Key Information

Full-time

3 Years

Part-time

6 years

Typical Offer

ABB (128 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A levels)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

UCAS Code

C890

Course Code

PSYFSYUB

Key Information

Full-time

3 Years

Part-time

6 years

Typical Offer

ABB (128 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A levels)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

UCAS Code

C890

Course Code

PSYFSYUB

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons) Psychology with Forensic Psychology

Psychology at Lincoln is ranked in the top 20 overall in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Key Information

Full-time

3 Years

Part-time

6 years

Typical Offer

ABB (128 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A levels)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

UCAS Code

C890

Course Code

PSYFSYUB

Key Information

Full-time

3 Years

Part-time

6 years

Typical Offer

ABB (128 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A levels)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

UCAS Code

C890

Course Code

PSYFSYUB

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated some adaptations to ensure a safe learning experience for all students and staff.

From autumn 2020 we plan to deliver an on-campus experience with appropriate social distancing. It is our intention that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions.

Wherever possible, we have adapted and refined practical and hands-on sessions to allow these to take place face-to-face, with smaller class sizes where academic staff engage with each student as an individual, working with them to enhance their strengths. Students get to know each other better and appropriate social distancing measures can be maintained.

All the learning outcomes of the course will be delivered through this approach. As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching.

Our aim will be that online delivery is engaging and that students have the opportunity to interact with their tutors and be part of a learning community with fellow students through a range of different digital tools, including our dedicated online managed learning environment. This will help prepare students for a 21st Century workplace, with seamless blending of digital and face-to-face interactions.

We will be clear with students at the start of teaching about the specific approach to teaching for their programme.

Lectures involving large groups will be delivered online using interactive software in a range of different formats to ensure an engaging experience.

At Lincoln we aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will be managed to maximise face-to-face contact.

Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are being planned to be delivered face-to-face in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

It is currently hard to predict the availability of trips, placements and other external experiences, but in all cases we are working hard to try and offer these where possible and within the framework of government guidelines at the time.

Personal tutoring is key to our delivery as this provides students with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University of Lincoln.

Safety and adherence to government guidelines is our first concern as we support students to engage in all aspects of their study here at Lincoln.

Dr Ross Bartels - Programme Leader

Dr Ross Bartels - Programme Leader

Dr Ross Bartels is the Programme Leader for Psychology with Forensic Psychology. He teaches modules on offending behaviour at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

School Staff List

Welcome to BSc (Hons) Psychology with Forensic Psychology

The BSc (Hons) Psychology with Forensic Psychology degree at Lincoln aims to provide students with an understanding of the core concepts and practices in Psychology in general, along with a level of specialised knowledge in Forensic Psychology.

On this degree, students have the opportunity to learn through a combination of lecture-based teaching, small group seminar discussions, and practical tasks. This is provided by research-active academics with specialist knowledge in cognitive neuropsychology, vision, and attentional processing, infant cognition and language, mental health, life span development, and social psychology. The course enables students to develop an ability to design, conduct, and analyse independent research projects.

The BSc (Hons) Psychology with Forensic Psychology at Lincoln aims to provide students with a realistic insight into the day-to-day work of a forensic psychologist. Within forensic-related modules, students can gain an understanding of the motives, mind-sets, and behaviours of people who commit various crimes, as well as the assessment and treatment of offence-related risk factors.

Students can also study the processes within the criminal justice system, including courts and post-conviction forensic settings, such as prisons. Teaching on the course includes content from both registered forensic psychologists and expert researchers within the field of forensic psychology.

Welcome to BSc (Hons) Psychology with Forensic Psychology

The BSc (Hons) Psychology with Forensic Psychology at Lincoln aims to provide students with an understanding of the core concepts and practices
of psychology. Within forensic-related modules, students develop specialised knowledge in this field by gaining an understanding of the motives, mind-sets, and behaviours of people who commit various crimes, as well as the assessment and treatment of offence-related risk factors.

Students can also study the processes within the criminal justice system, including courts and post-conviction forensic settings, such as prisons.
Teaching on the course includes content from both registered forensic psychologists and expert researchers within the field of forensic psychology.

