Undergraduate prospectus 2022


Psychology BSc

This three-year programme, accredited by the British Psychological Society, exposes you to a very wide coverage of the field of psychology. It includes the opportunity for a measure of specialisation within your studies, so you can make informed and rational decisions about your future career.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2022
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
British Psychological Society
Application deadline
26 January 2022
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

To include at least one, preferably two subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.
English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences (double award acceptable) at grade B or 6.

Contextual offer

AAB (more about contextual offers)
To include Grade A in at least one, preferably two subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.
English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences (double award acceptable) at grade B or 6.

IB Diploma

A total of 19 points in three higher level subjects to include grade 6 in one subject, but preferably two, from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology, with no score lower than 5. For Mathematics, the programme will accept either 'Analysis and Approaches' or 'Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

Contextual offer

36 (more about contextual offers)
A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects to include grade 6 in one subject, preferably two, from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology, with no score lower than 5. For Mathematics, the programme will accept either 'Analysis and Approaches' or 'Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

D2,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including at least one, or preferably two, subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.

A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher), including at least one, or preferably two, subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*AA. To include at least one, preferably two subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good (Advanced for GCSE/IGCSE)

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • The first two years of the programme span the field of psychology while the third offers considerable choice of topics according to your main interests and aims.

  • The UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences is one of the largest centres of psychology teaching and research in the UK. Its cutting-edge research is internationally recognised.

  • The programme is accredited and audited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Graduates are eligible to become members of the BPS, which is the starting point for a career in psychology.

  • Excellent resources include our up-to-date web-based system, which makes all teaching materials (including course outlines, lecture presentation slides, handouts, video recordings of lectures) available to all registered students.


This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Applicants for graduate membership and the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) require a minimum of a lower second-class Bachelor's degree, or equivalent. Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership is required for entry to all accredited postgraduate and doctoral programmes as part of the route to becoming a chartered psychologist.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The first year of your degree usually comprises a combination of compulsory modules and one elective module. Compulsory modules include the study of experimental design in psychology, the neurological underpinnings of behaviour, individual differences, and social psychology.

There are no optional modules in the second year, but your learning will continue into areas such as health and clinical psychology, language and cognition, and research methods in Psychology.

In your final year, you will choose modules to be taken in psychology, and you will undertake a research project on a subject of your choice. Your project will be supervised by a member of staff and will be an empirical and usually experimental piece of research which utilises the skills you have learned.

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Psychology.


Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Evidence and Enquiry in Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychological Experimentation
  • Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • Memory and Decision
  • The Psychology of Individual Differences
  • Social Psychology

Planned changes for 2022-23: We plan to merge "The Psychology of Individual Differences" and "Social Psychology" into a single module and to move "Qualitative and Mixed Research Methods" from Year 2 into Year 1.

Optional modules

You will take 15 credits of elective modules from across UCL.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Intermediate Statistical Methods
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Health and Clinical Psychology
  • Language and Cognition
  • Perception
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Qualitative and Mixed Research Methods

Planned changes affecting 2022-23 entrants (onwards): We plan to move "Qualitative and Mixed Research Methods" into Year 1, to be replaced by a new module in "Science of Bias" in Year 2 (first running in Year 2 in 2023-24).

Optional modules

There are no optional modules in Year 2.

Compulsory module(s)

Research Project

Optional modules

You will select six optional modules to the value of 90 credits. Options may include:

  • Applied Decision Making
  • Behaviour Change
  • Brain in Action
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Computer Programming
  • Genes and Behaviour
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Human Learning and Memory
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Psychology and Education
  • The Social Psychology of Risk
  • Social Psychology
  • Topics in Developmental Psychology
  • Topics in Neurobiology
  • Topics in Clinical Psychology

Your learning

Your learning will involve attendance at lectures. You will also experience laboratory classes and independent research projects. Small academic tutorial groups meet weekly, for which you will be asked to produce essays and prepare discussion topics. Progression to the second and third years is dependent upon your achievement in years one and two.


Assessment is primarily by end-of-year examinations, but other methods may include multiple choice and computational tests and coursework. Your final-year project will be assessed in two parts: the research proposal (10% of the project mark) and the project itself (90%).

Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Psychology BSc.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


In addition to subject-based skills and knowledge, psychology graduates also acquire a number of transferable skills e.g. numeracy, IT literacy, data-management, time-management, independent research, team working, report writing, presentation skills, communication and literacy skills, and the ability to work ethically and professionally with people. These abilities are all highly valued in a range of employment fields.

Your knowledge of all areas of the subject makes you eligible for entry into any field normally open to psychology graduates, or for further graduate training (which is required for graduates wishing to work as a chartered professional psychologist in the areas of health, forensic, clinical, educational and occupational psychology).

While many UCL psychology graduates have gone on to become professional psychologists in the National Health Service, in education, the civil service and industry, it is important to bear in mind that psychology provides a very useful basis for a wide range of other careers.

For further information on careers, visit the website of the British Psychological Society.

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Student view
UCL is the best institution to be studying psychology at. It's an intellectually stimulating environment which pushes you to be the best version of yourself as a student. The quality and effectiveness of research that is conducted here is vast, and is definitely amplified in the teaching. Sara Tofiq - Psychology BSc Third Year

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below. Fees for the 2022/23 academic year will be advertised as soon as they are available.

UK students
£9,250 (2021/22)
Overseas students
£31,200 (2021/22)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

Together with academic requirements, we are looking to attract well-qualified students with a range of subjects at A level (or equivalent). We are also looking for you to demonstrate your understanding that psychology, in all its branches, is truly a scientific subject.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 26 January 2022


All applicants who are offered a place and resident in the UK will be invited to attend an offer holder open day. This is intended to allow candidates to make an informed decision about whether the degree programme is right for them. Virtual open days will also be organised.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

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