What is Psychology?

Psychology is the study of mental processes and human behaviour. In psychology we use scientific methods to investigate the ways in which our thoughts, feelings and motivations influence the way we act and behave with others. You can find a full description of what psychology involves on the BBC website (external link, opens in new window).

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?

Psychology is a multidisciplinary subject with a wide range of applications. To see what kind of places psychologists work, have a look at our Psychology careers page or on the BPS website (external link).

Undergraduate degree programmes

At Buckingham you will benefit from our excellent staff to 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. Our teaching is informed by research active staff and visiting professionals. We have a specialist research observation lab specifically for use by the Psychology Department. We provide the only 2-year Psychology degree in the UK and offer a unique 2+1 degree opportunity. We’re also top for student satisfaction in the UK (National Student Survey 2006-2015).

Our programmes are accredited as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS (British Psychological Society), provided the minimum standard of a Second Class Honours is achieved.

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