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Psychology - BSc (Hons)

Course duration: 3 years

Degree Title: Successful graduates are awarded the undergraduate degree of the University of Sheffield.
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology
The title is awarded directly by the University of Sheffield.
The degree is recognised by UK NARIC .

Why choose this course?

  • Degree from one of the world’s top 100 universities, the University of Sheffield.
     
  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS): the only BPS-accredited psychology undergraduate programme in Greece and the broader region 
     
  • Access to a variety of career paths: Graduates may pursue careers as educational, counseling, sport, forensic, clinical, occupational, health and work in many different settings such as hospitals, community centres, schools, businesses and many more.
     
  • BPS membership
    Graduates who have completed the course are eligible to become members of the British Psychology Society (BPS) and take advantage of the numerous benefits of BPS membership (i.e. global recognition, networking, access to BPS literature, high standards in professional practice, legal support and many more).
     
  • Emphasis on applied knowledge, through class activities and innovative assessment such as diaries and case studies, hands-on sessions in the Neurofeedback Lab and many more, helping students combine theory and practice.
     
  • Opportunities to participate in departmental research and civic engagement internships. 
     
  • Opens doors to postgraduate studies in Greece and abroad.  
     
  • Events with well-recognised academics and practitioners.

More reasons why:

BPS accreditation for CITY College Psychology Department

 

 

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Course overview

Psychology is concerned with a wide range of phenomena including remembering and forgetting, thinking, problem solving, learning, the acquisition of skills, language, seeing and hearing, decision making, verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and emotions. It is also concerned with the practical and ethical applications of psychological research to the profession.

The specific knowledge base imparted in the program consists of:

  • psychological foundations
  • current basic and applied research findings
  • knowledge and respect for diverse cultures and individual differences
  • clinical intervention and problem-solving skills, including preventive interventions to introduce students to the practice of research methods in behavioural sciences. 
  • principles of ethical professional practice
  • skills in statistics and research methodologies and test construction
  • facility in utilising resources
  • professional psychological practice
  • an understanding of the legal and regulatory contexts in which psychological services are provided
  • understanding of the environmental contexts that impact on individuals and groups and skill in working effectively with those systems.

 

Entry requirements

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How to apply

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Any questions?

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Level 1

Evolutionary Psychology
Academic English Skills
Discovering Science
Introduction to Psychology
Topics in Psychology
Computing Skills for Psychologists
Applied Psychology
Reasoning & Critical Thinking for Psychologists
Sensation & Perception
Philosophy of Science

 

Level 2

Neuroscience
The Psychology of Aging
Child Development
Social Psychology
Psychological Disorders
Memory and Language
Psychological Research Methods
Statistics 
Health Psychology
Psychology of Employment, Employability and Enterprise
Contemporary Issues in Educational Psychology
Forensic Psychology

 

Level 3

Contemporary and Applied Issues in Attention
Social Cognition and Behaviour
Cognitive Neuropsychology
Psychology of Counselling
Psychology of Addiction
Individual Differences
Cognition & Emotion
Research Project in Psychology
Issues in Clinical Psychology
The Psychology Graduate: Professional Development & Employability

*This programme may be subject to minor changes

 

Level 1

Evolutionary Psychology
This unit is devoted to examining the ways in which the growing, influential and promising field of evolutionary psychology can shed light on the nature of the human mind and behaviour. The unit begins with an introduction to evolutionary theory and a discussion of some foundational issues concerning its nature and structure. The purpose of this unit is also to introduce a different way of thinking about behaviour in terms of its adaptive significance. Finally, implications of the evolutionary psychology approach for the mainstream academic fields of psychology - cognitive, social, developmental, clinical, personality psychology - are considered. Back to top

