Undergraduate prospectus 2020


Psychology MSci

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.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2019
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
British Psychological Society
Application deadline
15 January 2019
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

To include two subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.
English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences (double award acceptable) at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-requirements

Contextual offer

AAB (more about contextual offers)
To include Grade A in two subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.

IB Diploma

A score of 19 points in three higher level subjects to include grade 6 in two subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology, with no score lower than 5.

Contextual offer

36 (more about contextual offers)
A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects to include grade 6 in two subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology, with no score lower than 5.

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 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.

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.

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: www.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

  • UCL Psychology & Language Sciences was one of the university's top research performers in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), the system for assessing the quality of research in UK universities. The division 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.


This programme is accredited and audited by the British Psychological Society. UK applicants for graduate membership and the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) require a minimum of a lower second-class degree. 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.

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 two years of your degree comprise a combination of compulsory and optional modules. Compulsory modules make up the majority of credits in both years and 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.

Optional modules in the first year may be taken from a wide variety of subjects, in the arts or sciences, taught within UCL.

In your third year, all modules are taken in psychology 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 utilising the skills you have learned previously.

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).


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

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

Optional modules

You will take 0.5 or 1.0 credit of subsidiary modules from across UCL.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Brain and Behaviour
Design and Analysis of Psychological Experiments
Developmental Psychology
Health and Clinical Psychology
Language and Cognition
Research Methods in Psychology

Qualitative and Mixed Research Methods

Core or compulsory module(s)

Research Project

Optional modules

You will select six optional modules to the value of 3.0 credits. Options may include:

Applied Decision Making
Behaviour Change
Brain in Action
Cognitive Neuroscience
Genes and Behaviour
Human Computer Interaction
Human Learning and Memory
Language in Context
Organisational Psychology
Psychology and Education
Social Psychology of Health Risks
Social Psychology
Topics in Developmental Psychology
Topics in Neurobiology

Core or compulsory module(s)

Research route

  • Advanced Research Project (2.0 credits)
  • Statistics (0.5 credits)

Applied route

  • Placement Project (2.0 credits)
  • Statistics for Applied Research Settings (0.5 credits)
  • Behavioural Research in Applied Settings (0.5 credits)

Optional modules

You will select either three (research route) or two (applied route) optional modules from a wide range.

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

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Psychology MSci.


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, communications 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 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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2019/20 academic year. The UK/EU 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 2019/20 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2019/20)
Overseas students
£27,220 (2019/20)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, 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 appreciation that psychology, in all its branches, is a scientific subject. Applicants may be asked for additional information, including the completion of a questionnaire, prior to a decision being made.

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: 15 January 2019


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

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