• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
As psychology is the study and science of human behaviour, it touches every aspect of our lives. This Psychology (Honours) degree at The Open University UK explores key questions around why we do the things we do and how we interact with others.

About

You’ll explore how psychologists use research evidence to contribute to debates on forensic science, mental health, relationships, child development, employment and much more. You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of different areas of psychology; develop valuable analytical and communication skills; and enhance your ability to work both independently and collaboratively. This will put you in a strong position when it comes to employment opportunities.

Key features of the Psychology (Honours) course at The Open University UK 

  • Build your knowledge and understanding of a broad range of core topics in psychology 
  • Options allow you to focus on child psychology, counselling, forensic psychology, mental health, or sports psychology   
  • Gain valuable analytical and communication skills that will enhance your employability

Skills for career development

As well as the specific knowledge gained from studying an OU degree, you'll develop many transferable and work-related skills that are highly valued by employers. These include skills in:

  • communication 
  • numeracy 
  • effective team-working 
  • independent and critical thinking 
  • IT and data handling 
  • analysing and evaluating diverse sources of information, including qualitative and quantitative data 
  • designing and carrying out research projects, and presenting their findings 
  • problem-solving and reasoning 
  • application of learning to real world problems and situations
  • independent learning. 

Career relevance

The psychology degree is designed to deliver the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and has been accredited by the BPS for over 20 years.  Careers as a professional psychologist in the applied areas of psychology will require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree – for which this degree course provides ideal preparation.

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) regulated titles include:

  • clinical psychologist
  • counselling psychologist
  • educational psychologist
  • forensic psychologist
  • health psychologist
  • occupational psychologist
  • sports and exercise psychologist.

Accreditation

Accredited by The British Psychological Society.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      Time limit – 16 years
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introducing the social sciences 
  • Introduction to childhood studies and child psychology 
  • Investigating psychology
  • Counselling: exploring fear and sadness

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.
  • At The Open University we believe education should be open to all, so we provide a high-quality university education to anyone who wishes to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.
  • Access to a computer with broadband internet access, which will be vital for online learning.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6024 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18072 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6024 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18072 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £6,024.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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