Programmes of study

Psychology is an exciting and diverse field of study dedicated to understanding, describing, predicting and controlling behaviour and thought. Psychology graduates can pursue a range of careers following their undergraduate degree, or continue their studies to obtain full registration as a practitioner psychologist.

At York St John University we offer two BPS accredited undergraduate programmes in psychology:

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psychology with Counselling

In these programmes, students are provided with a scientific grounding in psychological processes such as perception, memory, learning, motivation, psychobiology, personality, emotion, human developmental and social relationships. Graduates develop skills and attributes that are highly sought by employers, including:

  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Personal values, cultural awareness, and ethics
  • Teamwork, leadership, planning, and organisation skills
  • Critical and creative thinking skills
  • Research skills

Our Undergraduate programmes are accredited as satisfying eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society, provided the minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved.

The Master of Science, Psychology of Child & Adolescent Development, provides an advanced level postgraduate option to study the physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development that occurs from infancy, through childhood, to adolescence. Students critically review relevant theories of human development and their application in real-world contexts. Students undertake advanced training in the research methods of developmental psychologists and complete a high-level research project in an area of human development. This programme is well-suited to those wishing to pursue a career working with children or young adults, and/or those wishing to undertake doctoral-level research training.

The Doctorate of Counselling Psychology (DCounsPsy) provides a postgraduate training pathway for students seeking a career as a counselling psychologist.  The programme applies the knowledge and skills learned in undergraduate psychology to the evidence-based principles required for assessment and intervention. Students develop the professional skills required of practitioner psychologists through small group class-work and supervised placements in community-based settings. Working with a research advisor, students also conduct an applied research project relevant to counselling psychology. This programme satisfies the educational standards for chartered membership as a Counselling Psychologist with the BPS and full membership of the Division of Counselling Psychology. Graduates are also eligible to apply for registration as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Psychology BSc (Hons)

  • The programme provides students with a comprehensive education in the scientific foundations of psychology and an introduction to applied practice across multiple domains.
  • This programme is accredited by the BPS as an approved undergraduate sequence of study in psychology in the United Kingdom

Psychology with Counselling BSc (Hons)

  • The programme provides students with a sound education in the scientific foundations of psychology and an introduction to the skills required in counselling psychology.
  • This programme is accredited by the BPS as an approved undergraduate sequence of study in psychology in the United Kingdom

Psychology with Child Development BSc (Hons)*

  • This programme provides students with a firm grounding in psychological science with a specialist focus on how psychology is applied to understanding the development of children and young people.
  • This degree is ideal for students interested in working with children in education, psychological and health professions.

*subject to validation and accreditation by the British Psychological Society.

Master of Science, Psychology of Child & Adolescent Development

  • The programme provides students with advanced education in the key theories of childhood and adolescent psychological development, and insight into the strengths and limitations of the research methodologies that underpin them.
  • Students develop advanced, transferrable research and critical thinking skills

MRes Psychology

  • This programme provides students with advanced training in quantitative and qualitative research methods and gives the opportunity to work on an extended piece of empirical research under the supervision of a Psychology academic.
  • The MRes provides an ideal springboard for students aspiring to go on to a PhD in Psychology.

Doctorate of Counselling Psychology

  • This programme satisfies the educational standards for chartered membership as a Counselling Psychologist with the BPS and full membership of the Division of Counselling Psychology.
  • Graduates are also eligible to apply for registration as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • The programme is subject to BPS and HCPC accreditation.

 

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