Year Three Modules

In Year Three, you take EIGHT modules – four in Semester One and four in Semester Two. TWO of these modules that relate to the Empirical Project (PSYC 3003 and PSYC 3005), are “CORE”: you MUST take both of them. The remaining SIX are “OPTION” modules: you can choose them from an available list.

To graduate, you must get a pass mark (that being, at least 40%) in each of your CORE MODULES, at least a qualifying mark (that being, at least 25%) in each individual OPTION MODULES, and achieve an average mark of 40% or more across all eight modules. In each semester, three of the units will be seminar-based (the option units), and one research-based (the core units).

It is important to note that the marks you obtain in Year Three DO COUNT towards your degree. Your aggregate Year Three marks contribute towards two-thirds of your degree (with your Year Two marks accounting for the remaining third). For further details on how marks in Year Two and Three are awarded are combined, and how your degree classification is awarded, please click here.


Please click on the ‘Module Names’ listed below for an outline of the module(s) and assessment procedures. Specific details will be provided by individual Module Coordinators in Module Handbooks or handouts.

Guidelines on signing up to option modules can be found here.


Semester One

Module Code Module Type Module Name
PSYC3003  Core Empirical Project: Literature Review
PSYC3015 Option† Social and Psychological Approaches to Understanding Sexual Health
PSYC3024 Option Self-Conscious Emotions: Guilt, Shame, Embarrassment, Pride, Nostalgia
PSYC3043 Option† Understanding your world with vision, touch, sound and taste
PSYC3045  Option†* Perspectives of Human-Animal Interaction
PSYC3053 Option Developmental Psychopathology
PSYC3056 Option† Current and Emerging Issues in Psycho-oncology and Pain Research
PSYC3057 Option Introduction to Educational Psychology
PSYC3058 Option Project-Based Introduction to Web Programming for Behavioural Researchers
PSYC3061 Option† Intergroup relations and interpersonal influence
PSYC3062 Option† The development of anxiety in children and adolescents
PSYC3064 Option† Advanced Quantitative Research Skills


Semester Two

Module Code Module Type Module Name
PSYC3005 Core Empirical Project: Research Paper
PSYC3002 Option Current Issues in Clinical Psychology
PSYC3010 Option† Attachment and Personal Relationships
PSYC3044 Option† Eye Movements and Visual Cognition
PSYC3048 Option Human Learning
PSYC3052 Option Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme
PSYC3059 Option† The Psychology of Advertising
PSYC3060 Option† Cognitive neuropsychology and neuroscience
PSYC3062 Option The development of anxiety in children and adolescents
PSYC3065  Option† Ten Paintings: Linking Pictorial Artworks to Perceptual and Cognitive Psychology


** Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) suggests that a 15 credit course equates to 150 study hours (including both contact time and self-study). If you are an Erasmus student, please click here for information on European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) points and CATS points.

* Available to University of Southampton students outside the Academic Unit of Psychology.

† Available to Erasmus students, subject to their finding a member of staff willing and able to include them in their unit.


Further information on Year Three option module choices

You must choose to take six option modules in Year Three. In Semester Two, Year Two, a Third Year Options booklet, tutorial session and student-to-student Module Fair are designed to give you helpful information so you can make the best possible choice of option modules in Year Three. For each semester, a number of Psychology options are available (see above), and you can also choose from a options available across the university (e.g. UOSM20XX options). Your list of option modules can be accessed on the Student Record Self Service System, under the BSc Psychology programme criteria. More information about which option modules are available to you can be accessed on Flexible Learning’s BSc Psychology webpage.

If you choose the Psychology options, you will get these (unless an option has to be cancelled due to staff illness, fewer than 12 students enrolled, or some other unavoidable complication). If you choose a UOSM20XX option, or PSYC3052 Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme, you should be aware that places may be limited and your place is not guaranteed. In these cases, we ask you to select a reserve option just in case you don’t get assigned to your first choice. The reserve option should be a Psychology option.

Benefits and risks associated with taking external option modules

In choosing your options for next year, you might also want to consider the benefits and risks of choosing an option outside of Psychology. Enabling students to take external modules in their third and final year was a new introduction in 2012. Engagement offers an exciting opportunity to broaden your horizon and to reflect your own personal interests in your learning. Taking an external module may allow you to apply your psychological knowledge and skills in an interdisciplinary context, it may give you an opportunity to learn different skills and gain new experiences, and it may provide you with an insight into how other disciplines think and approach global issues. As such, the introduction of the curriculum innovation programme has a lot of potential.

However, it is important to be aware that if you choose to take an external module, the assessment for your performance is likely to be conducted by module co-ordinators outside of Psychology. It may be important to clarify from the outset with the respective module co-ordinators what the expectations for assessments are and how these map to what you are used to from your psychology degree. In this sense it is important that you are aware that this is your final year, which counts the most towards your final degree mark.

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