Structure of the Programme
The programme is made up of 120 credits in total: six 15-credit modules and a 30-credit research project. Two of the modules are compulsory, and they introduce core areas of psychology. The remaining four optional modules are at Third Year level. A large range of third year modules are available, details of which are provided at the induction meeting in May and at the start of term.
The research project can be carried out in one of the department's laboratories or outside - for example, in a hospital ward or clinic. Each module, apart from the research project, is taught in 15-25 lectures. One hour each week is spent in seminars with other intercalating students. Much of the remaining time is spent following up reading suggested in lectures, in writing essays and in preparing, conducting and analysing the research project.
Every module that students attend will have clearly stated aims and objectives. These will be given with the lecture synopsis and reading lists that accompany the module. The reading lists will distinguish strongly recommended items from those which give background information.
A range of assessment methods is used: written exams, coursework, and project reports. Each module is assessed and examined separately in the same academic year in which you take it.
Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and material and a virtual learning environment. Some courses also involve workshops or practical classes. Typically, each course involves a weekly lecture of one or two hours. You will have one seminar with around 8 other students each week, at which you can discuss developments in Psychology and topics covered on the programme with an academic. These seminars are not linked to any lectures.
The content that you will cover can be found under the 'Module Descriptions' tab below.
- Module Descriptions
1) PSYC0008 (1107): Evidence and Enquiry in Psychology (15 credits)
The module will cover a range of disciplines in psychology, providing a conceptual, methodological and historical background. The following topics will be covered:
- science of mind and behaviour, including conscious and unconscious mental processes
- development, including interplay of nature and nurture
- cognition, including memory, perception and language
- the brain, including the effects of psychoactive drugs and mental illnesses
- social and emotional behaviour
2) PSYC0011 (1203): The Psychology of Individual Differences (15 credits)
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of:
- the dominant theories in intelligence and personality,
- how these theories can be investigated scientifically
- how these theories can be used to assess, describe, explain, and predict human behaviour.
- the principal influences, genetic, biological and environmental, that create these differences.
Optional Modules at Third Year Level
IBSc students are required to choose four Level 3 modules (all 15 credits). The IBSc tutor will be able to advise on whether a given selection is appropriate
PSYC0010 (3102) Social Psychology
PSYC0022 (3104) Psychology of Education
PSYC0023 (3107) Topics in Clinical Psychology
PSYC0024 (3108) Organisational Psychology
PSYC0026 (3110) Topics in Developmental Psychology
PSYC0027 (3111) Human Computer Interaction
PSYC0028 (3201) Applied Decision-Making
PSYC0029 (3205) Speech
PSYC0030 (3207) Human Learning and Memory
PSYC0031 (3209) Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC0032 (3210) Brain in Action
PSYC0035 (3303) Topics in Neurobiology
PSYC0036 (3307) Genes and Behaviour
NEUR0017 (3045) Visual Neuroscience (Anatomy Module)
PLIN0029 (7109): Stuttering (Linguistics Module)
Research Project (30 credits) Terms 1 and 2
This is a piece of empirical/experimental research or computer modelling exercise on any broadly psychological topic. The department has teaching staff able to supervise projects in most areas of psychology, so a wide choice of topics is possible. Subjects studied in the past include post traumatic stress disorder, colour-blindness, effects of exercise on mood, satisfaction with obstetric care, dyslexia and complementary medicine, and neural mechanisms of memory.
A list of possible projects will be provided in the induction in May. For some online statistics support that you may find helpful view the Online Stats Book.
In addition to subject-specific skills, you will also acquire the analytical, investigative and study skills essential for most graduate careers, which could include law, computing, commerce and industry.
Many linguistics graduates from UCL carry on linguistics at graduate level often with a view to pursuing an academic career. Linguistics connects with many other disciplines and a number of graduates go on to work in these areas, e.g. teaching languages, especially English as a first or foreign language, speech therapy, advertising or the media. Further information on careers for Linguistics graduates.
First destinations of recent graduates of this programme include:
- Wiltshire County Council: Communicator Guide
- National Autistic Society: Volunteer
- Graduate trainee at an international bank
- UCL: MSc Cognitive Neuroscience
- University of Edinburgh: MSc Natural Language Processing
My A-levels do not include English Language or a science. Will you still consider an application from me?
We have found that applicants who have taken English Language and/or at least one science subject at A-level do particularly well on the BA Linguistics but we will consider applications from applicants who have not studied these subject at A-level or AS-level.