UCL-IoE merger

UCL and the Institute of Education merged on December 2, 2014. Learn about the study options available to you.


Admissions Tutor

Dr Caroline Newton

Email: caroline.newton@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4222

Admissions Officer

Mr David Newton

Email: d.newton@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4202

Key Facts

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Psychology and Language Sciences BSc

UCAS code: CB86

This BPS-accredited programme brings together core courses in psychology, speech sciences and linguistics, providing a multi-disciplinary approach to the scientific study of the human mind and communication. It provides an excellent platform for research, clinical and educational psychology, speech and language therapy, audiology and education.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades A*AA-AAA
Subjects 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.
GCSEs 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

Points 38-39
Subjects 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.

Other qualifications

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

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International applicants

International qualifications

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

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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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. 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 in accredited and audited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). As a graduate, you will be eligible to become a member of the BPS.

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 of young children's behaviour.

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).

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.

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).

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
Introduction to Generative Grammar A
The Psychology of Individual Differences
Research Design and Experimental Methods
Speech Production and Perception

Optional courses

You will select 0.5 credits from a wide range of elective modules across UCL.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Research Project

Optional courses

You will select six optional courses from a list likely to include:

Attention and Awareness
Auditory Perception
Behaviour Change: an interdisciplinary approach
Cognitive Neuroscience
Conversation Analysis
Deafness: Cognition and Language
Development of Speech Perception and Production
Developmental Disorders of Communication and Cognition
Genes and Behaviour
Linguistics of Sign language
Neurobiology of Speech Processing
Organisational Psychology
Perspectives on Clinical Psychology
Phonetic Theory
Psycholinguistics: Stages in Normal Language Development
Psychology and Education

Further details on 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.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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.


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.

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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£20,100 (2014/15)

General funding notes

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

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