Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour. Here at Liverpool Hope you will learn about and have the opportunity to research such diverse topics as, for example: why people might engage in criminal activity; how children learn to read; what functions of the brain are impacted upon when someone sustains a serious injury to the front of their head; or when would the most suitable time be to intervene in a conflict. You will study of Psychology within a vibrant, dynamic and friendly academic community. The Psychology lecturers are enthusiastic, knowledgeable and active researchers who have a commitment to using both traditional and innovative teaching methods.
Both the BA/BSc Combined and BSc Single Honours in Psychology are accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Registration, provided the minimum standard of a second class honours is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
Student feedback is sought regularly and informs an ongoing process of monitoring and evaluating the quality of our teaching. We aim to produce well-rounded graduates who have the potential to practise in any area where the study of psychology might be relevant. This is achieved through exposure to first-class teaching and internationally competitive researchers.
We offer the following courses (please click the links for further information about the courses):
Prof Michael Ziessler, Head of Department
Location HCA East Wing 018
Phone 0151 291 3882
The Psychology Department has three active Research Groups:
Social and Applied Psychology Research Group
We have been praised by the British Psychological Society for the support we give students, as well as the range of courses available. We also achieved a high rating from the Quality Assurance Agency for our provision of up-to-date research-led teaching. The Psychology team is enthusiastic and will provide high quality academic and pastoral support.
We offer many opportunities to become involved in extra-curricular activities within and outside of the department, such as:
Psychology is a fascinating subject and can be defined as the study of mind and behaviour in people and animals. The study of psychology involves the use of scientific methods to systematically investigate the processes of the mind (eg thoughts and emotions) and to analyse behaviour. The BA/BSc Combined Hons programme confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) needed to enter postgraduate professional training (conditions are necessarily attached for unit choices for GBC).
Yes – we offer a BSc Single (Hons) in Psychology course. In addition, for those students who are registered for BA/BSc Combined (Hons) we offer the flexibility to major in Psychology from Year Two (i.e. take ¾ units in Psychology). In Year Three it is possible for all students to 100% major in Psychology (i.e. take all units in Psychology). There are many topics to choose from, including: Psychology and Criminal Behaviour; Counselling Psychology: Theory and Applications; Human Development, Personality and Individual Differences; Perspectives on Clinical Disorders; Social and Political Psychology, Parapsychology; Anomalistic Psychology; Anthrozoology; Psychology of Health and Disability; Psychology of Education and Adult Learning (the non-compulsory for BPS units are subject to availability).
As you would expect from a University that has its roots in teacher training we are at the forefront of delivering courses using innovative teaching practices. Learning will be facilitated through lectures, seminars, workshops based in laboratories, group work and independent study time. Consistently, decisions we make regarding the implementation of learning, teaching and assessment strategies are research led from within our Department.
Projects that have informed our teaching and learning strategy include: student expectations of, and adaptation to, Higher Education; encouraging students to become more effective learners: essay writing; assessment; course evaluation; disability theory and the experiences of disabled students in Higher Education; development of critical thinking skills; transferable skills; reasons why some students opt to plagiarise; development, management and usage of virtual learning environments. Earlier this year we were successful in a collaborative bid to receive funding (£3.1M) from the Government to set up a Centre of Excellence for Scientific Literacy here and at another university.
Students who complete the GBC (see above) route through their studies will be eligible for further training with a view to becoming a professional psychologist in areas such as: Forensic, Clinical, Occupational, Counselling, Health and Education (for Education they have to make sure they do 50% of a national curriculum subject, will need to do a PGCE and teach for two years minimum).
A psychology degree is attractive to more employers because of its unique combination of humanities and science. For those who complete GBC and those who do not there are a wide variety of occupations in for example, Human Resource Management, Probation Services, Management, Social Work, Social Research, Marketing and Education.