Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2016

Psychology and Language Sciences BSc

This degree, accredited by the British Psychological Society, combines courses in psychology, speech sciences and linguistics and takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the scientific study of the human mind and communication. It is an excellent platform for research, clinical and educational psychology, speech and language therapy, audiology and education.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Psychology and Language Sciences BSc
UCAS code
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Psychology and Language Sciences
Total intake (by subject area)
38 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
5 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

To include one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
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 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:

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 one subject 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 one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma Core with grade A, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades A*A-AA, including one subject 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

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

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

For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

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

  • UCL is known worldwide for its teaching and research in the fields of psychology, speech sciences and linguistics; the work of our staff appears in internationally acclaimed journals and books.
  • The programme provides experiential learning in these key areas, emphasising the complementary nature of psychology, speech sciences and linguistics, and providing special insights into the human mind and human communication.
  • An excellent platform from which students can pursue further research or follow Master's level professional programmes, for example in clinical and educational psychology, teaching, speech and language therapy, and audiology.
  • The BSc is accredited and audited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). As a graduate, you will be eligible to become a member of the BPS.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses 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 mainly mandatory courses taken by all students providing you with broad-based knowledge of psychology and language sciences. These cover fundamental topics, such as the neural basis of perception, memory and language, social psychology, individual differences, speech production and perception, and the development of communication and cognition. Skills in planning, running and analysing experiments are taught through laboratory classes in years one and two.

All students in the second year complete a weekly observational placement with children in an early years setting (for which a satisfactory DBS check is required). This is an integral part of the degree which enables you to develop observational research techniques and relate developmental models of play and language to your real-life observations

In your final year you will choose a research project to be completed under the supervision of an expert in your chosen field. Alongside the project you will select six courses from a broad range of specialised content areas, comprising clusters relating to particular areas of professional and research interests (e.g. educational psychology, speech and language therapy, neuroscience of language).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Evidence and Enquiry in Psychology
Introduction to Research Methods
Introduction to Language
Introduction to Speech Science
Neural Basis of Perception, Memory and Language
Perception, Attention and Learning
Social Psychology

Optional courses

There are no optional courses in year one.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Language and Cognition
Development of Communication and Cognition
The Psychology of Individual Differences
Research Design and Experimental Methods
Speech Production and Perception

Optional courses

You will select one optional course from the following:
Introduction to Generative Grammar
The Evolution of Vocal Communication.
You will select 0.5 credits from a wide range of elective courses across UCL.

Final Year

Compulsory course

Research Project

Optional courses

You will select six optional courses from a list likely to include: Attention and Awareness; Behaviour Change; Cognitive Neuroscience; Conversation Analysis; Deafness: Cognition and Language; Development of Speech Perception and Production; Developmental Disorders of Communication and Cognition; Genes and Behaviour; Laboratory Methods in Phonetics and Speech Science; Linguistics of Sign Language; Neurobiology of Speech Processing; Neurolinguistics; Perspectives on Clinical Psychology; Phonetic Theory; Psycholinguistics: Stages in Normal Language Development; Psychology and Education; Rehabilitation of Acquired Neurogenic Communication Difficulties; Speech; Stuttering; The Brain in Action; Topics in Developmental Psychology; Topics in Neurobiology

Your learning

Your learning will involve attendance at lectures (sometimes shared with students on other programmes), and smaller laboratory classes and back-up classes. Regular group tutorials with a member of academic staff provide an opportunity to integrate learning across courses and discuss topics in more detail.


Each course is examined separately, often by a combination of essays, data exercises and examinations. Your performance in a course is always assessed in the same academic year in which you take it. Progression to the second and third years is dependent upon your achievement in years one and two.

Further Information

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


The leading-edge experimental, empirical and statistical/computational tools used in this degree will enable you to develop and evaluate ideas across the areas of human psychology and communication, providing an exceptional basis for further research in these areas.

The knowledge and experience gained on this degree also provide an excellent foundation for further specialised training in a range of career options including audiology, clinical and educational psychology, teaching and speech and language therapy.


The first cohort of students on the Psychology and Language Sciences BSc programme will graduate in 2015. Knowledge of people and how they communicate – as well as the analytical and communication skills developed on this degree – is also valuable in a wide range of careers in fields such as advertising, management and human resources.

*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 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Fees and funding


UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£21,320 (2016/17)


Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance


The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

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 applicants who can demonstrate their interest in the scientific study of human communication as well as psychology. 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 2016


All applicants who are offered a place will be invited to attend an applicant 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