In the first year, you will study the key scientific principles of psychology in detail. You can directly make use of the knowledge and skills gained in the modules in projects.
Psychology is a scientific discipline that focuses on predicting, explaining and influencing human behaviour. In the first module you will learn all about what psychology is and how you can solve (social) problems systematically using behavioural change. Substantive topics will be dealt with, such as perception, learning, memory, thinking and emotions. You will also learn what steps to take when setting up research. In the first module, you will also get involved in a project, while at the same developing your project management and academic writing skills.
The focus in the second module is on social behaviour. Social behaviour is about the effects of the social environment on the behaviour of individuals, and the development of social behaviour in children/young people. You will learn about the key social psychology theories on social perception (the way people perceive themselves, others and groups), social influences (conformity, group processes, attitudes and influencing behaviour), and social relationships (altruism, aggression and attraction between people). In this module, you will also learn how to describe and analyse your research data statistically. You will also learn how to find and process academic literature.
The third module deals with the theme of cognition and development. You will first learn how the nervous system works and what the biological basis of behaviour is. You will study cognitive functions, such as memory, language, attention and the motor system and their development in detail. In this period, you will also continue studying statistical techniques in psychology. The project in module 3 is more technological; for example, your project may deal with a theme such as traffic. You will use the knowledge you have acquired about human cognitive skills for this.
The central theme in the last module of your first year is the individual. This module is all about studying people holistically, as a whole. This could involve looking at differences between people, character traits and people’s life stories. You will deal with topics from personality psychology, clinical psychology and test theory. You will also get familiar with the basics of interviewing people, with various ways of collecting and analysing data, and with developing and giving psychological tests. In your project, you may work on a problem from the mental healthcare sector, for instance.
In the second year you can choose from five elective modules: Psychological Health, Psychology in Learning & Instruction, Health Psychology & Applied Technology, Human Factors & Engineering Psychology, and Psychology of Safety. In this year you will also follow the courses Research Methods and Research Project as well as the Psychological & Professional Skills module. Check out the study programme for year 2.