BSc in Social Psychology (Honours)

The Open University

Program Description

BSc in Social Psychology (Honours)

The Open University

BSc in Social Psychology (Honours)

Why do we cooperate with one another? Are leaders born or made? Why is one person receptive to a political speech or an advert and another immune? How do we intervene in situations like rioting and looting, when public opinion is very strong? This degree investigates such fascinating questions, developing your understanding of contemporary social psychology. You’ll also explore psychology more generally, gaining insights into the workings of the mind, and why people behave as they do.

Key features of the course

  • Explores how social psychologists contribute to debates on attitude change, public policy, policing, and social justice
  • Investigates psychological perspectives on workplace behaviour, communication biases, education, employment, mental health and relationships
  • Develops advanced analytical and communication skills
  • Opens up a wide range of career opportunities

Educational aims

This qualification aims to provide you with:

  • an understanding of key concepts, theories, methods and debates in psychology and social psychology
  • an appreciation of different perspectives within psychology and the ability to evaluate them critically
  • practical experience of designing, carrying out, analysing and reporting psychological research using a range of research methods
  • an understanding of the application of social psychology to issues relevant to both the public and areas of public policy
  • an understanding of the application of psychology to social, educational, practical and professional issues
  • a range of generic skills as detailed in the Benchmark document for Psychology
  • a degree which fulfils the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (provided students commencing their OU degree study from 1 September 2006 onwards achieve at least the equivalent of a 2:2 classification) and which provides the basis for further postgraduate study in psychology.
  • support and guidance to improve their own learning and performance and develop as independent learners.


We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
  • Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £15,792 based on our current fees.

NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 6 years
  • Full time – 4 years
  • Time limit – 16 years

Career relevance

This degree is relevant to the broad range of careers associated with general psychology. Studying social psychology also opens up career opportunities in social justice, public policy, media and communications. As a graduate of psychology you will have gained an impressive breadth of knowledge and skills that are attractive to employers across a wide range of fields. These include:

  • career counselling
  • education
  • the health professions
  • human resources
  • public policy
  • personnel and management
  • police and social services
  • advertising and marketing.

A career as a professional psychologist in the applied areas of psychology will require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree – for which this degree course provides useful preparation.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated October 23, 2017
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