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The UK’s European university


Undergraduate study


ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND INSPIRATIONAL TEACHING Kent is one of the UK’s leading universities with all of our academic schools producing worldclass research. Kent’s School of Psychology has an excellent reputation and was ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2010.

World-leading research Research at Kent is rated as internationally excellent and academics within our School are at the forefront of their fields. We were ranked among the UK’s top 20 Psychology departments in the most recent national research

assessment. Our School is a leading centre of excellence for social psychology, with complementary strengths in cognitive psychology, forensic psychology and developmental psychology. As a student, you will become a member of an academic community that welcomes and encourages original ideas and independent thinking. The Psychology Society – run by Kent students – organises talks by speakers from all areas of psychology. It also shows documentaries on controversial topics that often spark off some lively debate. The School itself organises a weekly research seminar (given by a psychologist with a national or international reputation) and an annual open lecture on a topic of public interest.

First and second-year students also gain direct experience of psychological research through our Research Experience Scheme, where you take part in experiments on current ‘hot’ topics in psychology. This is an opportunity for students to get involved in cutting edge research and to contribute to existing projects. Students in their third year can also apply for the School’s Work Experience Scheme, which allows local enterprises and students to collaborate on a project.

Teaching excellence The School of Psychology has received top marks for student satisfaction (in the National Student Survey 2010) and 8/10 for ‘value added’ in The Guardian University Guide 2012. All of our academics are research active and their passion for their subject will inspire you. They will challenge you to develop your own opinions and ideas, encouraging you to become an independent thinker. We offer high levels of support both during teaching sessions and in one-to-one meetings and our staff members are friendly and accessible.

Stimulating topic If you are thinking of studying psychology, you are probably already curious about why people think and act in the way they do. Psychology is an interdisciplinary


The international environment of the School of Psychology gives you the chance to look at the subject from a wide range of perspectives. Many of our staff speak a second language or undertake field work abroad, and you will be studying in a friendly and diverse environment.

Employability As well as providing a first-rate academic experience, we want you to be in a good position to face the demands of a tough economic environment. During your study, you develop key transferable skills considered essential for a successful career.

subject that draws on both the sciences and the humanities, applying scientific methods to human behaviour. It relates to everyday life by addressing topics such as learning, memory, group behaviour and disability, but in order to understand psychology, you also need to look at aspects of biology, computing and philosophy. All this combines to make psychology a most fascinating subject to study, and our students develop a wide range of skills.

Choice of programmes At Kent, we offer several types of degree, so you can tailor your studies to your interests. You can opt for our three-year Psychology, Psychology with Clinical Psychology or Social Psychology degrees. Or

you can take a four-year Applied Psychology degree, with a year of work experience in a professional setting.

For more information on the careers help we provide at Kent, please go to p8 or see our Employability webpage at

We also offer Psychology with a year in Europe and joint honours degrees with Social Anthropology, Sociology or Law. (See Choosing Your Degree Programme on p10 for more details of the programmes on offer.)

A global outlook Kent is known as the UK’s European university because of our strong links with top-ranking continental European institutions, our UK locations close to the European mainland and our postgraduate centres in Paris and Brussels.

DID YOU KNOW? Kent was ranked 13th out of 107 Psychology departments in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2012.


“The facilities are fantastic – the campus has so much to offer students. There are lots of places to meet for coffee or grab lunch. The campus shops are really handy! There are lots of bars for the evening, and The Venue is great! It is nice to go out on campus and you know you will run into other people.” Emily Townsend Psychology



Our campus at Canterbury provides a stunning location for your studies and offers first-class academic and leisure facilities. The campus benefits from a culturally diverse learning environment and is within easy reach of both London and mainland Europe.

Outstanding facilities The School of Psychology is located in a modern building, with its own teaching spaces: a large lecture theatre and several smaller teaching rooms. For research activities, the School has state-of-the-art research laboratories, and houses specialised equipment, such as eye-trackers, electrophysiology (EEG), observation suites, virtual reality and brain stimulation. There are also three computer rooms, offering over 100 networked PCs exclusively for the use of Psychology students – and, of course, you have access to all the other IT facilities available on campus. The Templeman Library stocks over a million books, periodicals and pamphlets, including one of the country’s largest collections of books on Psychology.

