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COURSE OVERVIEW

Please note this programme is closed for September 2019 entry. Applications will be accepted from October 2019 for September 2020 entry.

  • Benefit from dedicated laboratories and computer rooms where you can learn a variety of psychological research methods
  • Gain hands-on experience of experiments, observation, interviews, questionnaires and psychometric tests in small group projects
  • Study in a supportive environment with your own personal tutor, plus one-to-one supervision for your extended project
  • Use our excellent links with relevant organisations in the local area to find a volunteering placement in your third year
  • Study law in a city that has been central to the English legal system for at least 1,000 years

Are you intrigued by human behaviour and fascinated by the way law impacts on all our lives and relationships? The fields of psychology and law bring up big questions – our degree helps you to find big answers to them as you embark on an absorbing journey exploring where the human mind intersects with legal concepts and issues.

Our versatile and innovative Psychology with Law programme focuses on giving you a strong understanding of the nature and extent of key areas of both subjects while gaining vital employment related and academic skills.

Delivered by research-active experts in their fields, the course gives you the opportunity to examine all aspects of human experience and behaviour, employing different perspectives within psychology, such as biological, cognitive, social, developmental, and individual differences.

The programme has a strong focus on research methods and, in the final year under expert supervision, you complete an extended independent research project. This allows you to engage with the latest research findings and psychological theories and gives you a chance to make a significant contribution to the vibrant research culture at Winchester.

In Year 1 you complete an Introduction to Psychology and obtain a solid grounding in psychological research methods. Alongside this, you complete a personal and professional development module as well as an introduction to Law with Legal Systems and Methods.

In Year 2, you study Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods, Social Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, Developmental Psychology, and begin to learn how to conduct independent psychological research. Optional modules in Law include Criminal Law, Sport and the Law, and Human Rights.

As well as your psychology research project, your final year features compulsory modules in Brain and Behaviour and Cognition and Behaviour. In Year 3 you can choose from a wide range of optional modules available for you to explore your special interests. These may include Advanced Statistics and Applied Statistics; Psychology, Crime and the Criminal Justice System, and Eyewitness Psychology. Optional legal modules may include Philosophy of Law, Penology and Prison Law, and Legal Ethics and Risk Management.

Your programme comprises 75% of the modules from the Psychology programme and 25% from the LLB programme.

We are a forward-looking and energetic department who strive to provide the best educational experience for you and take pride in doing so within a friendly, intimate and supportive learning environment.

Due to the wide range of skills, and the rigour with which they are taught, training in psychology is widely accepted as providing an excellent preparation for many careers. The legal components of the programme encourage you to develop an enquiring and critical attitude to law, as well as being able to think logically and communicate clearly. In addition to subject knowledge, you also develop skills in numeracy, analysis, teamwork and independent learning – all of which are highly valued by employers.

On graduation, successful careers await you in sectors such as policing, probation, health and social care, and related professions such as social and youth work, education and public sector work. Roles such as psychological wellbeing practitioner and assistant psychologist are open to graduates and are an excellent way to gain experience before taking the next step towards a career as a psychologist.

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS); those wishing to pursue professional careers in psychology - such as clinical, forensic, educational, or occupational psychology - need to undertake further study and training to gain professional recognition as a Chartered Psychologist. Graduates will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) status, which is an entry requirement for many accredited postgraduate training courses in psychology. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. 

Careers

Professional careers in psychology can be pursued in the following fields: clinical, educational, occupational, sports and exercise, health, counselling, neuropsychology, forensic psychology, and academic teaching and research.

94% of our 2016/17 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey). 

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.               

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc., you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
  • Independent learning: 924 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
  • Independent learning: 924 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours
  • Placement: 12 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:
  • 47% coursework
  • 39% written exams
  • 14% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 61% coursework
  • 21% written exams
  • 18% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 65% coursework
  • 19% written exams
  • 16% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2020 Entry: 112-120 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in Mathematics and English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

Send us a message

International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Psychological Research Methods 45

In this module, you are introduced to the principles of research design, and to basic techniques of qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Key conceptual and historical issues relating to the philosophy of science are addressed, and ethical issues are covered. Students will carry out practical investigations in small groups to develop key skills in research design, data collection, analysis, and report writing. In these practical sessions, you will be required to collect, interpret and communicate quantitative and quantitative data across a variety of methods. Students are also encouraged to see how data analysis relates to research design, and hence to understand and value the insights that can be gained by a competent knowledge of quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques. The practical investigations are selected to illustrate particular aspects of design or analysis, with a progression towards more complex designs and more emphasis on theoretical issues.

