BSc in Social Psychology (Honours)

The Open University

Program Description

BSc in Social Psychology (Honours)

The Open University

Why do good people do bad things? When do they help one another? What role do digital technologies play in our relationships? Has globalisation made people across the world more similar, or do old differences persist? How have gender identities changed? What does it mean to be a good citizen?

This degree explores these and many other important psychological questions about the relationship between individual psychology and the complex social world. You will examine how social psychologists use evidence from research to contribute to debates on a wide range of social issues including discrimination and equality, conflict resolution, migration, happiness and well-being. You will also explore how psychology is critical to understanding employment, mental health, and relationships.

Key features of the course

  • Explores how social psychologists study people as social beings in different contexts
  • Investigates the connections between individual lives and social problems, using different theories and approaches
  • Gives you an appreciation of different perspectives within psychology and the ability to evaluate them critically
  • Builds advanced analytical and communication skills, and enhances your employability
  • Relevant to a wide range of career opportunities including social justice, public policy, media and communications

Course details

This degree has three stages, each comprising two 60-credit modules.

  • At Stage 1 you’ll be introduced to the social sciences and psychology.
  • Next, in Stage 2, you’ll expand on the core areas of psychology introduced previously and explore psychological theories and research.
  • Finally, at Stage 3, you’ll study a social psychology module and combine this with an advanced module which takes a critical and creative approach to methodology in psychology. You’ll complete your degree with an independent research project.


We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BSc (Honours) Social Psychology uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:

  • studying a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
  • using mathematical and scientific expressions, notations and associated techniques
  • working in a group with other students
  • using and producing diagrams or screenshots
  • undertaking practical work
  • finding external/third party material online
  • some modules may require you to use specialist software (for example SPSS software for statistical analysis).

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

The level and depth of your learning gradually increase as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

At The Open University we believe education should be open to all, so we provide a high-quality university education to anyone who wishes to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.

Even though there are no entry requirements, there are some skills that you'll need to succeed. If you're not quite ready for OU study we can guide you to resources that prepare you, many of which are free.

Skills for career development

As well as specific knowledge about social psychology, this degree course will help you to develop many transferable and work-related skills that are highly valued by employers.

  • communication
  • numeracy
  • effective team-working
  • independent and critical thinking
  • IT and data handling
  • analysing and evaluating diverse sources of information, including qualitative and quantitative data
  • designing and carrying out research projects, and presenting their findings
  • problem-solving and reasoning
  • application of learning to real-world problems and situations
  • independent learning.

Career relevance

Studying social psychology 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 also attractive to employers across a broad range of careers.

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.

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) regulated titles include:

  • clinical psychologist
  • counselling psychologist
  • educational psychologist
  • forensic psychologist
  • health psychologist
  • occupational psychologist
  • sports and exercise psychologist.


This degree is designed to deliver the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). To be eligible for GBC you must achieve a 2.2 or higher for this qualification.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated January 19, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
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3 - 16 years
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Full time