IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
3 years full-time
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 department
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Maria Del Carmen Herrojo-Ruiz
What you'll study
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.
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|
|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|
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 - 51% coursework, 49% 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.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
We accept the following qualifications:
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.
You should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 in GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics or Statistics, and English.
Fees & funding
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.