Introduction to Psychology 30

This module introduces students to the main sub-disciplines of psychology: biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, and social psychology, as outlined in the British Psychological Society’s required curriculum. You will look at core topics within each of these sub-discipline areas, gaining an understanding of how psychology (and its sub-disciplines) developed over time and an understanding of key conceptual and historical issues that are relevant to the discipline as a whole. Seminars will further develop this understanding by fostering discussion and debate on key concepts and studies, helping you to better understand the relationship between theory and research.

Applied Skills for Learning and Development 15

This module aims to help students to develop and improve the key academic skills expected from psychology students during their studies, and to understand the transferability of these into the workplace, using the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Benchmark for Psychology as a foundation. You will have the opportunity to develop reflective skills, cognitive flexibility, communication skills and resilience. In addition, you will be provided with a greater awareness of your strengths, values and areas for personal development that will help inform a more holistic and self-based understanding of potential future career paths. You will engage with psychological literature related to identity, learning and careers, and will be helped to reflect on this literature in relation to your own personal development and career aspirations.

Legal Systems and Methods 30

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Developmental Psychology 15

This module aims to introduce students to both developmental theory and developmental methods. Developmental psychology covers a considerable number of historical and conceptual issues and current theories, as well as applied issues. The focus is on the child's/adolescent from a wide perspective, including among others social, cognitive, biological and cultural perspectives. Typical and atypical development across the lifespan (childhood, adolescence) will be considered in areas such as attachment, social relations, cognition, language, moral and cultural development. Students will also gain critical understanding and practical experience of the observation research methods applied to an aspect of child development.

Applied Skills for Research and Practice 15

This module aims to help you to evolve your career goals and aspired professional identities, to encourage active career exploration, and to develop tangible career tools (e.g. employability audit, Personal Action Plan). You will also be prepared for conducting independent psychological research, through developing a proposal for an appropriate empirical research project that you can pursue at Level 6. You will gain an awareness of the Psychology related career pathways available to you upon graduation, and will be encouraged to reflect on how your final year project subject area can align to your career aims.

Qualitative Methods in Psychology 15

The aim of this module is to introduce you to qualitative research methods in psychology, building on knowledge and experience gained at Level 4. The module will cover the historical development of qualitative methods, key conceptual debates (e.g. the philosophy of science), theoretical approaches to qualitative research, qualitative research designs and procedures, qualitative data collection methods (e.g. interviews and focus groups, qualitative surveys, vignettes and story completion tasks) and qualitative analytic methods (e.g. thematic analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis and discourse analysis). You will be given a chance to collect and analyse qualitative data, and write these up in a report. The module will emphasise the acquisition of practical research skills (in relation to key methods of data collection and analysis) as well as the development of critical analytic skills and a broad awareness of ethical issues relating to qualitative research methods in psychology.

Social Psychology 15

This module aims to build on the coverage of social psychology at Level 4 by exploring some of the key approaches and topics in Social Psychology in greater depth. You will be introduced to key conceptual and historical issues and debates in social psychology, as well as some of the traditional areas of the discipline such as social identity, the self, social cognition and prejudice. The module will  examine both ‘classic’ studies and theories, as well as contemporary treatments of these topics. The module will also cover critical approaches to social psychology and traditions emerging from these, such as social constructionism and discursive psychology.

Quantitative Methods in Psychology 15

This module introduces you to quantitative approaches to psychological research methods. It will comprise weekly statistics lectures and workshops, in which you will go through a number of set work questions using a statistical software package (SPSS). The module will emphasise the acquisition of practical research skills (in relation to key methods of data collection, management, and analysis), critical skills (e.g. through evaluating research papers and methods), and a broad awareness of issues concerning ethics in quantitative methods in psychology and conceptual and historical development of research methods (e.g., philosophy of science).

Personality and Individual Differences 15

This module aims to extend your understanding of the spectrum of individual differences and draws on content from a range of areas of psychology. This module covers key issues of contemporary significance using core areas of individual difference psychology such as personality, motivation, emotion & well-being. Topics are focused on in-depth within the module by examining different theoretical approaches to these concepts which allows you to understand how conceptual and historical issues inform our understanding and application of individual differences. The application of individual difference theory and research will be considered within the module in a number of contexts, for example clinical, educational or organisational contexts.