You will have the opportunity to learn through a combination of lecture-based teaching, small group seminar discussions, and practical tasks. This is provided by research-active academics with specialist knowledge in cognitive neuropsychology, vision, and attentional processing, infant cognition and language, mental health, life span development, and social psychology. The course enables students to develop an ability to design, conduct, and analyse independent research projects.

How You Study

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

Find out More

How You Study

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

Find out More

An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

This module aims to introduce students to a wide range of topics outlining the structure and functions of the brain and nervous system, and the relationship between these brain structures and the behaviours, both covert and overt, resulting from them. The module serves as the foundation for the second year core module in cognition, and a number of elective modules expand on ideas introduced here.

Module Overview

This module considers the history of psychology, critical psychology, the criteria that we can use to determine whether theories in psychology are scientific or not, and the interaction between psychology and society.

Module Overview

This module provides an introduction to three major areas of psychological theory and research, Developmental, Social and Individual psychology. The topics are covered in Semesters A and B respectively and grouped thematically. Content across all topics is embedded in the context of major, relevant general, developmental, social and individual differences theories.

Module Overview

This is an introductory module introducing the theory, research, and practice in Forensic Psychology. In the module students consider aspects of investigation and policing and particular types of major crime offending. The module will then move on to consider the courts and the dispersal of convicted offenders/patients into forensic settings such as prisons and secure units. This will also include a focus on assessment of risk and treatment programmes.

Module Overview

An appreciation of research methods is critical for an understanding of an empirical discipline like psychology. This module introduces students to some of the basic concepts underlying the quantitative treatment of research data. The module aims to provide the foundations for research in psychology that students will be able to build on during their degree and beyond.

Module Overview

This module aims to build on the foundations of research methods and statistics from Research Skills I and works to prepare students for more independent and advanced study in Research Skills III and IV. The module provides an introduction to, and experience of, survey and qualitative methods in Psychology, covering study design, data collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting. Students are introduced to the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of non-experimental research and have the opportunity to consider practical applications.

Module Overview

The module extends the investigations of cognition that began in the first year. Topics critical to our understanding of cognition are considered in more depth, with consideration of both classic and current research into cognitive processes from both a cognitive and cognitive neuroscience approach. Topics covered will be from areas that are critical to our understanding of human cognition and may include a selection from the following areas: memory, attention, recognition, language, decision making, thinking etc.


By covering a range of topics within cognitive psychology students can develop a comprehensive understanding of how our cognitive processes function and develop an appreciation of the role of empirical evidence in guiding the formation and assessment of different psychological theories. Teaching will cover different topics and links will between different areas to develop students’ appreciation of how a wider perspective can enhance our understanding of an area.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

The School believes that an option to study overseas is a valuable educational opportunity for our students. The optional year is intended to:

  • Enable students to benefit from studying within a cross cultural environment;
  • Expose students to a wider academic and cultural experience;
  • Enhance their future employment opportunities;
  • Increasing their cultural and professional mobility.

This module is optional for students within the School of Psychology. Study Abroad is a year long module which enables students to spend a year studying abroad at one of the University’s approved partner institutions. Eligible students must have completed their second year of study to a satisfactory standard and successfully completed the application process for the year abroad. During the year spent abroad, students share classes with local students and study on a suite of locally-delivered taught modules which have been approved in advance by the University. Upon their return, as part of the assessment for this modules, students are required to critically reflect upon their experience of living and studying in a different cultural environment and the skills acquired.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

The module aims to provide an introduction into psychological assessments using psychometrics, including questionnaires and scales. Based on the established theoretical and research context, this module will consider a range of assessment tools used in psychology to assess an individual’s behaviour or behavioural disposition, and provide an introduction into psychometric test development. The modules also aims to provide students with the opportunity to administer, score, and interpret psychological tests.

Module Overview

This module aims to build on and develop the experimental research skills that were acquired at Research Skills I. Students are introduced to a range of statistical and non-statistical topics. In parallel, a series of workshops are designed to teach the practical skills associated with experimental design and analysis, and students can also carry out a research project in small groups supervised by members of staff.

