Seven basic modules are available in Year 1. These introduce you to current theories, methods and findings in experimental psychology, the study of social and personal influences on individual and small-group behaviour, children's social and emotional development, biological psychology, the history of psychology, key skills for psychologists, and basic psychological investigative procedures and data interpretation.
Modules taken in Year 2 give further grounding in data collection and analysis, and in empirical techniques. Optional modules allow you to study many different aspects of psychology such as social, developmental, and biological psychology, personality and individual differences or cross-cultural perspectives.
In Year 3 you will have the opportunity to undertake your own research project and you can specialise in options from cognitive, developmental and social psychology as well as abnormal psychology and atypical development.
As courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here. You can read a detailed list of the modules here.
- Foundations of Cognitive Psychology
- Foundations of Social Psychology
- Introduction to Psychological Research
- Foundations of Developmental Psychology
- Foundations of Biological Psychology
- Psychology and Contemporary Issues
- Influential Papers in Psychology.
Years 2 and 3
- Social Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Abnormal Psychology (Honours)
- Cognitive Psychology
- Personality and Individual Differences
- Biological Psychology
- Advanced Statistics and Experimental Methods for Psychology
- Qualitative Methods for Psychology (Honours)
- Questionnaire Design for Psychology
- Topics in Cognition (Honours)
- Topics in Developmental Psychology (Honours)
- Topics in Social Psychology (Honours)
- Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Psychology
- Explanatory Concepts in Psychology (Honours)
- Empirical Project (Honours) (double module)
- Understanding Developmental Disorders (Honours)
- Multidisciplinary Project
- Independent Study.
Our 'Topics in...' modules include a number of staff-led research topics within each module which students can choose
for further study.
Single honours Psychology students may also choose to study up to four of the following acceptable modules:
- Anthropology of Ritual
- Motivating Health Behaviour
- Crime and Society (Honours)
- Gender and Society
- Race, Ethnicity and Exclusion
- Sociology of Work
- Approaches to Challenging Behaviour in Health and Social Care
- Bodywork and Touch
- Culture and Care (Honours)
- Poverty and Welfare
- Psycholinguistics (Honours)
- The Social World of Childhood
- Psychology of Learning
- Philosophy of Science
- Philosophy of Language
- Philosophy of Mind (Honours)
- The Philosophy of Religion
- Design for Online Communication
- Persuasive Communication
- Sports Psychology.
Modules may be subject to change in the future.
There are no additional costs other than those normally expected to enable students to study (textbooks etc).
Oxford Brookes students are actively encouraged to study for part of their degree at other universities abroad. Psychology students have taken advantage of opportunities to study in the USA, Canada and Australia.
Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:
- increasing your employability within an international market
- boosting your language skills
- building your confidence in adapting to new situations
- improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.
We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding may be available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published
on the website. For more information, please visit our
Changes to programmes