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Contemporary Psychology is a scientific discipline dealing with human behaviour, cognition and action. In psychology at UCS you will explore and examine the interaction between mind and behaviour, the nature of the unconscious, the functioning of memory, individual behaviour in social situations, prejudice and altruism. Psychology at UCS equips students with a thorough grounding in each of the major fields: social psychology, developmental psychology, biological psychology, and cognitive psychology. The focus of the teaching and learning of psychology at UCS is on allowing students to explore fundamental questions about human behaviour, while learning about the importance of research, evidence collection and adherence to ethical codes.
Students studying criminology at UCS will be challenged to seek answers to fundamental questions such as: What is crime? Who are the criminals? Are we all equal before the law? What are the unintended consequences of legislation? How do we prevent crime? Criminology is an academic discipline with strong roots in Sociology, Psychology, Law, Social Policy and Philosophy. It is a discipline with a number of robust and lively theoretical and empirical debates. Through engaging in these debates students will gain the very important undergraduate skill of critical understanding.
Students will challenge common-sense notions of criminal and deviant behaviours by critically examining academic research and making informed decisions based on available evidence. Criminology is an inherently reflexive discipline in that it studies and deals with public issues that have a contested value basis. To this end, students will be introduced to a variety of research methods and ethical considerations, so that they can challenge and understand the limitations and ambiguities of research, whilst assessing its value.
Psychology and Criminology at UCS offers:
- A thorough grounding in the major fields within psychology
- An emphasis upon research methods
- Specialist modules to explore contemporary developments in psychology
- An emphasis upon the criminal justice system
- Engagement with lively and controversial contemporary debates
Employers value the qualities and skills of Psychology and Criminology graduates, and most students find suitable work within a short time of graduation. A number of students also go on to study for a Masters, a PGCE or a Doctorate.
Typical employers include local and central government industry, commerce, the NHS, the prison service, the probation service, education authorities, further and higher education institutions, and charitable, counselling and voluntary organisations.
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline UK or any other EU country - 15 January ; International - 30 June Tuition fee
- EUR 9240 Year (EEA)
- EUR 10360 Year (Non-EEA)
Students starting at UCS in September 2013 will be charged £8,000 for a full-time Bachelor degree.
Tuition fees for full-time undergraduate overseas fee payers for the academic year 2013-2014 are:
- Classroom-based 9,000 GBP (£)
- Laboratory-based 10,500* GBP (£)
Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
First year modules
- Social Science Research Skills (Core)
- Foundations of Biological and Cognitive Psychology
- Foundations of Social and Developmental Psychology
- Key Thinkers in Criminology
- Law for Criminologists
- Sociology and the Modern World
Second year modules
- Quantitative Data in Social Science (Core)
- Qualitative Data in Social Science (Core)
- Biological and Cognitive Psychology
- Social and Developmental Psychology
- Criminological Theory and Social Control
- Criminal Justice Systems
Third year modules
- Research Dissertation (Core)
- Applied Studies (Core)
With a choice of 1 or 2 modules from:
- Personality and Intelligence
- Psychology and Technology
- Contemporary Issues in Psychology
- Abnormal Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
- Contemporary Issues in Criminology
1 (if only 1 psychology option chosen) from:
- Human Rights
- Victims of Crime
- Forensic Psychology
All modules are assessed using a range of assessment methods including structured essays, reports, case studies, critiques, reviews and formal examinations.
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6 TOEFL iBT® test : 87
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test. More About IELTS
All students are expected to be able to understand and express themselves fully in English in order to succeed on the course. Applicants whose first language is not English are welcome to apply but expected to undertake one of the Secure English Language Test (SELT) specified by the UKBA before joining the course. Non-EU applicants are required to submit SELT scores before a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) can be issued. Depending on your choice of course you are required to secure a minimum of CEFR B2 or C1 level.
Typically the following test scores are acceptable:
- IELTS (academic): 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components)
- TOEFL: IBT (Internet Based Test) 87 overall
(a minimum of 17 in listening 17 in writing; 18 in reading; and 20 in the speaking component) or equivalent Computer based/Paper based test
- Pearson PTE: 51 overall
- Diagnostic Radiography, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ODP and all Pre-Registration Nursing and Midwifery courses require IELTS 7.0 overall or CEFR C1 equivalent (minimum 5.5 in all components)
- Cambridge ESOL at CEFR B2 level
No work experience is required.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
- Access Bursary
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
- Alumni Bursary
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University Campus Suffolk.
UCS Financial Support
UCS Bursary 2013 Entry
From September 2013, UCS is introducing a new bursary scheme for students living away from the parental home, to help with accommodation costs while studying.
Successful applicants will receive a £1,000 bursary in their first year of study and a £500 bursary in both their second and third years of study.
National Scholarship Programme
The National Scholarship Programme (NSP) has been created to offer support to students from lower income backgrounds. The Government has awarded a number of Scholarships to UCS for students starting an undergraduate degree in September 2013. UCS has committed to matching these Scholarships, providing fee waivers to a larger number of students.
Successful full-time applicants will receive a total fee waiver of £6,000; £3,000 in their first year of study and £3,000 in their second year of study.
Successful part-time applicants will receive a fee waiver on a pro rata basis for their first and second years of study. For example part-time students studying 50% of the full time equivalent course in their first year will receive a fee waiver of £1,500.
Suffolk Access Champion Scheme
The Suffolk Access Champion Scheme is open to students who have studied in Suffolk and are applying to study a full-time undergraduate degree programme at UCS in 2013/14.
Successful applicants will become Suffolk Access Champions and will work over two years mentoring Year 10 and 11 students to encourage progression on to higher education.
In return for their participation in the scheme, Access Champions will receive a total fee waiver of £8,000; £5,000 in their first year of study and £3,000 in their second year of study.
UCS Science Fee Waiver
UCS is introducing a new Science fee waiver for students starting one of the four year science programmes in 2013. This scheme entitles successful applicants to a fee waiver of up to £1,500 across years two and three of their degree.
Ipswich Borough Council and UCS Bursary
Ipswich Borough Council (IBC) is working in conjunction with UCS to offer a non-repayable bursary scheme to selected full and part-time students from lower income backgrounds to help with costs associated with their course of study.
A total of four IBC and UCS bursaries are available in 2013/14. Successful applicants will receive £1,000 in their first year of study. Awards are expected to continue into Year 2 of study on the condition that household income remains within the scheme threshold