City's Psychology BSc degree is taught by enthusiastic experts who dedicate their time to your development: academic, personal and professional.
Our Psychology BSc has some of the most satisfied Psychology students in the UK, we have a student satisfaction rating of 99% (NSS 2013, Unistats).
Our academics are actively researching fields as diverse as cognitive neuroscience, autism, memory, decision making, low and high level cognition, child development, health, occupational and counselling psychology. And many of the final year applied topics are taught by practicing chartered psychologists.
Throughout the course you will study a broad range of topics within and related to psychology, based on the scientific exploration of human behaviour and including reflection of the application of psychological knowledge in professional areas.
This combination of educating by both research-active academics and practitioners gives you a wide range of learning, experiences and insights. You can therefore use this BSc as a step towards further study or into a career. 86 per cent of our graduates were in employment and/or further study within six months (Unistats 2013).
BSc Psychology 4 pathways
In addition to the BSc Psychology degree we provide the opportunity for students to graduate with a BPS accredited BSc Psychology degree in a specialised area of Psychology. The four pathways are: BSc Psychology with Counselling and Health Psychology, BSc Psychology with Organisational Psychology, BSc Psychology with Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience and BSc Psychology with Child Development.
Psychology at City: student view
In this short video, Psychology graduate Amanda (now PhD student with the Autism group) talks about studying Psychology at City University London:
British Psychological Society (BPS)
The course is accredited by the BPS and confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), provided you graduate with at least a 2.2 honours degree. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
Entry Requirements:'A' Level: 340 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades AAB. Other qualification combinations achieving 340 UCAS tariff points will be considered
IB: 35 points
GCSE: English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade B (or equivalent). More...
- Full-time EU: £TBC
- Full-time Non EU: £TBC
340 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades AAB. Other qualification combinations achieving 340 UCAS tariff points will be considered
English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade B (or equivalent).
TOEFL: 100 internet-based total.
City University London retains Highly Trusted Status from UKBA, enabling us to sponsor international students to study in the UK.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:
- Students on courses of more than 6 months
- Students on courses of less than 6 months
- Students on a pre-sessional English Language course
For more information see our main Visa page.
- Start Date:
- September 2015
- 3 years
Course ContentThe degree offers a wide range of transferable skills which are incorporated into the course to enhance your employment prospects. As a result, the course provides excellent preparation for further training in psychology at postgraduate level and confers GBC (Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership) status, a requirement for further BPS-accredited postgraduate training.
The first year covers the main areas of psychology: cognition, development, biology and the history of psychological theories. In addition, a specialist module focuses on the training and skills needed to pursue a degree and a career as a professional psychologist.
Core modules include:
- Biological approaches to mind and behaviour
- Cognitive approaches to mind and behaviour
- History and theory of psychology
- Lifespan psychology
- Professional and academic development for psychologists
- Research design and analysis (laboratory methods)
- Research design and analysis (quantitative methods).
The second year advances knowledge of core subjects in psychology to meet the requirements for British Psychological Society accreditation.
Core modules include:
- Biological psychology
- Memory and action (cognitive psychology 1)
- Perception and reasoning (cognitive psychology 2)
- Developmental psychology
- Personality and differential psychology
- Research methods in psychology
- Social psychology.
Final year students conduct their own empirical research project and select six specialist modules from a wide range of modules led by expert academic staff and practitioners.
Current elective modules:
- Abnormal and clinical psychology
- Approaches to autism
- Coaching psychology: theory, research and practice
- Cognitive development
- Concepts and categorisation
- Subjective well-being
- Health psychology
- Introduction to counselling psychology
- Judgment and decision making
- Memory and the law
- Normal and disordered word processing
- Organisational psychology
- Programming tools for psychologists
- Psychological illnesses, brain damage and dreams
- Social perception
- The psychology of time
- Topics in cognitive neuroscience.
BSc Psychology with Pathways
In addition to the BSc Psychology degree we provide the opportunity for students to graduate with a BPS accredited BSc Psychology degree in a specialised area of Psychology. All students enter our BSc Psychology route and can apply to specialise in one of the 4 pathways below, or continue with their BSc Psychology degree. Students make this choice at the end of their 2nd year.
Students who enter a specialised pathway will study modules related to that pathway and conduct their honours research project in that field in their 3rd year.
The additional pathways and respective degree titles are:
- BSc Psychology with Counselling and Health Psychology
- BSc Psychology with Organisational Psychology
- BSc Psychology with Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience
- BSc Psychology with Child Development
Teaching and Assessment
We encourage the development of independent learning skills, requiring you to take responsibility and initiative for your own learning. We use lectures to provide facts, commentary and explanation of key content areas, and lab-based teaching to develop your skills and understanding of research methodology, statistics and report writing. Self-directed tutorials are used for development of general skills in ICT and web-based information use. There will also be a mixture of group project work, student-led seminar presentations and problem-based assessments.
Essays, problem-based assessments, presentations, class tests, lab reports, lab classes and end-of-year exams. In order to achieve the BSc Psychology, students are required to complete and pass a 30 credit empirical psychology project in the third year.
Find out more about City's International exchange programmes here.
BSc Psychology with Study Abroad
You can spend four years completing your degree by undertaking a year studying abroad usually between completing Part 2 and entering Part 3. The degree title awarded would be "BSc Psychology with Study Abroad".
- Full-time EU: £TBC
- Full-time Non EU: £TBC
For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.
Many students gain voluntary work experience during the summer breaks. Past examples of volunteer work involve training as a counsellor for victims of crime or working in the NHS with long-term and elderly patients, in mental health or in occupational health. There are sometimes opportunities to work as a research assistant with Psychology staff on their ongoing projects.
BSc Psychology with Integrated Professional Training
You can spend four years completing your degree by undertaking a work placement, usually between completing Part 2 and entering Part 3. The degree title awarded would be "BSc Psychology with Integrated Professional Training".
A Psychology degree is widely recognised as an excellent introduction to many careers, and we work closely with the University's Careers Service to give you the best possible career start. Key skills are the evaluation of ideas and evidence, written and oral presentation skills, and sophisticated understanding of numerical data.
A significant proportion of our graduates follow further training in professional Psychology and students also pursue careers in teaching, social services, industry and management, human resources, marketing and many other professions.
86 per cent of our graduates were in employment or further study six months after graduation (Unistats 2013) working in schools, charities, the NHS and the Crown Prosecution Service. This BSc comprises the first stage of becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
Read about recent Psychology graduate Rehana's experiences of the course and how it led to her training as a Clinical Psychologist, or read current third-year student Lara's thoughts on studying Psychology at City.
Studying Psychology: independent advice
- BPS guide to studying Psychology
- The Guardian explores what to do with a degree in psychology
- Psychology student employability guide (PDF) by the Higher Education Academy Psychology Network
Read an interview with Gary Argent (City's Director of Careers & Skills Development Service) about how undergraduates can improve their job prospects in today's workplace.
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