Psychology and Counselling Studies are two closely aligned subject areas that explore similar aspects of the human condition. Psychology is by its nature scientific in its approach, looking at the mind and behaviour. Counselling Studies is more experiential with a focus on how psychological therapies can help people change.
You will gain an insight into human behaviour from different perspectives. You will explore the similarities and differences of the two areas – Psychology and Counselling, and develop a wide range of theoretical knowledge and practical abilities. By studying these in combination you will enhance your transferable skills, thus increasing your future career and study options.
You will explore counselling theory, develop skills in facilitating change and develop a deeper understanding of how you relate to other people. You have the option to discover different areas within psychology including abnormal psychology, cognitive psychology, social & developmental psychology, biological psychology, personality and individual differences, health psychology, and others.
In addition, you will benefit from a work placement and learning from lecturers engaged in a range of research projects, including some described as ‘world leading’. You will learn from our experts in both fields and leave us with a degree that can open up a variety of careers and further learning opportunities.
Details BPS accredited Psychology course is available.
• Counselling Theory
• Human Development and Change
• Academic and Professional Skills for Psychology
• Introduction to Psychological Research Methods and Statistics
*You will also choose 2 from these 4
• Mental Health and Well Being*
• Foundations in Developmental and Social Psychology*
• Brain and Cognition*
• Psychology in Context*
• Contemporary Issues in Counselling
• Individual and Group Work Facilitation Skills
• Professional Practice (work placement module)
• Research Methods and Statistics for Psychology
*You will also choose 2 from these 5
• Developmental and Social Psychology*
• Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence*
• Health Psychology*
• Advanced Cognitive Psychology*
• Biological Basis of Behaviour and Psychological Disorders*
• Counselling and Society
*Also choose 2 from these 4
• Issues and Debates in Psychology*
• Psychopathology: Assessment, Diagnosis and Intervention*
• Psychology of Human Factors*
• Psychological Theory and Applications in the Workplace*
A programme specification is available for this course.
You will be assessed through a variety of methods including essays, exams, reflective journals, skills assessments and poster style presentations.
Liv Kosnes specialises in Psychopathology and Health Psychology. Liv’s work and research background stems from applied and clinical settings relating to mental health and well being and drug rehabilitation.
Sue Williamson is Programme Leader for the MSc in Business Psychology at the Univeristy of Wales, Newport.
Sheila is a HPC registered Chartered Counselling psychologist. She is also a BABCP accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist.
I am an Academic Psychologist with a background in research in mental health, neuropsychology and critical psychology.
My post within the University involves developing learning and teaching strategies; lecturing at degree level and often working with post-graduates on the main University Campus.
Dr Phillip Morgan is a Senior Lecturer and Research Lead in psychology and is an experienced researcher in the areas of cognitive experimental psychology, applied psychology, and human factors.
Michal joined the University of Wales, Newport in September 2010 as a Programme Leader for the Single Honours Psychology Programme.
The Dyscovery Centre
specialist and high quality service providing clinical services, undertaking research, providing consultancy services and training at all levels from awareness raising courses to Masters degree level.
Newport Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Research (NCCPR)
The Newport Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Research
at the University of Wales, Newport, has a rapidly growing reputation for research and innovation.
Newport University Community Counselling Service (NUCCS)
The Newport University Community Counselling Service
(NUCCS) provides counselling services and undertakes research and evaluation projects, generally in association with the voluntary or statutory sectors.
Psychology Research Cluster
The Psychology Research Cluster
was launched in the summer of 2011, following a large investment and drive by the School of Sport, Health, and Applied Social Sciences, to create a centre of research excellence in the area of Applied Psychology.
On this course you will have the chance to take the ‘Professional Practice’ module in year 2. This offers you the opportunity to engage in a work placement with the organisation of your choice. A variety of organisations will be invited to the annual Placement Fair run by the School, to talk to students and offer placements.
In previous years these have included organisations such as the Probation Service, Police Service, Local to Magistrates Course, Welsh Assembly Government, Women’s Aid, Victim Support and a great many others besides.
" I am so glad people listened to me and believed in me enough to say you can do it"
Psychology (and joint honours) undergraduate and postgraduate students have exclusive access to a multi-user laboratory/teaching space and a single testing/interview suite within the new Psychology Building at the Caerleon Campus.
The larger laboratory facility boasts 14 PC booths for computer-based experiments using experiment generating software such as: SuperLabPro, EPrime, and, Visual Basic. The smaller interview/single participant testing room is also suited to experiments that are more qualitative in nature (e.g., interviews, observational research). Additional hardware includes: high quality HD video cameras, sound attenuating headphones, and digital voice recorders. The Psychology Research Cluster also has strong links with the Dyscovery Centre and the Sport and Health teams at the University of Wales, Newport, who also have a fantastic range of research and laboratory facilities (e.g., the Human Performance Laboratory).
With the range of transferable skills gained on the course you will have the opportunity to go straight into careers in human resources, marketing and local government.
On completion of the course, there may also be opportunities for you to progress into further postgraduate study. The University of Wales, Newport offer the MSc Business Psychology and a range of postgraduate counselling courses which may suit your needs.