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Biology and Psychology BSc (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Stimulating courses taught by enthusiastic, experienced Biology lecturers with a real passion for their subject
  • A strong emphasis on practical work and on the development of transferable skills to increase employability
  • Scientific approach to the study of psychological behaviour, experience and functioning
  • Research active staff providing depth of expertise in areas including counselling, developmental, educational, forensic, health, sport, business, cognitive and social psychology
  • A balance of innovative and traditional assessment methods to support your learning
  • Excellence in teaching using interactive and engaging methods with academic tutoring to support your personal and professional development as a reflective student
  • The course is structured to allow you to specialise in a particular area of Biology or to keep your interests wider. The built-in flexibility in the first year also allows you to change from one Biological Sciences course to another if your interests change as they develop during the first few months of study

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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Biology and Psychology.

When you choose to combine Psychology with another subject in a Joint Honours degree will not receive the BPS accreditation as this pathway does not provide full coverage of mandatory BPS curriculum content. However, there is flexibility to switch to Single Honours at the end of the first year if you wish to receive a BPS accredited Psychology degree.


Entry requirements

Indicative entry requirements:

112 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Lorraine Weaver
Head of Biological Sciences
01905 855598

Dr Helen Scott
Programme Lead, Psychology, and Joint Honours Academic Tutor
01905 542280

Dr Gillian Harrop
Admissions Tutor, Psychology
01905 542549

Elaine Walklet
Admissions Tutor, Psychology
01905 542420

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content


When selecting your modules in Years 2 and 3 it is important to consult with your academic tutor from Psychology. We offer an MSc in Psychology following the BSc that would provide you with the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

If as a Joint Honours student you go on to complete the MSc Psychology, the option of entering professional training within a particular pathway in psychology is then opened up to you. This would have an impact on your module choices within your Joint Honours program. See the MSc Psychology webpage for more information.

Year 1

Core modules:

Cell Biology
Comparative Animal Physiology
Introduction to Ecology
Introduction to Psychology
Psychological Research Methods 1


Module options:


Year 2

Core modules:

Plant Biology
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Molecular Genetics and Conservation


Module options:

Work Experience
Infectious Agents and Allergens
Animal Senses and Survival
Human Genetics
Medical Forensic Science
Applied Human Metabolism
Comparative Digestive Anatomy and Physiology
Population and Community Ecology
Ecology of Fresh Waters
Biological & Cognitive Psychology
Social & Developmental Psychology
Psychological Research Methods 2
Individual Differences
Evolution and Human Behaviour
Diversity and Inclusivity in Psychology

Year 3

Core modules:



Module options:

Mammalian Reproduction
Work Experience
Animal Movement
Plant Development & Physiology
Forensic DNA Analysis
Biological Indicators for Crime Reporting
Genomics and Bioinformatics
Animal Welfare and Ethics
Residential Ecology Field Trip
Zoo-Based Conservation
Research Methods and Research Project
Psychology Research Project
Psychology in Practice
Business Psychology
Clinical Psychology
Coaching Psychology
Counselling Psychology
Educational Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Health Psychology
Critical Sociocultural Psychology
Applied Sports Psychology
Positive Psychology



The Biology component of your degree prepares you for a number of career pathways including scientific researcher within government, industry or medical institutions, medical and laboratory sales, nature conservation, a range of public sector work and a teaching career.

Likewise a degree with Psychology is highly favoured by employers, giving you an excellent advantage in the job market. Previous graduates have gone into roles as diverse as management, human resources, teaching, and healthcare or art therapy. During your studies with us you will learn and develop a broad range of transferable skills. An important part of this learning process is the ability to reflect upon your own experiences; an aspect of practice engaged in by all professional psychologists.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Biology and Psychology BSc (Hons) - CC18

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Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

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