City University London

Course Introduction

At City, the British Psychological Society'accredited BSc (Hons) Psychology covers all core topics, including developmental, social, biological and cognitive psychology. There is strong emphasis on research methods, with many opportunities for hands'on learning. Students study with talented experts representing a diverse range of disciplines and professions. All are actively publishing researchers and/or Chartered practitioners. Students may learn from them the general and specialist skills and knowledge essential for their success in postgraduate studies and employment Successful Psychology degree students possess strong quantitative, analytical and independent thinking skills. They communicate effectively in writing and in presentations. They learn to take a critical evidence'based approach to theories and common'sense ideas. Such versatile practical and intellectual skills are highly attractive to employers in a wide variety of work settings. . According to the 2012 National Student Survey, 94 per cent of City Psychology students said they were satisfied with their course. Many students gain voluntary work experience during the summer breaks. Past examples of volunteer work involve training as a counsellor for victims of crime or working in the NHS with long'term and elderly patients, in mental health or in occupational health. There are also opportunities to work as a research assistant with Psychology staff on their ongoing projects.

Course Modules

Year 1 core modules: professional and academic development for psychologists; cognitive approaches to mind and behaviour; history and theory of psychology; biological approaches to mind and behaviour; lifespan psychology; research design and analysis (quantitative methods); research design and analysis (laboratory methods). Elective modules: 1 to be taken from a choice of psychology, languages, economics, international politics and media studies. Year 2 core modules: research methods in psychology (double module); cognitive psychology 1 (memory and language); cognitive psychology 2 (thinking and perception); biological psychology; developmental psychology; social psychology; personality and differential psychology. Year 3 core module: research project in psychology. Elective modules include: approaches to autism; abnormal and clinical psychology; coaching psychology: theory, research and practice; cognitive development; concepts and categorisation; health psychology; judgment and decision'making; memory and the law; normal and disordered word processing; organisational psychology; programming tools for psychologists; the psychology of time; psychological illness, brain damage & dreams: malfunctions of mind; social perception; subjective well'being; topics in cognitive neuroscience.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Higher BBBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates AAAABB
  • European Baccalaureate 70%
  • International Baccalaureate 33
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Diploma DDD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Specialist Extended Diploma

Key Course Information

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99% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 99%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 89%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 92%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

86% Go on to work and/or study

In work 63
Studying 17
Studying and working 6
Unemployed 11
Unknown 3

16% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 65%

Total Coursework: 33%

Total Practical: 2%

£7,800 - £10,000
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,500 - £7,800
Typical cost of private accommodation