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BSc (Hons) Psychology with Clinical Psychology

  • UCAS
    C990
  • Entry requirements
    A-level: AAB/ABB
    BTEC: DDD/DDM
    IB: 33 points including three HL subjects
  • Length
    3 years full-time
  • Department
    Psychology

Course overview

This degree offers a scientific approach to the study of human behaviour, with an emphasis on clinically relevant skills, knowledge and experience giving a broad understanding of psychological theory and research.

Why study BSc Psychology with Clinical Psychology at Goldsmiths?

  • The degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society and also the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist
  • You'll be taught by experts in their field, and will have the opportunity to get involved in the world-class research taking place in the department
  • You can take advantage of our well-established links with employers of psychology graduates, and our programme of career development for students at all levels
  • You'll participate in our innovative mentoring scheme, which involves meeting regularly with a member of academic staff who'll help your psychological thinking as well as your study and employability skills
  • You'll be trained in statistics, the design of experiments, and the use of psychology-relevant statistical software
  • We have excellent specialist and general-purpose research units laboratories, including InLab, Unit for School and Family Studies, InfantLab and an EEG and brain stimulations labs for brain research

 

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Rebecca Charlton

Modules & structure

Overview

This degree deals with the broad themes of individual differences, social functioning, biological and evolutionary issues, cognition and development across the lifespan.

The modules you take will develop your understanding of psychology’s everyday applications, such as studies of mental health and psychological disorders and the rationale for and use of psychological tests.

At each level of the programme, you’ll have some opportunity to learn about the clinical applications of psychological research. You'll have the opportunity to develop your own particular interests by choosing from a wide range of specialist modules, and will carry out a research project on a clinically relevant topic of your choice with guidance and support from a supervisor. This allows you to apply the many skills you have learned throughout the programme to define and address new questions.

This modular system allows considerable flexibility of choice in your final year when you can tailor your study according to your particular interests and ultimate aims. You will choose six option modules, with at least four modules on topics relating to neuroscience. Your final year research dissertation will be on a neuroscience topic supervised by an expert in the field. The precise list changes year by year (for example, a new member of staff may add a module). The current full list of modules offered by the department can be found below.

Level 4

At level 4, you will take introductory modules covering the main topics within psychology. You will also receive practical training in the principles, methods and techniques of psychological research.

Module title Credits
  The Psychology of the Person* 30 credits
  Biological and Comparative Approaches to Psychology* 30 credits
  Information Processing and Cognition* 15 credits
  Design and Analysis of Psychological Studies 15 credits
  Practical Issues in Psychological Research 15 credits
  Extended Essay in Psychology 15 credits
  Skills and Employability in Psychology 15 credits

Level 5

Level 5 will provide you with a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of concepts, theories and relating to a broad range of psychological topics from social psychology to developmental psychology. You will also explore statistics and laboratory based research. 

Small group teaching activities will give you the opportunity to discuss clinical applications of the core material.

Module title Credits
  Biological Substrates of Behaviour 15 credits
  Personality and Individual Differences 15 credits
  Social Psychology 15 credits
  Developmental Psychology 15 credits
  Design and Analysis of Psychological Studies 15 credits
  Cognitive Psychology 15 credits
  Research Methods in Psychology* 30 credits

Level 6

At Level 6 you will take the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
  Psychopathology 15 credits
  Neurodevelopmental Disorders 15 credits

You also complete an individual Research Project, which should have a clinical focus. The purpose of the project is for you to gain direct experience of:

  • formulating a theoretical question
  • translating this into testable hypotheses
  • designing an original study which adequately tests the hypotheses
  • implementing the research procedures
  • analysing the data using appropriate statistics
  • interpreting the results in light of both conceptual and practical considerations
  • communicating this information clearly in the form of a written report

You will also gain experience of oral presentation of your work during the spring term or early in the summer term, to a small group of your peers and your supervisor.

The project is a piece of original empirical research, conducted under the supervision of one of the academic members of the Department. Pure theorising, a literature review, or an exact replication study are not acceptable.

There are four stages:

  • formulation of hypotheses and an ethical and feasible research design
  • recruitment of participants/collection of data
  • analysis and interpretation of data
  • writing the report

You also choose six modules (two clinically-relevant options and two free-choice options). Examples that could be selected include: 

Module title Credits
  Multivariate Statistical Methods in Psychology 15 credits
  Applications of Attention Research 15 credits
  Anomalistic Psychology 15 credits
  Topics in Neuropsychology 15 credits
  Psychology and Law 15 credits
  Neurodevelopmental Disorders 15 credits
  Behavioural Genetics 15 credits
  Angels or Apes: Origins of Human Nature 15 credits
  Addictive Behaviours 15 credits
  Psychological Approaches to Music 15 credits
  Self and Relationships 15 credits
  Psychology and Education 15 credits
  Social-Moral Development 15 credits
  Cognitive Neuroscience 15 credits
  Social Psychology of Social Problems 15 credits
  Magic and the Mind 15 credits

Assessment

We assess you through a varied range of methods.

