Psychology (BSc): 3-year, full-time

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Location

Central London

Status

Subject to approval

UCAS Code

C800

Duration

Three years full-time

Attendance

Four evenings a week

Other entry years for this course

2017

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.

This course is also available for part-time evening study over four years.

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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.

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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.

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