Academic English Skills
This unit instructs students in all aspects of academic communication including writing, reading, speaking and listening as well as offering opportunities for vocabulary enrichment and lexical and structural improvement specific to academic communication. The unit also provides space for students to consider how technology is used in the academic communication process. Using a variety of different teaching and learning methods students will be given the opportunity to practice and improve their overall use of academic English so that by the end of the course they are proficient in the specifics of academic discourse appropriate to their field of study. This unit acts as a support mechanism to the linguistic demands expected of students in their core subjects i.e. Computer Science, Business or Psychology. The unit seeks to improve overall language use through contemporary issues that relate to the role of the individual in contemporary society, as well as those pertinent to the student’s own field of study. Back to top

Discovering Science
The unit is an introduction to science for psychology students in their first level. Specifically, the unit explores the methods, techniques and reasoning skills that underpin the science of psychology. Part of this unit will entail practical laboratory classes that will assist students in discovering the scientific methodology and basic techniques for conducting research. The unit will assist students in discovering research in a wide range of disciplines in psychology such as cognitive, social, developmental psychology and neuroscience. It will encourage students to participate in experimental and non-experimental designs commonly practiced in psychology. In addition, students will be involved in research exercises that will increase their understanding of scientific methodology in psychology. Back to top

Introduction to Psychology
This unit introduces students to the foundations of psychological science as well as the historical roots and the potential future directions of the discipline. Key areas include research methodology and history of psychology, evolutionary and genetic influences on behaviour, neuroscience, sensory and perceptual processes, human memory and thought. The discussion of both traditional approaches and current trends in psychological inquiry during the lectures will allow students to expand their knowledge and comprehension of psychology. Students will also attend several seminars that will enhance their academic, writing, and critical thinking skills, and have the opportunity to participate in classroom discussion on emerging psychology topics. Back to top

Topics in Psychology
This unit will provide an overview of key areas of psychological research, including cognitive functions and higher order mental processes, developmental processes, social interaction, consciousness, individual difference and mental disorders. Traditional approaches and current trends in psychological inquiry will be discussed, and this will allow students to expand their knowledge and comprehension of psychology during the formal lectures. Students will also attend several seminars that will enhance their academic, writing, and critical thinking skills, and have the opportunity to participate in classroom discussion on emerging psychology topics. Back to top

Computing Skills for Psychologists
The computer and the Internet are key tools employed by contemporary psychologists to accomplish a multitude of demanding tasks, such as reliable research, efficient communications, and effective time-management. This unit will provide an overview and understanding of the role and use of computers in our society. Furthermore, students will get familiar with time management methods via ICT tools. Focus is placed on evaluating the information found on the Internet. Students will also be presented with the appropriate tools for the electronic production of online documents, the means for building online effective presentations, and tools for web page development. Finally, Revision Session (2 hours each) aims at the revision of material taught and preparation of students for the third piece of coursework. Back to top

Applied Psychology
This unit studies the processes involved in the adjustment of individuals to their personal and social environments. Emphasis will be placed upon developing understanding and skills in the areas of interpersonal relations and psychological and physical well-being. Topics include: Adjustment, Personality, Self-concept, Self-esteem, Self-efficacy, Self-regulation, Coping processes, Interpersonal communication, Interpersonal conflict, Friendship and Love and Marriage and Intimate relationships. Applications include: improving academic performance, achieving self-control (behaviour modification), building self-esteem, developing an assertive communication style, and understanding intimate violence. Back to top

Reasoning & Critical Thinking for psychologists
Once formed, beliefs and cognitive biases remain intact, despite any contradictory evidence suggesting the opposite. This course will present a number of erroneous beliefs about human behaviour and other misconceptions, in order to encourage students to develop a healthy scepticism and critical thinking skills.  The common sources of knowledge, that lead people to believe in something but not something else, will be explored and contrasted to the scientific method, and for distinguishing between scientific and pseudo-scientific arguments. Among the themes that will be discussed are pseudo-sciences, controversial treatment methods and assessment techniques urban legends etc. Students will have the opportunity to work in groups and present a debate on a related topic of their choice. Back to top

