You will study a broad curriculum in your first two years – learning about cognitive, behavioural and biological psychology – before having the opportunity to specialise in your final year.
We offer four pathways linked to the expertise of our staff, who are all research-active academics and practitioners. Continue with our BSc Psychology degree or specialise in:
- 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.
This flexibility offers you the chance to start shaping your CV as your career aspirations take shape.
- Learn from internationally recognised research-active academics
- Study cutting-edge topics related to our research activity, in areas such as Cognitive Neuroscience, Autism, Child Development, Memory, and Counselling and Health Psychology
- Benefit from our three specialist research centres that provide a link between our research and professional practice and industry
- Develop your research skills in our specialised psychology research laboratories
- Boost your employability with an integrated professional training year, research assistant opportunities or volunteering.
British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation leads to a Graduate Basis for Registration of the BPS (GBR) if you obtain at least a lower second class honours degree and successfully complete the psychology project in the third year of your degree.
This three-year degree introduces you to increasingly challenging concepts, building your confidence in psychology and culminating in a research project in your final year.
Study core modules that provide a thorough understanding of the key concepts of psychology, including biological and cognitive approaches, and develop your research skills.
Professional and Academic Development for Psychologists (15 credits)
This module is designed to provide a learning environment for the development of the key background knowledge and skills that you will need to facilitate your learning and understanding of psychology.
Cognitive Approaches to mind and behaviour (15 credits)
An introduction to a key area of psychology. You will learn about classic topics in Cognitive Psychology, such as the nature of perception, information processing, attention and memory.
History and Theory of Psychology (15 credits)
Introduces you to some major historical and theoretical issues in psychology, and place modern psychology in its historical context.
Biological approaches to mind and behaviour (15 credits)
All animal behaviour, including that of humans, is determined by the structure and functioning of the central nervous system. This module introduces you to the biological bases of behaviour.
Lifespan Psychology (15 credits)
This module is designed to introduce you to developmental phenomena. In order to gain a broad understanding of psychological processes in general, you need a basic grounding in how such processes originate and change over the lifespan.
Research Design and Analysis (Quantitative Methods) (15 credits)
This module aims to provide you with an initial grounding in the nature and principles of research, experimental methodology and application of statistical techniques in psychological research.
Research Design and Analysis (Laboratory Methods) (15 credits)
This module aims to provide an initial grounding in the nature and principles of research. You will gain an understanding of a range of methodologies in psychology, The module will focus on practical research methods.
Psychology at City (15 credits)
In this module leading research staff from the Psychology Department will discuss their area(s) of interest and how their work has contributed to the field.
Deepen your understanding of cognitive psychology and explore personality and development. At the end of this year, choose whether to continue to follow our general programme or specialise.
Research Methods in Psychology (30 credits)
The module provides essential methodological training, determined to be a core component of skill and knowledge for all students taking undergraduate programmes accredited by the British Psychological Society as providing the Graduate Basis for Registration.
Cognitive Psychology 1 (15 credits)
This module aims to provide you with an overview of some of the diverse and developing areas of cognitive psychology, and enables you to evaluate theory and research findings in cognitive psychology.
Cognitive Psychology 2 (15 credits)
Aims to provide you with an overview of some of the areas of cognitive psychology, and enables you to evaluate theory and research findings in cognitive psychology. Broad learning outcomes are shared with Cognitive Psychology 1, but the two modules cover different aspects of cognition.
Biological Psychology (15 credits)
This module will introduce you to the biological foundations of behaviour. You will learn about: the electrochemical basis of behaviour, the structure of the nervous system, and the neurophysiological basis of perception, action, memory and learning.
Developmental Psychology (15 credits)
Aims to provide you with knowledge of theory and research in the field of child development, to develop your ability to reflect critically upon the nature of these theories, and to develop your knowledge and critical appreciation of the methods used in developmental psychology.
Social Psychology (15 credits)
This module aims to provide a critical overview of theory and empirical work that draws on classic and well established themes within social psychology, and an understanding and appreciation of contemporary questions in social psychology.
Personality and Differential Psychology (15 credits)
This module aims to cover two of the main concerns in psychology: the nature of human personality and the measurement of individual differences. These two concerns are of both theoretical and applied importance and are, therefore, part of the core training of a psychologist.
Develop professional expertise through elective modules to suit your chosen pathway. Electives are linked to the research expertise of our academic staff and practitioners. Conduct your own individual research project, exploring a topic of your choice in depth.