Module Overview

This module aims to build and develop non-experimental research skills that were acquired at Level 1 (Research Skills I&II). These will include research design, analysis and data handling. In lectures, students are introduced to a range of statistical and non-statistical topics. In parallel, a series of workshops will teach students practical skills associated with non-experimental design and analysis, and students will also carry out a research project in small groups supervised by members of staff.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

This module aims to introduce students to the main theories that have been developed to explain various forms of offending behaviour. Students can critically examine a range of offending behaviours in terms of their aetiology. Both seminal and up-to-date empirical research studies will also be covered to help in the critical appraisal of the theories covered.

In addition, the field of mental health as it applies to offending behaviour (e.g., personality disorders) will also be examined, allowing for some of the content from the Mental Health and Disorder module to be applied in a forensic context. By introducing students to the systematic use and application of psychological theory and scientific methods within a forensic context, and applying them in a reflective and critical way, the module aims to contributes to students’ development as competent scientist-practitioners.

Module Overview

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

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

The module is designed to cover the relevant evidence for working with different forensic interventions and general information relating to assessment and motivational engagement in forensic settings. Initially students have an opportunity to develop their knowledge of problem formulation. Later students may examine in detail some approaches to treatment and therapy used in forensic settings. This aims to include specific information about a range of different client groups including: sexual and violent offenders; individuals with personality disorder, mental illness and learning disability; as well as women offenders, arsonists and individuals with drug and alcohol problems. For each of these groups, students have the opportunity to develop knowledge regarding what is effective with each client group (including the appropriate assessment and intervention methods). There is the opportunity to hear practice issues from professionals working in forensic practice, as practitioners will deliver the majority of lectures.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

This module aims to build on the cognition of visual attention taught in year two. It aims to teach the developing understanding of the biological basis of visual attention. Features, i.e. lines, curve and areas are computed early in the visual system. This is not a passive process. Attention can be shown to influence, at a neurological level, the features that are computed. The module considers how this early processing leads to the representation of real world objects. The locus and functions of top down attentional biasing will also be examined.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

This module offers an in-depth review of the current literature on developmental cognitive neuroscience, using interdisciplinary approaches from research areas of cognitive psychology, neuroscience and child psychology. Students can consider several domains of cognition, such as vision, orienting and attention; memory and learning; knowledge of objects, faces and space. For each of them, consideration is given to questions such as: How is cognitive function represented in the developing brain? What kinds of developmental changes occur? What are the effects of different developing experience, including those presented by genetic deficits, environmental deprivation and brain damage? What is the developmental time course within which such damage can affect cognitive development?

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

This module explores contemporary research and understanding of the mind and brain through examining both molecular (neurotransmitter and drug function) and psychological (processes of sensation, memory, mood, consciousness) evidence.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

This module aims to introduce you to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) theory and practice and help you to develop introductory therapy skills.

Students can learn about the evidence base for CBT for a number of presenting mental health difficulties such as depression and anxiety. The module also looks at the strengths and weaknesses of CBT as a therapeutic approach. It offers an introduction to the therapeutic process from the assessment of a person’s mental health difficulty, through to CBT formulations of the presenting problem, some initial insight into CBT interventions, and finally evaluating therapy.

Students are taught within the reflective scientist-practitioner framework, which informs undergraduate psychology degrees at the University.

Module Overview

The module aims to introduce some of the key areas in Forensic Psychology that occur during the pre-conviction stage of a criminal investigation. Specifically, the module will focus on the police investigation and courtroom stage of the criminal process. It will explore a variety of established theoretical work and research within these domains and consider how this knowledge can be used to inform several key areas of the criminal investigation. The module will highlight the applied importance of Psychology to significant issues in the real-world.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

This is a module designed to help students to develop their knowledge of human interactions and responses to music.
Over the course of the module, students will consider the ways in which we engage with, listen to, perform, and learn about music. This course will aim to provide a better understanding on the role of music in attachment, emotion regulation, social affiliation, the neurological overlap between music and language processing, and the development of humans as a species who enjoy music. Through explaining the research underlying the Psychology of Music we also aim to provide an understanding of how this field builds on and connects with other areas in psychology.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

This module examines the potential benefits of sleep, focusing in particular on two areas. First, the role of sleep in memory and cognition will be looked at in depth, which is an important and growing body of literature. This will be followed by a wider examination of some of the other benefits of sleep for well-being, which may include effects on mood, physical health and aspects of behaviour. The module may also briefly touch upon the question of how and when sleep goes wrong and what consequences this may have for different groups of people. The module will introduce you not only to the way in which cognition and well-being benefit from sleep, but also the experimental paradigms used to demonstrate this. The aims of the module are to consider in depth the potential role of sleep in both cognition and well-being, and develop the skills and knowledge that will enable the critique of the different approaches taken in this field leading to the ability to interpret and integrate current research findings and design original further research studies.

