BSc (Hons) Psychology

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Introduction to our Psychology degree

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Studying Psychology at ARU

Join our BPS accredited BSc (Hons) Psychology degree and explore the science and history of the way we think. Access state-of-the-art psychology facilities in our Science Centre in Cambridge and learn about psychology through both research and practice.

What do you study in a Psychology degree?

Psychology affects everything we do. You’re curious about people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour – and that’s what sits at the heart of our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Psychology degree in Cambridge.

We’ll encourage you to keep asking questions, to develop the scientific, analytical and research skills you need to become a psychologist. Together, we’ll explore the different facets of psychology including applied, social and clinical psychology, cognitive neuroscience and biological psychology.

By studying BSc (Hons) Psychology at ARU, you’ll immerse yourself in the science of mind and behaviour – and take the first step towards a career as a chartered psychologist.

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Specialist labs

At ARU you’ll be based in our £45m Science Centre. It opened in 2018 and features a range of psychology labs including:

  • EEG Lab
  • Perception Lab
  • Neuroscience Lab
  • Developmental Lab
  • Psychometrics Lab.

Take a guided tour and meet our students.

Industry-standard equipment

Our labs house commercial software packages and specialist psychological equipment such as:

  • PowerLab devices for monitoring emotional and physiological response
  • a portable Nexus device, for recording similar activity outside the lab
  • a Tobii Pro 300TX eyetracker
  • driving simulator
  • Oculus Rift VR headset
  • visual and acoustic stimulation systems
  • functional near-infrared spectroscopy
  • 64 channel Brain Vision EEG/ERP system.


British Psychological Society

Achieve a second-class honours degree or above, and you’ll be eligible for graduate chartered membership of the British Psychological Society. It’s your first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist.

What can you do with a Psychology degree?

Psychology graduates are in demand.

As a graduate chartered member of the British Psychological Society, you could undertake further training to become a counselling or clinical psychologist, or specialise in areas like health, educational or forensic psychology.

Psychologists have skills that are sought after in other industries too, including the ability to understand social behaviour and analyse data.

Soon after university, professional roles psychology graduates often work as include:

  • Psychologists
  • Welfare and housing associate professionals
  • Human resources and industrial relations officers
  • Marketing associates
  • Primary and secondary education teaching professionals
  • Therapy professionals
  • Business and related research professionals
  • Youth and community workers
  • Child and early years officers
  • Graduation doesn't need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies, we offer a range of postgraduate degrees including MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology, MSc Clinical Child Psychology, and MSc Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

    Employability and personal career development

    Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

    To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

    Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.

Louise Kelly

"I’ve conducted my own research [which] has allowed me to gain first-hand experience of what it means to be a psychologist."

Louise Kelly

BSc (Hons) Psychology student

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Placement year available

You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.

Your guide to placements