BSc (Hons) Psychology

  • UCAS
  • Entry requirements
    A-level: BBB
    IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
  • 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.

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?

  • 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 department


Contact the department

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

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 Investigations 30 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
  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


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 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

A-level: BBB
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.

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 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

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.

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

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. 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

Student profiles


"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"

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.


"I can't wait to be a part of a vibrant and exciting place to study!"

"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!"


"I'm now employed full-time by the NHS so it just goes to show that you're very employable when you leave Goldsmiths!"

"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!"

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