Psychology

Entry Year: 2020

4 study options

Psychology BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
C800
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAB at A-Level. This must include at least one A-Level science subject of Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,500
Funding information
Paying your fees

Biological Sciences with Foundation BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
CCX2
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades CCC at A-Level. This must include A-Level Biology or Chemistry. A second science subject at A-Level from either Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology is also required.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£18,750
Funding information
Paying your fees

Psychology with Professional Experience BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
C80P
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAB at A-Level. This must include at least one A-Level science subject of Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology.
Full entry requirements
Fees
Fees for this course are not available yet. Please contact the Fees Office for more information.

Psychology with Year Abroad BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
C80Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAB at A-Level. This must include at least one A-Level science subject of Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£20,850*

*These fees are for the 2019-20 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2020-21 have not yet been set.

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Overview

Take a rigorous, biological approach to psychology, studying it as a natural and experimental science.

Psychology gives us valuable insight into many areas of life – from human behaviour in the classroom or courtroom to animal cognition and natural selection.

You’ll develop a strong grounding in the subject through modules covering cognitive psychology, language acquisition and consciousness and causality. You’ll also integrate biological approaches by studying animal behaviour and cognition, mammals and evolution, and cognitive and affective neuroscience. You can choose to carry out a final-year research project, drawing on support and expertise from across the School.

Our Psychology BSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society – a mark of quality that employers understand and value.

Professional recognition

By graduating from this programme with at least a second class honours degree you will be eligible for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society, the starting point for a career in Psychology. 

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Structure

You can complete your Psychology degree in three or four years. If you choose to study abroad or do a year of professional experience, this will take place in Year 3, and the Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.

Year 1

Compulsory

  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Essential Skills for Psychologists
  • Exploring Psychology I
  • Exploring Psychology II
  • Introduction to Biopsychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology I

Choose from

  • Emotion
  • Language Acquisition
  • Physiology
  • Society, Medicine and Health

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Comparative Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Psychopathology
  • Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology II
  • Social Psychology

Choose one from

  • Engaging the Public in Science
  • Health and Well-being

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

  • History and Philosophy of Psychology

Choose from

  • Extended Essay in Psychology
  • Psychology Research Project*

Choose five from (or six if taking Psychology Research Project)

  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Behavioural Epigenetics
  • Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Critical Approaches to Psychology Research
  • Design for Human Interaction
  • Health Psychology
  • Language and Mind
  • Mammals and Evolution
  • Nature, Nurture and Mental Health
  • Psychology of Creativity
  • Psychology of Food
  • Psychology of Play and Games
  • Social Development

*You must opt for the Psychology Research Project to be eligible for accreditation by the British Psychological Society. 

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Professional Experience

Apply for our Psychology BSc with Professional Experience to spend a year working in a professional experience position as part of your degree. As well as helping you to stand out from the crowd and secure graduate employment, professional experience is an excellent opportunity to develop real world skills and put your learning into context. Students can apply for professional experience positions in a range of sectors, including hospital clinics, mental health charities, HR, market research, youth centres, government or clinical research labs. 

During your second year you will identify and apply for a professional experience opportunity, with one on one support provided by your adviser. You must achieve a satisfactory academic result in Year 1 to do a year of professional experience.

Please note professional experience opportunities are highly competitive. If you are unable to obtain a professional experience position, you'll transfer onto our BSc programme and complete your third year at Queen Mary.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Psychology BSc with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are.

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The Psychology programme has a very strong scientific focus which is exactly what I was looking for. It’s very interactive and we learn a lot that’s relevant to us right now.

Teaching

Teaching and learning

You’ll learn through a combination of lectures and practical sessions, where you will get hands-on experience of running your own experiments, questionnaires and surveys. You’ll also have regular tutorials in small groups of six to eight students.

For every hour spent in classes you’ll be expected to complete additional hours of independent study – preparing, analysing results, writing up and reading.

Assessment

Each module is assessed through theory examinations (typically accounting for 75 to 80 per cent of the final mark) and coursework.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • new lecture theatres
  • modern computer labs
  • an electroencephalography (EEG) lab.

Entry requirements

Psychology - BSc (Hons)

A-LevelGrades AAB at A-Level. This must include at least one A-Level science subject of Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 35 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a science subject at Higher Level. Acceptable science subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology.
BTECBTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
Access HEAccess qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.
EPQ

Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.

For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq

Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Biological Sciences with Foundation - BSc (Hons)

A-LevelGrades CCC at A-Level. This must include A-Level Biology or Chemistry. A second science subject at A-Level from either Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology is also required.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 26 points overall, including 4,4,4 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level. A second science subject at Higher Level of Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology is also required.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a science discipline e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction, 15 credits at Merit and 15 credits at Pass or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis, and we may request an interview. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.

Psychology with Professional Experience - BSc (Hons)

A-LevelGrades AAB at A-Level. This must include at least one A-Level science subject of Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 35 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a science subject at Higher Level. Acceptable science subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology.
BTECBTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
Access HEAccess qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Psychology with Year Abroad - BSc (Hons)

A-LevelGrades AAB at A-Level. This must include at least one A-Level science subject of Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 35 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a science subject at Higher Level. Acceptable science subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology.
BTECBTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
Access HEAccess qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer 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.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

92 per cent of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2016/17).

Many graduates use their subject knowledge to move into clinical psychology, teaching, counselling or lab work. Others transfer their skills into sectors such as marketing, HR, finance or technology.

Recent Psychology graduates have been hired by:

  • Guy's and St Thomas'​ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Burgess Autistic Institute
  • Easy Steps ABA Services for Autism
  • Barts Health NHS Trust.

Career support

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has a careers consultant, who can offer specialist advice and organise subject-specific events. We also have a dedicated internships coordinator.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

About the School

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences is a large and dynamic school with strong links to industry. We offer a stimulating and supportive learning experience.

You’ll experience inspirational teaching from high-calibre staff who are leaders in their field. According to the Research Excellence Framework, 87 per cent of our chemistry and 82 per cent of our biology research is either world-leading or internationally excellent. You’ll stay up to date with weekly departmental seminars on new research findings.

Thanks to our close teaching and research links, students have special opportunities for original investigative work with the Natural History Museum, ZSL London Zoo, Forest Enterprise and University of London’s Marine Biological Station at Millport in Scotland.

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