Strong partnerships The School has developed valuable links with educational establishments, hospitals and prisons in the area, offering students the possibility of both visits and work placements.

Stimulating environment Our students come from a variety of backgrounds. There are always a number of mature students with work experience, as well as an increasing number of students from overseas. This mix means you not only learn from your lecturers, but also from the experiences of your peers.

Beautiful green campus Our campus is set in a stunning location. It has plenty of green and tranquil spaces, both lawns and wooded areas, and is set on a hill with a view of the city and Canterbury Cathedral. For entertainment, the campus has its own cinema, theatre, and even a student nightclub. It has a reputation for being a very friendly university with an engaging environment. There are many restaurants, cafés and bars on campus as well as a sports centre and gym.

Everything you need on campus is within walking distance, including a general store, an off-licence, a bookshop, banks, a medical centre and a pharmacy. From campus, it’s a 20-minute walk or a short bus ride into town.

Attractive location Canterbury is a lovely city with medieval buildings, lively bars and atmospheric pubs, as well as a wide range of shops. The attractive coastal town of Whitstable is close by and there are sandy beaches further down the coast. London is under an hour away by high-speed train.

DID YOU KNOW? The University has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with students from 125 different nationalities.




Emily Csizmazia has just completed the second year of her Psychology degree. Why did you choose Kent? I had visited other universities but from the first time I came to Kent I loved it – the campus is beautiful. I also looked at all the student satisfaction surveys and Psychology at Kent was rated very highly so I was pleased that I felt so comfortable here.

Was it easy to settle in at Kent? There are lots of things to help you. In Welcome Week, the School of Psychology held a barbecue and we met all of our lecturers and the other students on our course. The lecturers were very welcoming; it was lovely to get to know people in such a relaxed atmosphere, before that daunting first lecture. In my first year, I lived on campus; it was nice to be surrounded by green and in the summer floods of people sit on the slopes working or having picnics and chilling out. There are also lots of places to eat on campus and they are all very good. Sport on campus is excellent; I used to be a national gymnast and am used to first-class facilities, I wasn’t sure that Kent would cater for me but it has.

How is your course going? Really well, it has made me more interested in psychology than I was when I arrived which I didn’t think could happen. The first year is a

good introduction to the programme. In the second year, all your modules are compulsory; this is because the course is registered with the British Psychological Society, so we have to cover all the major aspects of psychology.

What has been your favourite part of the course so far? I have always liked social psychology, but the real surprise for me was discovering how much I enjoyed the biological psychology module. The lecturer was brilliant and I have now decided that my dissertation will focus on biological psychology. So, for me, not picking my own modules in the second year was a good thing.

What do you think of your lecturers? We are taught by lecturers who are experts in their field and respected by their peers, which I think is a real privilege. They are talking about subjects they are passionate about and their passion inspires and motivates you to do as well as you can. They are also friendly and always happy to give you advice about your studies or about your plans for the future.

Do you feel a part of the academic life of the School? Yes, the School puts on lots of conferences which we are invited to attend. I also took part in the Research Experience Scheme this year. I shadowed a researcher in the School for a term and helped with their project, I learnt how to run a study from start to finish, it was a

lot of work but I really enjoyed it. It was also very useful because now I know what I need to do for my dissertation.

Do you feel the students have a voice in the School? Definitely. Last year, I was the course rep for my year and attended meetings to represent our views. I found it a very valuable experience and was able to bring about some improvements for students which was a good feeling. It is nice to know that students’ views are taken seriously and that we are listened to.

Have you taken advantage of the careers advice at Kent? I went to see an adviser in my first year. At the time, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and we talked about the options available and which ones would be best for me. They were very helpful and, now that I am clearer about what I want to do when I graduate, I plan to go back.

What are your plans for the future? I have a summer internship at Lloyds Banking Group, which, if it goes well, may lead to a place on their graduate training scheme. I would like to do my Master’s at some point in the future, but I am keen to get into the workplace first.

What would you say to someone thinking of coming to Kent? I would say definitely come, the lecturers and all the staff at Kent make you feel at home straightaway. You are treated like an individual here and not a number.



