What is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour, but how can we study something as complex and mysterious as the mind?

The things psychologists are interested in are not objectively measurable; they’re intangible concepts like thoughts, emotions, memories, and perceptions.

Psychologists use behaviour as a clue to the functioning of the mind. We formulate theories, test hypotheses and predictions through studies, and analyse the findings with statistics and other techniques to enable us to draw conclusions, using behaviour as an indicator of the workings of the mind.

The branches of Psychology

Psychology lies at the intersection of many other different disciplines, including biology, medicine, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, and artificial intelligence. All of the different branches of psychology will have different links to each of these disciplines. The different branches of psychology cover the broad spectrum of human behaviour, and include:

  • Clinical psychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Occupational psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Cognitive psychology

Studying Psychology at Buckingham

An undergraduate degree in psychology covers all of the basic branches of psychology which you will need to go on to further study and specialist training within a specific area of the discipline. To see what kind of places psychologists work, have a look at what you can do after your psychology degree or on the British Psychological Society (BPS) careers website.

We provide the only 2-year Psychology degree in the UK and offer a unique 2+1 degree opportunity for those that plan to study for a Master’s degree after completing undergraduate study.

At Buckingham you will benefit from our excellent staff:student ratio. This means you will have small teaching tutorials led by lecturing staff, and our open door policy means staff are on hand to answer your questions and provide assistance.

Studying Psychology will also give you access to the department’s specialist research observation lab.

In studying psychology at the University of Buckingham, you will investigate questions such as:

  • How do we think and learn?
  • Why and how do people form relationships?
  • What makes people commit crimes?
  • What causes mental illness and how can it be treated?
  • How do we measure personality?
  • How can organisations improve their employees’ productivity?

Both our single honours psychology and psychology major degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society, meaning our graduates are eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) and can go on to further training and careers in psychology. Find out more about why taking an accredited degree is so important.