Optional Modules
  • Criminal Law (30 credits)
  • Criminal Justice* (15 credits)
  • Human Rights* (15 credits)
  • Media Law* (15 credits)
  • Penology & Prison Law* (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Law* (15 credits)
  • Constitutional Law and Rights of the USA* (15 credits)
  • Sport and the Law* (15 credits)

*Modules may only be taken once in Year 2 or Year 3.

Optional Credits

Developmental Psychology 15

This module aims to introduce students to both developmental theory and developmental methods. Developmental psychology covers a considerable number of historical and conceptual issues and current theories, as well as applied issues. The focus is on the child's/adolescent from a wide perspective, including among others social, cognitive, biological and cultural perspectives. Typical and atypical development across the lifespan (childhood, adolescence) will be considered in areas such as attachment, social relations, cognition, language, moral and cultural development. Students will also gain critical understanding and practical experience of the observation research methods applied to an aspect of child development.

Applied Skills for Research and Practice 15

This module aims to help you to evolve your career goals and aspired professional identities, to encourage active career exploration, and to develop tangible career tools (e.g. employability audit, Personal Action Plan). You will also be prepared for conducting independent psychological research, through developing a proposal for an appropriate empirical research project that you can pursue at Level 6. You will gain an awareness of the Psychology related career pathways available to you upon graduation, and will be encouraged to reflect on how your final year project subject area can align to your career aims.

Qualitative Methods in Psychology 15

The aim of this module is to introduce you to qualitative research methods in psychology, building on knowledge and experience gained at Level 4. The module will cover the historical development of qualitative methods, key conceptual debates (e.g. the philosophy of science), theoretical approaches to qualitative research, qualitative research designs and procedures, qualitative data collection methods (e.g. interviews and focus groups, qualitative surveys, vignettes and story completion tasks) and qualitative analytic methods (e.g. thematic analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis and discourse analysis). You will be given a chance to collect and analyse qualitative data, and write these up in a report. The module will emphasise the acquisition of practical research skills (in relation to key methods of data collection and analysis) as well as the development of critical analytic skills and a broad awareness of ethical issues relating to qualitative research methods in psychology.

Social Psychology 15

This module aims to build on the coverage of social psychology at Level 4 by exploring some of the key approaches and topics in Social Psychology in greater depth. You will be introduced to key conceptual and historical issues and debates in social psychology, as well as some of the traditional areas of the discipline such as social identity, the self, social cognition and prejudice. The module will  examine both ‘classic’ studies and theories, as well as contemporary treatments of these topics. The module will also cover critical approaches to social psychology and traditions emerging from these, such as social constructionism and discursive psychology.

Quantitative Methods in Psychology 15

This module introduces you to quantitative approaches to psychological research methods. It will comprise weekly statistics lectures and workshops, in which you will go through a number of set work questions using a statistical software package (SPSS). The module will emphasise the acquisition of practical research skills (in relation to key methods of data collection, management, and analysis), critical skills (e.g. through evaluating research papers and methods), and a broad awareness of issues concerning ethics in quantitative methods in psychology and conceptual and historical development of research methods (e.g., philosophy of science).

Personality and Individual Differences 15

This module aims to extend your understanding of the spectrum of individual differences and draws on content from a range of areas of psychology. This module covers key issues of contemporary significance using core areas of individual difference psychology such as personality, motivation, emotion & well-being. Topics are focused on in-depth within the module by examining different theoretical approaches to these concepts which allows you to understand how conceptual and historical issues inform our understanding and application of individual differences. The application of individual difference theory and research will be considered within the module in a number of contexts, for example clinical, educational or organisational contexts.

Optional Modules
  • Criminal Law (30 credits)
  • Criminal Justice* (15 credits)
  • Human Rights* (15 credits)
  • Media Law* (15 credits)
  • Penology & Prison Law* (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Law* (15 credits)
  • Constitutional Law and Rights of the USA* (15 credits)
  • Sport and the Law* (15 credits)

*Modules may only be taken once in Year 2 or Year 3.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Final Year Project and Future Directions 30

The project takes the form of an original independent empirical investigation in a psychological topic area.

You are required to select your topic/research question and produce a research proposal before the end of Semester 2 of Level 5. Supervisors are allocated according to research topic. Data collection may only commence once ethical approval has been granted by the ethics committee.  The indicative length of the project is 5,000 words for quantitative and 7,000 for qualitative projects. Additionally, this module will facilitate future employability through one-to-one tutorials between students and their FYP supervisor; providing individualised support concerning post graduate aims and specific job searches.

