Anglia Ruskin University

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In Depth

Why Study Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University

Psychology is a fascinating science concerned with the study of the mind and behaviour. It has links with a variety of disciplines such as the biological, computer and forensic sciences, as well as with the humanities such as sociology, philosophy and literature. The common factor linking people who study psychology is curiosity and the search for knowledge. 

There are a number of reasons why you may wish to study psychology. Psychology is exciting: for example, is there a relationship between psychological disorders and brain biochemistry? Psychology is challenging: for example, does psychotherapy help people overcome psychological problems such as depression and anxiety?

Psychology is useful: psychology has a broad range of real-world applications in everyday life, ranging from stress, health, mental illness, artificial intelligence and human-machine interaction, to personal development, social interaction and the environment, to name but a few. Psychology offers good career prospects.

The specific aims of this course are:

  • To develop your scientific understanding of the different perspectives within the core areas of Psychology and the interrelationships between them;
  • To enable you to be capable of applying the scientific method to human experience and behaviour in a range of practical settings;
  • To develop your skills in the synthesis and critical evaluation of a range of psychological theory and research;
  • To enable you to be an independent learner who has a wide range of cognitive, research and transferable skills;
  • To prepare you for employment, or further training in psychology.


Course Structure

Year one core modules

  • Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology
  • Issues in Child Development and Social Psychology
  • Key Skills for Psychology
  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • The Psychology of Everyday Life
  • Theoretical Foundations in Psychology

Year two core modules

  • Biopsychology
  • Contemporary Social Psychology
  • Learning, Memory and Perception
  • Psychopathology
  • Personality, Intelligence and Psychometrics
  • Research Techniques for Psychology

Year three core modules

  • Language and Thought
  • Lifespan Development
  • Psychology Project


Assessment is via a mix of examination, essays, research reports, presentations, laboratory reports and dissertation.


Research Groups

Applied, Social and Health Psychology Research Group

Our research group contains leading researchers in several areas of applied psychology including health, emotion, developmental disorders, psychoneuroimmunology, consumer psychology, sexual health, and social psychology. Some of our research was recently rated as world-leading by the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, and we have published widely in high impact journals such as Psychological Review, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Emotion, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Consciousness & Cognition.

Brain and Cognition Research Group

The Brain and Cognition programme is concerned with cognition in the healthy brain and the nature of impairment in clinical populations. Our primary aim is to develop theoretical accounts of cognitive functions in the normal healthy brain and to consider how our research might further understanding of clinical conditions and rehabilitative strategies. 

Primary areas of interest include memory storage and retrieval, object and face processing, language processing, intelligence and efficacy of biofeedback for clinical populations. We work with a range of populations including those with Alzheimer's disease, semantic dementia, herpes encephalitis, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury and aphasia. Our research incorporates multiple convergent methodologies, including classic experimental cognitive approaches, EEG and fMRI. 


Associated careers

A degree in psychology can provide access to a wide range of careers. Some graduates go on to become professional psychologists in the academic world or, after further specialised studies, in applied areas such as clinical, health, educational, occupational or forensic psychology. However, psychology graduates are valued across many fields because of the diverse and useful skills that are acquired from a psychology degree. A successful psychology graduate can be expected to be able to write coherent and logical reports, understand statistical and other forms of evidence and have a good understanding of human behaviour. Taken together, such skills are very appealing to a wide range of employers and not just those in specifically psychological areas.

Links with industry/professional recognition

Our BSc (Hons) Psychology course is accredited as conferring eligibility for graduate membership of The British Psychology Society and the graduate Basis for Registration, provided the minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved.