Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2017

Psychology BSc

This three-year programme, accredited by the British Psychological Society, exposes you to the widest possible coverage of the field of psychology. There is also the opportunity for a measure of specialisation within your studies, in order to make informed and rational decisions about your future career.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2017
London, Bloomsbury
British Psychological Society (See Degree benefits)
Applications per place
10 (2015 entry)*
Total intake
122 (2017 entry)*
* Figures relate to Psychology subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

To include at least one, preferably two subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.
English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences (double award acceptable) at grade B. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

A score of 18-19 points in three higher level subjects to include grade 6 in at least one, preferably two subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

D2,D3,D3 - D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including at least one, or preferably two, subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.

A1,A,A - A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher - A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher), including at least one, or preferably two, subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades A*AA - AAA. To include at least one, preferably two subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good (Advanced for GCSE/IGCSE)

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • The first two years of the programme span the field of psychology, while the final year offers considerable choice of topics for study, according to your main interests and aims.
  • The UCL Division of Psychology & Language Sciences is one of the largest centres of psychology teaching and research in the UK, whose cutting-edge research is internationally recognised.
  • The programme is accredited and audited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Graduates are eligible to become members of the BPS, the starting point for a career in psychology.
  • Excellent resources include our up-to-date web-based system, which makes all teaching materials (including course outlines, lecture presentation slides, handouts) available to registered students.


This programme is accredited by The British Psychological Society. UK applicants for graduate membership and the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) require a minimum of a lower second-class Bachelor's degree. Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership is required for entry to all accredited postgraduate and Doctoral programmes as part of the route to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Psychology and Language Sciences.

  • 83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.


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Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The first two years of your degree comprise a combination of compulsory and optional modules. Compulsory courses include the study of experimental design in psychology, the neurological underpinnings of behaviour, health and clinical psychology, cognition, individual differences and social psychology.

In the first year, 3.0 credits are taken in psychology, allowing you to choose your remaining 1.0 credit from another subject - arts or sciences - taught within UCL. In the second year, 3.5 credits will be psychology-based with the remaining 0.5 credits being drawn from elsewhere.

In your final year, all modules are taken in psychology and you will undertake a compulsory research project on a subject of your choice. Your project will be supervised by a staff member and will be an empirical, usually experimental, piece of research utilising the skills you have learned previously.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Evidence and Enquiry in Psychology
Introduction to Psychological Experiments
Introduction to Statistical Methods in Psychology
Memory and Decision
The Psychology of Individual Differences
Social Psychology

Optional modules

You will take 1.0 credit of subsidiary modules from across UCL.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Brain and Behaviour
Design and Analysis of Psychological Experiments
Developmental Psychology
Health and Clinical Psychology
Language and Cognition
Perception, Attention and Action
Research and Quantitative Methods in Psychology

Optional modules

Computing for Psychologists
One 0.5 credits subsidiary module from across UCL.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Research Project

Optional modules

You will select six optional modules to the value of 3.0 credits. Options may include:

Applied Decision Making
Brain in Action
Cognitive Neuroscience
Genes and Behaviour
Human Computer Interaction
Human Learning and Memory
Language in Context
Organisational Psychology
Psychology of Education
Psychology of Health Risks
Social Psychology

Your learning

Your learning will involve attendance at lectures, and you will also experience laboratory classes. Small tutorial groups meet weekly, for which you will be asked to produce essays and prepare discussion topics. Progression to the second and third years is dependent upon your achievement in years one and two.


Assessment is primarily by end-of-year examinations, but other methods include multiple choice and computational tests. Your final-year project will be assessed in two parts; the research proposal (10% of the project mark) and the project itself (90%).

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Psychology BSc.


In addition to subject-based skills and knowledge, Psychology graduates also acquire a number of transferable skills e.g. numeracy, IT literacy, data management, time management, independent research, team working, report writing, presentation skills, communications and literacy skills and work ethically and professionally with people - all highly valued in a range of employment fields.

Your knowledge of all areas of the subject makes you eligible for entry into any field normally open to psychology graduates, or for further graduate training which is required for graduates wishing to work as a chartered professional psychologist in the areas of health, forensic, clinical, educational and occupational psychology.

While many UCL Psychology graduates have gone on to become professional psychologists in the National Health Service, in education, the civil service and industry, it is important to bear in mind that psychology provides a very useful basis for a wide range of other careers.

For further information on careers, visit www.bps.org.uk


First career destinations of recent graduates (2012-2014) of this programme include:

  • Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, Hertfordshire NHS Foundation Trust
  • Graduate Analyst, Deloitte
  • Full-time student, PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Cambridge
  • Mathematics teacher, Denton Community College
  • Research Assistant, UCL

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme at UCL only.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2017/18)
Overseas students
£22,400 (2017/18)

The UK/EU fee quoted above may be subject to increase for the 2018/19 academic year and for each year of study thereafter and UCL reserves the right to increase its fees in line with UK government policy (including on an annual basis for each year of study during a programme). Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.

Please see the full details of UCL's fees and possible changes on the UCL Current Students website


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

Together with academic requirements, we are looking to attract well-qualified students with a range of subjects at A level (or equivalent). We are also looking for you to demonstrate your appreciation that psychology, in all its branches, is a scientific subject. Applicants may be asked for additional information, including the completion of a questionnaire, prior to a decision being made.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2017


All applicants who are offered a place will be invited to attend an open day. This is intended to allow candidates to make an informed decision about whether the degree programme is right for them, and so all candidates resident in the UK are usually expected to attend.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students

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