It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the University of Southampton, the Faculty of Social, Human, and Mathematical Sciences and the BSc Psychology programme.


This is the Undergraduate Handbook for students studying the BSc in Psychology who started in 2015/2016 or before. If you started your degree in 2016/2017 or after, please click here for the appropriate handbook.


The information contained in the handbook aims to provide you with key information relating to your degree and your three years of study. It has been designed to give you an overview of the procedures, regulations and information sources that you will need to know. The programme is administered within the Psychology Academic Unit (AU), and the handbook outlines the procedures and regulations in your AU. It is important that you familiarise yourself with the information that it contains and that you explore the contents of the handbook as a whole.


British Psychology Society (BPS) Accreditation

The BSc Psychology degree at the University of Southampton meets the requirements of the British Psychological Society (BPS) for producing graduates who are eligible to apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), a prerequisite for further professional training accredited by the BPS. The programme achieves this goal by assuring both the quality and content of the individual units. For information about the British Psychological Society (BPS), and to see if you are eligible for the GBC, please click here.

Information for External and Erasmus Students

If you are an external student (that is, studying in a different academic unit or Faculty in the University of Southampton) who is taking, or looking to take, a Psychology module, or an Erasmus Exchange student from a University abroad, please see please see the Non-Psychology, International, Psychology as a minor, and Joint-Honours students page, located at the bottom of the side bar.



The information provided in the handbook has been updated for the 2018/19 academic year. We make every effort to ensure information is correct and up-to-date but some errors and omissions are bound to occur. If you spot any errors please report this to Claire Hart (c.m.hart@soton.ac.uk).

Disclaimer: This information is issued on the condition that it does not form part of any contract between the University of Southampton and any student. The information given has been made as accurate as possible at the time of publication, but the University reserves the right to modify or alter, without any prior notice, any of the contents advertised. It should therefore be noted that it may not be possible to offer all modules or components of a programme in each academic session.

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