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University of Bath

Psychology

UCAS Code: 8C82

Master of Science - MSci

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A,A

Desirable A level subjects: Preference for a combination of scientific or numerical subjects and essay-based humanities or social sciences. Preferred subjects include: Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Mathematics, Statistics, Anthropology, Economics, Politics/Government and Politics, Philosophy, Geology, History, English Literature and English Language. A level subjects that will not be considered in your application: A level General Studies will not be considered. We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). Offers can include Mathematics or Further Mathematics but not both. Alternative A level offer: AAA plus one of the following: grade A in an EPQ grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Access to HE Diploma

D:39

Typical offer: Pass the Access to HE Diploma, with at least 39 credits achieved at Distinction. You must achieve at least 6 credits from Level 3 Mathematics units at Pass or higher, or an A grade in GCSE Mathematics. We are able to consider the Access to HE Diploma for entry. We are looking for you to demonstrate a high academic standard, and provide evidence of a strong interest in Psychology demonstrated by extra-curricular activity, research or work experience. We are also looking for your Access to HE Diploma qualification to include units in relevant subject areas, such as Social Sciences and Natural Sciences. You must achieve an A grade at GCSE Maths OR have completed at least 6 units of Level 3 Maths awarded at Pass or higher. We will also typically be looking for you to have achieved a minimum grade B in GCSE English, and preference will be shown to students who have achieved a grade A or higher. If you do not have this grade, please get in contact with us to discuss this before applying. If your Access to HE Diploma qualification is in Humanities or Social Science, we would typically only be able to consider your application if you have strong existing GCSE performance in core science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), or equivalent qualifications. Please note that you may be asked to submit a relevant piece of marked coursework for consideration.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects

D2,D3,D3

Preference for a combination of scientific or numerical subjects and essay-based humanities or social sciences. Preferred subjects include: Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Mathematics, Statistics, Anthropology, Economics, Politics/Government and Politics, Philosophy, Geology, History, English Literature and English Language. Cambridge Pre-U alternative offer D3, D3, D3 plus one of the following: grade A in an EPQ grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

Typical offer: 36 points overall and 7, 6, 6 in 3 Higher Level subjects.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

D*D*D*

Typical offer: Obtain D*D*D* in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) in a relevant subject area. If you are studying towards a Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma or a new specification BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF), please contact us for guidance.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A

Typical Offer: AA in Advanced Highers plus AAAAA in Scottish Highers. Preference for a combination of scientific or numerical subjects and essay-based humanities or social sciences. Preferred subjects include: Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Mathematics, Statistics, Anthropology, Economics, Politics/Government and Politics, Philosophy, Geology, History, English, Literature and English Language.

UCAS Tariff

112-152

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

55%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of mental life and human behaviour. It explains how we think, feel and act both individually and as part of a social group. This course offers the rigour of a science degree, with insights into every aspect of psychology recognised by the British Psychological Society.

In Year 1, you will gain an understanding of basic concepts, methods and theories in psychology. In Year 2 you will cover the core areas of psychology and be introduced to research methods and project work. You will be trained in experimental methods, questionnaire research and qualitative analysis.

Optional units enable you to study topics that are not always found in psychology degrees. These include health psychology and clinical psychopathology, as well as units from other subjects.

In your final year, you’ll complete a research project and select optional units relating to the current research interests of academic staff.

The undergraduate masters (MSci) equips you with the practical and analytical skills to conduct independent research. This can focus on an area that interests you. This advanced qualification puts you ahead of other bachelors graduates in the job market. You will be well prepared for further study.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bath

Department:

Psychology

TEF rating:
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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?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
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

82%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
88%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

76%
UK students
24%
International students
15%
Male students
85%
Female students
97%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A
A
519

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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.

£25,000
high
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
86%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Public services and other associate professionals
8%
Teaching and educational professionals
8%
Welfare professionals
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.

£22k

£22k

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

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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You can use this to get an idea of who you might share a lecture with and how they progressed in this subject, here. It's also worth comparing typical A-level subjects and grades students achieved with the current course entry requirements; similarities or differences here could indicate how flexible (or not) a university might be.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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