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BSc (Hons) Psychology course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your BSc (Hons) Psychology studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Read on to find out more:

Suggested reading and listening

You’ll be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and be introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.

In the meantime, here are some suggested books and articles you may like to read, and Ted Talks you may want to watch, before starting your degree. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy textbooks before you arrive. But, if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library, or access online, we have a few suggestions.

Suggested books
Suggested articles
Ted Talks

Other things to try over summer

Over the summer months you can prepare for your studies by familiarising yourself with online resources such as:

  • Go Cognitive This is an online resource that provides resources relevant to cognitive psychology, one of the core areas of psychology. There are a number of fun demonstrations of classic psychological phenomena such as ‘change blindness’ that you can take part in. There are also a number of interviews with noted psychologists (such as Professor Alan Baddeley) that cover key areas of cognitive psychology that are studied at undergraduate level such as language, attention and decision making. These are also topics linked to the research interests of many members of our department.


  • Listen to the PsychCrunch podcasts In each episode of this podcast from the British Psychological Society’s research digest they ‘explore whether the findings from psychological science can make a difference in real life. Just how should we live, according to psychology?’

Other useful resources

  • Introduction to Psychology Mastery by gWhiz. This is an app that can be downloaded via Google Play or from the App Store. The free version will give you access to practise questions and give some basic metrics on your progress.
  • Watch these animations of some of Dr Linda Kaye’s recent studies

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