BSc Psychology and Language Sciences
UCAS Code: CB86
The first of its kind in the UK, this BPS-accredited degree programme brings together UCL’s teaching and research expertise in psychology, speech sciences and linguistics to offer students a genuinely multi-disciplinary approach to the scientific study of the human mind and human communication. The degree will provide a platform from which students can make an informed choice of career options through further study at Masters level and beyond, with particular focus on research and professional practice in fields related to human communication and its disorders.
See below to find out more about the BSc Psychology & Language Sciences at UCL.
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 speech 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. This is an integral part of the degree which enables you to develop observational research techniques and to relate developmental models of play and language to your real-life observations of young children's behaviour. Because the placement involves work with children, all students are required to undergo a satisfactory check with the UK Disclosure and Barring Service.
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 modules from a broad range of specialised content areas, comprising clusters relating to particular areas of professional and research interest (e.g. educational psychology, speech and language therapy, neuroscience of language).
This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
Do please note that, as a new degree programme, the curriculum is under constant review and development in consultation with both staff and students, and so some of the exact details below may be amended.
One 0.5 CU elective module
plus six optional courses; the following courses are expected to be offered in Year 3:
Please note that not all optional courses are offered every year, and that there are restrictions on the combination of options that can be chosen. Students may also be able to take appropriate courses in other departments within the Faculty of Life Sciences and/or Brain Sciences, with the permission of the Programme Tutor.
For further information about the programme and for the Admission's Officer contact details, please see the Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
Programme Director: Dr Chris Donlan
Admissions Tutor: Dr Caroline Newton
List of other staff to follow
our FAQs webpage
for more details concerning the application
procedures and other relevant admission queries related to the BSc Psychology & Language Sciences.
Applicants are strongly advised to read the contents of these webpages
before contacting the Admissions Officer if necessary, preferably by
If your UCAS application demonstrates that you have potential for you to meet our academic requirements, you will be sent a questionnaire to complete. 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.
Once you have returned your questionnaire to us, we hope to make a decision about your application within four weeks.
If you are concerned that you have not heard from us after this timeframe then you are welcome to email the Admissions Officer.
Please do not call the Admissions Officer concerning the decision of your application. You will NOT be told of the decision by telephone.
The knowledge and experience gained on this course 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.
The leading-edge experimental, empirical and statistical/computational tools provided on this course 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.
Knowledge of people and how they communicate – as well as the analytical and communication skills developed on this course – is also valuable in a wide range of careers in fields such as advertising, management and human resources.
Please refer to the FAQ section before contacting the Admissions Officer with
any query - you may find the answer there!
Admissions Officer: Mr David Newton
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7679 4202
You can find answers to frequently asked questions on these webpages.