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Exploring Psychology: from research to real-world impact

Released: 10.05.24

Three Marjon students at the British Psychological Society student conference

Five ambitious final-year BSc Psychology students from Plymouth Marjon University showcased their dedication and expertise at the recent British Psychological Society South West student conference on 20 April 2024. Their presentations encapsulated the essence of our BSc (Hons) Psychology course, which delves into the core principles of psychology and fosters a passion for research and real-world application.

BSc Psychology student Natalie Chalk spearheaded the event with her captivating presentation on "An Investigation into the Relationship between Political Ideology and Life Fulfilment", exemplifying the breadth of research encouraged within the degree programme.

Joining Natalie were Sadie Ward, Imogen Russell, Jess Yelland, and Molly Cridland, who presented insightful posters on diverse topics ranging from self-esteem and childhood experiences to the impact of media on self-care and the lived experiences of students with ADHD. These projects highlight the multifaceted nature of psychology, and the variety of avenues Marjon students can explore throughout their studies. Students are empowered to pursue topics that intrigue them while contributing meaningfully to the field.

Dr Hazel Bending, leader of the BSc Psychology course, commented:

Our students presented impeccably at the conference, showcasing their knowledge, and using their growing expertise. We strive to empower our students to be confident professionals and researchers, using what they have learnt to affect real, positive change in people’s lives.

The BSc Psychology degree at Plymouth Marjon is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of human behaviour and cognition. Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), the course covers key areas such as developmental, cognitive, biological, and social psychology, alongside individual differences and research methods.

Beyond the core curriculum, students have the flexibility to delve deeper into specialised areas of interest including education, criminology, mental wellbeing, leadership, and sports psychology. This approach provides a dynamic learning environment where students can tailor their studies to align with their career aspirations and personal passions.

Throughout the course, students engage in a blend of theoretical learning and practical application. From understanding the complexities of social identity to exploring the nuances of cognitive development, students gain valuable insights that extend beyond the classroom. Opportunities for placements and collaborative projects further enhance their ability to apply psychological theories to real-world scenarios, preparing them for a diverse range of career paths.

With a structured timetable that allows for a balance between academic commitments and other responsibilities, students attend the University three days a week, providing ample time for independent study and exploration. This format ensures that students receive a well-rounded education while accommodating their individual needs and schedules.

Upon completion of the degree, graduates are well-equipped with transferable skills highly sought after by employers in both the private and public sectors. Whether pursuing further studies, embarking on a career as a psychologist, or venturing into research and academia, our graduates are poised to make a positive impact in their chosen fields.

Join us at Plymouth Marjon University and embark on a journey of discovery, where psychology transforms from theory into tangible change. Get started here.

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