Course Information

BSc (Hons)

3 Years 6 Years School Of Psychology Lincoln Campus [L] Subject to Validation ABB (or equivalent qualifications) C800

#5 Psychology is ranked 5th in the UK. In addition, 97% of Lincoln Psychology students said they were satisfied with this course overall, according to the National Student Survey 2016.

Psychological Society Award

Our BSc Psychology programme has been granted the British Psychological Society’s Award for Innovation in Psychology Programmes.


The BSc (Hons) Psychology degree aims to provide students with a strong foundation of knowledge and expertise within the subject.

The degree is taught by research-active academics with specialist areas of expertise including cognitive neuropsychology, vision and attentional processing, infant cognition and language, mental health, forensic psychology and life span development.

Students are encouraged to participate in original research projects with staff throughout the course, and may have the opportunity to publish and present findings.

Students have the opportunity to learn through a combination of theoretical, lecture-based teaching, small group seminar discussion and practical experimentation. The course aims to enable students to develop their knowledge of psychology and their ability to design, conduct and assess independent research projects.


The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) the first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist.

Is This Course Right For Me?

This course is designed for students that are looking for a programme that aims to allow them to tailor its contents to their own needs and preferences, while at the same time providing the basis for professional accreditation as a Chartered Psychologist.

How You Study

The course aims to offer students a high degree of choice in the range of option modules that complement the core topics. The options focus on areas of cutting-edge research, vocational areas and specialist topics. The specialist research areas within the department include cognitive neuropsychology, vision and attentional processing, infant cognition and language, mental health, forensic psychology, and life span development.

The first year is designed to introduce students to key concepts in psychology, including cognition, development, social psychology, biological psychology and research skills. Students have the opportunity to explore current research issues, as well as some of the key themes and debates that span the subject.

In the second year, students have the opportunity to develop and refine their research skills and can begin to tailor their course to their interests by choosing two elective modules to examine topics in greater depth.

During the final year, students may choose from a wide selection of optional modules and are expected to complete an extended independent study. At this stage, it is expected that the majority of students' studies will be determined by their interests and career aspirations.

Teaching takes place in large lecture rooms, smaller seminars and workshops and in small groups, depending on the level and the topic. In addition, staff use the intranet to provide materials to support teaching and have regular drop in sessions for students.

Most modules involve two hours a week timetabled teaching time. Students are expected to contribute to small group sessions and to undertake independent study.

There are dedicated Psychology Labs for student projects as well as the research labs that students may use as part of their final year research project.

Course materials are posted to an online virtual learning environment to supplement face to face teaching and to support onsite and remote study.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of your degree. However, remember that you are engaging in a full-time degree; so, at the very least, you should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time and you may undertake assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

The aims of the module assessments are to provide a measure of the development and attainment of course outcomes, including the attainment of high-level intellectual skills such as critical analysis and evaluation.

Accordingly, the nature of the assessment varies across the three levels of the course. The assessments at Levels One and Two focus on the acquisition and understanding of knowledge and skills. In contrast, the Level Three assessments place far greater emphasis on the ability to apply, analyse and evaluate knowledge.

BSc (Hons) Psychology students currently receive feedback within a 20 working day period.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above).

Methods of Assessment

The way you will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.


Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School Of Psychology Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2017-18

GCE Advanced Levels: ABB, to include a science related subject (Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Science, Maths, Geography or Economics are acceptable). General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

International Baccalaureate: 32 points overall, with 5 at Higher Level in Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Science, Maths, Geography or Economics.

BTEC Extended Diploma Applied Science and Physics accepted, depending on modules studied: Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Science or Social Science subject accepted: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required.

Applicants will also be required to have at least five GCSEs (or the equivalent) at grade C or above, to include English and Maths or Statistics.

