We view psychology as a natural and experimental science and, building upon our expertise in animal behaviour and neuroscience, offer students an experimental and biological approach to studying the subject.
Our novel approach to the study of psychology is based on the simple observation that the brain, the seat of human and animal mind and behaviour, has evolved and knowledge of biological processes is required in order to understand the bigger picture.
Our programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This gives graduates the opportunity to gain Graduate Membership of the Society and acts as a mark of quality that prospective students and employers understand and value. To be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership in the BPS, students must successfully complete the Psychology Research Project in their third year and gain at least a Second Class Honours degree (i.e. an overall pass mark of at least 50%).
- Find out more about the benefits of completing a BPS accredited programme
Research and teaching
Our psychology programme was awarded amongst the highest number of commendations from the British Psychological Society and external reviews of the Psychology group described our research and teaching as of the highest standard and containing high academic rigour.
You can find out more about our research interests on the biological and experimental psychology department page.
I loved the teaching. My professors were at the top of their field but were friendly and approachable. I also really enjoyed the style of teaching. The programme offered me the opportunity to do what I love in a rigorous and scientific way.
Elli Kouremenou, BSc Psychology
The best thing about my course was the diverse range of modules I was able to choose from. The psychology course was very biological and evolutionary focused, something which you will rarely find anywhere else.
Dritan Sadiku, BSc Psychology
The programme structure outlined below is indicative of what you will study. It may change slightly from year to year as new topics are introduced and after we have listened to current student feedback on teaching.
- Exploring Psychology
- Current Topics in Psychology
- Biology for Psychologists
- Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology I
- Brain and Behaviour
- Cognitive Psychology
- Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology II
- Social Psychology
- Evolutionary Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Explanations in Psychology
- Abnormal and Clinical Psychology
- Behavioural Ecology
- Evolution of the Human Mind
- Design for Human Interaction
- Consciousness and Causality
- Mammals and Evolution
- Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
- Behavioural Neuroscience Methods
- Psychology of Creativity
- Animal Behaviour and Cognition
- Counselling Psychology
All third year students must complete one of the following:*
* Students must take one of these modules. Please note if you undertake the Extended Essay in Psychology (rather than the Psychology Research Project) your degree will not be accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
- A-levels: Typically AAB or above at A2 level from three subjects, including at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology
- International Baccalaureate: 35 points overall including Higher Level grade 6 in at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology
- BTEC: We do not accept BTEC qualifications
- Access to HE Diploma: We do not accept Access qualifications for this programme
Visit our frequently asked questions page for answers to our commonly received queries about entry requirements.
Students from outside the United Kingdom must give evidence of their English language ability by producing an English language test score. The university provides guidelines for English requirements for all degree programmes.
Students may enter this degree programme via admission to the QMUL Science and Engineering Foundation Programme. Students must complete the foundation year and meet the required progression criteria.
If you have qualifications, which are not listed above, please contact us to check your eligibility:
Tel: +44(0) 207 882 5511
Learning and teaching
A typical psychology module will run for one semester, and comprise a combination of 22 hours of lectures and up to nine hours of practical sessions. In these practical sessions you will get hands-on experience running your own experiments, questionnaires and surveys. These lectures and practicals are supplemented with regular tutorials in small groups of six to eight students.
For every hour spent at University you will be expected to complete additional hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; assessing data from experiments; completing lab reports; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study and laboratory sessions you attend, along with your reading and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
For all programmes you must take 120 credits (normally eight modules) in each academic year. Each module is assessed through theory examinations (typically accounting for 75-80 per cent of the final mark) and coursework Examinations normally last two and a half hours for first and second years and three hours for final-year papers. Final-year students undertake a research project worth 30 credits.
The main examination period is in May/June, with deferred exams and resits in August for first- and second-year students. The format of undergraduate examinations varies among programmes and may include multiple choice questions (MCQ), extended matching questions (EMQ), short answer questions, problem solving or case-based exercises, and essays.
Fees and finance
Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.
You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.
Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.
For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.
See more general information about fees.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.
Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students
There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.
Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.
Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students
There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.
Find out more about international scholarships.
Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.
Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs
Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.
Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):
- A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
- A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
- Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
- You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.
Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:
- How to apply for student finance
- What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
- What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
- What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
- Additional sources of funding
- Planning your budget and cutting costs
- Part-time and vacation work
- Money for lone parents
For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.
Employers specifically target Russell Group universities because of the calibre of these institutions' graduates and, as a result, nearly 90% of 2013 graduates from our School are employed or in further study.
Our graduates go on to work in a wide variety of careers:
- Some will pursue a career in clinical psychology, teaching, counselling or working within a laboratory.
- Some will continue with their studies and research and opt for postgraduate study at either Masters or PhD level. Recent graduates have opted for Masters in Forensic Psychology, Mental Health and Organisational Psychology.
- Others will transfer the skills they have gained into sectors such as marketing, technology (psychologists have become increasingly in demand at big technology companies, including Google and Facebook, as these companies want to understand user behaviour in order to offer the best online experience) or finance.
My time at Queen Mary provided me with a fantastic base with which to go into a research-based PhD course. The opportunities for interaction with my tutors and lecturers supported my study and learning, and I really benefitted from their guidance and advice.
Susanna Roberts, Psychology student
Queen Mary’s specialist career service is on hand to offer you advice throughout and after your university studies. We are committed to helping our students achieve their career goals and were placed top 10 in the UK for student employability, according to the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2012.
Currently: PhD student at the centre for Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychology, King's College London
Why did you choose Queen Mary?
"I came to Queen Mary through clearing. When looking at my options it became clear that Queen Mary was the obvious choice for me – the course was perfect for what I wanted to do, and the facilities and atmosphere at the College were great."
How did your time at Queen Mary prepare you for work?
"My time at Queen Mary provided me with a fantastic base with which to go into a research-based PhD course. The opportunities for interaction with my tutors and lecturers supported my study and learning, and I really benefitted from their guidance and advice. The training I was given in lab and research-based environments (such as doing the third year research project) really prepared me for the work I am now doing."
What can current students do to prepare for getting a job in your area?
"When looking into doing a PhD it can be helpful to be relatively open-minded – look at a variety of institutions, people you'd like to work with, and funding options for the subject you'd like to do. It is important to have a strong application too – references from the department are invaluable, and your personal statement says a lot about you. Most importantly, make the most of the opportunities that Queen Mary can offer you."
"The thing I have enjoyed most about Queen Mary is being able to meet a diverse range of people from all over the world that I would not have otherwise met. On top of this, the support offered by the lecturers has enabled me to understand the content of the course with great clarity, while at the same time helping me to excel in my exams."
"The cherry on top has been the growing infrastructure of Queen Mary with facilities such as new study areas, a new library etc, which has facilitated my learning, together with the great social opportunities available in this part of London."
"I chose to study at Queen Mary because firstly, it is located in the heart of London and is known for its cutting-edge research. The Psychology programme featured modules which were very closely related to the field of Psychology I wished to pursue. "
"The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary offers a very supportive and encouraging environment. The lecturers in the Psychology department are enthusiastic and motivating, and are the leading researchers in their field. The advisers provide excellent feedback, allowing students to progress and develop their skills and knowledge. The optional module in Psychology caters for every student, whether you're more biology orientated or have an interest in a specific field of psychology. "
Being at university is not just about studying (but let’s be honest that is a pretty important part of your time with us!) there are lots of other opportunities available to you as a Queen Mary student. One of the most popular ways to meet new friends, get involved in causes you care about and share knowledge is by joining a student society.
- Find out more about the Psychology student society