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Psychology  BSc (Hons)

Leading Psychology BSc Course from City University London. BPS-accredited and ranked 2nd in London by The Completely University Guide 2014.

Overview

City's Psychology BSc degree is taught by enthusiastic experts who dedicate their time to your development: academic, personal and professional.

Our academics are actively researching fields as diverse as:

  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Autism
  • Memory
  • Decision making
  • Low and high level cognition
  • Child development
  • Health
  • Occupational
  • 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).

Top Ranked Psychology Course in London

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).

"City has great lecturers who are specialists in their fields and teach enthusiastically, which is essential for your own motivation… I have been very impressed by the standard of teaching at City."

- Lara Henco, Third Year Psychology BSc student

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
  • 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.

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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: 33 points.
GCSE: English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade B (or equivalent). More...

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000 per year
More...

Start Date:

September 2015

UCAS code:

C800

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

33 points.

GCSE

English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade B (or equivalent).

English Requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; 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

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake this course part-time.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2015
Duration:
3 years

Course Content

The Psychology BSc course 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.

Course Structure

Year one

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:

Year two

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.

Year three

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
  • Subjective well-being
  • Health psychology
  • Introduction to counselling psychology
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Memory and the law
  • Normal and disordered word processing
  • Organisational psychology
  • Philosophical and psychological approaches to concepts
  • Programming tools for psychologists
  • Psychological illnesses, brain damage and dreams
  • Social perception
  • The psychology of time
  • Topics in behavioural economics
  • 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

Teaching

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.

Throughout the course there will be a mixture of group project work, student-led seminar presentations and problem-based assessments.

Assessment

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.

Study Abroad

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".
 

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000 per year

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.

Placements

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".
 

Career Prospects

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
  • 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 Psychology BSc 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

Find out how studying at City University London helps you to improve your job prospects.

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.

Psychology

UCAS code: C800