We will also consider applicants with extensive relevant work experience.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email

Level 2

Brain and Behaviour (Option)

This module aims to examine the relationship between neural structure and psychological function by examining convergent evidence from the domains of neuropsychology, neurophysiology and neural networks. The module seeks to consider methodological and theoretical issues that underpin the relationship between brain and behaviour.

Comparative Social Behaviour and Cognition (Option)

This module aims to examine the similarities as well as the differences of social systems and cognitive abilities across the animal kingdom. It focuses on the possible causes of such similarities and differences and on the link between cognitive abilities and social complexity.

Developmental Psychology

This module aims to examine the concepts, theories, research methods and influencing factors in child development relevant to the period from birth to pre-adolescence.

Evolutionary Psychology (Option)

This module aims to introduce students to key mechanisms in evolutionary theory and seeks to illustrate evolutionary processes in action with reference to a number of examples of animal physical and behavioural adaptations.

Learning and Conditioning (Option)

This module aims to cover the topic of Conditioning and Learning otherwise known as Applied Behaviour Analysis. The module seeks to explore the central issues of conditioning theory and then apply these to a wide variety of human experience and functioning.

Mental Health and Disorder (Option)

This module aims to provide an introduction to a range of mental health disorders with regard to their historical context, classification and aetiology. Based on established theoretical and research context, this module will give students the opportunity to critically examine a range of theories regarding the nature of mental health problems through the use of primary research sources, with the aim of broadening their potential understanding regarding the complexity of this topic and current debate issues in the field.

Psychological Literacy and Work Experience (Option)

The main purpose of this module is to create a valuable opportunity for students to gain important insights and improve their skills and prospects relevant to employment or further study (within psychology or related subject areas) by undertaking relevant work experience.

Also, work experience may enable students to obtain industry-specific experience and to build some commercial awareness. Finally, work experience may facilitate personal development by helping students to recognise their strengths and weaknesses.

Research Internship Elective (Option)

This module expects students to carry out empirical research on a cutting-edge topic. In preparation for the module, interested students will have the opportunity to consult with relevant academic staff to identify an appropriate research project. Students are expected to work closely with a research tutor, who has research expertise in the chosen area.

Social Psychology

This module seeks to explore some of the central issues of social psychology, including how people deal with social information, such as the causes of behaviour and social categories, and how groups function and interact.

Level 3

Addictions (Option)

This module seeks to extensively explore the prevalence, aetiology and treatment strategies for prominent addictive behaviours and substance abuse and dependence in society.

Advanced Multivariate Statistics (Option)

The aim of this module is to provide a comprehensive introduction to advanced multivariate techniques. The module seeks to explore the theoretical rationale underpinning each analysis.

Autistic Spectrum Disorders (Option)

This module aims to examine the developmental disability of Autism (and Autistic Spectrum Disorders). It aims to cover a range of approaches to understanding Autism, from diagnosis and etiology.

Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology (Option)

This module aims to draw on aspects of cognitive and clinical neuropsychology to examine the consequences of brain dysfunction. A particular focus will be upon the interdependence of clinical and experimental neuropsychology, and it is within this context that the role of neuropsychology in research, diagnosis and patient management can be explored.

Cross-Cultural Psychology (Option)

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to discuss concepts, theories and research methods in cross-cultural psychology, including analysis of psychological definitions of culture and cultural variables. Specific topics in social and developmental psychology are considered from a cross-cultural perspective, for example, cultural values, social roles and relationships, family organisation, and selected topics in child development.

Developmental Psychopathology (Option)

This module aims to emphasise the importance of a developmental framework for understanding how children come to exhibit adaptive and maladaptive behaviour. The module will seek to address the changing nature of problems, influences and risk factors over the course of development.

Discourse (Option)

This module aims to develop students' knowledge of the development, theory and applications of the Discourse approach, which is a growing field within psychology. The module aims to introduce the Discourse perspective, in which language is seen as a means for people to do social actions: from blamings and invitations, to the establishment and maintenance of social relationships.

