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Birkbeck, University of London

Psychology

UCAS Code: C800

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

120

A typical offer is 120 UCAS tariff points, which is equivalent to BBB at A-level. (Please note that an A-level in General Studies is not accepted.) The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence. UCAS provides a tariff calculator for you to work out what your qualification is worth within the UCAS tariff. GCSE (or equivalent) at grade C or new grade 4 or above in mathematics is also required.

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About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Part-time | 2019

Subject

Psychology

Psychology is an exciting, dynamic field that is broadly concerned with the scientific study of mental life and human behaviour: how people think, feel and behave as individuals and how they interact in groups. This degree introduces you to the various scientific models and methods that help psychologists observe, interpret and explain human behaviour, from monitoring infants as they grow to brain scanning and studying social networks. It will give you a deep understanding of the key subject areas and specialisms within psychology, including biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology.

This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society and will thoroughly prepare you for a career as a professional psychologist, working, for instance, as a clinical, educational, organisational, forensic or sports psychologist. A key feature of this course is its pathways, which enable you to specialise in your final year, choosing from psychology, psychology with neuroscience, psychology with child development, or psychology in practice.

You will be taught by world-leading academics who are undertaking cutting-edge research in a globally recognised department - psychology at Birkbeck is ranked fifth in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). We are renowned for our research in neuroscience, cognition, developmental science - and the links between them. Our research informs real-world policy and practice and is at the forefront of breakthroughs in our understanding of conditions such as autism and ADHD. We also offer excellent research laboratories and facilities, for both general and specialist use.

This programme will teach you how to engage critically with psychological literature, identify problems and formulate research questions and hypotheses, find appropriate methods for collecting and analysing data, and draw conclusions and integrate findings. You will learn essential research skills and undertake a research project on a topic that interests you, under the guidance of one of our academic experts. You will also gain a range of transferable skills that are highly sought after across a wide range of careers. If you are interested in continuing your studies, then this programme will give you the foundational knowledge and research skills you need to successfully pursue postgraduate training or research.

Highlights

- The BSc programmes are accredited by the British Psychological Society and are the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

- This programme has multiple entry routes, pathways and exit awards, to match the diverse educational and career needs of all of our students. Students returning to study or who would like extra support can opt for routes that provide extra support and guidance.

- Birkbeck's Department of Psychological Sciences is strongly oriented towards research and contains the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues, the Birkbeck-UCL Centre for Neuroimaging and the Centre for Cognition, Computation and Modelling. The Department is also a member of the Bloomsbury Centre for Genetic Epidemiology and Statistics.

- Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked fifth in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and we achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to research of world-leading quality.

- Psychological research at Birkbeck has ranked fifth in the world in a category of the Best Global Universities Rankings 2016, an important and influential index of research quality.

- Psychology at Birkbeck is ranked third best in London, ninth in the UK and 85th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.

Modules

You complete compulsory, core and option modules to a total of 360 credits, including a 30-credit Project (BSc students) or Extended Essay (BA students) in your final year. Modules are taught at Level 4, Level 5 and Level 6.

A key feature of this programme is its specialist pathways, which enable you to focus in your final year on a specialism within psychology. All students take the same modules in Year 1 and Year 2, giving you a solid foundation in generic and subject-specific knowledge and skills. You then select a pathway in Year 3, choosing from a wide range of specialist option modules to tailor your programme to your interests and careers ambitions. You can follow pathways in Psychology, Psychology with Neuroscience, Psychology with Child Development, or Psychology in Practice.

Another distinctive feature of this course is that students who choose the Psychology or the Psychology in Practice pathway can choose to graduate with either a BSc or a BA.

Year 1 and Year 2, all pathways
In Year 1, all students take the same seven compulsory modules, to a total of 120 credits.

In Year 2, all students take the same eight compulsory modules, to a total of 120 credits, with the exception of BA Psychology and BA Psychology in Practice students, who have the option of completing a 15-credit Work-based Learning Project module in place of the final research methods course (Research Methods 2).

Year 3 BSc Psychology pathway:
You select pathway option modules to a total of 90 credits and complete a 30-credit Project.

Year 3 BA Psychology pathway:
You select pathway option modules to a total of 90 credits and complete a 30-credit Extended Essay.

Year 3 BSc Psychology with Neuroscience pathway:
You take one compulsory module, select pathway option modules to a total of 75 credits and complete a 30-credit Project.

Year 3 BSc Psychology with Child Development pathway:
You take one compulsory module, select pathway option modules to a total of 75 credits and complete a 30-credit Project.

Year 3 BSc Psychology in Practice pathway:
You take one compulsory module, select pathway option modules to a total of 75 credits and complete a 30-credit Project.

Year 3 BA Psychology in Practice pathway:
You take one compulsory module, select pathway option modules to a total of 75 credits and complete a 30-credit Extended Essay.

Assessment methods

Currently some modules are assessed by written examinations taken during the day in mid-May to mid-June with some assessed at the end of the module in December and January. Some modules include coursework.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,675
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

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Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

Psychological Sciences

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What students say


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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

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Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


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