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Psychology

Psychology has a daily impact on people’s lives.

Curiosity about people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour is at the centre of this course. You’ll be encouraged to keep asking questions, and develop the scientific, analytical and research skills you need to become psychologists of the future.

Key information

Undergraduate course

Duration

  • Foundation (4 Years)
  • First Year (3 Years)

Intakes

  • January
  • September

Location

  • Cambridge

Psychology overview

Psychology affects everything we do. While on this course, you’ll learn about the science of mind and behaviour, covering the breadth of discipline, from applied, social and clinical psychology, to cognitive neuroscience and biological psychology. Our core modules will give you a solid foundation in the main principles of psychology, and our optional modules the freedom to concentrate on your own interests in more depth. By the time you graduate, you’ll be able to follow your interests into specialised further study, or find a career perfectly suited to you.

Our staff are actively engaged in research, and they’ll support you all the way. Plus, there’s the opportunity to go to extracurricular weekly seminars, which feature guest presentations from specialist academics and researchers.

While you’re here, you’ll take advantage of our excellent research facilities, including specialist laboratories for measuring electrical activity in the brain, eye movement, psychoneuroimmunology, emotions and communication, psychometrics, human behaviour, consumer reactions, and much more.

Pathway progression

Successful completion of this pathway will lead to the award of the following from ARU:

Please see our International and UK/EU course matrix for entry point, intake and study location information.

Course structure

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication (ILSC)

This Element has been designed to help students develop their academic literacy, and research and
communication skills in preparation for undergraduate study. The areas of reading, writing,
speaking, and listening will be covered. ILSC also helps students understand the institutional culture,
practices, norms and expectations of the UK higher education.

A subsidiary aim of this Element is to ensure that students develop transferable skills of effective and
professional communication to support ongoing study, as well as providing a basis to foster career
and life-building skills.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

No previous technical experience is required for this Element, which provides students with an
introduction to practical ICT skills. This foundation will be needed for academic success across many
areas of higher education. The students will use industry standard office productivity software and
techniques to produce presentations, written assignments, and charts and tables in spreadsheets.

Alongside practical skills, fundamental topics surrounding technology use will be discussed, together
with societal and ethical perspectives. The Element will enable students to discuss the main
challenges facing society and consider the implications of their technology use.

By the end of the Element, students should have sufficient mastery of the Microsoft Office
productivity suite to allow them to plan and produce presentations, use functions and write formula
to display, format and analyse quantitative data and produce written assignments to a standard
appropriate to higher education.

Critical Thinking

This Element aims to enable candidates to participate in and practice independent learning tasks for
deeper thought and investigation as needed for Higher Academic pursuits. This Element is designed
to teach, reinforce, and practice independent learning and critical thinking, as opposed to rote
memorisation for success in University and professional life. An open-class forum of discussion is
used to encourage critical thinking skills within academic and professional-facing contexts.

This Element enables candidates to invest in strategies that will deepen understanding and
interpretation of processes, motives, argument, rationale, credibility, and possibilities which will
then be applicable to a range of studies. Students will undertake research, based on an issue related
to their degree programme, to review the main points of examining an argument in depth. They will
learn to create a personal response that analyses the content of the issue under study.

Maths for Scientists

Foundation Maths for Science is a course that ensures students on the extended programmes for
degrees in the areas of Life Sciences, Biomedical and Forensic Sciences, and Vision and Hearing
Sciences have the necessary basic mathematical skills required for entry to level 4. By the end of the
course, students will be able to carry out basic mathematical manipulations and understand the
relevant key concepts required in order to progress to their chosen degree course. Each
mathematical concept is introduced by a lecture, in which examples of how to use and apply the
concept are demonstrated. Students practise problems in a tutorial for each topic, using worksheets
given out in advance of the sessions. The worksheets include problems applied to the various degree
pathways to which the students will progress, to indicate the importance and applicability of
mathematics to their future degrees. The subjects covered are a range of arithmetic skills, algebra,
areas and volumes, trigonometry and basic statistics.

Psychology

This Element aims to introduce students, from a broad range of degree programmes, to psychology.
The main psychological approaches (cognitive and behavioural; psychodynamic; developmental,
social and biological) will be discussed in relation to current psychological theory. Current and realworld applications of these approaches will also be discussed. Student will be given an introduction
to psychopathology through the discussion of mental health disorders. In addition to these
approaches, discussion of the mind/brain separation will also be introduced via the psychological
topics to provide students with knowledge of psychology as a humanities subject. Research methods
and psychology as a social science will also be covered to provide students with an understanding of
scientific research.

Biology - Physiology

This element will study the science of body functions and their relation to the structure, or anatomy,
or the organism (physiology). In this element, main organ and regulatory systems that work to
enable the body to function and respond to change, whilst maintaining a constant internal
environment, will be studied. Although this element will focus mainly on the human body as an
example of a frequently studied organism, reference to other organisms will be made to illustrate
particular principles or to contrast different systems and mechanisms.

The structure and function of the major organ systems, including the cardiovascular, respiratory,
gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, and immune systems will be
studied. To function, the human body is required to maintain its internal environment within narrow
limits. The homeostatic mechanisms needed to maintain homeostasis will be investigated and how
they respond to differing conditions examined, with particular emphasis on thermoregulation and
osmoregulation. Examples of negative feedback will be used throughout the course to illustrate the
importance of how homeostasis is maintained. Classification and the basic principles of genetic
inheritance will be introduced and considered in the context of Darwin’s theory of natural selection.

Ethics

This Element seeks to consider and critique different principles and theories about ethics. This
course will investigate the status of several major ethical theories and claims and consider some
practical ethical issues (such as global poverty and animal welfare) which are impacted by these
theories. Students should critically think about potential ethical dilemmas and engage with
difference value systems.

Ethics asks questions about claims in order to better grasp the nature of acceptable principles in
behaviour and treatment. These ideas cover areas in reference to psychology, technology,
education, business, and the medical and legal fields. With respect to ethical questions, this element
will investigate competing answers to an idea and critically engage with them to examine their
strengths and weaknesses. Students should gain a broad understanding of how ethics can be applied
to a variety of subject areas and what questions should be asked to evaluate validity.

Intercultural Studies

This Element explores significant moments of difference between cultures and subcultures around
the world. Students draw from their own cultural experiences as well as learning from others and
lecturer-lead case studies, gaining the skills required to explore and articulate similarities and
differences between different cultural practices, institutions and beliefs.

This Element will provide a platform for students to explore intercultural issues in contemporary
global society, describing the key concepts and components of culture. Students will compare and
contrast different cultures’ analytical frameworks. This Element will introduce key concepts and
explores various perspectives in intercultural studies, covering different expressions globally and
historically of power. It aims to make students aware of and develop empathetic understanding
toward other cultures and value systems. The inter-disciplinary nature and critical thinking approach
of the program empowers students for a meaningful encounter and cooperative action with other
cultures and systems.


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For more information about intake semesters and campus location please see our course matrices.

Find out the academic entry requirements for our courses listed by country. Unless stated, requirements are standard across all courses.

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