The University of Southampton

C801 BSc (Hons) Psychology with Law (3 years)

Our programme provides you with a degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Law. The programme received accreditation from the British Psychological Society (BPS) providing both Graduate Membership and the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC). The general aim of the programme is to develop your knowledge, understanding, and application of theory and empirical research in Psychology, the scientific study of the human mind and human behaviour. The Programme will expose you to core and optional modules taught by the Law Academic Unit which most compliment your studies in psychology by covering the broader philosophical, social and educational context within which law operates. Finally, the Programme facilitates the mastery of general transferable skills that will be of lasting value in the world of work. By the end of the programme you will therefore:

-Be able to meet the BPS criteria for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership

-Have developed a general understanding of the basic principles and methods of Psychology as a scientific discipline, and a more specialised knowledge of some chosen areas of Psychology

-Have learned how to critically evaluate theoretical and empirical literature in Psychology

-Have developed the ability to make reasoned arguments in Psychology, grounded in appropriately selected source material

-Be able, with supervision, to demonstrate the research skills required to organise, undertake, analyse and communicate ethically acceptable empirical research in Psychology to a satisfactory level

-Allow you to gain the essential knowledge and understanding of core law subjects and develop that understanding by taking optional law modules that most compliment your studies within psychology.

-Be able to demonstrate skills in written and oral presentation, in the use of IT for research and communication, and in team-working that will be of lasting value in the world of work

Introducing your course

The increasing crossover between psychology and law means there is growing demand for graduates with knowledge of both subjects, for example within legal psychology and policy making. This new, flexible course gives you the opportunity to study psychology alongside a choice of complementary areas from law. You can gain a research-based insight into theories in areas such as personal relations, child development, and mental health that can be applied to your modules in Family, Youth or Health Law.


Brief outline of the programme

The British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree programme provides a degree in Psychology with Law through taking options within the Law School at the University of Southampton. In each of the three years the student will take 6 units in Psychology and 2 Law options. The degree will allow a student to tailor their Psychology degree to apply their knowledge within a Law setting.

Learning and teaching

Learning and teaching will be achieved via a mixture of large lectures, workshops where students will complete group exercises and small group tutorials.


Assessment will be a mixture of coursework assignments, including essays, reports and group presentations, and end of semester examinations.

View the programme specification document for this course


The British Psychological Society

The BSc Psychology with Law degree at the University of Southampton is accredited by the British Psychological Society and confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.

Programme Structure

In the first year of BSc Psychology with Law, we lay the foundations for understanding the basic principles of psychological theory and Legal reasoning. We also introduce students to practical psychology experiments. Material from two core areas: Individual Differences and Behavioural Neuroscience is covered in more details.

In the second year, students will cover in depth material from the remaining key areas of psychology: Cognitive Psychology and Perception; Developmental Psychology; and Social Psychology. Students will choose either two single Law modules or one single Law module from an array of topics which would compliment your Psychology modules. For example you may choose Family Law to compliment Social Psychology.

Year 3 offers opportunity for flexibility in the topics that you choose to study. You will complete both a Literature Review and Research Paper in a chosen area of Psychology under the supervision of a personal academic tutor. You will also have the opportunity to choose 4 Psychology option units from a list of about 16 areas of specialism which span the discipline and 2 Law Option units. These provide more advanced and independent study and are delivered by researchers active in these fields of enquiry. Alongside theme-based learning, you will develop subject-specific intellectual and practical skills as well as generic skills.

Year 3 is made unique by the potential to tailor your study. You can follow a traditional academic study route, incorporate a community based study route through the Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme.

All BSc Psychology with Law students must also choose a topic for a literature review and a research paper, which they complete under the supervision of a member of staff in Psychology. The research paper will be the culmination of three years research training and will constitute a valuable piece of psychological research, the best example of which will be presented a prize.

Key Facts

This BPS accredited programme will allow you to explore the relationship between psychology and law

Studying this degree enable students to develop essential academic, analytical, legal and transferable skills in order to prepare them for a broad range of careers associated with Psychology and Law.