Formal examinations (including multiple choice and written essay formats) are complemented by a wide range of coursework. Laboratory reports are an important part of assessment in Levels 4 and 5, along with short and longer essays on a range of topics (some of your own choosing).

In the final year, the research project report is a significant piece of work. In addition to this final year options include coursework components which are particularly suited to later careers (including popular science articles, letters to the press, and mock clinical assessments).

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification for this degree to find out more about what you'll learn and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB/ABB
BTEC: DDD/DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points including three HL subjects

You should normally have at least Grade B in GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics or Statistics, and English.

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above. This includes:

Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 at distinction and 15 at merit
Scottish qualifications: ABBBB/ABBBC (Higher), AAC/ABC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 80%/77%
Irish Leaving Certificate: A1 A1 A1 B2

If your qualifications are from another country, find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us. 

For this programme we require:

IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test and no individual test lower than 6.0)

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Read more about our general entrance requirements

Department

Psychology at Goldsmiths is ranked joint 3rd in the UK
for the quality of our research**

Psychology

How does music affect mood?
Why do some people believe in the paranormal?
How do people with autism think?

In the Department of Psychology we try and investigate questions like this, conducting research that’s relevant to a range of sectors and industries – from advertising to education, and from banking to the public sector.

You’ll be taught by experts in the field, who are carrying out research that’s world class. And you’ll learn in a department with excellent specialist and general-purpose research laboratories, including:

  • EEG and brain stimulation labs for neuroscience research
  • a visual perception and attention laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art eye tracking systems
  • an infant lab
  • in-house technical support staff

Find out more about the Department of Psychology

**Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings

Learning & teaching

During each year of the degree, you'll take part in academic tutorials, which are small group sessions that are linked to your core topics, and led by an expert in that particular subject. The tutorials enable you to discuss and evaluate psychological theories, and provide support and feedback in essay writing.

You'll also be provided with a Mentor from our academic staff for the first two years of your undergraduate studies. In your final year, your Project Supervisor will act as your Mentor. You'll meet with your Mentor regularly, and they will monitor your progress and provide support for your academic and career development, as well as personal concerns or difficulties.

You'll also attend lectures and seminars where you'll hear about ideas and concepts related to specific topics, and where you'll be encouraged to discuss and debate the issues raised. This will enhance your academic knowledge of the subject, and will improve your communication skills. You'll also have laboratory sessions, and will undergo training in psychology-relevant skills. 

But this is just a small proportion of what we expect you to do on the programme. For each hour of taught learning, we expect you to complete another 5-6 hours of independent study. This typically involves carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, or producing project work.

This emphasis on independent learning is very important at Goldsmiths. We don't just want you to accept what we tell you without question. We want you to be inspired to read more, to develop your own ideas, and to find the evidence that will back them up. Independent study requires excellent motivation and time management skills. These skills will stay with you for life, and are the kind of  that are highly sought after by employers. 

Learning and teaching on this programme will take place through:

  • Tutorials
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Laboratory sessions
  • Independent learning
  • Presentations
  • Assessments

Find out more about these learning and teaching approaches

Skills & careers

The Department of Psychology has its own Skills and Employability Programme for students, starting in the first term with a full first-year course on the topic. We are keen that you understand what kind of transferable skills you will develop during the BSc, and how you can make the best impression on future employers.

We have strong links with employers of psychology graduates, and the programme has been set up to support you to actively seek relevant work knowledge and experience. This experience could help you develop the professional-level skills that are highly sought after in the job market.

Skills

Throughout the degree you'll receive a thorough training in the design and evaluation of research; the clinical applications of research, and how to use research to inform practice; data-handling, statistical analysis and the use of specialist psychology-relevant software. In addition, you'll develop the following transferrable skills:

  • the ability to look at issues from different perspectives
  • reflection skills
  • self motivation
  • critical thinking and analytical skills
  • planning and organisation skills
  • oral and written communication skills

Careers

You will develop the sorts of skills and knowledge that will make you suitable for a broad range of careers and future study such as:

  • clinical psychology
  • mental health roles in NHS and voluntary, charity and third sector organisations
  • educational psychology
  • criminal/forensic psychology
  • broadcasting, documentary making and science communication
  • research psychology
  • consultancy and occupational psychology

Our graduates work in a wide range of settings from schools to hospitals, from broadcasting to banks, and in both private and public sector jobs. You can find out more about career options after graduating on our Psychology careers pages.