Psychology Project (30 credits)
This module aims to give you the opportunity to learn about the research process through individual development of a research project from the initial formulating of a research question through to the final written report.
Judgment and Decision Making (15 credits)
This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn about an important topic in cognitive psychology from one of the leading researchers in that area. By this means they gain insights into the process of scientific advance at the forefront of research.
Approaches to Autism (15 credits)
This module uses the phenomenon of autism to illustrate ways in which a range of existing psychological theories can be used to increase our understanding of autism, yet can also be modified by the constraints made evident by their application to autism.
Health Psychology and Behaviour Change (15 credits)
This module aims to introduce you to key debates, theoretical perspectives and research methodologies in health psychology.
Organisational Psychology (15 credits)
This module covers material relevant to two core knowledge areas defined by the Division of Occupational Psychology as performance appraisal and career development and employee relations and motivation.
Introduction to Clinical Psychology (15 credits)
This module provides you with an overview of the field of clinical psychology, therapy, and the different specialities in which Clinical Psychologists work.
Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience (15 credits)
The topics presented are intended to give a flavour of the field as a whole, and to illustrate the strengths and limitations of the methodological tools that are employed within cognitive neuroscience.
Coaching Psychology (15 credits)
The aim of the module is to introduce students to the developing field of evidence based coaching and coaching psychology.
Programming for psychologists (15 credits)
The purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to learn basic skills in using software tools to implement psychological experiments and surveys, and to analyse psychological results.
How the Neurosciences inform Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (15 credits)
This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to learn about a neurobiological perspective on mental illness.
Memory and the law (15 credits)
This module is about scientific research on memory and its application to the law. The module will provide you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge of current research and theories in the psychology of memory area while applying it to practical situations involving the law.
Topics in Typical and Atypical Psychological Development (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to enhance your knowledge and understanding of typical and atypical psychological development in infancy, childhood and beyond. The module covers a broad range of interconnected topics.
Introduction to Counselling Psychology (15 credits)
Provides an overview of various theoretical approaches to counselling psychology and discusses the implications of these to our understanding of human nature, change, and potential. In addition to learning counselling psychology theories, you will evaluate psychotherapy outcome research.
Topics in Behavioural Economics (15 credits)
This module provides an overview of the insights gained from incorporating psychology into economic models, an area of research referred to as Behavioural Economics. This course is a non-technical introduction to the fast growing literature on behavioural economics.
Forensic Psychology (15 credits)
The role of psychology in a number of forensic applications will be considered, and the relevance, utility and validity of key psychological research and theory within these applications will be examined.
Social Psychology for Behaviour Change (15 credits)
In psychology, we study the mind to predict and influence behaviour. In this module, you will learn how to translate and apply the knowledge derived from empirical evidence to build tools to change behaviour, focusing on social behaviour.
Emotions (15 credits)
This module introduces you to different perspectives of what emotions are, what functions they serve and how they are instantiated in the brain.
You have the option to undertake a one-year work placement, usually between the second and third year of your degree. If you complete this option, the degree title awarded to you would become BSc Psychology with Integrated Professional Training.
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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.
Throughout the course you will have a mixture of group project work, student-led seminar presentations and problem-based assessments.
- Problem-based assessments
- 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.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:
The format of contact hours vary from module to module and by year. The first year is based in lab-based teaching and self-directed CAL tutorials.
The second year is based in lectures and group project work. The third year is based in student-led seminar presentations and problem-based assessments. You will also be expected to undertake independent study to expand your understanding of methodology and theory.
Approximate study time, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2021/22
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/ 22 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase, which is normally 2%.
- Fee waivers are available for this course.
- Means tested support is available for 2021/22 entry.
Future finance loans
Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit our finance pages.
This degree provides an excellent foundation for a wide range of professional careers.
Many of our graduates work in roles that use the data literacy, research skills and analytical ability they develop throughout the course.
Recent graduates have progressed to rewarding careers in:
- the NHS
- the Crown Prosecution service
- advertising and marketing
The degree is accredited by the BPS and comprises the first stage of qualifying as a Chartered Psychologist. It also provides the necessary first degree qualification for further education on BPS-accredited master’s and doctoral level courses.
You can also 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.
How to apply
Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.
You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60. The UCAS code for this course is C800.
Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.
You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.
For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.
Telephone lines are currently open between 10am - 3pm.
If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.
When to apply
Your application for entry in September 2021 should arrive at UCAS between September 2020 and 29th January 2021. Applications that arrive after 29th January 2021 will be considered only at City's discretion.
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Our EEG labs are housed in purpose-built units in the Department of Psychology.