Kent equips you with essential skills to give you a competitive advantage when it comes to getting a job and the University is consistently in the top 20 for graduate starting salaries.

Good career prospects According to recent employment statistics, Kent graduates are doing better than ever in the changeable job market. Six months after graduation in 2009, only 4.8% of the University’s students were without a job or further study opportunity.

Professional recognition

Gain transferable skills

Graduating with a second or first class honours degree means that you are eligible for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society and also provides the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership – the first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Studying for a degree is not just about mastering your subject area. In the current climate, employers are also looking for a range of key skills, and we encourage you to develop these within your degree programme. Graduates from the School of Psychology not only become highly literate, but are also numerate and skilled in using a range of IT.

The joint honours degree Psychology and Law is recognised by the English Law Society and Bar as a qualifying degree. This makes an excellent first step into the professional world.

Additional experience A Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology affords students with general critical, analytical and problem solving skills, which can be applied in a wide range of different settings; this puts graduates in a strong position when looking for employment. Kent’s psychology graduates tend to do well in a wide range of careers. Some have gone on to qualify as occupational, clinical or health psychologists. Others have found careers in related subjects such as therapy, teaching and social work, or have gone into professions where communication skills are important, such as public relations, marketing, publishing or media work.

The School of Psychology has good links with local schools, colleges, hospitals and prisons, so students have the chance to go on organised visits and placements and to pursue project work in field and applied settings. If you choose to take an Applied Psychology programme, you will spend a year working with professional psychologists in the NHS, the prison service or another government agency. This can enhance job prospects, giving greater insight into the real world. Students also have the chance to participate in our staff research studies, giving practical experience of research projects. For more information, see p20.

Careers advice The Careers Advisory Service can give you advice on how to choose your future career, how to apply for jobs, how to write a good CV and how to perform well in interviews and aptitude tests. It also provides up-to-date information on graduate opportunities before and after you graduate.

Further information For more information on the careers help available at Kent, please see our Employability webpage at

DID YOU KNOW? Psychology was ranked 5th in the UK for graduating students’ employment prospects in The Guardian University Guide 2012.



Nanette Bech-Nielsen completed a BSc in Applied Social Psychology and a Master’s in Social and Applied Psychology at Kent. She is now working in cancer research at St Bartholomew’s Hospital inLondon. What attracted you to Kent? When I visited Kent I loved it, the atmosphere just felt right. Most importantly, it offered the course I wanted – I was keen to do an applied psychology course and a year in industry.

Was it the right choice? Definitely. I enjoyed the transition from A level to university-level study as I was ready to work more independently. At university, you are treated as an adult; you are given your deadlines and it is up to you to manage your time so that you meet them. That is not to say you are left to your own devices, there is lots of support and advice available from the School, so you don’t feel alone. I felt that I had the freedom to make my own decisions about how I managed my life.

What about the lecturers? I am a big fan of the Psychology lecturers and have a great deal of respect for them. They are very approachable and easy to talk to, they listen to what you have to say and encourage you to voice your opinions. They are also happy to offer advice about the course or your future.

How was your course?

Describe your current role.

I have always been interested in psychology and social psychology in particular, so I really enjoyed the modules that covered areas such as prejudice and personality traits. As well as lectures, we also had seminars as part of all our modules. Seminar groups are relatively small, usually about 10 people, which gives you the opportunity to discuss things in great detail. One of the great things about Kent is that the students come from a range of backgrounds so our debates were always very lively. We all listened to each other and had respect for each other’s views which meant that we were able to learn from each other, as well as our lecturers.

I work for the North East London National Cancer Research Network within Barts and The London NHS Trust, as a Clinical Research Assistant. I monitor cancer patients within the Trust who are on medical trials, assisting experienced research nurses and consultants. The role is varied and includes patient contact, lab work and administrative tasks.

Tell us about your year in industry. I wanted to be a teacher, so for my year in industry I got a placement in a school for dyslexic children. I worked as an assistant psychologist, helping the school’s psychologists with assessments and writing the subsequent reports. I also did a lot of statistical work which was useful for my degree. Part of the placement involved working as a teaching assistant, so I got a lot of hands-on experience in the classroom. I was very lucky because I had the opportunity to look at two possible career options and, although I had thought I wanted to teach, I realised I preferred the research and analysis side of psychology. I loved the placement, it was such a valuable experience and was probably one of the reasons I got my current job.

