Develop a detailed understanding of what makes people, groups or societies think and do the things they do.
Psychosocial studies is all about the relationship between self and society. It draws on disciplines such as psychology and psychoanalysis to explore the individual, as well as sociology to understand wider cultural and systemic issues.
Understanding human behaviour in this way has a great many practical applications and will equip you well for careers in fields such as criminal justice, health, social work, teaching, and HR management.
The course is taught in the modern, well-equipped surroundings of our Peterborough University Centre. Initially, you'll gain a firm grounding in the fundamentals of sociology, and of social, health and developmental psychology. You’ll then study specialist core modules in fields such as child development, political ideology, social research methods, crime, belief and deviant behaviours.
In years two and three you’ll be able to personalise your studies to reflect and accommodate your career goals – tackling a major project in Year 3 which will involve independent research.
Our Social Science Society organises guest lectures and trips, and you can take part in the debates run by Anglia Ruskin Graduate Society. While you're studying here, you’ll also have the opportunity to carry out research projects for the Peterborough Environment City Trust.
By the time you graduate you’ll have a sound knowledge of individual and group behaviour, the ability to apply this to a range of sectors and topics, and a set of transferrable employment skills, including communication and presentation, social research, team working, IT and project management.
Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in many fields, including criminal justice, health and allied professions, social work, teaching, and HR management.
We’ll assess your progress using exams and essay assignments, as well as your portfolio, presentations, group work, book reviews and dissertation.
Whether you aim to work in the creative industries or the social sciences, the legal profession or public service, the Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for professional life.
Our lively, diverse community and ambitious academic environment will broaden your horizons and help you develop your full potential - many of our courses give you the chance to learn another language, study abroad or undertake work placements as you study.
If you’re interested in art, music, drama or film, check out our packed programme of events. Together with our partners in the creative and cultural industries, we’re always working to enrich the cultural life of the university and the wider community.
Our research is groundbreaking and internationally recognised, with real social impact. We support the StoryLab Research Institute, whose projects include interactive music apps and documenting lifesaving childbirth procedures, the Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER), as well as nine international research clusters including the Centre for Children's Book Studies and the Labour History Research Unit.
In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, six of our subject areas were awarded world-leading status: Law; Art and Design; English Language and Literature, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies; History; Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
80 UCAS tariff points. Required subject(s): 2 A levels in related subjects. BTEC/Access required: a BTEC National or 30 credits Merit at Access Certificate in a related subject. GCSEs required: 3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
Full-time undergraduate (3 years)
Part-time undergraduate (6 years)
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