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Psychology  BSc (Hons)

City's Psychology BSc course is BPS-accredited and ranked 2nd in London by The Complete University Guide 2014.

Overview

The BSc (Hons) Psychology at City encourages analytical and critical thinking while developing an understanding of the complex interactions between the human mind, brain, behaviour and experience.

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 the BSc Psychology as a step towards further study or into a career.

Academic excellence

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 in these fields:

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

Top Ranked Psychology Course in London

  • BSc Psychology at City has achieved outstanding results in the National Student Survey during the last three years with 94 per cent overall student satisfaction.
  • Many of the final year applied topics are taught by practicing chartered psychologists.
  • 93 per cent of our graduates were in employment and/or further study within six months (Unistats 2014).

Watch one of our Psychology students

In this short video, Psychology graduate Amanda (now PhD student with the Autism group) talks about studying Psychology at City University London:


BSc Psychology with pathways 

In addition to the BSc (Hons) Psychology, we provide you with the opportunity to graduate with a BPS-accredited degree in a specialised area of Psychology.

As a BSc (Hons) Psychology student you can either apply at the end of Year Two to specialise in one of our four pathways or continue with the BSc (Hons) Psychology.

The four pathways and respective degree titles: 

  • BSc Psychology with Counselling and Health Psychology
  • BSc Psychology with Organisational Psychology and Behavioural Economics
  • BSc Psychology with Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience
  • BSc Psychology with Child Development.

Students on a specialised pathway take modules related to that pathway and conduct their Honours research project in that field.

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.

The British Psychological Society Accredited logo

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 (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
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Start Date:

September 2016

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

Cambridge ESOL: CPE grade C or above

PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 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 any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
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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 you to graduate with a BPS accredited BSc Psychology degree in a specialised area of Psychology. All students that enter our BSc Psychology route and can apply to specialise in one of the 4 pathways below, or continue with their BSc Psychology degree. You can make this choice at the end of your 2nd year.

You can enter a specialised pathway and will study modules related to this pathway and conduct your honours research project in that field in your 3rd year.

The additional pathways and respective degree titles are:

  • BSc Psychology with Counselling and Health Psychology
  • BSc Psychology with Organisational Psychology and Behavioural Economics
  • BSc Psychology with Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience
  • BSc Psychology with Child Development

Teaching and Assessment

Education

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 you will have 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
  • End-of-year exams.

In your final year you will be required to submit a dissertation based on your own empirical Psychology research, conducted under the close mentorship of an expert researcher. For active research topics please view the Department of Psychology's research pages.

Study Abroad

Find out more about City's International exchange programmes.

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 (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)

Funding

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

Placements

As a student on this course you can 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. Read about Jenny Murphy, Psychology BSc student, who was awarded a biomedical vacation scholarship between her second and third year, enabling her to work as a Research Assistant for the Department of Psychology.

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.

By studying BSc Psychology at City you will gain key skills such as:

  • The evaluation of ideas and evidence
  • Written and oral presentation skills
  • Sophisticated understanding of numerical data.

Employment and further study

93 per cent of our Psychology BSc graduates were in employment or further study six months after graduation (Unistats 2014) working in schools, charities, the NHS and the Crown Prosecution Service. This BSc comprises the first stage of becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

A significant proportion of our graduates follow further training in professional Psychology and graduates have pursue careers in: 

  • Teaching
  • Social services
  • Industry and management
  • Human resources
  • Marketing.  
Read about Psychology graduate Rehana's experiences of the course and how it led to her training as a Clinical Psychologist,

Read current third-year student Lara's thoughts on studying Psychology at City.   

Studying Psychology: independent advice

Psychology

UCAS code: C800


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You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between September 2015 and January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

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