BSc (Hons) Psychology

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

Course overview

This degree offers a scientific approach to the study of human behaviour, giving a broad understanding of psychological theory and research. It will develop your understanding of the processes influencing how people think, feel, behave, and interact.

Why study BSc Psychology at Goldsmiths?

  • 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 laboratories, including an EEG suite for brain research, an infant lab, and a visual perception and attention laboratory
  • 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 taught by experts in their field, and will have the opportunity to get involved in the world-class research taking place in 
  • 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

Contact the department

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

Modules & structure


This degree deals with the broad themes of cognition, individual differences, biological and evolutionary issues, social functioning, and development across the lifespan. The modules you take will develop your understanding of psychology’s everyday applications, such as studies of people at work and the rationale for and use of psychological tests.

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 subject 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.

The modular system of the programme allows considerable flexibility of choice in your final year when you can tailor your study according to your particular interests and ultimate aims, by choosing six option modules on specialised topics. 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 15 credits
  Biological and Comparative Approaches to Psychology 15 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. 

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

In your final year, you will take six option modules, and will carry out an individual research project under close supervision of a member of faculty in the Department of Psychology.


Module title Credits
  Psychopathology 15 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
  Magic and the Mind 15 credits
  Social Psychology of Social Problems 15 credits

You also undertake a compulsory Research Project (30 credits). 

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:

  1. Formulation of hypotheses and an ethical and feasible research design
  2. Recruitment of participants/collection of data
  3. Analysis and interpretation of data
  4. Writing the report


We assess students 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 the student's 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).

Please note that some of the modules listed are 'core', which means that you must pass them to progress to the next level of study. 

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
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/A1 A1 A2 B1

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


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


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 Psychology 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.


Throughout the degree you will receive a thorough training in the design and evaluation of research, statistical analysis, and the use of specialist psychology-relevant software. In addition, you'll develop the following transferable skills:

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


Students from the BSc go on to a broad range of careers and future study such as: clinical psychology, broadcasting, media psychology, advertising, market research, consultancy, research psychology, occupational psychology, and criminal/forensic 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.

The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which 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



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"I chose Goldsmiths over other universities because of its sense of togetherness around campus. When I visited during the Open Days there was a sense of familiarity with people whilst walking down the corridors, and that is something that appeals to me. Also I was excited at the prospect of working with the lecturers who are experts in their field; and from experiencing taster lectures I could really feel their enthusiasm, which made me enthused about starting my studies. 

One thing that really helped to make up my mind was the friendly atmosphere during Open day visits. Everyone was so welcoming and helpful, making me feel comfortable straight away and I knew I would have no problems settling in. There was nothing but positive vibes all around the place.

I'm most looking forward to meeting people from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. London is such a multicultural city with a large number of different ethnic communities. At Goldsmiths all these different communities are joined together in one big community, and it will be great to learn about other cultures during my time here.  I can't wait to be a part of a vibrant and exciting place to study!"


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"I chose to come to Goldsmiths because the campus felt different from every other university I visited, they made you feel like a real person, like you mattered and I was right about that. Goldsmiths has supported me through every step of my degree in every way possible and the progress I've made over the last three years is unbelievable. I've seen my grades improve year on year and now I'm ready to head into the world of work.

The course means that no matter what you want to do with your degree you'll be able to do it; it helps you to become a well rounded individual. I'm already employed full-time by the NHS as a support worker in an in-patient child and adolescent mental health unit, which just goes to show that you're very employable when you leave Goldsmiths! I'm also hoping to go on to do a doctorate in clinical psychology some time in the near future. 

Studying in is one of the best decisions you'll make; there are so many opportunities to try everything and gain new experiences!"


"The is always buzzing with students, everyone is friendly and welcoming and it has great places to socialise."

"I had heard of Goldsmiths as my sister studied for her Masters here and after visiting the university during an open day, I became familiar with it. While filling out the UCAS application, I did my own research on Goldsmiths and found that the course looked very interesting and was exactly what I was looking for.

I am enjoying the course very much, and despite being challenging, it is taught by lecturers who also do research in the field and there is always help available when needed. The is always buzzing with students, everyone is friendly and welcoming and it has great places to socialise. 

After I graduate, I hope to continue my studies at Goldsmiths and perhaps do a Masters in Music Psychology."



"Goldsmiths is a community campus, you can’t really walk across it without at some point running into someone you somehow know."

"Psychology is, compared to the more established sciences, a relatively new research area so if you decide to study psychology be prepared to question everything. Nothing is set in stone and something that might sound ridiculous today might not in only a few years' time. This does not mean that the people who teach you don’t know what they are talking about, in fact, you will be taught by some of the leading researchers in their field. Studying in a new subject area, you can actually make a difference. This is precisely one of the most exciting things in psychology.

A degree in psychology gives you an insight in how research is done, and how evidence is gathered. You will learn about what it means to be an individual, a member of a group, how easy the human mind can be manipulated, how fragile it can be and in fact what it means to be human. Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, with all its wonderful facets and terrifying faults.

Goldsmiths certainly isn’t the biggest of campuses across London. But that’s why I have enjoyed it so much if I think about it. Goldsmiths is small, not quite college-like but certainly not like one of those great anonymous campuses you find all over the place. It is a community campus, you can’t really walk across it without at some point running into someone you somehow know. This might not be everyone’s cup of tea but those who do think they could enjoy a more personal university life in which both your teachers and co-students actually know your name and where the security guard from the back door asks how come you haven’t been in for a few days or where you can cross the entire campus within less than 10 minutes, then Goldsmiths will make your London as well as university experience a truly great one."


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"I first found out about Goldsmiths from a friend who loved it there. The more I learned about it the more sure I became that it was the place for me. I wanted to get away from the 'bubble' I was in at school and broaden my horizons. Goldsmiths – with its liberal, open-minded, and multicultural community – appealed to me. I was particularly struck by the Students' Union's goal of inspiring Goldsmiths students to 'change the world' through debates, campaigns etc. I am interested in the politics of socialism and striving towards a more equal society. Goldsmiths seemed to share my aim, so I applied to do my Psychology degree there.

Before I came to Goldsmiths I was studying A-levels in Philosophy, Chemistry and Biology, which have come in handy doing a Psychology degree as the subject is tougher than I expected! Lots of complex lab reports! But I'm learning useful skills and I will come out of Goldsmiths highly trained. Also, studying psychology, I have been able to try and help friends I've met with their emotional problems. When I graduate I hope to train as a clinical psychologist, hopefully to work with adolescents.

Generally I am finding the Psychology course rewarding and engaging. I am enjoying the course content and the lecturers are good fun and very inspiring. The whole university is lively, interesting and supportive.

Life at Goldsmiths is great; there's such a good vibe. It's a creative place to be, whether you are studying art/music or not. There are lots of friendly people, from diverse backgrounds, you never feel the odd one out. There is something for everyone at Goldsmiths, loads of societies and clubs. 

Goldsmiths is a place that makes you think. It is liberal and broad-minded and has students from all different cultural and social backgrounds and all different income brackets. Goldsmiths embraces everyone equally, and its ethos rubs off on you as a student here."

While at Goldsmiths I have become even more aware of the huge degree of inequality in our society as well as internationally. I have an ongoing project, centred on political philosophy, which I pursue in my own time (at the moment it largely consists of reading and thinking!). Hopefully my continuing interest in the politics of socialism might lead me to extend my 'project' to include like-minded students at Goldsmiths, and ultimately to an involvement in politics at some level, at some future point in my life."

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