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BSc (Hons) Environmental Psychology

Course Overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area

Psychology

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

* Subject to validation

Our BSc (Hons) in Environmental Psychology will provide you with the fundamentals of human behaviour within all the core areas of Psychology necessary to obtain the British Psychological Society’s Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership:
  • Bio-psychology 
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Neuropsychology
  • Research methods

In addition to these core topics, you will develop specialist knowledge and skills regarding the reciprocal behaviour-environment relationship. You will learn about how the environment influences on human behaviour: this includes how we perceive and navigate our environments, the role of built and natural environments on behaviour; as well as how other environmental influences – such as noise, temperature crowding - can shape and impact on our behaviour. You will also study how human behaviour impacts on the environment: you will learn about the environmental issues that we face today (such as climate change, air pollution), and what we can contribute as psychologists to encourage pro-environmental behaviour. 

You will learn how to apply your theoretical and research knowledge to practical problems. This programme is led and hosted by the School of Psychology, and we work in collaboration with the UEL’s centre of excellence - the Sustainability Research Centre (SRI) - to deliver some of the material, placement work and co-supervise projects. In joining us at UEL, you will have a unique student experience as well as learning the requisite knowledge-base and skills to contribute to the creation of a sustainable future. 

Upon graduation, you will be able to progress your career in central and local government focused on research-based policies on a variety of environment-related behaviour issues, climate science and environmental communicators, private sector in the research and design of behavioural interventions, or further study at MSc or PhD level. 

UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

C822

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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Industry links

The programme will be led and hosted by the School of Psychology, though we will work collaboratively with UEL’s centre of excellence – the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) – who will deliver some teaching support, organise placements with industry partners and co-supervise research projects

BPS Accreditation

This programme will be accredited by the British Psychological Society, allowing graduates to enter a range of professional psychology jobs and/ or postgraduate programmes.

Employability

This degree stands out with unique collaborative learning and placement experience, comprising of many ‘core’ Psychology modules with added environmental psychology content.

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Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parents' Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

-          All nursing and many allied health students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance or contact Student Finance England.

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250

You don't need to pay this up front.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.


Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

Maintenance Loan

Part-time students can access maintenance loans from Student Finance England.

From academic year 2018/19, part-time students can access maintenance loans from Student Finance England.

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation.
Part-time students need to study their courses at a rate of at least 25% of an equivalent full-time course in each academic year.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.


All students will receive
:
Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£2,310

Price per 30 credit module.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations. Further information can be found at UKCISA.

 

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£13,320

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.


Entry requirements

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

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Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

All core learnings needed to achieve BPS Accreditation. In addition to this, you will learn about the environment: how it influences human behaviour, and how our behaviour impacts on the environment. The British Psychological Society states that “psychology has an important role in combating climate change”. Changing human behaviour and public acceptability of ‘green’ policies are, however, not straightforward.

This course aims to teach and engage students with the importance of the psychology of behaviour change in different environmental contexts and sustainability. We will explore theories, methods and research into environment and sustainability behaviour change.

In addition to the core BPS topics, you will develop specialist knowledge and skills of psychology applied to the different environments around us and sustainability. Including:

  • How do we perceive and process the environment around us?
  • How can a change in environment to restore our attention when fatigued?
  • Why do we travel the way we do?
  • How can we create persuasive environmental campaigns?
  • How can we reduce our contribution of and exposure to air pollution?

During your studies you will be offered teaching support, organised placements with industry partners and co-supervise research projects, led and hosted by the School of Psychology and in collaboration with UEL’s centre of excellence – the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI).

What you'll study and when

  • Thinking like a Psychologist (incorporating Mental Wealth) (Core)
  • Introduction to Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences (Personality and Intelligence) (Core)
  • Introduction to Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (Core)
  • Psychology in Applied Contexts (Core)
  • Researching with Small Samples (Core)
  • Researching with Large Samples (Core)
  • Individual Differences and Diversity (incorporating Mental Wealth) (Core)
  • Psychological Research Methods (Core)
  • Topics in Developmental and Cognitive Psychology (Core)
  • Applications of Psychobiological and Social Psychology (Core)
  • Work-based learning in Psychology (Core)
  • Principles and Practices for Environmental Psychology (Core)
  • Psychology and Social Engagement (incorporating Mental Wealth) (Core)
  • Research Dissertation focused on Environmental Psychology (Core)
  • Psychology of Mental Health (Core)
  • Psychological Approaches to Environmental Sustainability (Core)
  • Option module from School’s portfolio of option modules

How you'll be assessed

You’ll be assessed with a mixture of coursework and exams (no exams in first year). Coursework includes essays, research reports, research proposals, group and seminar presentations and a final-year research project.

