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Psychology

C800 BSc (Hons) 3 years

Overview

This degree will provide you with a broad understanding of psychology as a natural and experimental science, offering a biological approach to studying the subject.  You will cover the main subject areas of psychology with modules such as Cognitive Psychology, Language Acquisition and Consciousness and Causality, but these will be integrated by our biological approach, so you will also study modules such as Evolution, Fundamentals of Neurobiology and Animal Physiology. 

Our programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This gives graduates the opportunity to gain Graduate Membership of the Society - the starting point for a career in psychology - and acts as a mark of quality that employers understand and value. To be eligible, you must successfully complete the Psychology Research Project in your third year and gain at least a second class honours degree (i.e. an overall pass mark of at least 50%).

Highlights

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • Awarded one of the highest numbers of commendations from the British Psychological Society

Research and teaching

By choosing to study at a Russell Group university you will have access to excellent teaching and top class research.

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.

Structure

I really like the scientific approach to my course, as most other Psychology degrees don't focus as much on the biological and neurological aspects of the subject, which is the most important part of psychological research nowadays.
Joely Fashokun, Psychology BSc

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.

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

Elective modules:

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

Elective modules:

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

Elective modules:

All third year students must complete one of the following:*

*You must opt for the Psychology Research Project for your degree to be eligible for accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS). If you undertake the Extended Essay in Psychology, your degree will not be accredited by the BPS.

Entry requirements

  • 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.

Non-UK students

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.

Foundation programme

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.

Other qualifications

If you have qualifications, which are not listed above, please contact us to check your eligibility: 
Email: admissions@qmul.ac.uk
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.

Independent study:

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.

Assessment:

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

Tuition fees

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
email: fees@qmul.ac.uk

Funding

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.

If you live in WalesScotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

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.

Graduate Employment

Many of our psychology graduates pursue a career in clinical psychology, teaching, counselling or working within a laboratory; others transfer their skills into sectors such as marketing, HR, finance or technology.  Psychology is a useful basis for a wide range of careers, as it has a big impact on all areas of life, from education and health to the economy and crime.  The latest data show that 94 per cent* of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation. 

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Assistant Psychologist - South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
  • Mental Health Support Worker - NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Trainee Clinical Research Consultant
  • Assistant Producer – Vibe Radio
  • Clinical Support Worker - Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Intern - Institute of Ecosystem Study

Recent graduates have gone on to study:

  • Clinical and Mental Health Services MSc
  • Mental Health Studies MSc
  • Dentistry BDS
  • Management and Human Resources MSc
  • Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology MSc
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health MSc
  • Criminal Psychology MSc
  • Forensic Mental Health MSc
  • Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology MSc

As a QMUL student, you will have access to our specialist Careers and Enterprise team who can help prepare you for internships and graduate employment.  Their services include CV checking and mock interviews, tailored workshops and employer-led events.  You will also have access to a dedicated Careers Consultant for your School who has expert knowledge of recruitment and connections to employers in the field.

QMUL is part of the prestigious Russell Group and our graduates are consistently in the top ten graduate starting salaries in the UK (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016).  QMUL graduates have a strong earning power, with an average salary of £23,580.*

*Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2013/14

Profiles

Susanna Roberts, Psychology BSc, class of 2013

Currently: PhD student at the centre for Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychology, King's College London

  • Why did you choose QMUL?

"I came to Queen Mary through clearing. When looking at my options it became clear that QMUL was the obvious choice for me – the course was perfect for what I wanted to do, and the facilities and atmosphere at QMUL were great."

  • How did your time at QMUL prepare you for work?

"My time at QMUL provided me with a fantastic base 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 QMUL can offer you."


Jella Reblin, Psychology BSc, class of 2016

  • What do you enjoy most about your course?

"I really like that we are able to take such a diverse range of classes - I have had the chance to take classes ranging from evolution to statistics and business psychology. When I started my degree I had a very narrow view of my subject, and now I have learned that psychology has an immense influence on so many areas."

  • What's it like being a student in London?

"London is such an exciting place to be – in London it feels like your goals are possible, you live in the centre of it all and are able to take part.  When applying for internships, as I did last summer, it feels like you can actually do whatever you like and achieve your goals, as there as so many options."

  • What do you think of the services at QMUL?

"I have visited my friends at other London universities and I always miss the 'campus feel' that QMUL has. Walking around campus you always run into familiar faces, which makes it feel friendly. 

  • How do you think your QMUL qualification will help your future career?

"I hope to go on and complete a Master's degree in Organisational Psychology. I believe that with my BSc from QMUL I have very good chances of accomplishing my future career goals. I have learnt so much at QMUL and I feel very positive about my future."


Joely Fashokun, Psychology BSc, class of 2017

  • What do you enjoy most about your course?

"The science aspects of it, most other psychology programmes don't focus on the biological and neurological aspects of the subject as much, which is the most important part of psychological research nowadays."

  • What's it like being a student in London?

"I come from a small town in Cornwall, so coming to central London was a big change. I love it! London is so cool and there's so much going on - it's hard to be bored here."

  • What do you think of the services at QMUL?

"QMUL is fantastic because it is renowned for it's research, and so we have access to the best facilities.  Also as it's a campus university, everything is here! No one else who studies in London can say that they can go to the bank, shop, out for lunch, home and then out for a drink without even leaving their campus."

  • How do you think your QMUL qualification will help your future career?

"I want to go into research one day, and so it's great that my lecturers really are at the top of the game. I think it means that what I learn is more current and relevant. Also we can't forget the prestige that comes with attending a Russell Group university."

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