I think both my undergraduate degree and my Master’s prepared me well for this role as my experience and knowledge of research theory and methods meant that I immediately understood the background to the trials. Also, I think the key skills you learn through your degree have helped me in this role. It is so rewarding to know that the research you are doing will make a difference to people’s lives and influence patient care and treatment. When you see patients who are getting better it is fantastic. Of course, it is very difficult when patients don’t improve but you have to accept that that is also part of the job. I feel incredibly fortunate to be doing a job that I love.

What would you say to someone thinking of coming to Kent? I would say, if you visit a university and it feels right to you then go with that instinct. With your studies, keep on top of things, know your deadlines and do the reading! If you get the balance between work and play right, you will have a fantastic time.



Not sure which programme to choose? Here’s a guide to the degrees offered by the School of Psychology.

achieving an average mark of 60 per cent at Stage 1). Possible organisations include the National Health Service, the Prison Service or a Government research establishment.

Psychology Social Psychology

Psychology with Studies in Europe

These three-year programmes highlight the study of cognition and behaviour in their social and cultural context. They train you in experimental methodology, as applied to issues and problems of human social relationships, and emphasise the practical value of psychology.

This four-year programme combines Psychology with European studies. You spend your third year studying psychology in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, Finland, Poland or Turkey. For the French, German, Italian and Spanish variants, you take modules in the relevant language in the first and second years of your degree. For the Finnish, Polish and Turkish variants, you take modules in European politics or economics.

Psychology with Clinical Psychology This three-year programme allows you some specialisation in Clinical Psychology in Stage 3. The programme follows the Psychology degree programme with the additional compulsory modules Clinical Psychology I and II. The degree is especially suitable if you are considering a career in the Health or Social Services.

Applied Psychology Applied Psychology with Clinical Psychology The applied programmes last for four years and are the same as the three-year programmes described above, except that between the second and final years of study you do project work with professional applied psychologists (subject to the availability of placements and

For details on fees and funding opportunities for your year abroad, see

Joint honours Three-year joint honours degrees are available with Social Anthropology and Sociology. A four-year joint honours degree is available with Law. For full details of your joint subject area, please order the relevant subject leaflet from the Information and Guidance Unit (see p23).

International Foundation Programme (IFP) For applicants taking the Kent IFP (Social Sciences), passing with an average of 60%, including 45% in the Maths and Quantitative Methods module (unless the student has already achieved grade C or above in GCSE Maths) is a requirement for entry onto the first year of these degree programmes.


STUDYING AT STAGE 1 Modules: Stage 1 Introduction to Biological and General Psychology You begin the scientific study of behaviour, looking at the biological approach, the cognitive approach, behaviourism and ethology, the development perspective and related philosophical ideas. We show you how these psychological theories and ideas can be used to account for everyday and abnormal human behaviour.

Stage 1 represents your first year of full-time study. It serves as an introductory year and examines all the major topics in psychology on three levels: the social psychological, the psychological, and the biological. Teaching is by weekly lectures and workshops. The Psychology Statistics and Practical module also includes laboratory practical sessions, statistics classes, computing classes and lectures in statistics and methodology. All modules involve considerable periods of individual study. Most modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and end-of-year examinations. However, no Stage 1 marks are carried forward to your final degree result. There are three core modules: • Introduction to Biological and General Psychology

• Introduction to Social Psychology • Psychology Statistics and Practical. You also take two further modules from the Faculty of Social Sciences. If you are studying for a joint honours degree, you take two modules (30 credits) from your other subject area. Students on the European programmes take a double language module or, in the case of the Finnish, Polish and Turkish variants, two modules in European politics or economics instead of option modules. For full details of the modules offered within your joint area, please order the relevant subject leaflet from the Information and Guidance Unit, see p23. The following is offered by the School of Psychology as an optional module (15 credits): • Introduction to Forensic Psychology.

Introduction to Social Psychology You are introduced to the major theories in Social Psychology. Teaching focuses in turn on social development; social interaction and social influence; individual differences; and group processes.

