Integrated BSc Psychology for Medical Students

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Structure of the Programme | More detail

The programme is made up of four course units in total: six 0.5-unit modules and a 1.0-unit research project. Two of the 0.5 unit modules are compulsory, and they introduce core areas of psychology. The remaining four optional modules are at Third Year level. A large range of third year modules are available, details of which are provided at the induction meeting in May and at the start of term.

The research project can be carried out in one of the department's laboratories or outside - for example, in a hospital ward or clinic. Each module, apart from the research project, is taught in 15-25 lectures. One hour each week is spent in seminars with other intercalating students. Much of the remaining time is spent following up reading suggested in lectures, in writing essays and in preparing, conducting and analysing the research project.

Every module that students attend will have clearly stated aims and objectives. These will be given with the lecture synopsis and reading lists that accompany the module. The reading lists will distinguish strongly recommended items from those which give background information.


A range of assessment methods is used: written exams, coursework, and project reports. Each module is assessed and examined separately in the same academic year in which you take it.

Module Descriptions

Compulsory Modules

1) PSYC1107: Evidence and Enquiry in Psychology (½ CU)
The course will cover a range of disciplines in psychology, providing a conceptual, methodological and historical background. The following topics will be covered:

  • science of mind and behaviour, including conscious and unconscious mental processes
  • development, including interplay of nature and nurture
  • cognition, including memory, perception and language
  • the brain, including the effects of psychoactive drugs and mental illnesses
  • social and emotional behaviour

2) PSYC1203: The Psychology of Individual Differences (½ CU)
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of:

  • the dominant theories in intelligence and personality,
  • how these theories can be investigated scientifically
  • how these theories can be used to assess, describe, explain, and predict human behaviour.
  • the principal influences, genetic, biological and environmental, that create these differences.
Optional Modules at Third Year Level

Integrated students are required to choose four Level 3 modules. The integrated tutor will be able to advise on whether a given selection is appropriate

PSYC3102 Social Psychology (0.5 cu)
PSYC3104 Psychology of Education (0.5 cu)
PSYC3107 Topics in Clinical Psychology (0.5 cu)
PSYC3108 Organisational Psychology (0.5 cu)
PSYC3109 Psychology of Health Risks (0.5 cu)
PSYC3110 Topics in Developmental Psychology (0.5 cu)
PSYC3111 Human Computer Interaction (0.5 cu)
PSYC3112 Behaviour Change (0.5 cu)
PSYC3201 Applied Decision-Making (0.5 cu)
PSYC3205 Speech (0.5 cu)
PSYC3207 Human Learning and Memory (0.5 cu)
PSYC3209 Cognitive Neuroscience (0.5 cu)
PSYC3210 Brain in Action (0.5 cu)
PSYC3301 Advanced Multivariate Statistical Methods in Psychology (0.5 cu)
PSYC3303 Topics in Neurobiology (0.5 cu)
PSYC3307 Genes and Behaviour (0.5 cu)
NEUR3045 Visual Neuroscience (Anatomy Module - 0.5 cu)
PLIN7109: Stuttering (Linguistics Module 0.5 cu)

Research Project (1CU)
Terms 1 and 2
This is a piece of empirical/experimental research or computer modelling exercise on any broadly psychological topic. The department has teaching staff able to supervise projects in most areas of psychology, so a wide choice of topics is possible. Subjects studied in the past include post traumatic stress disorder, colour-blindness, effects of exercise on mood, satisfaction with obstetric care, dyslexia and complementary medicine, and neural mechanisms of memory.
A list of possible projects will be provided in the induction in May.  For some online statistics support that you may find helpful, click here.


Fees and Funding

For information on fees, costs and funding, please see the Intercalated BSc Prospectus.

Application process

For details of how to apply please see the Medical School web-site.


For further information about this programme, please contact:

The tutor to the programme is: Dr Hugo Spiers

The secretary to the programme is: Joanna Strange