Module Overview

This module aims to build on the module, Brain Behaviour & Cognition. It applies that background knowledge to the topic of Sleep, Dreaming and Circadian Rhythms. The module aims to introduce students to the neurobiology of sleep and dreams. It also aims to integrate current understanding of key issues in sleep research such as the purpose of sleep and the role of dreams.

Module Overview

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.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. 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.

An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

This module aims to introduce students to a wide range of topics outlining the structure and functions of the brain and nervous system, and the relationship between these brain structures and the behaviours, both covert and overt, resulting from them. The module serves as the foundation for the second year core module in cognition, and a number of elective modules expand on ideas introduced here.

Module Overview

This module considers the history of psychology, critical psychology, the criteria that we can use to determine whether theories in psychology are scientific or not, and the interaction between psychology and society.

Module Overview

This module provides an introduction to three major areas of psychological theory and research, Developmental, Social and Individual psychology. The topics are covered in Semesters A and B respectively and grouped thematically. Content across all topics is embedded in the context of major, relevant general, developmental, social and individual differences theories.

Module Overview

This is an introductory module introducing the theory, research, and practice in Forensic Psychology. In the module students consider aspects of investigation and policing and particular types of major crime offending. The module will then move on to consider the courts and the dispersal of convicted offenders/patients into forensic settings such as prisons and secure units. This will also include a focus on assessment of risk and treatment programmes.

Module Overview

An appreciation of research methods is critical for an understanding of an empirical discipline like psychology. This module introduces students to some of the basic concepts underlying the quantitative treatment of research data. The module aims to provide the foundations for research in psychology that students will be able to build on during their degree and beyond.

Module Overview

This module aims to build on the foundations of research methods and statistics from Research Skills I and works to prepare students for more independent and advanced study in Research Skills III and IV. The module provides an introduction to, and experience of, survey and qualitative methods in Psychology, covering study design, data collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting. Students are introduced to the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of non-experimental research and have the opportunity to consider practical applications.

Module Overview

The module extends the investigations of cognition that began in the first year. Topics critical to our understanding of cognition are considered in more depth, with consideration of both classic and current research into cognitive processes from both a cognitive and cognitive neuroscience approach. Topics covered will be from areas that are critical to our understanding of human cognition and may include a selection from the following areas: memory, attention, recognition, language, decision making, thinking etc.


By covering a range of topics within cognitive psychology students can develop a comprehensive understanding of how our cognitive processes function and develop an appreciation of the role of empirical evidence in guiding the formation and assessment of different psychological theories. Teaching will cover different topics and links will between different areas to develop students’ appreciation of how a wider perspective can enhance our understanding of an area.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

The School believes that an option to study overseas is a valuable educational opportunity for our students. The optional year is intended to:

  • Enable students to benefit from studying within a cross cultural environment;
  • Expose students to a wider academic and cultural experience;
  • Enhance their future employment opportunities;
  • Increasing their cultural and professional mobility.

This module is optional for students within the School of Psychology. Study Abroad is a year long module which enables students to spend a year studying abroad at one of the University’s approved partner institutions. Eligible students must have completed their second year of study to a satisfactory standard and successfully completed the application process for the year abroad. During the year spent abroad, students share classes with local students and study on a suite of locally-delivered taught modules which have been approved in advance by the University. Upon their return, as part of the assessment for this modules, students are required to critically reflect upon their experience of living and studying in a different cultural environment and the skills acquired.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

The module aims to provide an introduction into psychological assessments using psychometrics, including questionnaires and scales. Based on the established theoretical and research context, this module will consider a range of assessment tools used in psychology to assess an individual’s behaviour or behavioural disposition, and provide an introduction into psychometric test development. The modules also aims to provide students with the opportunity to administer, score, and interpret psychological tests.

Module Overview

This module aims to build on and develop the experimental research skills that were acquired at Research Skills I. Students are introduced to a range of statistical and non-statistical topics. In parallel, a series of workshops are designed to teach the practical skills associated with experimental design and analysis, and students can also carry out a research project in small groups supervised by members of staff.