This programme provides a platform for careers in many areas and therefore, will not only attract students wishing to progress to careers as professional psychologists, but also those wishing to pursue careers in legal support, parole bodies, government, voluntary organisations, research and teaching.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEWe look for a broad range of GCSE (or equivalent) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics  at a minimum of Grade C.
A Levels:
GCE A-levelGrades AAA from 3 A-levels OR Grades AAB from 3 A-levels (if one subject at A-level is Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics or Statistics) A mix of science and arts or social science subjects can be a good preparation. There are no compulsory subjects at A Level. General Studies and Critical Thinking at A-level are excluded.
International BaccalaureateGrade 36 (18 at HL) or 34 (17 at HL)
Contextual Admissions

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is AAB from three A levels or ABB including A level Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics or Statistics, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

Selection process:

We aim to recruit motivated students with an excellent academic track record or relevant work experience who are capable of sustaining high levels of academic performance. The selection process includes:

  • academic achievements
  • personal statement
  • academic reference

Psychology operates an equal opportunities policy. All applications to study BSc Psychology with Law are considered irrespective of age, sex, ethnic origin or disability.

International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

To be confirmed

Year 1

In Year 1, you take seven modules in Psychology and one double module in Law. Five of these modules are defined as core and two as compulsory. Core modules must be taken and passed at 40% to progress to year 2, whereas compulsory modules must be taken but can be passed at the qualifying mark of 25%.

Year 2

In Year 2, you take eight modules. Six of these modules are from Psychology and are core and either one double module or two single modules from Law. You can choose from a range of Law modules but they must be passed at the qualifying mark of 25%.

Note that the marks you obtain in Year 2 count one-third towards your degree (with Year 3 marks accounting for the remaining two-thirds).

Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Research Methods and Data Analysis III
Empirical Studies II
Language and Memory

2 Law modules or 1 double Law module

Psychology Skills and Employability 2

These modules are only indicative examples of the options available. There is a wide array of option modules to choose from, subject to availability

Join first & second year Law Students for double modules:

Equity & Trusts
European Union Law
Land Law
Law of Torts

Join third year law students:

Family Law
Intellectual Property Law
Public International Law

Join third year law students for single modules:

Renting Homes: Law and Policy
Youth Justice

Year 3

The wide selection of optional modules offered in the final year allows students to specialise in whichever areas of psychology and law they particularly enjoyed during the second year. These seminar courses are based upon individual reading and open discussion of up to date research.

All students must also take Clinical psychology module and choose a topic for a literature review and a research paper, which they complete under the supervision of a member of the Academic Unit of Psychology. The research paper will be the culmination of three years research training and will constitute a valuable piece of psychological research, the best example of which will be presented a cash prize by the Academic Unit.

The third year of study allows for more specialisation with all students taking the following modules:

PSYC 3003 – Literature Review (“Dissertation” part of Empirical Project) core

PSYC 3005 – Research Paper (“Project” part of Empirical Project) core

PSYC 3002 - Current Issues in Clinical Psychology core

3 Psychology modules compulsory

2 Law modules (drawn from choice in Year 2) core


1 double Law module (drawn from choice in Year 2) core

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternationalChannel Islands
BSc (Hons) Psychology with Law2018Full-time£9,250£20,320£9,250
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingFor Year 3 Empirical Report, students will be given a printing allowance of £20 towards printing costs. Applications for this printing allowance must be made via the Psychology Student Office.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Learning & Assessment

Acquisition of core and specialist knowledge and understanding is through traditional lectures, seminars, tutorials, and interactive workshops together with regular coursework in the form of essays, presentations (oral and poster), wikis, blogs, and practicals involving the study and analysis of original and second-hand data sets. In-depth knowledge is acquired through individual supervision, laboratory practice, and small group seminars as part of the preparation of the dissertation and project in the final year.

Throughout the programme you are encouraged to undertake independent reading both to consolidate what is being taught and broaden the knowledge and understanding of particular topics

This independent reading includes academic text books, journals and other selected sources.

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study17%17%16%
Independent study83%83%84%
Placement study0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment47%57%44%
Practical exam assessment8%38%11%
Coursework assessment45%5%45%

Study Locations

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