Sensation & Perception
The unit will introduce students to mechanisms of sensation and perception in humans and other animals. In the first lectures we will consider the philosophical and scientific questions that humans have long posed about perception, and study the methods and techniques scientists use to try to answer them. We will study the sensory pathways and fundamental perceptual processing including visual illusions and ambiguous figures in object perception. We will cover skin senses, chemical senses (smell and taste), audition and vision. Finally, we will study sensation and perception from physiological psychological and ecological perspectives. The course will be partly run in lectures but also using hands-on activities and exercises to allow first level students to understand the theoretical concepts. There will be two assignments (50%) and a final exam (50%). Back to top

Philosophy of Science
This unit will introduce students to the historical foundations, methods and implications of scientific research in society, as well as the ethics of scientific research, with special emphasis in the field of Psychology. The unit's basic topics will be the philosophical foundations of the scientific method; what exactly is science and how scientific explanation works; what is scientific data, its reliability, its ecological validity and its restrictions. Furthermore, the unit will deal with ethics throughout the development of science and the ethical issues that arose during this process. Back to top

 

Level 2

Neuroscience
This course will provide fundamental knowledge of the structure and function of the human nervous system. It will equip students with the most important concepts and principles of modern neuroscience and demonstrate how cellular biology, brain structure and function are linked to human cognition and behaviour. Back to top

The Psychology of Aging
With the increase of life expectancy, and consequently the proportion of older adults in the western population, there is a growing interest among researchers and policy makers in understanding the process of aging, and finding ways to promote healthy and active aging. The unit provides an introduction to the multidisciplinary field of aging with an emphasis on neuropsychological theories of aging, and healthy aging. Back to top

Child Development
This unit introduces students to the nature of behavioural, perceptual, emotional, cognitive, social, motor, and moral child development, by presenting a variety of up-dated studies and reading material that is consolidated through tutorials and written assignments. The students will learn to review these topics critically and to expand their knowledge, comprehension, analytical, and evaluation skills by drawing on the information that is presented to them during the formal 2-hour lectures. The achievement of the learning outcome is measured through one class test and a final two-hour examination. Back to top

Social Psychology
Social psychology’s big ideas rest on the principles that people do not live their life in a vacuum; rather they are social beings who interact with others, communicate, share emotions, and exchange ideas on a daily basis. This unit will explore some of the most fundamental questions in social psychological research including the way people understand themselves in social contexts, what breeds prejudice and conflict, and what makes some people more susceptible to persuasion attempts that others. Back to top

Psychological Disorders
This unit covers in detail a range of disorders listed in current classification systems. It initially introduces students to the dominant etiological and treatment models. It subsequently discusses one group of disorders at a time, with emphasis on typical symptoms and associated features, classification, epidemiology, and treatment. This allows students to acquire both theoretical understanding of the disorders as well as knowledge of diagnosis, classification and possible interventions for different psychopathological conditions. At relevant points, it focuses on current discussions and debates regarding selected psychopathological phenomena, providing, thus, more specialised and in-depth knowledge of specific issues. Back to top

Contemporary Issues in Educational Psychology
this unit critically examines the role of the educational psychologist and explores the relationship between theory and practice within the educational system, placing emphasis mainly on early intervention. the students will learn to review these topics critically and to expand their knowledge, comprehension, analytical, and evaluation skills by drawing on the information that is presented to them during the formal 2-hour lectures. the achievement of the learning outcome is measured through one tutorial essay and a final two-hour examination. Back to top

Forensic Psychology
The purpose of this unit is to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the main concepts of Forensic Psychology and Criminal Investigation. The students will learn about the fundamental psychological theories of crime and how they are applied in criminal behaviour through case studies. Students will be asked to be actively involved in understanding criminal behaviour and on how a psychologist may participate in the legal systems’ procedures. Back to top

Psychological Research Methods
Research Methods is an introduction to the process and practice of research in the behavioural sciences, with particular attention to the opportunities and challenges that psychologists face in applying the methods of science to the study of human behaviour. Back to top 

Statistics
Statistics is an intermediate course to statistical analysis using inferential methods. The unit will provide students with the skills necessary to analyse quantitative and categorical data obtained in empirical research. Back to top