Module Overview

This module aims to build and develop non-experimental research skills that were acquired at Level 1 (Research Skills I&II). These will include research design, analysis and data handling. In lectures, students are introduced to a range of statistical and non-statistical topics. In parallel, a series of workshops will teach students practical skills associated with non-experimental design and analysis, and students will also carry out a research project in small groups supervised by members of staff.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

This module aims to introduce students to the main theories that have been developed to explain various forms of offending behaviour. Students can critically examine a range of offending behaviours in terms of their aetiology. Both seminal and up-to-date empirical research studies will also be covered to help in the critical appraisal of the theories covered.

In addition, the field of mental health as it applies to offending behaviour (e.g., personality disorders) will also be examined, allowing for some of the content from the Mental Health and Disorder module to be applied in a forensic context. By introducing students to the systematic use and application of psychological theory and scientific methods within a forensic context, and applying them in a reflective and critical way, the module aims to contributes to students’ development as competent scientist-practitioners.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

The module is designed to cover the relevant evidence for working with different forensic interventions and general information relating to assessment and motivational engagement in forensic settings. Initially students have an opportunity to develop their knowledge of problem formulation. Later students may examine in detail some approaches to treatment and therapy used in forensic settings. This aims to include specific information about a range of different client groups including: sexual and violent offenders; individuals with personality disorder, mental illness and learning disability; as well as women offenders, arsonists and individuals with drug and alcohol problems. For each of these groups, students have the opportunity to develop knowledge regarding what is effective with each client group (including the appropriate assessment and intervention methods). There is the opportunity to hear practice issues from professionals working in forensic practice, as practitioners will deliver the majority of lectures.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

This module aims to build on the cognition of visual attention taught in year two. It aims to teach the developing understanding of the biological basis of visual attention. Features, i.e. lines, curve and areas are computed early in the visual system. This is not a passive process. Attention can be shown to influence, at a neurological level, the features that are computed. The module considers how this early processing leads to the representation of real world objects. The locus and functions of top down attentional biasing will also be examined.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

This module offers an in-depth review of the current literature on developmental cognitive neuroscience, using interdisciplinary approaches from research areas of cognitive psychology, neuroscience and child psychology. Students can consider several domains of cognition, such as vision, orienting and attention; memory and learning; knowledge of objects, faces and space. For each of them, consideration is given to questions such as: How is cognitive function represented in the developing brain? What kinds of developmental changes occur? What are the effects of different developing experience, including those presented by genetic deficits, environmental deprivation and brain damage? What is the developmental time course within which such damage can affect cognitive development?

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

This module explores contemporary research and understanding of the mind and brain through examining both molecular (neurotransmitter and drug function) and psychological (processes of sensation, memory, mood, consciousness) evidence.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

This module aims to introduce you to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) theory and practice and help you to develop introductory therapy skills.

Students can learn about the evidence base for CBT for a number of presenting mental health difficulties such as depression and anxiety. The module also looks at the strengths and weaknesses of CBT as a therapeutic approach. It offers an introduction to the therapeutic process from the assessment of a person’s mental health difficulty, through to CBT formulations of the presenting problem, some initial insight into CBT interventions, and finally evaluating therapy.

Students are taught within the reflective scientist-practitioner framework, which informs undergraduate psychology degrees at the University.

Module Overview

The module aims to introduce some of the key areas in Forensic Psychology that occur during the pre-conviction stage of a criminal investigation. Specifically, the module will focus on the police investigation and courtroom stage of the criminal process. It will explore a variety of established theoretical work and research within these domains and consider how this knowledge can be used to inform several key areas of the criminal investigation. The module will highlight the applied importance of Psychology to significant issues in the real-world.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

This is a module designed to help students to develop their knowledge of human interactions and responses to music.
Over the course of the module, students will consider the ways in which we engage with, listen to, perform, and learn about music. This course will aim to provide a better understanding on the role of music in attachment, emotion regulation, social affiliation, the neurological overlap between music and language processing, and the development of humans as a species who enjoy music. Through explaining the research underlying the Psychology of Music we also aim to provide an understanding of how this field builds on and connects with other areas in psychology.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

