PY0551 - Psychology Study Abroad

What will I learn on this module?

The Study Abroad module is single semester 60 credit (30 ECTS) module which is available on the BSc (Hons) Psychology Framework, in level 5 semester 1. You will undertake a semester abroad at a partner university equivalent to 60 UK credits. This gives you access to psychology modules taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). In order to ensure you meet the curriculum requirements for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS), you will be required to choose modules that allow you to study, and be assessed on your knowledge of, Psychobiology and Quantitative Research Methods, the remaining credits may be studied in any area of psychology. Your programme leader must see, and approve, the module descriptors of your chosen modules from the host institution.

Your study abroad semester will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. Therefore, it will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Study Abroad Module. You will also receive a transcript of marks from your host university, showing the modules studied and marks awarded.

How will I learn on this module?

Varies according to partner University/programme of study.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Pre-departure: You will be required to attend relevant presentations and meet with Study Abroad Tutor, Personal Tutor, Programme Leader and any other necessary Faculty staff to satisfy any specific requirements.

On Study Abroad placement: Support will be provided by the host University. Additionally the Personal Tutor and Study Abroad Tutor will maintain contact with you throughout the study abroad placement.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MKU1: To acquire a broader, international and culturally informed understanding of their subject discipline
• MKU2: You will be expected to demonstrate critical understanding of a range of advanced quantitative research methods and data analysis techniques
• MKU3: You will be expected to demonstrate conceptual knowledge of key topics in psychobiology and convey this knowledge succinctly.
• MKU4: You will be able to critically evaluate different perspectives in psychobiology based on the best available evidence and research

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• IPSA1: To experience different cultural approaches to learning, study and academic development
• IPSA2: To acquire intercultural competence, cross-cultural literacy, and (where relevant) to practice foreign-language skills

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• PVA1: To develop enhanced, culturally sensitive communication and interpersonal skills

How will I be assessed?

1. Formative Assessment process: Varies according to host University

2. Summative Assessment process: Transcript of Results
The module assesses your academic performance on modules studied at the host University and is graded on a pass/fail basis. In order to pass the module, you have to take and pass the equivalent of 60 Northumbria credits at the host institution (as documented by the transcript). This satisfies MKU1; IPSA1; IPSA2; and PVA1

The modules studied, and passed, must cover Psychobiology and Quantitative Methods in order to satisfy MKU2 – 4.

The Study Abroad Semester does not contribute to classification.

3. Feedback process: Varies according to host University

Additional formative assessment

1. Learning contract
Prior to commencing your Study Abroad Semester, you will complete a learning contract which is made up of a self-assessment questionnaire, identification of personal objectives and a schedule (with brief details) of the modules chosen for study. This is to encourage you to plan your Study Abroad Semester in a structured manner, ensure active involvement in the learning experience and provide the teaching team with an overview of the study abroad semester and intended outcomes.

2. Study Log
During the Study Abroad Semester, students will be encouraged to maintain a Study Log which details the title, duration and level (year) of each subject studied, all assessment marks awarded and a commentary on the learning experience for each module.


- Attend pre-departure briefings and training workshops as required.
- Successful completion of Level 4



Module abstract

The module aims to introduce you to the experience of psychology and more broadly, academic study, in a different country. It aims to challenge preconceptions and assumptions about higher education teaching through exposure to different academic approaches. You will be expected to develop resilience and flexibility as they adapt to different teaching styles and different administrative procedures, and to living in a new country. You are expected to develop your communication skills and gain a perspective by comparing your experience in the UK and abroad. You will be encouraged to critically engage with the academic practices and various modes of study within the host university, and to reflect on your educational development in the context of the challenges posed by everyday life in an unfamiliar social and economic environment.

Course info

UCAS Code C800

Credits 60

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full time or 4 years full time with optional study abroad year

Department Psychology

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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