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Open University

Social Psychology (Q83)

UCAS Code: Not applicable

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Distance learning | 2019

Subject

Psychology

Why do good people do bad things? When do they help one another? What role do digital technologies play in our relationships? Has globalisation made people across the world more similar, or do old differences persist? How have gender identities changed? What does it mean to be a good citizen?

This degree explores these and many other important psychological questions about the relationship between individual psychology and the complex social world. You will examine how social psychologists use evidence from research to contribute to debates on a wide range of social issues including discrimination and equality, conflict resolution, migration, happiness and well-being. You will also explore how psychology is critical to understanding employment, mental health, and relationships.

**Key features of the course**

- Explores how social psychologists study people as social beings in different contexts

- Investigates the connections between individual lives and social problems, using different theories and approaches

- Gives you an appreciation of different perspectives within psychology and the ability to evaluate them critically

- Builds advanced analytical and communication skills, and enhances your employability

- Relevant to a wide range of career opportunities including social justice, public policy, media and communications

Modules

This degree has three stages, each comprising two 60-credit modules.
At Stage 1 you’ll be introduced to core academic skills and concepts in the social sciences and psychology.
At Stage 2 you'll explore a wide range of real-life problems and issues to which psychology has been applied, along with a variety of research and practical skills used by professional psychologists.
Finally, at Stage 3, you'll specialise in psychology as it has been applied to criminal justice contexts, including counselling and forensic psychology in prisons. You'll complete your degree with an independent research project.

Tuition fees

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England
£18,072
for the whole course
Northern Ireland
£6,048
for the whole course
Scotland
£6,048
for the whole course
Wales
£6,048
for the whole course

The Uni


Course location:

Distance Learning

Department:

The Open University

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
med
Psychology

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


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Psychology (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

98%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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