UCAS Code: C800
Psychology encompasses human and animal behaviour, its biological basis in evolution, the nervous system and cognition, and the study of social factors which affect the behaviour of individuals and of groups. It is grounded in systematic empirical research as well as in theory; it therefore includes training in methods of research, which in turn demands some understanding of, and some skill in, statistics and computing. Finally, it requires the ability to write clearly and present theoretical arguments and research results in a cogent manner. A good psychology graduate is both numerate and literate; he/she has a grasp of the scientific as well as of the human. These are intellectual and practical skills which are potentially relevant to a wide range of occupations in our complex technological society.
We believe that
all students should be exposed to as wide a coverage of the field of
psychology as possible but that they should also have the opportunity
for some relative specialisation within it. Consequently, the first two
years span the field. The third (final) year offers each student
considerable choice of topics for study, according to his or her main
interests and ultimate aims. We believe that the initially broad
coverage is essential for informed and rational decisions about
specialisation in the third year and for the future.
See below to find out more about the BSc Psychology at UCL.
The first two years of your degree comprise common modules 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-course units are taken in psychology, allowing you to choose an additional course unit from another subject(s) - arts or sciences - taught within UCL. In the second year, seven half-course units will be psychology-based with the remaining 0.5 units being drawn from elsewhere.
your final year, all modules are taken in psychology. Your final module
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.
The programme is accredited and audited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). As a graduate, you will be eligible to become a member of the BPS.
Excellent resources include our up-to-date web-based system, which makes all teaching materials (including module outlines, lecture presentation slides, handouts) available to registered students.
PSYC1103 Introduction to Psychological Experiments
In addition, first year students take 1CU (course unit) from outside the degree programme. This could be one 1CU module or two 0.5CU modules.
In addition, second year students take 0.5CU from outside the degree programme, or:
PSYC2301 Computing for Psychologists
plus six optional modules; the following modules are expected to be offered in 2012/13
PSYC3102 Social Psychology
PSYC3301 Advanced Multivariate Statistics
NEUR3045 Visual Neuroscience
Please note that not all optional modules 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 modules in other departments within the Faculty of Brain Sciences, with the permission of the Third Year Tutor.
Course Director Dr Alastair McClelland
Course Administrator Ms Rosa Morcom (maternity cover)
Please see our Admissions webpage for more details concerning the application procedures and other relevant BSc Psychology related admission queries. Applicants are strongly advised to read the contents of the webpages before contacting the Admissions Officer if necessary, preferably by email.
The numerical and literacy skills gained during your degree will open up a wide range of employment opportunities for you.
Your knowledge of all areas of the subject will make you eligible
for entry into any field which is normally open to psychology
graduates, or for further graduate training. Further training is
required for graduates wishing to work as professional psychologists,
especially in the clinical health and education services.
While many UCL psychology graduates have gone on to become professional psychologists in the National Health Service, in education, the civil service and in industry, it is important to bear in mind that a degree in Psychology provides a very useful basis for a wide range of other careers.
Further information on careers open to BSc Psychology graduates can be found here.
First destinations of recent graduates of this programme include:
- Rainbow School: Trainee Applied Behaviour Analyst Tutor
- West Sussex NHS: Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (trainee)
- John Howard Centre: Social Therapist
- King's College London: MA Child Studies
- UCL: MSc Cognitive and Decision Sciences
Please refer to the FAQ section before contacting the BSc Psychology Admissions Officer with any query - you may find the answer there!
Admissions Officer: Mr David Morris
Telephon: +44 (0)20 7679 5336
You can find answers to frequently asked questions at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychlangsci/students/prospective/UG/UBSPSYSING05/FAQs.