1 year (Foundation) + 3 years (undergraduate degree)
We will be making some changes to the way our programmes will be delivered in 2021-22 to ensure we continue to respond to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. All programmes will be delivered in-person on campus with some specific sessions within each programme being delivered online in a pre-recorded format. Where necessary, changes will also be made to assessment formats.
All changes will be considered through the College's established processes to assure the quality of each programme. Approved changes to programmes will be published from 19 July.
If government guidelines change, it may mean we need to make further adjustments to teaching arrangements. If this is the case, you will be notified of any further changes.
This is a four-year degree at Goldsmiths. If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with the full-time three-year BSc (Hons) Psychology degree.
Why study the Integrated Degree in Psychology at Goldsmiths?
- The programme is ideal if you're interested in psychology and its many applications, and want to boost your academic profile and progress to the full-time
- There are no formal entrance requirements, you just need to demonstrate a lively interest in the world of psychology
- You'll attend a study skills course as part of the programme, to develop your academic writing and research skills
- 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'll have the opportunity to progress to our BSc Psychology degree
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Programme Convenor, Elaine Beattie.
What you'll study
The programme provides the opportunity for personal and professional development, and encourages you to think about your preferred direction in psychology.
It focuses on introductory psychology and the different approaches psychology has adopted theoretically and in research. Some of the approaches that will be covered are:
- mental health
- research methods
You'll be expected to carry out additional study and reading.
This programme is taught through 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 0 - 21% scheduled learning, 79% independent learning
- Year 1 - 15% scheduled learning, 84% 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, group work and projects.
The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:
- Year 0 - 58% coursework, 43% written exam
- 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 2019/20. 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.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the Programme Changes page
The programme is primarily aimed at learners who may not have formal entry qualifications for undergraduate study. You'll need to demonstrate that you have an interest in and aptitude for the subject.
Admission is by application to UCAS, interview and a short piece of written work.
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
Annual tuition fees
These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2021/2022 academic year.
From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.
- Home - full-time: £9250
- International - full-time: £18100
It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.
If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.
In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.
There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.
If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with the full-time three-year BSc Psychology degree, where you'll benefit from the Department of Psychology's Career Development and Employability Programme for students.
The Department also has 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 transferrable 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. You can find out more about career options after graduating on our Psychology careers page.
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.
Our full degrees are 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.