BSc in Psychology


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Program Description

This programme will provide you with a contemporary approach to the study of the human mind. You will gain a thorough understanding of human behaviour and learn to apply psychological science to a variety of contemporary and social challenges.

There is an emphasis on quantitative and qualitative research methods and statistical analysis with content enriched by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

As a graduate of this programme, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of all the main areas of psychology;
  • Demonstrate the ability to exercise critical judgement in the evaluation of research in the field;
  • Apply a critical understanding of essential concepts, principles and research in psychology, and critically evaluate the results, in the context of loosely defined scenarios, using structured arguments based on empirical evidence;
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce a substantial piece of original or empirical research work including, for example, study design, data collection, analysis and reporting.

Programme structure, modules and specification

The BSc Psychology consists of:

  • Eight 15-credit compulsory modules at FHEQ Level 4
  • Eight 15-credit compulsory modules at FHEQ Level 5
  • Six 15-credit compulsory modules at FHEQ Level 6
  • One 30-credit Research Project*

* Please note the research project relates to 45 credits overall split into 2 elements:

  • One 15 credit Research project preparation module
  • One 30 credit Research project

As you progress through your BSc studies, you may apply for an intermediate qualification or qualifications: Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) and/or Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) in Psychology.

Key dates

2020 intake
Application opens 16 December 2019
Application deadline 09 March 2020
Registration deadline 16 March 2020

How you study

You can study this online programme from anywhere in the world. The flexible approach to learning enables you to fit your studies around your commitments whilst providing the academic rigour and structure of an on-campus programme.

Modules are offered over two 22-week sessions each academic year. You choose which sessions to enter and how many modules to take in each session (subject to module availability).

Assessment deadlines are outlined clearly in advance of the session. You can study up to four modules (or two modules and the Research project) at any one time. You will also receive a variety of highly engaging learning materials and activities.

Your learning experience will be enhanced with an accessible and attractive learning platform; opportunities for self-assessment so you can understand your own progress; enhanced student support.

Online support

The programme is delivered online and there is no requirement to come to the UK as part of your studies. Our flexible online programme allows you to work around your own schedule and leads to a globally-recognised qualification.

When you register, we will give you access to the Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources including:

  • The Student Guide provides information which is common to all students and gives useful information about your relationship with the University of London through to graduation.
  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers online learning support, access to the student café and discussion areas, sample past examination questions and other study materials.
  • The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library. All registered students have free access to the University of London’s Online Library.
  • Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.

Tutor support

All students receive online tutor support and feedback while studying this programme. Tutors introduce the modules, respond to queries, monitor discussions and provide guidance on assessments.

Study materials

All essential resources, activities, videos, discussions and support are provided through the VLE. This allows you to fit your studies around your work commitments. There is no need to purchase additional textbooks.

Time commitment

The flexible approach to learning allows students to complete the BSc Psychology in a minimum of three years (subject to module availability) to a maximum of six years.

You can study at your own pace, either part-time or full-time, adjusting the intensity of learning to suit your needs.


Each module includes a mix of assessments. During your study period, you will undertake formative assessments, which help you to measure your progress but do not count towards your grade, and summative assessments. Summative assessments do count towards the final grade.

Each module, excluding Research skills 1 and 2, Mental health around the world and the Research project modules, is summatively assessed by an element of coursework and either an examination or a further element of coursework. The overall module mark is calculated by weighting the marks achieved for the two elements of assessment in a ratio of 30:70. Written examinations are held twice a year.

Research skills 1 is summatively assessed by two equally weighted elements of coursework. Research skills 2 is summatively assessed by a combination of three elements: one examination and two elements of coursework. The module mark is calculated by weighting the marks achieved for the first and second coursework elements and the examination in a ratio of 30:50:20.

Mental health around the world is summatively assessed by one element of coursework worth 100% of the overall module mark.

