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The York Approach is a distinctive teaching framework, informed by research evidence on the best approaches to promote effective learning.  It focuses clearly and consistently on students' experience of their programme as a whole rather than as a collection of modules.  It defines the University's learning culture and is innovative because it constructs programmes around the notion of student work - all student activity, in and outside contact time with staff - with a focus on developing student capability within their subject.

Studying Psychology at York should be a stimulating and fulfilling experience. Psychology is a very broad subject which you can think of on many different scales and from different perspectives. Some psychologists research the way an individual's behaviour depends on brain mechanisms, and ultimately on the activity of microscopic brain cells. Others work on much larger phenomena involving the interaction of different people, groups, civilisations and cultures. Some are concerned with what makes each person unique, others in what we may share with each other and even with other animals. Some focus on how we act as adults, others on how we develop from childhood and into old age. What makes a person mentally ill and what can we do to make them better? You will find all of these perspectives and more in the course of your Psychology programme.