Health Psychology
This unit is a theoretical introduction to the role of psychological processes involved in health and illness. It provides students with the foundation understanding of the practical implications of Health Psychology. Focus will be given on lifestyle diseases (obesity, smoking, stress, etc.) and terminal illness, as well as ethical issues involved in Health Psychology. It further provides a thorough discussion of the role of health beliefs in peoples’ behaviour and evaluation of the effectiveness of health care systems, as well as of specific intervention strategies. Back to top

Psychology of Employment, Employability and Enterprise
Every day people spend much of their precious time at work. Some employees work only in the morning, while others change between day and night shifts. Others are concerned with managing their time between family issues and everyday job demands. On the other hand, organizations seek to find employees motivated to cooperate with their leaders and put effort to achieve organizational goals. The existing financial crisis has led to layoffs across Europe, and employees seeking new employment opportunities are often concerned about employability, entrepreneurship, and lifelong learning issues. In short, the workplace is an ecosystem, an arena of dynamic interaction between people, and employment emerges as an important issue in both developed and developing countries. Psychologists play an important role as they are often called to resolve workplace matters by applying the science of psychology at work. This unit concerns research and the applications of psychology in the industry, business, and organisations, and the main themes covered relate to occupational stress and well-being at work, values and personality in the workplace, employee motivation and performance, as well as the social context of work. Back to top

Memory and Language
This unit provides an overview of information processing approaches to the study of language, memory and thought. It illustrates the way research in different branches of psychology has been brought to bear on these cognitive processes. The main concepts of all three areas are introduced and their interrelation is displayed. Different approaches of investigating human cognition are presented and theories of all three cognitive activities are demonstrated and critically discussed. Back to top

 

Level 3

Contemporary and Applied Issues in Attention
This course is devoted to an understanding of the psychological processes underlying attentional phenomena. Specifically, reference is made a) to our ability to divide attention among multiple tasks and stimuli and selectively focus it on task-relevant information, while ignoring distracting task-irrelevant information, b) to how our knowledge and previous experience, as well as the physical characteristics of stimuli influence the way that attention is directed to particular aspects of the world. In addition to basic research in attention, this unit addresses real-world problems such as aging, design of human-machine systems, driving, and cognitive training of attention. Back to top

Social Cognition and Behaviour
This unit will provide an in-depth analysis of contemporary topics in social psychology. Implicit social cognition and automatically activated processes will be discussed, and students will have the opportunity to learn how the discipline of social psychology has advanced to incorporate new concepts, methodologies, and trends, including social neuroscience. On the whole, the unit will present the state-of-the art in social psychological research, and at the same time remind students of the philosophical background and origins of modern social psychological theories. Back to top

Cognitive Neuropsychology
The initial lectures will introduce the discipline and methods of cognitive neuropsychology, with a special emphasis on key aspects, such as transparency and single-case vs. group studies. Then the major neuropsychological disorders will be discussed: agnosias (object recognition), prosopagnosia (face processing), disorders of memory, neglect, neuropsychology of emotions, and frontal lobe syndrome, disorders of language and lateralization. Back to top

Psychology of Counselling
The unit introduces students to counselling psychology as a profession. It covers both the main theories and schools that underpin counselling psychology and the key areas of intervention in the discipline. Moreover, it provides a basis for the development, understanding and application of key skills in counselling, while it engages with cultural, ethical and professional issues that inform the practice of counselling psychology. Back to top

Psychology of Addiction
The core concept of the unit is addiction and the psychological processes that determine this phenomenon. Initially, addiction will be defined and described, on the basis of its characteristics, risk and vulnerability factors. Also, psychoanalytic, cognitive, social and other types of approaches of addiction and its dimensions there will be introduced. Moreover, the role of the family system in the initiation, maintenance and treatment of addiction there will be presented. However, addiction will be approached as a behaviour pattern in terms of other fields as well, such as internet addiction and gambling and the relation between addiction, comorbidity and criminality. The completion of the unit will be accomplished after the presentation of the basic principles of addiction treatment and the different types of prevention and treatment programs. Back to top

