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Psychology - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Psychology is central to understanding people and their behaviour. This British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited course combines psychological theory with evidence-based knowledge from many different areas. You'll be exploring genetics, biology, child development, personality, society and culture.

In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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Through psychology you can learn about the way genetics, childhood development, personality, society and culture influence our behaviour. On this course, you’ll challenge assumptions and explore questions such as: do girls prefer pink? What turns a peaceful demonstration into a riot? Why do some romantic relationships work and others don’t? Why do some people develop eating disorders or phobias and why do some people take illegal drugs?

In your first year, you’ll gain a broad introduction to the key domains of human behaviour, as well as to the essential research methods required by all psychologists. In your second year, you will broaden your knowledge base and explore more complex ideas, such as intelligence, creativity, decision making and prejudice. Your final year will offer you the chance to specialise in areas that interest you. You’ll also undertake an individual research project under the supervision of an academic tutor. The knowledge you’ll gain from this course can be applied in the real-world to lots of different contexts and situations.

Enrolling in London Met's Psychology course provides the perfect foundation to go on to postgraduate study and to train as a professional psychologist.


You'll be assessed through examinations, coursework, practical reports and presentations. Your final year will include an individual research project.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, and is the first step towards training as a professional psychologist.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BCC in three A levels or minimum grades BC in at least two A levels in academic or business subjects (or a minimum of 104 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma; or Advanced Diploma; or Progression Diploma; or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits)
  • English Langauge and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

Entry from appropriate foundation and access courses will also be considered.

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the BSc Psychology Extended Degree.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

Specific qualifications that may make you eligible for advanced entry to this course include a relevant foundation degree, HND or equivalent.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning

    This module focuses on various aspects of thought (“cognition”) and behaviour, and how these develop through the lifespan. Lecture topics will include the historical development of ideas in cognitive and developmental psychology. They will also look at topics in Cognitive Psychology including perception, attention and memory and in Developmental Psychology, topics including research methods, development of the self (including gender development and attachment), and social & cultural influences on development.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    This module is designed to introduce students to research design and data analysis in psychology, and to develop their understanding of, and skills in, the scientific study of psychological phenomena. Students will also be introduced to the American Psychological Association (APA) style for the written reporting of psychological research.
    A significant element of this module is practical work. Students will be required to act as participants in example experiments from a range of psychological areas in order both to experience taking the role of research participant, and to develop their understanding of various aspects of the research process.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module introduces students to some key theories and models of personality as explanations for individual behaviour, along with social psychological theories, which seek to understand behaviour in a wider social context.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    This module is designed to assist students in their approach to, understanding of and skills in the scientific study of psychology at HE Level. Within this module students will asked to reflect upon and develop their academic and transferable skills, and to become familiar with key tools and resources designed to support their learning and progression at University. The module also introduces the brain and behaviour, e.g. an overview of the structure and processes of the nervous system, and its role in determining behaviour. The module will also demonstrate the role of biological psychology not just within the academic setting but its role in today’s society and the world. This module will be understandable and comprehensive to a person with no or little biological sciences background.
    Year-long module (30 weeks)
    No prior learning required

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    This module comprises of two major areas: Developmental psychology and Cognitive Psychology. In comparison to the first year combined module, it introduces the following new areas in depth. Each topic is covered by several lectures: Life-span development, Theories about development, Language (incl. bilingualism and language disorders) and Reasoning/Decision making.

    In the first set of tutorials, students are instructed how to write a Press release. This feeds into the project module in the third year.

    In the second set of tutorials (3-hour workshops in January), students learn to create a small reaction time/accuracy experiment using Superlab software. This feeds into Research Methods module ‘own design’ practical which follows thereafter in the same term.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module extends and develops students’ knowledge of personality and individual differences to include psychometrics, intelligence, personality disorders and mental illness, motivation and emotion, and further examines social behaviour in terms of how individuals think about and seek to understand their social world and interact with others at group and societal level.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

    The module will consider the influences of biology, genetics, and evolution on behaviour. The module focuses on the role of the brain and nervous system in producing behaviours, and the role of hereditary factors on behaviour, including certain behavioural disorders. Finally, the modules introduces evolutionary psychology and asks why certain behaviours and dispositions may have been favoured (‘selected for’) throughout the course of history, resulting in the behavioural patterns we see today.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

    This module focuses on aspects of psychology and personal development which are useful for gaining and maintaining appropriate employment, and for successful career planning. This module takes a practical approach to considering employability. It combines short presentations with practical in-class activities, independent self-discovery, collaborative group work, and discussion. Module content will be focussed around employment-related skills, attributes, and attitudes (e.g., effective communication; resilience, and self-motivation) and around career planning and career development (e.g., mentoring, and effective self-presentation).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    PC5001 Research Design and Data Analysis in Psychology is a level 5 module designed to build on the work in psychological research methods students will have done at level 4. It covers a range of quantitative and qualitative methods in psychology. Assessment is by two practical reports, two unseen examinations and a draft project proposal. Students work together in small groups to design and carry out practical work, but submit individual reports on each piece of work.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) afternoon

