This course is for people fascinated by human behaviour, curious about thoughts and intrigued by feelings. It examines what drives us – such as brain/physiology, learning, genes, environment, social groups, individual differences in personality and motivation. It is ideal if you have an interest in • critically evaluating possible explanations for thoughts, feelings and behaviour • a career or further study in a psychology-related discipline • challenging common sense views of human behaviour • applying theoretical and methodological approaches to real-world behaviour After completing core modules in the first year, optional modules enable you to tailor the course content to meet your interests and career aspirations. In the final year dissertation project, you carry out independent psychology research under supervision in our psychology laboratories or out in the field. **Work placements** In your second year, you have the opportunity to complete an 8-10 week placement as part of your course. This enables you to apply your theoretical knowledge in the workplace, gain valuable experience, establish networks and obtain a professional reference before you graduate. Our students have worked • in a variety of roles in schools, for example supporting children with reading or developing projects • with the research team in the University's Centre for Education and Inclusion Research • with Sheffield Hallam Students' Union officers developing community projects • with local charities and voluntary agencies such as Key Changes, Shipshape and Safe@last to publicise their work, building new initiatives or supporting clients • in large companies such as the Department for Education, researching issues associated with the setting up of academies • in local businesses in marketing, human resources and related areas • with Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Police – for example, four students worked with Rotherham police service to research and compile a report on hate crime against disabled people and their work was reported in the local press. Other organisations currently offering placements include • St Anne’s Mental Health Service • The Hesley Group autism care provider • Sheffield Children's Hospital (NHS) • Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research • Drug and alcohol service (RDASH) • Sheffield MENCAP • City Hearts human trafficking support service • Cavendish Cancer Care. We also have opportunities for placements abroad – currently in Germany (research) and South Africa (teaching) **Study abroad** In your second year, you have the opportunity to apply to spend a semester studying at one of our partner institutions. **Facilities** Psychology is located in a brand new state-of-the-art Heart of the Campus building which opened in September 2014 and was designed to house our specialist teaching and research facilities. Our specialist facilities include • an observation suite • an eye-tracking laboratory • a BioPac laboratory • a low-level vision laboratory • a food laboratory • electroencephalography (EEG) equipment. **Professional recognition** This psychology degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and gives eligibility for the graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC) with the BPS. Graduate basis for chartered membership is an entry requirement for all BPS accredited postgraduate training courses in psychology to become a clinical, educational, occupational, health or counselling psychologist. Applicants for GBC need to have passed the empirical research project module and to have attained an undergraduate honours degree at a minimum lower second class honours level.