Individual Differences
This unit introduces students to individual differences in personality, intelligence, and social beliefs and the methods for the assessment of such differences. It incorporates current research trends, the theories and the findings, as well as the research methodology and ethics employed in the context of individual differences. Back to top

Cognition and Emotion
The unit will consider how emotion affects the following processes: conscious and non-conscious processing; memory bias and memory deficits; attentional bias; schematic processing; judgments; and thoughts and images. The unit aims to equip students with knowledge and understanding of the interaction between cognitive and emotional processes; (e.g., mood and persuasion) as well as the ability to assess the degree to which information-processing models of anxiety and depression are able to account for extant studies. Back to top

Research Project in Psychology
The purpose of this unit is to provide students with an opportunity to develop an independent research project on a particular topic of their choice. Students will determine an appropriate topic for research, review the literature on the subject, recruit participants, collect and analyse data, report the results in the form of an APA-style paper, and make conclusions and recommendations for future research. This procedure will allow students to demonstrate their knowledge about the scientific enterprise and their ability to critically use literature and issues arising within the specific topic. Back to top

Issues in Clinical Psychology
This unit provides students with knowledge and understanding of the main issues entailed in Abnormal Psychology. The main focus will be placed upon the different issues of Abnormality with an emphasis on the clinician-client relationship, personality disorders, human sexuality, as well as legal and ethical issues in Abnormal Psychology. The unit is delivered in a formal lecture mode; however, critical participation of the students will be encouraged through case studies, exercises, and/or role playing through which the theoretical parts will be displayed practically. Back to top

The Psychology Graduate: Professional Development & Employability
You're close to getting your degree in Psychology, but what does this really mean? Will you become a therapist, an academic, or choose a totally different career path? In this unit you will become aware of the knowledge and skills you have acquired throughout your studies, explore the concept of employability, self-assess your own employability status, and further discuss employment opportunities for psychology graduates. This unit aims to better prepare you for the challenges, the risks and opportunities of the constantly changing global market. Back to top

 

The Psychology Department of the University of Sheffield International Faculty, CITY College has excellent reputation due to the high quality of teaching and research. Our academic staff is strongly committed to excellence in research and in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Teaching is informed by the latest scientific research and cultivates development of critical thinking, self-development, and academic and professional ethos. The department’s academic staff, all hold a PhD degree, have intensive research activity and significant professional experience.
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Research at the Psychology Department

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Graduates of the BSc (Hons) in Psychology programme may pursue careers in a variety of professions that involve working with people. They can pursue careers as psychologists, counsellors, social workers in hospitals, community centres, schools, businesses and many more.

Career, Employability and Enterprise Centre

The Career, Employability and Enterprise Centre, focuses on helping students to set attainable career goals. It offers advice on CVs and cover letters, and on how to effectively handle job interviews. Through career fairs, and different internship programmes, the department aims at constantly bringing students in contact with prospective employers. 

Every spring we organize the Annual Career Fair presenting with an opportunity to get a first feel of job seeking. During the event students and alumni have interview opportunities with corporate recruiters and present their skills and abilities to potential employers. Large companies, organisations and multinationals from different industries across S.E. Europe participate every year in our Career Fair and offer employment and internship opportunities to our students and graduates.
More about our Career Services.

Contact the Career, Employability and Enterprise Centre at careers@city.academic.gr

 

Ms Nikoletta Samara“The International Faculty, CITY College, offers a degree from University of Sheffield, a top European university, in Greece and for me this was the perfect combination. During my first semester at the BSc in Psychology programme I realised that there was a lot to experience in the way! The collaboration between students and academic staff is amazing, the communication among students is something really enjoyable and the knowledge that we, students, get at the International Faculty is exactly the same as we could have been getting if we were in Sheffield.”

Nikoletta Samara, Greece

British Psychological Society (BPS)

The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
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British Psychological Society (BPS)

 

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