Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

C800

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, 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.

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 at Goldsmiths?

  • By the end of the course you’ll understand the reasons why people think, feel and behave the way they do.

  • You’ll be introduced to the core foundations of psychological thought, get to grips with statistics, and learn how to design and conduct experiments using industry-standard software. 
  • You’ll have access to our fantastic facilities. These include laboratories, an EEG suite for brain research, an infant lab, and a visual perception and attention laboratory.
  • We have well-established links with employers and also offer a mentoring scheme. You’ll be paired with a member of academic staff who'll support your psychological thinking and enhance your employability skills.
  • Our academics are experts in their field, and you’ll have the opportunity to get involved in the world-class research taking place in the department.
  • We offer a wide range of specialist modules on topics as diverse as the paranormal, magic, the use of psychology in a legal setting, and how we can best treat addiction.
  • This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society and gives you eligibility for Graduate Membership for Chartered Membership, which is required to study various postgraduate courses and to become a fully Chartered Psychologist.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Maria Del Carmen Herrojo-Ruiz

What you'll study

Year 1 (credit level 4)

In your first year, 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)

Year 2 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)

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

 

Year 3 option modules Module title Credits
  Psychopathology 15 credits
  Research Project* 45 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
  The Interpersonal Self 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
  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 mainly 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 - 10% scheduled learning, 90% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include formal examinations, coursework, laboratory reports 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 - 52% coursework, 48% written exam

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2017/18. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.

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

Additional requirements

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

International qualifications

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 (or equivalent English language qualification) 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.

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.

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), 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

What our students say

Nathaniel

"There’s a lot of interesting moments at Goldsmiths I think all of them revolve around the people that I’ve met."

My journey to Goldsmiths has been one of discovery. What I’ve learned in my degree is that the human mind is extremely complex. I’ve enjoyed learning about the different factors that can contribute influences to any minor changes in the brain and the mind and the conscious state of it. Mood can easily switch with sleep levels and different biochemicals in brain. There are just so many factors that create what you see in people on a daily basis and that’s just, learning about that has been an amazing experience and I can’t really put it into words.

There’s a lot of interesting moments at Goldsmiths I think all of them revolve around the people that I’ve met and my friends. They’re going to think I’m corny for saying this, but they are probably some of the best people that I’ve met in my life. The moments of my life that I like the most are chilling with them and being around them in general have been the best experience of my life and I’m glad that I went to this university to experience those things. The gaming society, the anime society, just being with them in general has been good.

They’ve definitely inspired me. Not just the friends that I’ve met but the educational staff that I’ve met here have inspired me too. It’s inspired me to look into the future and think about what I want to do and are these things something I can actually see myself doing. I had no idea what university was going to be like before I arrived. I was told all these storied like ‘you’re going to go to university and meet a lot of people and be partying all the time but you’re going to be broke’. But it turns out it’s not all just like that. It’s different for every single person that goes. My story of university isn’t constant parties and being broke all the time, that’s just not the way it went for me. And I think my perception of it changed and I realised this is still life, this is just normal and I’m going to keep going through it just like I was going through it before. Sure it’s wider and I’ve met new people and explored new avenues but it’s still me on the inside and I’m glad about that. There’s change but there’s not that much change for it to be to scary. It’s good.