Psychology MSci

London, Bloomsbury
Psychology MSci (2022)

This four-year programme, accredited by the British Psychological Society, exposes you to a wide coverage of the field of psychology and offers a considerable choice of topics. There is also the opportunity to gain additional research experience in the final year, either with a UCL research group or in an applied (workplace) setting.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
Duration
4 academic years
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£9,250
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£32,100
Programme starts
September 2023
Application deadline
25 Jan 2023
UCAS course code
C810

Entry requirements

Grades
A*AA
Subjects
To include two subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.
GCSEs
English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences (double award acceptable) at grade B or 6.

Contextual offer information

Grades
BBB more about contextual offers
Subjects
To include two subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.
GCSEs
English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences (double award acceptable) at grade B or 6.
Points
39
Subjects
A total of 19 points in three higher level subjects to include grade 6 in two subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology, with no higher level score below 5. For Mathematics, the programme will accept either 'Analysis and Approaches' or 'Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

Contextual offer

Points
32 more about contextual offers
Subjects
A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects to include grade 6 in two subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology, with no higher level score below 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.

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

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

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

International applications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Access and widening participation

UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application. Your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.

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

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

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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.

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

Course overview

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 third 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.

In the final year you will take Master's-level modules in advanced data analysis techniques. Students on the applied route will take a compulsory module on behavioural research methods in applied settings.

Students on both routes will take other Master's-level modules relevant to their research interests, in order to prepare them for the independent piece of research carried out in either a UCL laboratory (on the research route) or in an applied setting (for the applied route).

What this course will give you

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.

There are two routes to this programme: research and applied. Students on the research route will be embedded within a UCL research lab or department for most of their final year, working alongside world-leading researchers and their teams to produce an independent piece of research.

Students on the applied route will gain experience of applying psychological theory within a workplace setting and will also be exposed to the challenges of carrying out research within a work environment.

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 registered students.

Teaching and learning

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).

Upon successful completion of 480 credits, you will be awarded a MSci (Hons) in Psychology.

Modules

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. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Full-time

The first two years of your programme mostly comprise compulsory modules which include the study of experimental design in psychology, the neurological underpinnings of behaviour, health and clinical psychology, language, cognition, individual differences, social psychology and perception.

One elective module in each of the first two years may be taken from a wide variety of subjects, in the arts or sciences, taught within UCL.

In your third year, all modules are usually taken in psychology (from a range of specified options) and you will undertake a compulsory research project on a subject of your choice. Your project will be supervised by a staff member and will be an empirical and usually experimental piece of research which utilises the skills you have learned previously.

In the final year you will take a Master’s-level module in advanced data analysis techniques. Should you be on the applied route, you will take a compulsory module on behavioural research methods in applied settings.

On either route you will take other Master’s-level modules relevant to your research interests, in order to prepare you for the independent piece of research carried out in either a UCL laboratory (on the research route) or in an applied setting (for the applied route).

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, third and fourth years is dependent upon your achievement in years one, two and three.

Assessment

Assessment is primarily by end-of-year examinations, but other methods may include multiple choice, computational tests, oral presentations and written coursework.

Accessibility

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.

London and across the UK - Open day

UCAS Fairs and Events

UCL will be attending the UCAS fairs and events for 2022 in London and across the UK and we look forward to meeting you at one of these events.

Online - Open day

Undergraduate Virtual Open Days

Our virtual Open Days are an opportunity for students to learn about all our programmes of study and book onto live interactive sessions. The sessions will give you a unique opportunity to speak with admissions and academic staff and interact with current students. Our virtual site will go live on Monday 16 May where you can book onto sessions.

The foundation of your career

Your knowledge of all areas of the subject makes you eligible for entry into any field normally open to psychology graduates, or further graduate training (this 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 in industry, it is important to bear in mind that psychology provides a very useful basis for a wide range of other careers.

Employability

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.

Accreditation

This programme is accredited and audited 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 degree, or equivalent. The 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.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £9,250
Tuition fees (2022/23) £32,100

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 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 2022/23 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

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/prospective-students/undergraduate/funding-your-studies.

Additional costs

At the time of publishing, this course does not have any 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).

Funding your studies

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.

Scholarships

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.

Next steps

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.

Selection

For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.

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.

This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021