UCL-IoE merger

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


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Mr David Morris

Email: admissions@psychol.ucl.ac.uk

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Faculty of Brain Sciences

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Division of Psychology and Language Sciences

Key Facts

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Psychology BSc

UCAS code: C800

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.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades A*AA-AAA
Subjects To include at least one, preferably two subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and 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 at least one, preferably two subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and 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

  • 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 and 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.

The first two years of your degree comprise common courses taken by all psychology students, providing you with a broad-based knowledge of psychology. These cover some fundamental topics in psychology, ranging from memory and decision, language, clinical and social psychology through to essential skills in statistics, research and experimental methods.

In the first year, six half-courses are taken in psychology, allowing you to choose an additional course from another subject - arts or sciences - taught within UCL. In the second year, seven half-course credits will be psychology-based with the remaining 0.5 credits being drawn from elsewhere.

In your final year, all courses are taken in psychology. Your final course comprises 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.

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%).

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

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

Optional courses

You will take two subsidiary courses from outside the department.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

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

Optional courses

Computing for Psychologists
One subsidiary course from outside the department

Final Year

Compulsory course

Research Project

Optional courses

You will select six optional courses 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 and Cognition
Organisational Psychology
Psychology of Education
Psychology of Health Risks
Social Psychology

Further details on 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 (2010-2012) of this programme include:

  • Assistant Psychologist, Hammersmith and Fulham Council (2012)
  • Psychology Research Assistant, University of Hong Kong (2012)
  • Learning Support Assistant, Abingdon House School (2012)
  • Full-time student, MSc in Neuroscience at UCL (2010)
  • Marketing PR Co-ordinator, 20/20 Optical Store (2012)

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 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.


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.

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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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