Fantasy Neuroscience (Option)

This module is designed to introduce the background, theories and techniques of Social cognitive neuroscience. SCN seeks to understand socioemotional phenomena in terms of interactions between the social (socioemotional cues, contexts, experiences, and behaviors), cognitive (information processing mechanisms), and neural (brain bases) levels of analysis.

Independent Study (Psychology)

This module expects students to carry out empirical research culminating in the production of a dissertation. The Independent Study is designed to test a student’s ability to identify an appropriate research question and to design and implement an appropriate study. The role of the supervisor is to guide them through these processes.

Occupational Psychology (Option)

This module is designed to provide a broad overview of this sub-field, which can be divided into three main areas; job related issues, inter and intra psychological issues, and workplace psychology. Theories from mainstream psychology aim to form the basis for a detailed discussion of key topics in occupational psychology.

Patterns of Action (Option)

This module aims to examine the patterns of action that underlie social behaviours such as sequences of interactions and how these affect outcomes. For instance, why do some patterns result in positive outcomes, and some result in negative outcomes. Students will have the opportunity to learn a variety of approaches, for example: Game Theory, Systems Theory, and Chaos Theory to understand not only why individuals behave in particular ways, but how to scientifically map these behavioural patterns and offer real-world insight into how to change behaviour, rather than laboratory-based theoretical approaches.

Perception and Visual Art (Option)

This module presents a broad overview of these findings and theoretical perspectives, and considers how they help us to deepen our understanding of visual art. Students critically evaluate scientific approaches to understanding art during seminar discussions, and are encouraged to find and bring relevant examples of visual art to the discussion.

Psychodynamic Therapy: Theory and Practice. (Option)

This module aims to offer students the opportunity to develop a theoretical understanding of the psychodynamic/psychoanalytic movement and its clinical applications.

Psychopharmacology: Drugs, Brain and Behaviour (Option)

This module aims to explore the science behind the effects that drugs have on mood, sensation, thinking and behaviour. The history and actions of medications currently in use for the treatment of mental health disorders will be described along with an overview of the known actions and effects of illicit drug compounds.

Risk Perception, Assessment and Management (Option)

This module is designed to give students the opportunity to develop a critical awareness and understanding of psychological issues typically related to the assessment, perception, communication, management and governing of risk as it affects professional practices in such areas as public health, politics, the environment, science and technology, corporate communication, and clinical/forensic psychology.

Sleep, Emotion And Cognition (Option)

This module seeks to examine the importance of two factors for cognition: sleep and emotion. This module aims to introduce students to both the different types of memory and cognition which appear to benefit from sleep and/or emotion and the experimental paradigms used to demonstrate this.

Vision (Option)

This module aims to represent advances in vision research through the research contributions made by staff delivering the module. Emphasis is placed on methodology and the results they generate and how these are used to in turn to both inform and challenge conventional theory.

The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.


Placement Year

When you are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, you will be required to cover your own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.


Psychology teaching is based in the main University building, and provides well-equipped laboratories including two large PC-based teaching laboratories, a psychophysiology laboratory, a 'baby lab' and numerous specialist research and practical laboratories. There are three technical staff on hand to aid students in the production of experimental materials and software development.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever your area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which you may need in your future career.

View our campus pages [] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

This degree is designed to prepare students for postgraduate study and professional training in any area of psychology. A programme of ‘Careers in Psychology’ seminars runs throughout the final year of the course. Students may have the opportunity to work with our research-active staff on publishable research. A Psychology degree can also equip you with transferable skills relevant for many types of employment.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. []

Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

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Tuition Fees

Full-time £9,250 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £77.09 per credit point  
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

In 2017/18, subject to final confirmation from government, there will be an inflationary adjustment to fees to £9,250 for new and returning UK/EU students. In 2018/19 there may be an increase in fees in line with inflation.

We will update this information when fees for 2017/18 are finalised.

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions. []