This three-year programme, accredited by the British Psychological Society, exposes you to a very wide coverage of the field of psychology. It includes the opportunity for a measure of specialisation within your studies, so you can make informed and rational decisions about your future career.
- UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2019
- London, Bloomsbury
- British Psychological Society
- To include at least one, preferably two subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.
- AAB (more about contextual offers)
- To include Grade A in 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 or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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-requirements
- A score of 19 points in three higher level subjects to include grade 6 in one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology, with no score lower than 5.
- 36 (more about contextual offers)
- A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects to include grade 6 in one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or 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:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
D2,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 at Advanced Highers (or A1,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. To include at least one, preferably two subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.
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
UCL 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.
The first two years of the programme span the field of psychology while the third offers considerable choice of topics 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. Its 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, which is 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, video recordings of lectures) available to all 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.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 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 30-credit module 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 modules make up the majority of credits in both years and include the study of experimental design in psychology, the neurological underpinnings of behaviour, health and clinical psychology, language, cognition, individual differences, social psychology and perception.
Optional modules in the first two years may be taken from a wide variety of subjects, in the arts or sciences, taught within UCL.
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 and usually experimental piece of research which utilises the skills you have learned.
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 Experimentation
Introduction to Statistical Methods in Psychology
Memory and Decision
The Psychology of Individual Differences
You will take 0.5 or 1.0 credit of subsidiary modules from across UCL.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Brain and Behaviour
Design and Analysis of Psychological Experiments
Health and Clinical Psychology
Language and Cognition
Research Methods in Psychology
Computing for Psychologists
One 0.5 credit subsidiary module from across UCL.
Core or compulsory module(s)
You will select six optional modules to the value of 3.0 credits. Options may include:
Applied Decision Making
Brain in Action
Genes and Behaviour
Human Computer Interaction
Human Learning and Memory
Language in Context
Psychology and Education
Social Psychology of Health Risks
Topics in Developmental Psychology
Topics in Neurobiology
Your learning will involve attendance at lectures. You will also experience laboratory classes and independent research projects. Small academic 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 and coursework. Your final-year project will be assessed in two parts: the research proposal (10% of the project mark) and the project itself (90%).
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 the ability to work ethically and professionally with people. These abilities are 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 the website of the British Psychological Society.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) of this programme at UCL include:
- Clinical Trials Administrator, North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust
- Human Resources (HR) Consultant, Aon Hewitt
- Senior Officer, Singapore Economic Development Board
- Full-time stuent, Dual Masters in Brain and Mind Sciences at UCL
- Full-time student, PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Southern California
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 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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“UCL is the best institution to be studying psychology at. It's an intellectually stimulating environment which pushes you to be the best version of yourself as a student. The quality and effectiveness of research that is conducted here is vast, and is definitely amplified in the teaching. ”Sara Tofiq - Psychology BSc Third Year
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2019/20 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2019/20 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
- UK/EU students
- £9,250 (2019/20)
- Overseas students
- £27,220 (2019/20)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL 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.
If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
The scholarships listed below are for 2018 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2019 entry will be published when they are available.
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.