This module examines the potential benefits of sleep, focusing in particular on two areas. First, the role of sleep in memory and cognition will be looked at in depth, which is an important and growing body of literature. This will be followed by a wider examination of some of the other benefits of sleep for well-being, which may include effects on mood, physical health and aspects of behaviour. The module may also briefly touch upon the question of how and when sleep goes wrong and what consequences this may have for different groups of people. The module will introduce you not only to the way in which cognition and well-being benefit from sleep, but also the experimental paradigms used to demonstrate this. The aims of the module are to consider in depth the potential role of sleep in both cognition and well-being, and develop the skills and knowledge that will enable the critique of the different approaches taken in this field leading to the ability to interpret and integrate current research findings and design original further research studies.

Module Overview

This module aims to build on the module, Brain Behaviour & Cognition. It applies that background knowledge to the topic of Sleep, Dreaming and Circadian Rhythms. The module aims to introduce students to the neurobiology of sleep and dreams. It also aims to integrate current understanding of key issues in sleep research such as the purpose of sleep and the role of dreams.

Module Overview

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.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. 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.

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 assessment varies across the three levels of the course. Assessments at levels one and two are designed to focus on the acquisition and understanding of knowledge and skills. In contrast, level three assessments aim to place far greater emphasis on the ability to apply, analyse, and evaluate knowledge.

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

In the first and second years, assessment is 50% coursework and 50% written exams. In the third year it is 83% coursework, 2% practical exams, and 15% written exams.

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that may be used include coursework, such as written assignments, research reports, research diaries, research or clinical proposals, or dissertations; practical exams, such as oral and poster presentations, performances or observations; and written exams (including essay-based exams), such as formal examinations or in-class tests (including multiple-choice tests and short-answer questions).

The University of Lincoln’s policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.

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 assessment varies across the three levels of the course. Assessments at levels one and two are designed to focus on the acquisition and understanding of knowledge and skills. In contrast, level three assessments aim to place far greater emphasis on the ability to apply, analyse, and evaluate knowledge.

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

In the first year, assessment is 36% coursework and 64% exams. In the second year it is 71% coursework and 29% exams. In the third year it is 74% coursework, 13% exams, and 13% practical or presentation work, although assessment weighting may vary subject to module selection.

Examples of assessment methods that may be used include coursework, such as written assignments, research reports, research diaries, research or clinical proposals, or dissertations; practical exams, such as oral and poster presentations, performances or observations; and written exams (including essay-based exams), such as formal examinations or in-class tests (including multiple-choice tests and short-answer questions).

The University of Lincoln’s policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

United Kingdom

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

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

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science accepted: Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 128 UCAS Tariff points, including 15 credits in a science related subject.
(Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Science, Maths, Geography or Economics).

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English and Maths or Statistics. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

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 admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Entry Requirements 2021-22

United Kingdom

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

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

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science, Health and Social Care or Forensic & Criminal Investigation accepted: Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 128 UCAS Tariff points, including 15 credits in a science related subject.
(Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Science, Maths, Geography or Economics).

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English and Maths or Statistics. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

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 admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

“Psychology is one of the largest schools within the University and I would recommend students join societies such as the Psychology Society where you can meet like-minded individuals.”

Abbie Marono, third-year BSc (Hons) Psychology with Forensic Psychology student

Facilities

Psychology students at Lincoln have access to specialist psychology research facilities in the University's £19 million Sarah Swift Building. These include two PC-based teaching laboratories, a psychophysiology laboratory, a laboratory for running 'eye-tracking' experiments, Lincoln Infant and Child Development Lab, fully equipped technical workshops, and numerous general-purpose research and practical laboratories. 

Technical staff are on hand to aid students in the production and generation of experimental materials and equipment, and software development.

Career Opportunities

The Clinical Psychology degree is aimed at those who wish to pursue a career in health and social services or engage in clinical research. The Forensic Psychology course is designed for those considering a career in forensic settings such as the police, prison, and probation services, or secure health service settings.

Study Abroad

Students who successfully complete their second year have the option to study abroad for a year at a partner institution. Those who choose to do so are responsible for covering their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs.

Accreditations and Memberships

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) the first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist. The BPS is the main professional body representing psychology and psychologists in the UK.

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