Psychology Statistics and Practical This module consists of a series of laboratory classes in which you carry out psychological experiments related to topics discussed in your other Stage 1 modules.

Introduction to Forensic Psychology You are introduced to key topics in forensic psychology including the development of offending, the rehabilitation of offenders, the criminal justice system, criminal statistics, policing, and the public’s response to crime. You are encouraged to apply contemporary psychological concepts and methods to understand the important forensic psychological issues outlined.


STUDYING AT STAGE 2 Your second year of fulltime study builds on topics introduced at Stage 1. Teaching is through weekly lectures and small group seminars. Modules are assessed by examination and coursework; marks count towards your final degree result. They are generally based on 80% examination and 20% coursework. You take the following core modules: • Biological Psychology • Child Development • Cognitive Psychology • Personality • Psychology Statistics and Practical • The Social Psychology of Groups • The Social Psychology of the Individual. If you are taking a joint honours or European programme, you delay taking some of the above modules until Stage 3. This allows you to take modules in your joint degree subject or the relevant language or European studies modules.

DID YOU KNOW? 85% of Kent Psychology students achieved a first class or 2:1 degree in 2010.

Modules: Stage 2

Child Development

Biological Psychology

This overview of key theories and themes in developmental psychology places particular emphasis on social psychological, social-cognitive and social constructionist approaches. After examining infancy, childhood and adolescence, we go on to consider applied issues, with emphasis on developmental disorders and childhood memory.

This module focuses on the biological bases of human behaviour, relating actions and experiences to genetics and physiology. It covers topic areas including drug addiction, sleep, emotion, language, memory and schizophrenia, and discusses biological research methods such as brain imaging techniques (for example PET, fMRI, EEG), physiological recording, and the study of brain-damaged patients.

Cognitive Psychology This module provides an overview of the mental processes that underlie human perception, language and memory, and also describes the main methods that are used in cognitive psychology.

We consider the insights that are gained from looking at the behaviour of healthy and brain-damaged individuals, and also assess what measuring brain activity tells us about the structure of cognition.

It aims to provide training in the methodological skills appropriate to psychological investigation, and computing skills and advanced statistical techniques for the analysis of psychological data.


The Social Psychology of Groups

You examine different perspectives on the study of personality from Allport to the present day. This provides you with a comparative and critical review of the major theories in personality and the research and findings that stem from them.

Psychology Statistics and Practical This double module builds upon the material presented in Stage 1 Psychology Statistics and Practical.

With its companion module, the Social Psychology of the Individual, the Social Psychology of Groups aims to introduce the core topics in social psychology. This module covers both processes within groups (for example, social influence, leadership, and group performance) and processes between groups (for example, conflict and co-operation and social identity).


The Social Psychology of the Individual This module allows you to engage with classic and contemporary approaches to social cognition, including attributions, attitudes, and person perception. You are also exposed to classic and contemporary investigations of the self, including self-concept, selfperception and self-regulation.

“Throughout my years at Kent, I have found it both culturally and academically engaging. Since I have arrived here, I haven’t stopped meeting new people from all over the world!” Ana Filipa Pires Psychology


YOUR YEAR ABROAD/ ON PLACEMENT If you apply for the European programme, between Stages 2 and 3 you spend a year abroad. Students on the applied programme spend a year on placement.

Studying abroad On the European programme, your third year is spent studying at one of our partner institutions in Jena, Würzburg, Madrid, Brussels, Clermont-Ferrand, Bog˘aziçi, Padova, Warsaw or Helsinki. Warsaw, Helsinki and Bog˘aziçi exchange students are taught in English.

such as the Health Service, Home Office, Education Department or Social Services (subject to availability of placements and achieving an average mark of 60% at Stage 1).

Practical experience

A year on placement Work placements are usually advertised nationally and students apply by sending in a CV or application form. We guide you through the process, giving you valuable feedback on the placements that are likely to enhance your career prospects, how to write a winning CV and how to hone your interview skills.

Salary and benefits If you choose an applied programme, you can spend a year on placement with a chartered psychologist within organisations

However, many students find that they earn enough to be able to save some of their income, and this often helps them in their final year of studying at Kent.