How you'll learn

The programme will be delivered and hosted by Psychology. We will also partner with UEL’s Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) in the delivery of some of the material, placements, and supervision of some projects. This presents a unique opportunity for students at UEL, as well as creating partnerships and synergies among the staff across the University. Both the School of Psychology and SRI are active in real-world applied research. 

Within the School of Psychology, we currently have an exciting opportunity working with Thames Water to apply social psychological strategies to work towards achieving public safety around the Walthamstow Wetlands. Many of the projects UEL’s Sustainability Research Institute conduct are local e.g., ‘Ride Barking’, and students taking this course will have the chance to get involved in an active research project.

Teaching
You will be taught by our internationally renowned expert academics will guide employ the most up to date and advanced learning techniques to ensure that you get a broad understanding of psychology through your degree.

Guided independent study
 This will depend on the module. Typically, each module will require 200 hours mixed staff interaction learning time and guided independent study. Student/tutor interaction will vary depending on the module – but typically, teaching time is two or three hours per week during term time. The rest of the learning time is made up of independent study, such as seminar reading, assignment preparation, background reading, group work, feedback reflection and assimilation.

Academic support
Academic support will take the form of lectures, seminars, tutorials by staff relevant to the module/topic. Students will also be assigned an academic advisor.
You can access extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, maths or IT, our Skillzone and English for Academic Purposes we offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to help our students achieve their potential.
You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses.

Dedicated Academic Advisor
When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal Academic Advisor. This is the member of staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at UEL and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer.

Workload
Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.

The approximate percentages for this course are:
Year 1: scheduled teaching – 300 hours; guided independent study – 900 hours.
Year 2: scheduled teaching – 300 hours; guided independent study – 900 hours.
Year 3: scheduled teaching – 300 hours; guided independent study – 900 hours.

Your timetable
Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00 am and 6.00 pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Who teaches on this course

Hebba Haddad, Programme Leader
James Walsh, Head of Department

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Your future career

This programme will offer an enriching learning and employability experience, particularly within the environmental communication and behaviour change sector. Jobs available within this sector are set to increase; the last election pledges from the main political parties have indicated an investment in ‘green’ jobs and greening the workforce. Careers and graduate prospects for students who complete the Environmental Psychology degree include central and local government focused on research-based policies; environmental organisations focused on how to communicate the issues of climate change more effectively; working in the private sector in the research and design of behavioural interventions.

In offering this programme with UEL's Sustainability Research Institute, you will have the opportunity to be involved in community engagement and participation programmes with various stakeholders. As well as adding value to the learning experience, the real-world employability skills developed will add further 'work ready' competencies which will prove valuable in the competitive job market. You can tailor your studies to career-driven, industry-connected, research-led outcomes as you wish. Those who engage in placements with local community connections will develop the skills and confidence to apply and interview for jobs they want.

In addition to added employability skills following completion of this degree, you will also be able to use this programme as a springboard to further your education or academic research interests. This could include furthering your studies by undertaking existing programmes within the School of Psychology. For example, in response to the global climate emergency there will be an increase of environmental migrants or climate refugees i.e., people who are forced to leave their home due to the effects of climate change. If you wish to specialise further in this area, the School of Psychology offers an MSc in Humanitarian Intervention. In addition, our newly proposed BSc programme will provide a solid foundation for applied environmental psychology research, thereby creating opportunities for you to pursue a PhD should you wish.

In addition to the unique collaborative learning and placement experience, this programme will be accredited by the British Psychological Society, allowing graduates to enter a broader range of professional psychology jobs and/ or postgraduate programmes should you seek to do so. Those who engage in placements and research with community connections can use this as an opportunity to establish relationships with prospective employers, leading to additional support when searching for work.

Meet us in your country

Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.
 

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