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Psychology is the scientific study of the complexity of human behaviour and contributes in important ways to solving a wide range of problems. This programme of undergraduate study introduces students to the fundamental precepts of the field, including the scientific method, cross-cutting themes, and major content areas of study. Students will be provided with a solid grounding in research methods, quantitative skills and critical thinking.

About the Programme
The Bachelor of Science in Psychology provides students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to achieve a broad representation of the field of Psychology and its application to the various disciplines. Students will be introduced to rigorous, data-analytic methods and the understanding of human processes, as  well as the skills and knowledge of psychological science as valuable tools for success across multiple employment sectors. These sectors include marketing, human resources, public policy as well as human services and related disciplines.

Who is this programme for?

The programme targets persons who are engaged in, who are currently working in any of the numerous areas of the social sciences. Such as governments, non-governmental organisations, educational institutions, businesses or health related organisations and recent school leavers with an interest in the field.


Programme Structure

Duration of Programme
The programme will be offered over 3 years (full-time) and 5 years (part-time).

Award of Degree
In order to be awarded the BSc Psychology degree, students must successfully complete the 90 credits as specified in the programme structure.

Delivery Mode
All courses will be delivered fully online. However, some courses may have face-to-face final examinations.


When will the programme start?

August of each academic year.


Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the University’s normal matriculation requirements in order to be accepted into the programme.  They must satisfy the requirements in either (a), (b), (c) or (d) below:

(a) Holders with CXC/CSEC and CAPE/GCE A Level qualifications having:

An acceptable pass in CXC/CSEC English A or CAPE Communications Studies; AND
An acceptable pass in CXC/CSEC Mathematics or its equivalent; AND
One of the following minimum qualifications:

either five subjects (at least two GCE A Level or CAPE) and the remainder acceptable passes in CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level; OR
 four subjects (at least three GCE A Level or CAPE) and the fourth an acceptable pass in the CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level

 Note: Grade requirements for CXC/CSEC subjects are General Proficiency - Grades I or II prior to June 1998 and Grades I, II, or III from June 1998       
  (b)  Holders of five (5) CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level passes or equivalent, not necessarily obtained at the same sitting      
  (c) Entrants with a Diploma, Certificate or Associate Degree from UWI or an approved Caribbean tertiary level institution    

Persons over the age of 21 who have been out of school for at least five years, on the basis of their overall academic and professional attainments

Skills Needed: 

Students must be computer literate and proficiency in Word and Powerpoint will be an asset to students' engagement, in course activities.


English Language Proficiency Examination

The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is used to assess whether persons applying to pursue

undergraduate degree programmes at the UWI Open Campus possess a satisfactory level of writing

and reading proficiency in English for university academic purposes. For detailed information on the

ELPT, see English Language Proficiency Test.


Academic Preparation

Introduction to the Learning Exchange

Programme Delivery Department (PDD) Orientation

IYMS1001 Improving your Math Skills (if applicable)

ECON0001 Remedial Mathematics (if applicable)


*New students will be invited to participate in these courses as part of their preparation for online studies.

Course of Study
Level 1 
Introduction to Psychology
Logic of Social Inquiry
Mathematical Thinking and Introductory Statistics
Introduction to Political Institutions and Analysis
Youth Development Work: Introduction to Theory and Practice
Introduction to Social Work
Principles of Economics
Caribbean Civilisation
Introduction to Sociology
English for Academic Purposes
Foundations for Learning Success
Level 2 
Gender and Psychology
Mental and Physical Health
Social and Personality Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Biological Psychology & Neuroscience
Ethical Literacy in Behavioural Sciences
Intermediate Statistics
Research Methods in the Behavioural Sciences
Developmental Psychology
Gender in the Caribbean Social, Political & Economic Relations
Level 3 
Advanced Statistics
Professional Development in Psychology
The Psychologically Literate Citizen
Community and Environmental Psychology
Organisational Psychology
Positive Psychology
Contemporary and Applied Psychology
History and Philosophy of Psychology
Psychology Research Study/Practicum