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Oliver, 1st Year

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences covers the full range of psychology, including behavioural and cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, as well as the study of atypical development and adult psychopathology.

Along with a number of core psychology papers, you will have plenty of choice with options such as the development of social behaviour, psychopathology, cognitive psychology, memory and language, brain mechanisms, gender, family relationships and influences, personality, and group social behaviour. A research project and dissertation also enable you to study in greater depth the topics that interest you most.

In the first year, students study two compulsory papers introducing psychology concepts and methods, and two other papers selected from a wide range of options associated with psychology (for example Biological Anthropology, Evolution and Behaviour, Metaphysics and Logic, Politics, Sociology).

The second year follows the same pattern of half psychology and half options, including the possibility of a research methods course. In the third year, students undertake a research project reported in a dissertation, as well as selecting three further papers on specialised psychology topics.

A gap year is acceptable, if you have a clear objective in mind for it. It can help to broaden your outlook on life, and for many people it proves to be very valuable, but it may carry the risk of losing touch with the academic way of life, and some people find when they finally get to university that they have lost the habit of studying and have forgotten some of their scientific knowledge. However, it rarely takes very long to get back into the swing of things.


Admissions Information

Standard Offer: A-level - A*AA; IB - 776 at Higher Level, 41 points overall; Advanced Highers: AAA; other exam systems.
Course Requirements: No specific subjects. At Emmanuel, we expect that most candidates will have studied at least one of Biology or Mathematics at A2, but this is certainly not a formal requirement. Previous study of Psychology is neither particularly recommended nor a disadvantage. We anticipate that a typical strong candidate will have studied a range of academically demanding subjects in both sciences and in humanities/social sciences.
Course Outline: Further details are available on the Department's website.
Interviews:

Candidates should normally expect two interviews. The interviews will take place during the period Monday 4 - Wednesday 13 December 2017. Specific subject dates will be emailed to applicants in November.

Admissions Assessment:

All applicants will take a pre-interview written assessment (TSA section, maths/science multiple choice questions and essay/text response element). Further information and a content specification are available online.

Course Enquiries: Emmanuel Admissions Office

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