UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


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.

Prospectus information



Meet Our Students

Hear from some of our Final Year Students Introduce the BSc PALS from our first cohort who graduated in 2015


Hear from two of our international students who have recently won summer studentships from the Action on Hearing Loss society and the Alzheimer’s Society



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.


Programme Structure

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.

Year 1
PALS1002 Perception, Attention and Learning
PALS1003 Memory
PALS1004 Introduction to Speech Science
PALS1006 Introduction to Research Methods
PALS1007 Neural Basis of Perception, Memory and Language
PLIN1302 Introduction to Language
PSYC1107 Evidence and Enquiry in Psychology
PSYC1202 Social Psychology

Year 2
PALS2002 Speech Production and Perception
PALS2005 Development of Cognition and Communication
PALS2006 Research Design and Methodologies
PSYC1203 The Psychology of Individual Differences
PSYC2208 Language and Cognition
EITHER PLIN1201 Introduction to Generative Grammar A
OR PLIN7305 Sociolinguistics
OR PALS3010 The Evolution of Vocal Communication
Plus one 0.5 CU elective module


Year 3
PALS3901 Research project

Plus six optional courses from the following:
PALS3001 Perspectives on Clinical Psychology
PALS3002 Developmental Disorders of Communication and Cognition
PALS3003 Development of Speech Perception and Production
PALS3004 Web Programming for Research in Psychology and Language Science
PALS3005 Neurobiology of Speech Processing
PALS3006 Rehabilitation of Acquired Neurogenic Communication Difficulties
PALS3007 Deafness: Cognition and Language
PALS3008 Conversation Analysis
PALS3009 Laboratory Methods in Phonetics and Speech Science
PALS3010 The Evolution of Vocal Communication
PALS3011 The Psychology of Politics

PSYC3102 Social Psychology
PSYC3104 Psychology and Education
PSYC3108 Organisational Psychology
PSYC3109 The Social Psychology of Risk
PSYC3110 Topics in Developmental Psychology
PSYC3112 Behaviour Change: an interdisciplinary approach
PSYC3209 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC3210 The Brain in Action
PSYC3303 Topics in Neurobiology
PSYC3307 Genes and Behaviour

PLIN3003 Semantic-Pragmatic Development
PLIN3101 Phonetic Theory
PLIN7109 Stuttering
PLIN7305 Sociolinguistics
PLIN7308 Psycholinguistics: Stages in Normal Language Development
PLIN7309 Linguistics of Sign Language
PLIN7311 Neurolinguistics

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 Directors: Professor Chris Donlan and Dr Caroline Newton

Admissions Tutor: Dr Lee de-Wit

Programme Administrator: David Newton

Admissions Enquiries: David Morris

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


Please see 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 email.

Application Procedure


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
  • Deloittes
  • MSc Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences
  • MSc Health Psychology
  • Assistant Psychologist
  • Advertising for the Financial Times
  • Degree in Medicine

Please refer to the FAQ section before contacting the Admissions Officer with any query - you may find the answer there!

Admissions Officer: David Morris

Admissions Tutor: Dr Lee de-Wit


You can find answers to frequently asked questions on these webpages.