BA Religious Studies with Applied Psychology
Religious studies with Psychology is an innovative major/ minor programme, that marries two popular subjects which together will explore the nature and meaning of humanity in its broadest sense, its rituals and spiritual leanings, its faith and sense of belonging, its inner-most thoughts and behaviour.
The set of major / minors offered here combines Psychology with Religious studies. The programme offered here presents an exciting combination that explores the full range of human behaviour(s), attitudes and relationships, their internal dynamics within the mind and how those emotions impact upon the wider cultures and communities around them and of which they are part of.
The programme looks to explore and analyse a broad sweep of different human activities and the mechanics of those activities (be that faith, ritual, socialisation, spiritualism, violence, love, etc ) both for individuals as well as for different societies and cultures across the world. In total this makes for an innovative blend of cognate subjects that taken together examine and unlock the human condition in a variety of ways, forms and contexts.
The programmes offered here are composed of an 80 credit major, which will be Religious studies, combined with a 40 credit minor formed of two modules for Psychology. At level 6 students will complete a 40 credit dissertation on a subject and methodology that combines both Psychology and their choice of Humanities.
- Reading Cultures
- Political and Economic Anthropology
- The Rational World
- Philosophy of Social Science
- Sex and Violence
- Media, Religion and society
- Imagining the Other: theories of Religion
- Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
- Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology
- Media and Consumer Psychology
- Individual Differences, Personality and Intelligence
- Criminology and Forensic Psychology
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme
- Teaching based upon broad cross campus expertise
- Training in research methods
- Use of local record office and museum resources
- Various opportunities for field trips
- Study visits where appropriate
Assessment methods for the course draw upon a range of different forms and approaches that include a variety of written formats from essays (ranging from 1500 words up to 3500 words in length), book reviews, literature surveys, short 1000 word analyses, reflective journals, document analysis, projects, data analysis, oral presentations delivered both in a group and individually, and both seen and unseen examinations. In addition to summative assessments the programme also undertakes a range of formative assessments that may include one or more of the following: peer assessed work, group presentations, journals, internet searches, document analysis, and bibliographic exercises.
Learning and Teaching methods
Teaching methods are designed to provide interest, variety and academic curiosity. Seminars, workshops, video-conference, and small group work are our principal means of teaching, though supported by lectures, field trips, revision and study groups. We are also offer one-to-one tutorials in which you can discuss aspects of your on written work such as help with the structuring of essays, or writing technique or feedback advice on a specific assignment.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
The Careers Service subscribes to a range of careers databases and networks to ensure that you benefit from having access to the latest information. The Careers team is able to assist you to identify and plan your career by matching your interests and course of study to relevant jobs. The service also includes assistance with writing applications and CVs, interview techniques, Professional Development Planning (PDP), as well as general careers counselling for individuals and groups.
Specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:
- Social work
- Voluntary work
- Environmental agencies
- Equality and diversity
- Education and welfare officers
- Teaching and widening access
- Civil service
- Charity work
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:
Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.
You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page
There is an optional fieldtrip connected to a module for second and third year students to visit religious sites first hand. The Faculty subsidises this trip but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. The Faculty aims to keep the cost in the range £400-£700.
Visiting the University
For any students considering studying BA Religious Studies with Applied Psychology at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.