This degree offers a scientific approach to the study of human behaviour, with an emphasis on neuroscience explanations of human behaviour and neuroscience methods. It will develop your understanding of the processes that influence people.
Why study BSc Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience at Goldsmiths?
- 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
- We have excellent specialist and general-purpose research laboratories, including EEG suites and brain stimulation (TMS and tDCS/tACS) labs for brain research, an infant lab, and an eyetracker laboratory
- 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, research and employability skills
- You'll be trained in the design of experiments, hands-on neuroscience lab skills, statistics and the use of psychology-relevant experiment software for data and statistical analysis
- 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
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Jose Van Velzen
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 on a cognitive neuroscience-related 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.
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.
|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 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.
|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|
You will take six modules during your final year. You will take the following compulsory modules:
|Cognitive Neuroscience||15 CATS|
You will then choose five options (three neuroscience-related options and a further two free-choice option modules).
These choices could include:
|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|
|Multivariate Statistical Methods in Psychology||15 credits|
|Self and Relationships||15 credits|
|Psychology and Education||15 credits|
|Social-Moral Development||15 credits|
|Magic and the Mind||15 credits|
|Social Psychology of Social Problems||15 credits|
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).
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.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
You should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 in GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics or Statistics, and English.
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above. This includes:
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher), BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2
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 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5
If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.
Fitness to train
If you are offered a place on this programme, you'll need to meet the fitness to train criteria.
Read more about our general entrance requirements.
Psychology at Goldsmiths is ranked joint 3rd in the UK
for the quality of our research*, and in the world's elite**
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
**QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
Learning & teaching
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:
- Laboratory sessions
- Independent learning
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. Graduates from this BSc would be well suited for a broad range of careers, including educational neuroscience, neuromarketing, and clinical neuroscience (eg sleep labs, brain injury and rehabilitation).
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 page.
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.