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Psychology with Economics (Including Placement Year)

Course overview

(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Psychology with Economics (Including Placement Year)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
BSC C816

A-levels: BBB
GCSE: Mathematics C/4

IB: 30 points, including Standard Level Mathematics or Maths Studies grade 4, if not taken at Higher Level. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Please note that Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above or 4 in IB Middle Years Maths.

Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on units studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 PS212-5-FY Statistics for Psychologists, 2nd Year Core 30
02 PS406-5-AU Developmental Psychology Core 15
03 PS407-5-AU Social Psychology Core 15
04 PS414-5-AU or PS415-5-SP Core with Options 15
05 PS417-5-FY Enhancing employability and career planning Compulsory 0
06 EC202-5-AU Compulsory 15
07 PS411-5-SP Brain and Behaviour Core 15
08 PS416-5-SP Personality and Individual Differences Core 15

Year Abroad/Placement - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 PS418-5-FY Placement Year Core 120

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 PS300-6-FY Psychology Project Core 30
02 Psychology option(s) from list Optional 30
03 Psychology option from list Optional 15
04 Economics option from list Optional 15
05 PS492-6-FY Advanced employability skills and career progression Compulsory 0
06 EC209-6-SP Introduction to Behavioural Economics Compulsory 15
07 EC387-6-AU Experimental Methods in Economics Compulsory 15

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

To provide students with an academic training in the principles of psychology and economics.

To provide an education in Psychology in core subjects appropriate to gain Graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and the Graduate Basis for Registration as a Chartered Psychologist through BPS accredited courses.

To enable students to acquire a broad understanding of psychological science, while also providing opportunities to develop expertise within particular areas of specialisation (cognitive psychology, social psychology, perception, and neuropsychology).

Enrich psychological training in human behaviour with important theories of behavioural economics. Enhance breadth of skills by learning both psychology and economics experimental techniques to test these theories.

To provide students with a suitable grounding for further study and research.

To provide training in transferable skills necessary to meet the current requirements of graduate employers.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Basic psychological and economics theory, research methods and statistics.
A2 Psychological theory within the core domains as outlined by the BPS. These are Biological Psychology; Sensation and Perception; Cognitive Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Social Psychology; and Research Methods.
A3 Statistical theory and experimental design appropriate for psychological science and economics.
A4 Principles and techniques in those areas in which the student has chosen to develop special expertise including economics.
Learning Methods: The scheme has been designed to be progressive: acquisition of introductory material (A1) is taught in the first year; acquisition of compulsory core courses in psychological theory (A2), and acquisition of knowledge on statistical theory and experimental design (A3), are taught in the first and second years.

Understanding of specialist topics is encouraged in the third year by means of specialist option courses (A4), in addition to a compulsory final year research project (A4).
The compulsory second year courses and the final year project provide the core syllabus required for professional accreditation by the British Psychological Society.

While lectures are the principal method of delivery for the concepts and principles outlined in A1-A4, the department encourages learning through the integration of other teaching activities, including tutorials or discussion groups (A1-A3), computer-based workshops (A1, A3), project research and supervision (A4), student presentations (A4), and directed reading (A1-A4).
Assessment Methods: A variety of methods of assessment are used, including multiple-choice exams (A1, A3), coursework essays (A1), end-of-year closed book examinations (A1-A4), laboratory reports (A1-A3), research project poster presentation (A4) and research dissertation (A3, A4).

The knowledge understanding and experience of studying abroad (A5) is acquired through successful completion of a year abroad which occurs in between the second and final year of the three-year counterpart.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Critically evaluate the relative strengths of a range of theories and techniques used in psychology and economics.
B2 Employ evidence-based reasoning to produce coherent research plans and hypotheses.
B3 Assemble and integrate evidence from a variety of sources, including primary sources.
B4 Analyse and interpret quantitative information relevant to psychological and economics research in graphs, figures, tables, and determine whether appropriate statistical tests have been used.
Learning Methods: The basis for intellectual skills is provided in lectures and laboratory classes.

B1 is developed in both lecture-based and laboratory-based courses.

B2 is developed in most laboratory assignments, and is central to the final-year project.

B3 is developed through lectures, guided reading and tutor led discussions groups.

B4 is developed in statistics and laboratory courses, as well as the final-year research project.

Assessment Methods: Intellectual and cognitive skills are assessed primarily through unseen closed book examinations, and also through marked laboratory reports, essays, and project work.

C: Practical skills

C1 Use and apply the right terminology and concepts in psychology/economics
C2 Present quantitative data in tabular and graphical form.
C3 Use a range of psychological tools, such as specialist software, and laboratory equipment.
C4 Plan, undertake and report an empirical project.
Learning Methods: Practical skills (C1-C4) are developed across all modules particularly in laboratory classes, assignments and project work.

C1 is acquired and enhanced primarily through the work that students do for all their modules. Lectures also provide a means of teachers demonstrating these skills through examples and applications.

C2 is taught in laboratory-based project work and further developed in the final year research project.

C3 and C4 are developed in laboratory classes and during the supervision of the final year individual project.

Assessment Methods: Practical Skills C1-C4 are assessed throughout the modules comprising the degree by means of marked laboratory reports, end-of-year examinations, and the final year empirical project, that includes assessment of both a poster presentation (10%) and a written report of the project (90%).

D: Key skills

D1 Communicate ideas effectively produce written reports/essays
D2 Be computer-literate i) Use appropriate IT facilities to prepare and present laboratory reports and essays. ii) Use statistical software to analyse quantitative data
D3 Handle data and be numerate i) Collect, analyse and present numerical data. ii) Use statistical techniques in the process of experimental analysis and design.
D4 Problem solve and reason scientifically in psychology and economics. Analyse complex problems and design effective solutions.
D5 Improve own learning and performance i) Organise activity and time in an effective way. ii) Study independently
Learning Methods: Students are introduced to statistical software in their first year, and thereafter the development of key skills forms an integral part of their learning activity.

In particular: D1 is developed throughout the course in laboratory classes, lecture-based courses, tutorials and the final year individual project.

D2(i) and D2(ii) are developed through the use of an extensive computer laboratory with access to the internet.

These key skills are taught in laboratory courses and statistics courses in both the first and second year and further developed with supervision of the third year project.

D3(i) and D3(ii) are developed primarily in laboratory courses and in the final year project.
D4 is developed in lectures, exercises and laboratory classes.

D5(i) and D5(ii) are emphasised throughout the programme and are developed by means of rigid deadlines, feedback on assignments and discussions with class tutors.

Assessment Methods: Key Skills are assessed throughout the modules in psychology and economics comprising the degree by means of examinations and coursework.
In particular:
Oral communication skills are taught and assessed in PS411 Brain and Behaviour, and are included as a defence of the PS300 Final Year Project Poster.

Other forms of communication include lab report writing (second year laboratory reports), essays and thought pieces (years 1 and 2), examinations (all three years) and poster presentation of final year project.

Numeracy skills are assessed in PS115, PS212, PS300.

Problem-solving and reasoning scientifically is assessed in PS416, PS114, second year laboratory class reports (PS414, PS415), and final year projects PS300. Qualitative data analyses are assessed in PS406. There is also an element of problem-solving in researching, preparing and answering essay questions.


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