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BSc (Hons) Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience

Are you fascinated by the relationship between the mind and the brain? Our BPS-accredited BSc (Hons) Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience degree offers you a comprehensive blend of skills and knowledge in core psychology principles and methods, alongside training in key aspects of cognitive neuroscience. Our experienced and highly qualified staff will guide and support you, providing a focus on employability throughout your studies.

 Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience

Key information


BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:



48 months


The University of Bolton

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Course Details

The University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience degree explores links between the human mind, behaviour and the biological structures and processes of the brain, offering you the opportunity to deepen and enrich your understanding of these interrelated fields. Focusing on human psychology, our expert and dedicated team will guide you as you gain a sound understanding of mental and psychological processes and develop advanced knowledge of the neural, hormonal, and molecular structures and networks that underpin the mind.

This interdisciplinary course is designed to reflect the growing need for psychologists with a solid background in neuroscience. Knowledge of how the brain works can be vital to understanding mental processes. Throughout this degree, you’ll have the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the science and theories of psychology and neuroscience and gain a strong grounding in study and research methods. Together, we’ll explore how the complex biological structures and networks of the brain shape and are shaped by our experiences.

You’ll investigate the interplay between mental and neural processes – supported by our department’s enthusiastic, supportive teaching staff and a technology-enriched learning environment. We’ll guide you as you to develop your understanding of how the brain responds to, and makes sense of the world, as well as introduce you to the application of psychological and neuroscientific research techniques (for instance, electrophysiology and eye-tracker experiments). Inter-personal and transferable skills are also vital, so we’ll challenge you to develop sought-after communication, problem-solving, numerical, analytical, self-management, IT skills, and more. Overall, our dedicated team are focused on helping you gain the skills employers’ value along with a detailed understanding of psychology and neuroscience.

  • Our Psychology courses are top in the UK for student satisfaction for the second year running, according to the Complete University Guide 2021.
  • The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 also ranks our Psychology subject area in the top 10 in the UK and first in the North West of England for teaching quality.
  • There is a strong focus on employability skills as well as academic success. Modules focusing on applied psychology and applied experience introduce these skills and a range of career options.
  • You’ll also have support throughout your degree from your personal tutor, part of our team of helpful and approachable academic staff who possess a diverse range of research interests.
  • We work hard to create a learning environment that offers innovative methods of teaching and assessment, and access to high-specification facilities such as our observation and psychophysiology laboratories, Neuroscan software and hardware, and Stim2 software.
  • We’ve invested to create a learning environment that offers innovative methods of teaching and assessment using top-class facilities, such as our observation laboratory with video cameras, microphones and video editing equipment.
  • The course provides opportunities to achieve the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society, as well as additional qualifications (e.g. Test user certificate in occupational (ability) assessment).
Key Features
  • We stress the applied nature of psychology throughout the programme, emphasising learning through experience to help prepare you for further professional qualifications in psychology, neuropsychology or neuroscience.
  • We’ll explain the principles and methods of psychological and neuroscientific research, including the collection, analysis, reporting and interpretation of data. During your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to carry out an individual research study on a topic that is relevant to your psychology pathway.
  • Teaching is dynamic and varied using methods that include lectures, small group work, discussion groups, case studies, demonstrations and laboratory workshops. You’ll be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning with opportunities for you to participate and gain practical experience.
  • Course content is delivered by our highly-qualified staff who have substantial experience in the field. By offering personal supervision throughout the course, we aim to give you the best possible opportunity to achieve your true potential.
Professional recognition

Successful completion of the degree course is approved as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society, provided the minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved.

The British Psychological Society is the professional body for psychologists.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

As a graduate of our BSc (Hons) Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, you’ll have a sound knowledge of human behaviour, as well as research, statistics, and writing skills. This combination of skills can provide a foundation for many careers, particularly roles that involve working with a range of complex issues or data.

On completing the course, you’ll be able to demonstrate in-demand graduate skills such as high order analysis, research skills, problem-solving, interpersonal awareness, communication skills, and the ability to develop arguments supported by relevant evidence, teamwork, and IT and data handling skills.

What can I do with this qualification?

There are numerous career paths available to BSc (Hons) Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience graduates with British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation. The more traditional routes include clinical, forensic, occupational, educational, health, sport and exercise psychology and counselling, as well as teaching and research in academic departments and other institutions which require technical laboratory expertise. In addition, there are broader career options including personnel management, research, sport and exercise, teaching, advice work, social work, law enforcement and healthcare. Many of our graduates have been successful in these fields of work. Psychology graduates can also progress to graduate schemes which are long term employment contracts usually with a large corporate company offering advanced training packages. Postgraduate training and study is a requirement to become a Chartered Psychologist. Due to course entry requirements, many psychology graduates spend a year or more getting work experience before embarking on postgraduate study. Postgraduate study is available in areas such as clinical, counselling, educational, occupational, sport and exercise, or forensic psychology.

Alternative career options

Graduates can use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. They include:

  • Clinical psychology
  • Pharmaceutical and bioscience companies
  • Laboratory technician
  • Probation work
  • Prison work
  • Careers advice
  • Social work
  • Counselling
  • Family mediation and support
  • Teaching and education
  • Nursing
  • Human resources
  • Police service
  • Market research
  • Play therapy
  • Advice work
  • Media and advertising
  • Communications
  • Sport and recreation
  • Brand consultancy

Course fees

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2021-2022.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!

The overall teaching and learning strategy for BSc (Hons) Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience is student-centred. We use a blended approach meaning you’ll have face-to-face sessions, sometimes one-to-one, and take part in online learning. You can expect a mix of seminars, lectures and tutorials, practical classes, laboratory workshops, videos, self-directed study, IT and library sessions, and guided study. The University’s e-learning portal Moodle will support your online learning and provide a convenient way for you to communicate with fellow students who are studying the same modules. We’ll also encourage you to use the internet for research.

Guest lectures and presentations by a variety of visiting speakers from relevant employment areas will offer you the chance to further develop your knowledge and understanding.

The assessment strategy is set up to help you organise and develop your learning and to evaluate your achievement. You can expect time-constrained exams and coursework, such as essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and others. These contribute to your final marks and allow you to demonstrate that you’ve met the learning outcomes for the course. Much of your assessed work is submitted online via Moodle with feedback also given through this route. You can also use Moodle to communicate with fellow students studying the same modules as you.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Pedro Vital
Programme Leader and Admissions Tutor

+44 (0)1204 903685

Richard Jagger

+44 (0)1204 903146

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903


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