The research project aspect runs across two modules: Research project preparation and Research project. Research project preparation is assessed through the completion and submission of a project plan to a satisfactory level which is marked on a Pass/Fail basis. Passing this module allows for progression to the Research project which is assessed by an 8,000-word report of original research.

Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

For direct access to the BSc Psychology degree, you will usually meet the following criteria:

  • Three UK GCE A-levels at grade DDE or an acceptable equivalent;
  • One of these A-levels must be obtained in Mathematics, Psychology or Biology at grade A – D;
  • UK GCSE Maths grade A-C / 9 – 4 or equivalent; and
  • Be age 17+ by the registration deadline of your enrolment session.

We accept qualifications from all around the world.

For access by Performance-based admission

If you do not meet the academic requirements for direct entry, you can apply for the programme via the performance-based admission route.

To be eligible to register, you must normally:

  • Have passed at least six separate subjects at GCSE or GCE O level or equivalent; and
  • One of these GCSEs must be obtained in Mathematics, at grade A – C/9 – 4 or equivalent; and
  • Be aged 18+ by the registration deadline of your enrolment session.

To be admitted onto the full BSc programme, you must pass two required modules with an overall result of 40% or above, with at least 40% in each element of assessment.

What if I do not meet the above criteria?

Even if you do not meet the standard requirements, we will consider each application on its own merits. Our Admissions Panel will consider whether any alternative/incomplete qualifications or work experience you have are suitable for entry to the programme.

English Language

IELTS: overall score of at least 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each subcategory or equivalent. This must have been obtained within the past 3 years.

If you do not meet the English language proficiency requirements but believe that you can demonstrate the requisite proficiency, the University may, at its discretion, consider your application

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly.

Your computer should have at least the following minimum specification:

  • A web browser with Cookies and JavaScript enabled (the latest version of Firefox or Chrome is recommended);
  • A good internet connection;
  • And the following applications installed:
    • a word processor that accepts Microsoft Word formats (.doc and .docx);
    • a pdf reader.


The fees below relate to the April 2020, October 2020 and April 2021 sessions. They may increase by up to 5% per year.

The fee depends on whether you live in a developing (Band A) or developed (Band B) nation.

BSc programme fee (indicative totals*) April 2020, October 2020 and April 2021
Web supported learner
Band A countries £8160
Band B countries £15240

Career opportunities

A Psychology degree provides graduates with a broad skill set including data analysis, problem-solving, scientific and statistical literacy and effective communication.

Psychology graduates are notably flexible in the workplace and go on to succeed in a variety of professions, including entering the public or private sector or applying their knowledge to a range of sectors such as education, healthcare, social care, criminal and legal services. Your degree could lead to a career in areas such as forensic psychology, health psychology, youth services, counselling or human resource management.

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register.

Academic leadership

The academic direction is provided by King’s College London, with enriched content developed by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). King’s College London is globally known for their commitment to delivering research excellence and is ranked 7th in the QS UK University rankings 2019.

IoPPN is a world leader in the research, study and practice of psychiatry, psychology and related disciplines. Dating back to 1896, IoPPN has pioneered in facilitating education and training of psychology and psychiatry. The Institute became a school of King’s College London in 1997.

Programme Director

Dr Jenny Yiend is a Reader in Cognitive Psychopathology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, where she has been since 2009.

To date, Jenny has published 70 peer-reviewed papers on cognitive processing across a wide range of disorders including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders and personality disorder and has won 17 independent research grants to support her work. She is an editor of the journal ‘Anxiety, Stress and Coping’ and was elected a fellow of the American Psychological Society in 2014.

Jenny has taken an active role in education throughout her career and continuously strives to help students achieve their potential, whilst also enjoying their student experience to the full. She has held various educational leadership roles, such as Programme Director for the IOPPN’s Mental Health Studies MSc; IOPPN’s Head of Graduate Studies for Postgraduate Education and Interim Dean of Education. Jenny won the faculty award for the ‘Most Innovative Teacher’ in 2013 was elected a Principal Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy in 2017.

Last updated Oct 2020

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