Brain and Behaviour 15

This module provides you with an insight into the biological basis of human and non-human behaviour, including comparative and evolutionary psychology, typical and atypical neuropsychology, neuroscience, behavioural genetics, and the effect of hormones on behaviour. You will learn how our conceptual models of biological psychology have developed through history as new methods of investigation were developed.

You will also gain critical understanding and practical experience of research methods used by biological psychologists.

Cognition and Behaviour 15

This module provides you with a broad overview of fundamental topics in Cognitive Psychology, such as sensation and perception, attention, language, learning, memory, thinking, problem solving, decision making, metacognition, consciousness and cognitive neuropsychology. Conceptual and historical issues relevant to cognitive psychology are also covered. You will gain critical understanding and practical experience of research methods used by cognitive psychologists.

Optional Modules
  • Advanced Issues in Developmental Psychology (15 credits)
  • Advanced Statistics and Applied Statistics (15 credits)
  • Psychology, Crime and the Criminal Justice System (15 credits)
  • Society, Politics and Prejudice (15 credits)
  • Psychology in the Workplace (15 credits)
  • Eyewitness Psychology (15 credits)
  • Health Psychology (15 credits)
  • Advanced Critical Thinking for Psychologists (15 credits)
  • Advanced Psychopathology and Clinical Psychology (15 credits)
  • Volunteering for Psychology (15 credits)
  • Criminal Justice* (15 credits)
  • Human Rights* (15 credits)
  • Media Law* (15 credits)
  • Penology and Prison Law* (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Law* (15 credits)
  • Constitutional Law and Rights of the USA* (15 credits)
  • Sport and the Law* (15 credits)
  • Legal Ethics and Risk Management* (15 credits)

*Modules that can be taken only once in Year 2 or Year 3.

Optional Credits

Final Year Project and Future Directions 30

The project takes the form of an original independent empirical investigation in a psychological topic area.

You are required to select your topic/research question and produce a research proposal before the end of Semester 2 of Level 5. Supervisors are allocated according to research topic. Data collection may only commence once ethical approval has been granted by the ethics committee.  The indicative length of the project is 5,000 words for quantitative and 7,000 for qualitative projects. Additionally, this module will facilitate future employability through one-to-one tutorials between students and their FYP supervisor; providing individualised support concerning post graduate aims and specific job searches.

Brain and Behaviour 15

This module provides you with an insight into the biological basis of human and non-human behaviour, including comparative and evolutionary psychology, typical and atypical neuropsychology, neuroscience, behavioural genetics, and the effect of hormones on behaviour. You will learn how our conceptual models of biological psychology have developed through history as new methods of investigation were developed.

You will also gain critical understanding and practical experience of research methods used by biological psychologists.

Cognition and Behaviour 15

This module provides you with a broad overview of fundamental topics in Cognitive Psychology, such as sensation and perception, attention, language, learning, memory, thinking, problem solving, decision making, metacognition, consciousness and cognitive neuropsychology. Conceptual and historical issues relevant to cognitive psychology are also covered. You will gain critical understanding and practical experience of research methods used by cognitive psychologists.

Optional Modules
  • Advanced Issues in Developmental Psychology (15 credits)
  • Advanced Statistics and Applied Statistics (15 credits)
  • Psychology, Crime and the Criminal Justice System (15 credits)
  • Society, Politics and Prejudice (15 credits)
  • Psychology in the Workplace (15 credits)
  • Eyewitness Psychology (15 credits)
  • Health Psychology (15 credits)
  • Advanced Critical Thinking for Psychologists (15 credits)
  • Advanced Psychopathology and Clinical Psychology (15 credits)
  • Volunteering for Psychology (15 credits)
  • Criminal Justice* (15 credits)
  • Human Rights* (15 credits)
  • Media Law* (15 credits)
  • Penology and Prison Law* (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Law* (15 credits)
  • Constitutional Law and Rights of the USA* (15 credits)
  • Sport and the Law* (15 credits)
  • Legal Ethics and Risk Management* (15 credits)

*Modules that can be taken only once in Year 2 or Year 3.

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

2019 Course Tuition Fees* 

 UK/EU

International

Year 1 £9,250 £13,300
Year 2 £9,250 £13,300
Year 3 £9,250 £13,300
Total £27,750 £39,900
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £28,450 £40,600

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2019, the first year will cost you £9,250*. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938.

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £110.83 and a 15 credit module is £1,662.

*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

Core texts

Core Texts are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Some Core Texts can be bought second hand, or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Indicative cost £400 for full length of course. 

Mandatory

Printing and binding

We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
C805
Duration
3 years full-time
Typical offer
112-120 points
Location
On campus, Winchester