma of Professional Studies, which is highly valued by national and international employers.  Previous students have had placements across the world, in areas such as;

  • Schools
  • NHS Trusts
  • Prisons
  • the Home Office
  • the Health and Safety Executive
  • and other consultancies and companies

For more information on the two courses available, visit their Department’s Websites, Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences for Psychology and Social Sciences for Social Psychology.

Teaching

With a broad range of subject material, excellent teaching staff and great facilities and support, both the Psychology and Social Psychology courses at Loughborough University are dedicated to providing you with the quality of teaching you need to gain new skills and make the most of your time at University.

How will you be taught?

You are taught through a variety of teaching styles aimed at broadening and expanding your knowledge on Psychology or Social Psychology, including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars – smaller groups than lectures where concepts and topics from lectures are further discussed and developed
  • Tutorials – meetings between a tutor and small group of students to discuss particular topics
  • Practical sessions

Assessments

Both courses assess you in a variety of ways. These include:

  • Examinations
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Oral and Poster Presentations

This range of assessment methods is designed to strengthen your knowledge of subject material, see how you are progressing and enable you to gain credit for skills in different and varied areas of communication.

What support you will get?

There are a variety of fantastic support services open for you to use in every aspects of university life. On arrival  you are assigned  a personal tutor, who is an experienced lecturer, able to give you advice and guidance on your course and offer personal support.

Loughborough have a great range of support facilities, such as IT services and the Careers and Employability Centre. The Library has extensive resources in Psychology and Social Psychology. It also houses other related fields with the latest technology and guidance to help you find the research you need with ease.  Expert staff members dedicated to the knowledge of the Departments’ resources in the Library is on hand to help you with any research material you will need.

Course Subject Material – Psychology

In the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, the Psychology course is greatly focused on the study of human beings and their behaviour. You will be able to explore the origins and nature of psychology and develop your critical and analytical skills. Their fantastic teaching staff are both enthusiastic about their subject and often at the forefront of current research with incredible expertise in their chosen field. This enables the Department to cover a wide range of module topics, including;
Introductory Neuroscience

  • Social and Cultural Psychologies
  • Professions in Psychology
  • Psychology: Shaping the Discipline
  • Human Memory and Cognition
  • Qualitative Data Analysis for Psychology
  • Perspectives on Health and Well Being
  • Psychology of Eating Behaviour
  • Lifestyle and Disease
  • Psychology, Performance and Human Resources
  • Sleep and Biological Rhythms
  • Psychology of Workplace Health
  • Parenting and Socialisation

Course Subject Material – Social Psychology

The Department of Social Sciences enables you to take a unique look at psychology through the course. With a great emphasis on social behaviour and people in relation to others, you will be able to explore a wide range of subject material in an interesting and often controversial area, taught by fantastic academic staff world-renowned and leading experts in their fields of study. Such topics will include:

  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Controversies in Psychology
  • Social Psychology and Relationships
  • Methods and Ideas in Psychology: Historical and Conceptual Issues
  • Methods and Ideas in Psychology: Qualitative Research Methods
  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences and Personality

You will also have the opportunity to study subject material from other great courses in the Department of Social Sciences, including Criminology and Social Policy, Sociology and Communications and Media Studies courses.

Research

Psychology

Research in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) is both extensive and world recognised. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) SSEHS was assessed as the best in the UK, with outstanding results in the general field of Sports-related Studies. Their focus is on advancing and developing research in four main areas:

  • Behavioural Medicine
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Sport Science
  • Social Sciences and Sport

With strong focuses on the study of human beings, you as a student will have the perfect opportunity to take full advantage of the latest and most advanced research through projects, lectures and getting involved in current research developments.

Social Psychology

The Social Psychology team at Loughborough University includes leading international experts in fields such as:The analysis of statistical materials

  • Analysis of discourse, rhetoric and conversation

Research in the Department has also helped develop important and leading critical alternatives to the more traditional forms of psychology. This cutting-edge research is led by academic and research staff, giving you the benefit of being taught by some of the best social psychologist researchers.

In both courses, postgraduate students and lecturers with widespread knowledge of a variety of areas will be able to offer you great insight into subjects and research that you find particularly interesting.

Employability

The Department of Social Science and the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) both aim to help you find a career in various professional areas, such as:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Occupational psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Health psychologist
  • Business management
  • Charted psychologist
  • Social and Community Work
  • Journalism
  • Nursing

A degree in Psychology or Social Psychology can also prepare you for careers in other excellent industrial, financial, managerial and public sector areas. Both Departments have a staggering employability rate, with 94% of SSEHS graduates and 90% of Social Sciences graduates in employment or further study (of those available). SSEHS, the Department of Social Science and the University provide a number of great services to help you find your career path, from careers advice to help with your placement year.

Many students who choose to undertake a placement year on the Psychology course often go on to work with the same employer once they have graduated. You may also choose to try for the Graduate Basis for Registration (‘GBR’) in order to become a Chartered Psychologist.

Case Studies

Psychology

Laura-Jayne Evans graduated in 2009 with a BSc in Psychology. She now works within the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme on the NHS as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.

“One of the reasons Loughborough stood out to me was because of the placement year it offered and I was aware that I would need as much experience as possible throughout my degree so believed that a placement would be an ideal opportunity for this.”

Social Psychology

Joanne McHugh graduated in 2009 with a BSc in Social Psychology. She got a job working as a Healthcare Assistant at the NHS.

“The reason I chose the degree course at Loughborough University was because it is one of the few Universities in the country offering Social Psychology. Also, I liked Loughborough University because it was a campus rather than city based University.”

For the full case study and other graduate profiles in the department, visit the SSEHS Graduate Profiles as well as the Social Sciences Graduate Profiles.