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BSc (Hons) Psychology

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Start date

September 2017

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Course summary

Get a better understanding of human behaviour and study in the most fascinating area of science with a BSc Psychology degree from University of East London.

Throughout our distinctive degree, accredited by the British Psychological Society, we’ll give you the perfect grounding from which to specialise. We’ll offer you flexibility and plenty of choice.

At other universities you might find your choice of subject limited. Studying psychology at UEL enables you to follow your own pathway rather than a set pattern because of the sheer breadth of options available to you. The number and variety of experts on campus means you can head off into virtually any area that interests you.

We are one of the largest Psychology schools in the UK, and have been teaching Psychology for over 50 years. We have gathered a huge range of expertise, giving you incredible access to experts in all areas of Psychology, and we have stunning facilities in our Stratford campus, with fantastic equipment that helps you with your learning and provides a real hands-on approach.

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Impact of research 

We are joint first in the UK for impact of research, beating Cambridge and Oxford, showing our incredible academic expertise and real-world relevance. (latest REF, 2014)

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

This accreditation is a mark of quality that students and employers understand and value. Studying a BPS accredited course will give you the opportunity to gain graduate or chartered membership of the Society.

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In my 3rd year I would have been lost without my project supervisor. He was so supportive and helpful whilst I was completing my final year project.

Aime Leahy , BSc (Hons)
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Entry requirements


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A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
Extended Diploma (QCF) or Diploma (QCF)
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and maths (See below for accepted equivalences)


(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.


Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

You’ll spend around 60 per cent of the Psychology BSc course at the University of East London studying compulsory modules. This will give you a thorough grounding in many different aspects of psychology. Key subjects include forensic psychology, developmental psychology, psychology with sociology, child psychology and clinical and community psychology.

You can choose to stay within the broad area of the Psychology BSc or to specialise in some other areas you have studied – for instance, forensic psychology. There’s plenty of flexibility.

Whatever subjects you study within our huge and broad School, we’ll encourage you to examine them in a sharply critical way. We’ve developed that particular focus over more than 50 years of teaching.

In your final year, you’ll undertake a project on a subject area of your choice for which you’ll design and carry out original research, and analyse and interpret the resulting data.

You’ll have the chance to choose from as many as 19 optional modules – one of the widest ranges of modules on offer in any psychology department in the UK.

What you'll study and when

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a bachelor’s degree, you can study this course as an ‘extended’ four-year programme. You’ll begin with a foundation year, which will prepare you for a successful transition to the degree course a year later.

By the end of the degree you’ll gain the same qualification as those obtaining direct entry to the course but you’ll take one year longer to complete your studies.

Skills for Success in Psychology (core)
Debates in Psychology (core)
Topics in Psychology (core)
Psychology in Practice (core)

Researching Psychological Worlds (core)
Perspectives on Behaviour: Biological, Social and Differential (core)
Introduction to Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (core)
Thinking like a psychologist (core)

Researching Psychological Worlds 2 (core)
Applications of psychobiology, individual differences and social psychology (core)
Topics in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (core)
Forensic Psychology: The Justice System (optional)
Cognitive Neuropsychology (optional)
Psychology of Mental Health (optional)
The Psychology of Personal Development (optional)
The Psychology of Ageing (optional)
Counselling Psychology (optional)
Psychological Perspectives on Work Experience (optional)

Psychological Research Project (core)
Employability and developing your graduate career pathway (core)
Research Conference (optional)
Forensic Psychology: Criminal Conduct (optional)
Occupational Psychology (optional)
Health Psychology (Optional)
Psychological Perspective on Power Politics and Political Violence (optional)
Psychology of Choice: Decision Making and Risk Perception (optional)
Applied Child Psychology (optional)
Applied Child Psychology with Placement (optional)
Drugs and Addictive Behaviours (optional)
Psychoneuroimmunology (optional)
Psychology of Emotions (optional)
Mental Distress in Context (optional)
Evolutionary Psychology (optional)
Frontiers in Cognitive Science: Isusses in the study of mind, embodiment and consciousness (optional)
Psychology, Identity and Society (optional)
Wellbeing and Resilience in the face of conflict and disaster (optional)
Psychology of Belief
Anomalistic Psychology (optional)

How you'll be assessed

We’ll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework includes essays, research reports, group and seminar presentations and a final-year project. 

The balance of coursework and exams in year two will depend on your optional choices. In your third year, half of your assessment will be based on research coursework.

Course specification Foundation year specification

How you'll learn

When you join our Psychology BSc course you’ll be allocated a personal tutor who'll guide you through your initial learning and advise you on what direction to follow.

Throughout your time with us, you’ll have access to specialist psychological equipment and labs, a large computing centre and a new library.

While it is not a requirement of the course, we strongly encourage our students to volunteer within local organisations.

We run a programme with guest speakers offering perspectives on likely areas of study or employment, and we give you the chance to make regular visits to hospitals and courts.

When it comes to your final-year project, we’ll support you on a one-to-one basis with regular meetings with an academic supervisor who may be either a tutor or a postgraduate student.

From your first year, you’ll be taught critical thinking by Ian Wells and encouraged to question everything you do – to look at things in a different way.

“We’ve seen the difference in students who don’t take that module and students who do, so we know there is something coming out of that,” says Psychology BSc Course Leader Dr Joy Coogan.

 “I did this course as an undergraduate. So did Ian Wells [Critical Thinking]. So did Mark Finn [Psychology with Sociology] and Paul Penn [Psychology by Distance Learning]. Lots of us studied here and then came back to teach because we love the place that much.” 

Your future career

Employers value psychology students because they believe they have a better understanding of human behaviour. Your understanding of how people work within organisations will be a real selling point when you’re applying for a managerial job. 

Many of our graduates now work in social welfare, sport and leisure, education, human resource management, consumer research and advertising, media, market research and community work.

The training we’ll give you in data collection and analysis, report writing and IT skills will also be useful in a range of work not directly related to psychology.

“A lot of employment has understanding of humans as a key function,” says Psychology BSc Course Leader Dr Joy Coogan.  “You need to understand how people work, or purchase things, or how they behave in different situations. It’s about how people advertise products and sell products.

“Only 20 per cent of our graduates will become professional psychologists. The other 80 per cent will go into a different employment – social work, marketing, human resources.”

If you choose to continue your studies, your degree in psychology will be the first step towards becoming a professional psychologist, whether it is in the field of clinical, educational, occupational, counselling, health or forensic psychology. 

The gateway to these jobs will be further study at master’s or doctorate level.

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