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UCAS code

C991

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

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 neuroscience explanations of human behaviour and neuroscience methods. It will develop your understanding of the processes that influence people.

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

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

What you'll study

Overview

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.

Year 1 (credit level 4)

In Year 1 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.

Year 1 modules 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 Investigations 30 credits
  Practical Issues in Psychological Research 15 credits
  Extended Essay in Psychology 15 credits
  Skills and Employability in Psychology 15 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5)

Your second year 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. 

Year 2 modules 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

Year 3 (credit level 6)

You will take six modules during your final year. You will take the following compulsory modules: 

Module title Credits
  Research Project 45 credits
  Cognitive Neuroscience 15 credits

You will then choose five options (three neuroscience-related options and a further two free-choice option modules).

These choices could include: 

Year 3 option modules Module title Credits
  Psychopathology 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
  Multivariate Statistical Methods in Psychology 15 credits
  The Interpersonal Self 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
  Psychology of the Arts, Aesthetics and Attraction 15 credits
  Cross-cultural and Individual Differences in Attention and Awareness 15 credits

Teaching style

This programme is taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 15% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning, 2% placement
  • Year 2 - 16% scheduled learning, 84% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 11% scheduled learning, 89% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, laboratory reports, group work and research projects.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 53% coursework, 47% written exam
  • Year 2 - 34% coursework, 66% written exam
  • Year 3 - 55% coursework, 45% written exam

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2016/17. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices.

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 the 2018-19 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

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

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Additional Requirements

You should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 in GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics or Statistics, and English.

Fees & funding

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. 

Skills

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

Careers

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