• UCAS Code: C800
  • Status: Subject to approval
  • Start date: October 2018
  • Duration:

    Three years full-time

  • Attendance:

    Four evenings a week

    October to May

  • Location:

    Central London

  • Professional bodies that recognise this course:

    The BSc programmes are accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Programme overview

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.

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. 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.

A key feature of this programme is its specialist pathways, which enable you to focus in your final year on a specialism within psychology. You can choose to take pathways in Psychology, Psychology with Neuroscience, Psychology with Child Development and Psychology in Practice. In your first two years, you will develop a solid understanding of 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.

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. A BSc degree will equip you to carry out empirical studies using a range of experimental and qualitative methods and pursue professional training in psychology.

BSc/BA Psychology pathway

Offers a wide range of option modules, including applied psychology, biopsychology, cognitive science, developmental science and neuroscience.

BSc Psychology with Neuroscience pathway

Focuses on neuroscience, biopsychology and cognitive science. This pathway is ideal if you are interested in studying the structure and function of the nervous system, how it develops and the role of the brain in cognitive functions and human behaviour.

BSc Psychology with Child Development pathway

Focuses on developmental sciences. This pathway is ideal if you are interested in studying the physical, psychological and emotional development of children from birth and how children grow and develop from infant dependence to adult independence.

BSc/BA Psychology in Practice pathway

Focuses on the practical applications of psychology. This pathway gives you the option to undertake a work-based project, as well as a professional learning review.

This course is also available for part-time evening study over four years, which is recommended for students who are returning to higher education after a break or who are new to university-level study.

How to apply

If you are applying for a three-year, full-time undergraduate degree at Birkbeck, you have to apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). To apply, go to the UCAS homepage and click on 'Apply and Track'. You will have to register, giving UCAS a few personal details, including your name, address and date of birth, and then you complete an application form.

You may be called for interview if you do not meet the standard entry requirements. Please complete your application form carefully and include detailed information about your educational qualifications (particularly mathematics and, if English is not your first language, IELTS qualification) and/or courses you are studying in order to meet the entry requirements. If your current work involves a high level of numeracy and literacy, please include this information. A clear, well-written statement in support of your application, demonstrating a thoughtful and considered approach to studying psychology at degree level, is essential. Please ensure you provide an academic reference and supporting statement with your application.

In your application you need to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of what academic psychology is and what it is not, and why you would like to study academic psychology.
  • An understanding of the amount of time you will need to dedicate to your studies both in and out of the 'classroom', and your capacity to manage your time effectively to make this possible.
  • Your motivation to complete a challenging science programme even when stressors at home, work and college make studying difficult, and your ability to make use of the support available appropriately.

Need help with your application? Watch videos featuring our academic experts giving advice on applying to Birkbeck and answering some of the most frequently asked questions.

Birkbeck offers a range of free face-to-face advice and support to help you make a successful application.

Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.

UCAS Code

C800

Application deadlines and interviews

15 January is the first UCAS deadline and the majority of university applications through UCAS are made by then. We welcome applications outside of the UCAS deadlines, so you can still apply through UCAS after 15 January, depending on the availability of places. We also take late applications via the UCAS Clearing system in August.

Read more about key dates for UCAS applicants.

      Why study this course at Birkbeck?

      Course structure

      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.

      Year 1

      Year 2

      BSc Psychology with Neuroscience Year 3

      BSc Psychology with Child Development Year 3

      BSc/BA Psychology in Practice Year 3

      BSc/BA Psychology indicative option modules

      BSc Psychology with Neuroscience indicative option modules

      BSc Psychology with Child Development indicative option modules

      BSc/BA Psychology in Practice indicative option modules

      Please note that students who complete the BA Psychology and the BA Psychology in Practice will not be qualified to work as applied psychologists, while students who complete the BSc Psychology in Practice will not be qualified to work as applied psychologists until they undergo BPS-accredited postgraduate training.

      Entry requirements

      We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on our judgement of your academic potential.

      UCAS tariff points

      120

      The UCAS tariff system has changed for courses starting in September 2017 and is now calculated using a new number system. This means applicants applying for courses from October 2016 will see entry requirements and offers expressed using the new tariff.

      The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied for a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.

      A-Level in general studies is not accepted.

      GCSE (or equivalent) at grade C or above in mathematics is required.

      If you are unsure about your eligibility then please contact us. The admissions tutor may decide that our four-year, part-time, evening study BSc Psychology may be more suitable for you.

      Foundation Year

      Birkbeck's BSc Psychology with Foundation Year offers an entry route on to this course. Students who achieve grades of 50% and above in all modules on the Foundation Year may progress to Year 2 rather than Year 1 of this course (at the discretion of the Examinations Sub-Board). This makes it possible for you to complete the BSc or BA in three rather than four years.

      Certificate of Higher Education

      Students who complete specified introductory modules from the Certificate of Higher Education in Psychology are always considered for entry on to this course. The Certificate offers an entry route into the second year of this degree.

      Alternative entry routes

      Access to Higher Education Diploma with a pass in a relevant subject.

      International entry requirements

      If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

      If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

      Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

      Fees (2017/8)

      Full-time home/EU students: £ 9250 pa
      Full-time overseas students: £ 13000 pa

      Payment and Fees Discounts

      Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

      Fees discount: Birkbeck offers a generous package of fee reductions and cash bursaries for new undergraduates and Certificate of Higher Education students. Also, if you are a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

      Funding and Financial Support

      With a student loan, you will pay nothing upfront. Find out about loans, cash bursaries and fee reductions and check if you are eligible.

      Careers and employability

      Graduates can pursue careers in psychology, human relations, education or marketing. This degree may also be useful in becoming a clinical psychologist, further education lecturer, human resources officer or market researcher.

      Find out more about these professions.

      Find out more about careers in psychology.

      Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

      We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

      Teaching and assessment

      Teaching

      Most modules are primarily taught via lectures. Practical laboratory sessions and small-group teaching are important components of some modules.

      Outside of the classroom, we advise that, as a minimum, you allocate at least one to two hours of home study for every hour of lectures.

      Assessment

      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.

      Our research

      Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

      Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

      Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck were rated 5th 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.

      Read about Birkbeck research helping to identify fundamental biological and physical structures and fight disease.

      Further study opportunities

      We offer a range of Master's degrees in psychology, as well as doctorates.

      If you already have a BA/BSc honours degree in a discipline other than psychology with a minimum 2:2, you might want to consider taking our part-time MSc Psychology, which is also accredited by the British Psychological Society, instead.

      Not ready to do a degree?

      We can support you to get on to the undergraduate course that’s right for you.

      If you are not ready to study an undergraduate degree, check out our Certificates of Higher Education and short courses for another way into study.

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