Students usually work on placement for the entire calendar year. Salary and holiday entitlements vary according to your employer.

A work placement provides practical experience that can be put to good use in your final year of study. It gives you a sense of how the theory works in practice and improves your skills in many areas. It also allows you to evaluate a particular career path, and gain knowledge of the working environment.


STUDYING AT STAGE 3 Stage 3, your final year of full-time study, allows you to follow special interests. In Stage 3, modules may be marked by either examination and continuous assessment or a dissertation and continuous assessment. The marks count towards your final degree result. You take two core modules: • Applying Psychology • Psychology Research Project. You also take up to four modules from a range of options relating to the School’s research areas. The optional modules currently offered at Stage 3 are: • Advanced Developmental Psychology • Attitudes and Social Cognition • Cognition in Action • Evaluating Evidence: Becoming a Smart Research Consumer • Forensic Psychology: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives • Freud and Post Freud • Groups in Action • Language and Communication • Motivation • The Neuroscience of Cognitive Disorders • Researching People with Learning Disabilities • Selected Topics in Health and Well-being • Understanding People with Learning Disabilities.

Modules: Stage 3 Applying Psychology You gain an understanding of what is meant by applied psychology, the areas in which it can be applied, such as business, education, law, health and the environment, and rules governing applied psychology such as the balance between the benefits of an intervention and the inherent cost and risks. It also introduces you to ethical, logistical, and methodological challenges and the theory underlying applied psychology derived from, for example, social, cognitive, evolutionary, developmental and forensic psychological theory.

Psychology Research Project All final-year Psychology students are required to carry out a research study that involves gathering original data to answer a novel question in

the psychological literature, and presenting it as a written report of up to 10,000 words (8,000 words for joint honours students). The project can be conducted by students either singly or in pairs and is supervised by a member of staff. Projects in almost any area of psychology are possible. Students must pass the project to obtain an honours degree.

Advanced Developmental Psychology This module provides a critical review of recent research within advanced developmental psychology. Examples include: the development of the social self in childhood and adolescence; social and peer exclusion in childhood; language and children; family life and conversation; childhood pragmatics; prejudice development and reduction in childhood and adolescence; fundamental changes



in adolescence; adolescents in different contexts (eg, schools, family, work, leisure); sexuality in adolescence; false memories and reading difficulties in children.

Attitudes and Social Cognition We examine contemporary concepts, theories and findings in this broad area of social psychology and how they may be applied with benefits for individuals, groups and society. In particular, we focus on recent developments in the study of the social and mental processes that affect how people think about themselves, others and the world. Students can propose research to address an unanswered research question in this area of psychology.

Cognition in Action This module looks at applying cognitive models to the broader context of human behaviour. Possible topics include: the role of cognition in development, emotion, memory and action; applications to eyewitness testimony, intentional forgetting and embodied cognition. Practical applications and relevance to general understanding of behaviour will be emphasised.

Evaluating Evidence: Becoming a Smart Research Consumer The module systematically explores common logical and psychological barriers to understanding and critically analysing empirical research. Major topics to be considered include common fallacies of deductive and inductive reasoning, judgmental heuristics relevant to evaluating empirical research claims, essentials of a scientific method, misleading statistical and graphical techniques, establishing genuine associations, the role of inferential statistics for identifying illusory associations, essentials of causal inference, and threats to the validity of experimental and non-experimental research.

Forensic Psychology: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives This module offers an in-depth examination of the theory and application of forensic psychology and its role in identifying and ameliorating offending behaviour. It examines: law development; types of offending; police and forensic profilers’ responses to offending; eyewitness credibility and the police interview process; the credibility of juries; the aims of punishment and responses to imprisonment; theories of rehabilitation and the implementation of the sex offender treatment programme. The module presents and critically evaluates research and methodologies within forensic psychology.

Freud and Post Freud This module introduces students to theories concerning dreams and the unconscious, psychosexual development, and the psychoanalysis of neurosis and depression. The work of Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, Donald Winnicott, Marion Milner, Jacques Lacan and Julia Kristeva will be examined. Three lectures are devoted to applied psychoanalysis, with reference to therapy, society and art respectively.

