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BSc Psychology (C800)

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  • Course Code: C800
  • Mode of Study: Bachelor of Science (Honours) 3 years
  • Institution Code: Q50
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Gain the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society as you study psychology from a experimental and research perspective.

This degree will provide you with a broad understanding of psychology as a natural science. You will cover the main subject areas of psychology, but these will be integrated by Queen Mary’s experimental and biological approach.

Core topics include: introduction to basic psychological principles, brain and behaviour, evolution, comparative cognition, cognitive science, social and developmental psychology, personality and individual differences, and applied psychology.

The British Psychological Society

You will be able to conduct a final year project in one of several areas of psychology with support and expertise drawn from across the School.

BSc Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), on successful completion you will have the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

Where will it take you?

A degree in Psychology will allow you to apply to study to become a professional psychologist (clinical, educational, occupational, health and forensic), postgraduate research (Masters or PhD) and a range of non-science careers in business, occupational and management consultancy, media and public relations, social work and teaching.

Psychology graduate employers include:

  • NHS and local education authorities
  • University research and educational institutions
  • Business, management and consultancy firms
  • Creative industries
  • Fast track to medicine; social work; teaching

Graduate Profile:

My time at Queen Mary provided me with a fantastic base with which to go into a research-based PhD course. The opportunities for interaction with my tutors and lecturers supported my study and learning, and I really benefitted from their guidance and advice.
Susanna Roberts - BSc Psychology

Name: Susanna Roberts
Course: BSc Biology with Psychology (graduated 2011 with first class honours)
Graduate Role: PhD student at the centre for Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychology, King's College London

Why did you choose Queen Mary?

"I came to Queen Mary through clearing. When looking at my options it became clear that Queen Mary was the obvious choice for me – the course was perfect for what I wanted to do, and the facilities and atmosphere at the College were great."

How did your time at Queen Mary prepare you for work?

"My time at Queen Mary provided me with a fantastic base with which to go into a research-based PhD course. The opportunities for interaction with my tutors and lecturers supported my study and learning, and I really benefitted from their guidance and advice. The training I was given in lab and research-based environments (such as doing the third year research project) really prepared me for the work I am now doing."

What can current students do to prepare for getting a job in your area?

"When looking into doing a PhD it can be helpful to be relatively open-minded – look at a variety of institutions, people you'd like to work with, and funding options for the subject you'd like to do. It is important to have a strong application too – references from the department are invaluable, and your personal statement says a lot about you. Most importantly, make the most of the opportunities that Queen Mary can offer you."

Why Study at Queen Mary?

Queen Mary is home to a broad, active research programme that spans and combines the psychology and life science disciplines. You will benefit from expert tuition informed by current, cutting edge research undertaken by our field-leading academic staff.

Psychology at Queen Mary is based in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS), and is seen as a natural and experimental science. This arises from the simple observation that the brain, the seat of human and animal mind and behaviour, has evolved, and therefore must reflect facets of biological processes. This approach differs from many other psychology degrees, and uniquely prepares our students for further study and careers in both the biological/medical sciences and the social sciences and humanities.

Programme structure

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) programme is delivered over 3 years. In the second and third years you will have the opportunity to study in disciplines including neuroscience, behavioural ecology and evolution.


Entry requirements

  • ABB at A2 level from three subjects including at least one science (Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology)
  • International Baccalaureate: 34 points overall with HL grade 5 in at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology
  • BTEC National Diploma (18 unit): DDM
  • Access to HE Diploma (60 credit in a Science discipline, eg Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics): overall Pass, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher.
  • For more information on entry requirements visit the SBCS general entry requirement page.
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