Psychology, BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • Gain eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) in a British Psychological Society accredited degree
  • Be taught by research-active staff who are experts in their fields
  • Study the psychology of both adults and children leading to a variety of career choices
  • Located across the university's iconic Greenwich Campus.



From the latest breaking news stories to our own personal relationships, psychology is the backbone of modern society. Our degree opens doors to many fascinating psychology career choices.

During your time with us, you will be introduced to the core areas of psychology and seek to understand mind and behaviour. This will be through hands-on experimentation, observation and measurement. We have well-equipped facilities and laboratories to support all your activities on our psychology courses. Our creative teaching methods and assessment techniques are designed to be innovative and bring the best out in our students.

On this three-year degree, you will learn how to conduct, analyse and report psychological research through a series of guided-learning exercises. Our renowned tutors, who are all experts in their field, show how to take these methods and employ them in work and life. This culminates in an exciting, independent research project in your final year where you take the reigns before embarking on your career.

You will study the socio-psychological processes that shape our relationships with each other. This includes both adults and children, observing perception, attention, memory and emotion. You will take a look at the behaviour, personality and thought in children, as well as studying the development of language and the biological processes that underpin all human behaviour. And by the end of your degree, you will have a firm understanding of the causes and treatment of abnormal behaviour.


Our psychology degrees are ranked within the top 5 in London for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017.

We combine high-quality teaching with world-class research and a vibrant student experience. We offer well-equipped laboratories and facilities to support all your activities. We pride ourselves in creative teaching methods and assessment techniques and are consistently rated highly in the National Student Survey.

Membership of the British Psychological Society

To be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), which is necessary to become a chartered psychologist, you must achieve at least a lower second class honours and pass the independent research project.


Located at the university's prestigious Greenwich Campus, the Psychology programme has world-renowned attractions right on its doorstep from the Cutty Sark to Greenwich Park.

With the opening of the highly anticipated Dreadnought Building on the horizon, not only will you study in the heart of the Greenwich campus, but you will also have access to state-of-the-art learning, teaching and social spaces.

Specialist pathway: BSc Psychology Hons (Forensic Psychology)

Students studying the BSc Psychology programme from September 2018 will be able to elect to study the forensic psychology pathway, resulting in a final degree of a BSc Hons 'Psychology (Forensic Psychology)' instead of a BSc Hons 'Psychology', giving them a strong foundation to pursue a career as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist following postgraduate study.

The course will comprise of the same total number of credits as the BSc Psychology degree programme, however, many assessments will have a specialist forensic focus in all three years of the programme.

In year 1, students will focus on Academic and Personal development (30 credits) and Introduction to applied psychology (30 credits) with focus on forensic psychology. 

Year 2 will see students looking at; Research Methods in Psychology 2 (30 credits), Psychopathology and Clinical Psychology (15 credits) and Personality and Individual Differences (15 credits). All of which will be forensically focused. 

Finally in year 3, students will undertake courses in Investigating Forensic Psychology (15 credits) and Social Forensic Psychology (15 credits).

Interested applicants should apply to study for BSc Psychology programme and elect to study the Forensic Psychology pathway upon commencement of their studies.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

120 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 A-levels, of which no more than 16 points should come from AS-levels.

We also accept:

  • BTEC Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced and Progression Diplomas
  • Access courses

Plus at least three GCSEs including English language and mathematics or a science with a minimum of grade C are required.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Further to showing equivalent qualifications to UK applicants, international applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in English and mathematics equivalent to GCSE grade C).

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0  in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test. For more information, contact or +44 20 8331 8136.

What people say

Many of the psychology lecturers were well-published experts in their fields. They were extremely understanding as I transitioned to studying at a higher level. I found them genuinely friendly, approachable and supportive. My personal tutor was always there if I needed advice and feedback on how to improve my course work.

Jay Tamplin-Wilson
BSc Hons Psychology

Extra information


Students are assessed through:

  • Seen and unseen examinations
  • Multiple choice quizzes
  • Essays
  • Reflective accounts
  • Critiques
  • Practical lab reports
  • Posters.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the society, provided the minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved and the final year project is passed.


Graduates have opportunities for further training to become a chartered psychologist and to register as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professionals Council in areas including sport and exercise, forensic, educational, health, occupational, counselling and clinical psychology. The degree would also be useful for careers in teaching, media and advertising, market research, human resources, business, marketing and sales, and the social sciences.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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