Groups in Action An exciting opportunity to learn more about cutting-edge research into groups. You will understand and apply group research to social policy, business, politics and marketing, and get the chance to consider current affairs and

personal experiences with small group discussions and team work. Example topics are: alcohol and group processes, leadership, organisational identity, and improving co-operation in groups.

Language and Communication We look at the methods, techniques and issues involved in the study of language and communication. The emphasis will be on theory as the foundation of an empirical discipline and the importance of scientific methodology. The module highlights the interplay between theory, research and application in the study of language and communication, focusing on core theories and research in this area. Each class begins with an overview of the historical development of a subject before looking at current theories and methods.


Motivation Focusing on social-cognitive perspectives on human motivation, example topics in this module include: drive and needs; motives; intrinsic and extrinsic motivation; personal goals; achievement motivation; person-environment interactions; volition; the experience of flow; the relationship between motivation and emotion; values; and existential needs. Applications of theory and findings on human motivation are also discussed.

The Neuroscience of Cognitive Disorders The central theme of this module is distinct neuropsychological deficits acquired through stroke, such as hemispatial neglect, prosopagnosia, aphasia and amnesia. This will provide a grounding in how different strands

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of neuroscientific research have both advanced our understanding of neuropsychological disorders and informed the design of relevant intervention strategies.

Researching People with Learning Disabilities This module involves a project based on interviews with people with learning disabilities. There are teaching sessions on research, interview construction, recording and analysis. Practical work involves visiting a person with learning disabilities at their place of work and conducting a recorded interview with due regard to ethical and consensual issues. A series of clinics to assist students in analysis, interpretation and presentation of the project work follows.

Selected Topics in Health and Well-being Health Psychology is a rapidly developing field with important implications for policy and practice. Although health psychology has traditionally focused on preventing illness, there is now a growing focus on promoting ‘well-being’. This module introduces you to selected topics in the literature, in order to consider how psychology can contribute to both these goals. You are invited to question what it means to be ‘well’, to consider how psychological variables influence biological and social determinants of health, to critically appraise theoretical models linking psychological variables with health outcomes and to evaluate the

effectiveness of psychological interventions for patient and nonpatient populations.

Understanding People with Learning Disabilities This module examines definitions and attitudes to people with, for example, autism and Down’s syndrome. It explores the difficulties they experience, and resultant problems. The most recent social policy initiatives are considered with a focus on how services might implement policy objectives such as social inclusion and adult protection.

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At Kent, we give you the chance to develop your own passions. The breadth of our research allows you to specialise in areas of particular interest to you. Through your final-year research project, we encourage you to feel part of the world of contemporary research – helping to move the field forward. The School’s areas of research are listed below. Our ongoing research also feeds into the optional modules you are offered in your final year of study (Stage 3), ensuring that your knowledge reflects current developments. The School also holds weekly informal workshops for students and organises regular seminars with distinguished external speakers. Research in the School is structured around the four main themes of Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Forensic Psychology and Developmental Psychology.

Social Psychology Research within this area is focused mainly on four topics:

Prejudice and Social Categorisation How contact between members of different social groups is represented psychologically; how intergroup contact affects prejudice in schoolchildren; how cognitive

interviews affect children’s use of stereotypes; why organisational mergers sometimes fail.

Social Inequality and Cohesion The well-being of the elderly population in Britain; work participation and motherhood; prejudice against and social exclusion of different groups in society.

Personality, Social Motivation and Health Behaviour The adaptive functions of perfectionism; personality and values; consequences of mortality salience; psycho-social predictors of health decision-making (for example, vaccinations); eating disorders and dysfunctional exercise.

Cognitive Psychology Group Dynamics and Social Influence The evolutionary origins of cooperation in social dilemmas; the influence of leaders; the role of social norms in communication; subjective group dynamics; the dynamics of prison gang activity; the impact of alcohol on group processes.

Research within this area is focused mainly on two topics:

Visual Cognition and Attention Research on this topic focuses primarily on the role of vision and visual perception in human performance. The fundamental aim of this work is to identify the cognitive processes and neurological mechanisms

underlying various visual tasks. Studies involving neurologically healthy volunteers examine issues such as face recognition and identification, eyewitness testimony, person detection, emotion processing, and pattern and motion recognition. This research also examines a range of psychological disorders, including unilateral visual neglect, addiction, dementia and persistent vegetative state.