The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). BPS accreditation means that graduates are eligible for graduate basis for Chartership with the BPS – vital if you want a career as a psychologist in the future.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.

Student profiles

Fiona

"I love it here. The teaching is excellent and the people are great - both my fellow students and the teachers."

Feast or famine – the life of an artist

"I spent twenty years working in music before coming to Goldsmiths. I was (and still am nominally) a songwriter and an artist, previously signed to Creation Records, and Laws of Motion, I now have my own Label Virago with my music management. For the songwriting I was published by Perfect Song (part of ZTT records).

Some highlights include the day I got my first record back with my name on it, the first time I heard one of my songs on the radio, the first time another artist covered one of my songs, having the opportunity to go and write in America. I've had some great reviews and gigs over the years for various releases, I was described by Q magazine as a ‘major discovery’!

I’ve also got to work with some amazing people, who’ve written and played with the likes of Sia, Annie Lennox, Rhianna, etc. My current record was mixed by Steve Fitzmaurice, who mixed Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour.

The whole experience of being an independent artist has taught me to be self-sufficient and resilient - you have to be able to 'roll with the punches’, as the life of an artist is always one of feast or famine. It has also taught me to be grateful for the moment, and for opportunities to stretch myself and step out of my comfort zone. I have worked with all kinds of extraordinary people, young, old, famous, not famous, rich and poor, the whole gamut.

What that has taught me is people are just people, all the same, but at the same time each person in unique. This has given me the ability to mix and find common ground with pretty much anyone. It has also taught me that everyone has a story to tell, you just have to ask the right questions.

Through some voluntary work I was doing, my interest in psychology was reignited. I have for the past 10 years or more been mentoring people with drug and alcohol problems. I am currently doing some training with my local NHS foundation to help people transitioning from the psychiatric wards into the community. The birth of my son made me to want to refocus my life, so I came to Goldsmiths to retrain."

 

A trove of transferable skills

"I’m bringing over many transferable skills into my new career. They include an ability to see what needs doing, to ask for help with things I don’t have expertise in, to be organised and bring projects to fruition on time and on budget, and people management skills.

I am used to working with both teams of people and one to one, in many and varied situations and environments. I have learnt to quickly get the measure of a situation, and try and turn it into a positive experience for both the person I am working with and me. It has taught me to believe in the courage of my convictions, but also that others peoples’ opinions and convictions are equally as valid as mine.

Songwriting is a way of trying to make sense of yourself in the world, and as such is an exploration of the human condition and psyche, not unlike psychology. The question ‘Why are we (I) the way we are (I am)? And why do we do the things we do?’ is posed in the writing, albeit looking through the alternate prism of music, rather than science."

 

Diverse mix of students

"I chose Goldsmiths because I knew it had a large mature student population, and is a diverse and inclusive university. I came through a non-traditional academic route, and there has been support available when needed, which has been invaluable to me.

I love it here. The teaching is excellent and the people are great - both my fellow students and the teachers. The student body is very mixed, and therefore there are a multiplicity of thoughts and ideas and opinions on each subject. We (the students) are a vocal bunch, some might say bolshy, and I like that. There is lots of variety in terms of personalities and interests.

What I like about the teachers is that they bring their enthusiasm and real life experiences both academically and personally into the lectures, making them much more engaging than they might otherwise be. Goldsmiths overall feels like a place of equality and genuine interest in the exchange of ideas, there is a feeling that we are all in it together."

 

The mark of a good lecturer

"What I love most about my teachers is that they are human! For someone like me coming back into education, with a young family, and a multiplicity of other responsibilities, I feel like the difficulties I sometimes have with the work are understood. That is not to say that I am treated any differently from any of the other students; but I have one particular lecturer in mind, and she herself was a mature student, so understands where I am coming from.

She is extremely approachable, and willing to make the time to explain things I haven’t understood properly, and help where needed. Also her lectures are pitched in such a way that she makes what could be for me a quite difficult subject, digestible and understandable. Personally I think that is the mark of a good lecturer, to take something difficult and explain it in plain English, in a way that is relatively easily understood."

 

Cross pollination of ideas

"I like that the departments seem to work closely, and there is a cross pollination of ideas between them. It's a buzzy and creative place to be. I am very much looking forward to the music and psychology lectures in third year, which have students from both music and psychology departments."

 

Advice to new students

"Don’t panic, it’ll be ok - go to lectures, enjoy yourselves and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it!"

Fees & funding

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