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. UCL is regularly ranked among the top psychology departments in the world, and this degree programme has received one of the highest student satisfaction scores within UCL in 2019.
Below you can find more information about the structure of this degree programme (in particular the modules you can take in each year), and learn about what some of our almuni have done with this degree. If you are interested in a BPS-accredited Psychology degree that focuses on human communication, at one of the UK's leading Universities, in a campus in the heart of bloomsbury in London, we hope you will consider applying!
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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 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.
PALS0007 Perception, Attention and Learning
PALS0009 Introduction to Speech Science
PALS0046 Introduction to Statistical Methods
PALS0011 Neural Basis of Perception, Memory and Language
PLIN0006 Introduction to Language
PSYC0008 Evidence and Enquiry in Psychology
PSYC0220 Social Psychology
Planned changes for 2022-23: Please note that we plan to merge Year 1 module PSYC0220 Social Psychology and Year 2 module PSYC0011 The Psychology of Individual Differences into a single new Year 1 module
PALS0013 Development of Communication and Cognition
PALS0045 Intermediate Statistical Methods
PSYC0011 The Psychology of Individual Differences
PSYC0004 Language and Cognition
PSYC0235 Qualitative and Mixed Research Methods
AND ONE FROM THE BELOW
PALS0029 The Human Voice: Speech, Emotions, Identity
OR PLIN0003 Introduction to Generative Grammar A
OR PALS0040 Language and Communication
Plus one 15 credit elective module
Planned changes for 2023-24: Please note that we plan to bring the Year 3 option module PSYC0253 Science of Bias into Year 2 as a compulsory module instead of PSYC0011 The Psychology of Individual Differences
PALS0024 Research project (30 credits)
Plus six optional courses from the following:
PALS0015 Perspectives on Clinical Psychology
PALS0016 Developmental Disorders of Communication and Cognition
PALS0017 Development of Speech Perception and Production
PALS0019 Brain Stimulation
PALS0003 Rehabilitation of Acquired Neurogenic Communication Difficulties
PALS0020 Deafness: Cognition and Language
PALS0004 Conversation Analysis
PALS0029 The Human Voice: Speech, Emotions, Identity
PALS0032 Deaf Culture and Identities
PALS0039 Introduction to Deep Learning for Speech and Language Processing
PALS0044 Language and Communication in Dementia
PSYC0010 Social Psychology
PSYC0022 Psychology and Education
PSYC0024 Organisational Psychology
PSYC0025 The Social Psychology of Risk
PSYC0026 Topics in Developmental Psychology
PSYC0027 Human-Computer Interaction
PSYC0002 Behaviour Change: an interdisciplinary approach
PSYC0030 Human Learning and Memory
PSYC0031 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC0032 The Brain in Action
PSYC0035 Topics in Neurobiology
PSYC0036 Genes and Behaviour
PLIN0019 Semantic-Pragmatic Development
PLIN0021 Phonetic Theory
PLIN0035 Psycholinguistics: Stages in Normal Language Development
PLIN0036 Linguistics of Sign Language
PLIN0044 Multilingualism in Cognition
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.
Programme Director: Dr Caroline Newton
Admissions Tutor: Dr Vitor Zimmerer
Programme Administrator: David Newton
Admissions Enquiries: Undergraduate Admissions
Chair of the Board of Examiners: Professor Mark Huckvale
Head of Year 1: Dr Caroline Newton
Head of Year 2: Dr Alana Loewenberger
Head of Year 3: Dr Rosalind Potts
In your UCAS application we are looking for the potential to meet our academic requirements and a strong interest in psychology and language. A questionnaire is sent to some applicants where the selectors need more information to evaluate a case.
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.
We aim to make a decision about your application within four to eight weeks of receiving it.
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 therapy.
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.
Some of our recent graduates have gone on to do the following:
- Assistant Psychologist in a Neurorehabilitation unit
- MSc Clinical Psychology
- Teach First
- MSc Genes, Brain and Development
- HR consultant for Price Waterhouse Cooper
- Digital Marketing and Web Analytics
- MSc Education
- MRes Psychology
- PhD in Neuroscience at UCL
- DPhil at Oxford
- MSc Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences
- MSc Health Psychology
- Assistant Psychologist
- Advertising for the Financial Times
- Degree in Medicine