Language and Communication Research in this group examines various aspects of semantic, pragmatic and syntactic understanding. Research questions on healthy populations include the role of executive functions in successful language use and communication, how language

influences attentional processes and perspective taking, anomaly detection, and the effect of interruptions on reading. Work on developmental populations examines issues such as how children learn to understand and produce sentences in their own language, and how they learn conversational conventions and selfrepair. Research in this group also examines developmental disorders of communication, including Autism Spectrum disorders and dyslexia.

Forensic Psychology Our Forensic Psychology research focuses on bullying in prisons, prison gang behaviour, jury decision making, child sexual offending, rape, rape proclivity, female sexual offending, theories of offender


rehabilitation, firesetting, sexual harassment, violence, aggression and alcohol, and infrahumanisation of offenders.

Developmental Psychology Research in Developmental Psychology focuses on the following: cultural ideas regarding development; children’s conversational skills; discourse and conversation analysis; recognition memory processes in children; development of prejudice and stereotyping; children’s social identity; and children with learning disabilities.



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any queries you may have about the course, the School or the University. For more information, see

UCAS Visit Days

Open Days

UCAS Visit Days run between December and April each year. You have the chance to meet our current students and members of the academic staff, and attend a presentation on the School and the facilities and opportunities available at Kent. The Visit Days also include a tour of the campus and a general talk on the University of Kent. You will also have the chance to discuss

If you are not able to attend these Visit Days, please contact the School of Psychology as an informal visit may be possible. Tel: 01227 824775 Email:

Canterbury Open Days are held in the summer and autumn for potential students, their family and friends to have a look around the campus. The day includes a wide range of subject displays, demonstrations, informal lectures and seminars, and the chance to tour the campus with current

More information If you would like more information on Kent’s courses, facilities or services, or would like to order another subject leaflet, please

contact our Information and Guidance Unit. Tel: 01227 827272 Freephone (UK only): 0800 975 3777 Email:

Location Canterbury.

Award BSc (Hons).

Degree programme You can also write to us at: Information and Guidance Unit, The Registry, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NZ For more information about the School of Psychology, please see

Single honours • Psychology (C800) • Social Psychology (C882) • Psychology with Clinical Psychology (C822) • Applied Psychology* (C850) • Applied Psychology with Clinical Psychology* (C823)

European programme • Psychology with Studies in Europe (C881)* Joint honours • Psychology and Social Anthropology (CL86) • Psychology and Sociology (CL83) • Psychology and Law* (CM81) *Four-year programmes

Programme type Full-time or part-time Terms and conditions: the University reserves the right to make variations to the content and delivery of courses and other services, or to discontinue courses and other services, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary. If the University discontinues any course, it will endeavour to provide a suitable alternative. To register for a programme of study, all students must agree to abide by the University Regulations (available online at: Data protection: for administrative, academic and health and safety reasons, the University needs to process information about its students. Full registration as a student of the University is subject to your consent to process such information.

Offer levels A/AS level AAB at A level (AAA for Applied programmes), IB Diploma 33 points (including 4 in Mathematics) or IB Diploma with 17 points at Higher (including 4 in Mathematics).

Required subjects GCSE Maths and English Language grade C. European programme: • French – A level French grade B • German – A level German grade B


• Italian/Spanish/Finnish/ Polish/Turkish – GCSE grade B or AS level in a modern European language other than English.

Year abroad Students who apply for the European programme (C881) spend a year studying at one of our partner institutions in Jena, Würzburg, Madrid, Brussels, Clermont-Ferrand, Padova, Warsaw, Boğaziçi or Helsinki.

Year on placement Students on Applied programmes can spend a year on placement with a chartered psychologist within organisations such as the Health Service, Home Office, Education Department or social services (subject to availability and achieving an average mark of 60 per cent at Stage 1).

Professional recognition Eligibility for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society and Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved and a pass mark achieved in the final-year project. For latest course information, including entry requirements, see:

We hold Open Days at our Canterbury and Medway campuses twice a year. For more information, see:

University of Kent, The Registry, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NZ T: +44 (0)1227 764000 E:

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