    This module will provide each student with the opportunity of studying an area of psychology in depth, involving the development of a research question, the design of an empirical study to address the research question, and the collection, assessment and interpretation of the data.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module allows students to develop and integrate their knowledge of biological psychology with reference to clinical disorders. The module will consider the neuropharmacological, neurophysiological and neuropsychological aspects of psychiatric and neurological disorders such as addiction, Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    This year long module focuses on the application of psychological theory and method to the promotion of health and treatment of physical and mental illness. Requires any 4 core level 4 and/or level 5 modules taken from the BSc Psychology programme. This module is assessed by two equally weighted case study reports.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    This module examines the relationship between cognition and emotion (thinking and feeling) beginning with early philosophical theories of emotion then considering the behaviourist theories of emotion and subsequently current psychological theories of emotion (especially cognitive theories of emotion). Separate theories of normal emotion and disordered emotions will be drawn together to introduce a theoretical framework applicable to both normal and disordered emotions.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    The PC6054 counselling psychology module is a third year BSc psychology module running in the Autumn semester. This module introduces students to the discipline of counselling psychology as one of the main forms of applied psychological practice accredited by the British Psychological Society in the United Kingdom. The module will cover counselling psychology in theory, clinical practice and research.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

    This module builds on the foundational knowledge of evolutionary psychology acquired in Level 5. Students will delve deeper into the topic through studying a mixture of textbook readings and research papers, and by engaging in class discussions and presentations.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module is designed to provide students with a solid basis of knowledge and understanding of the application of psychology to explanations of criminal behaviour, and to the study of contemporary issues and processes in the criminal justice system.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    Educational environments interact with individuals’ unique genetic profiles and neurobiology, leading to wide individual differences in learning ability, motivation, and achievement. The module will provide new insights into the origins of individual differences in education traits such as cognitive abilities (e.g. IQ) and learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia); motivation and personality; behavioural and emotional problems; social functioning and academic achievement. The module will also examine factors that influence both typical and atypical neurodevelopment (to the extent that those factors are linked to educational performance). Finally, the module will provide an overview of the learning deficits that individuals with learning disabilities (e.g. Specific Language Impairments disorder) experience.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon

    This module is designed to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in qualitative research. Emphasis will be placed on the exploration of the links between epistemology, methodology and theoretical explanations in psychology. In doing this, students will be introduced to a range of qualitative approaches to data collection and data analysis.
    Teaching sessions will deliver core material and enable students to gain some practical experience of different methods of qualitative data collection and analysis.
    The module will enable students to develop qualitative research skills, and confidently design and write up qualitative research projects. It is strongly recommended that students undertaking a Qualitative Project take this module.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon

    This module develops students’ knowledge of social and cultural psychological concepts and theories with the focus on the application of psychological theory to a range of contemporary issues related to psychological phenomenon such as self and identity, prejudice and discrimination, social exclusion, and intergroup conflict and cooperation. It additionally introduces theory and research on the cultural specificity of psychological phenomena such as motivation, emotion, cognition, development, and psychological health and wellbeing.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday morning

    This module will examine a range of topics from the field of applied work, business and relevant aspects of work psychology. Participants will be exposed to a range of academic disciplines/pillars that will make up the syllabus of this module. These pillars are Occupational Psychology and Business Psychology.

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If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Cognitive and Developmental Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology and Research Methods
  • Personality and Social Psychology
  • Study Skills and Introductory Biopsychology

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Developmental Psychology and Cognition
  • Individual Differences and Social Psychology
  • Psychobiology and Evolutionary Psychology
  • Psychology and Employment
  • Research Design and Data Analysis in Psychology

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Clinical Neuroscience
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Cultural and Social Psychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology Project
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
  • Reasoning and Decision Making
  • Psychology of Learning and Education
  • Work Psychology

"I would recommend the psychology undergraduate degree to anyone, the knowledge and life skills you will learn are priceless and this degree will open more doors than you can imagine. I am a single mum to a teenager and I also work two different jobs but the support you get on this course from some brilliant lecturers enabled me to completely engage in the full-time degree and achieve very good grades. If a degree was easy, it wouldn't be worth the paper it is printed on but if you manage your time effectively and take advantage of the interesting, engaging, and at times fun lectures, seminars and workshops, there is every chance of qualifying with remarkable results. If I can do it, anyone can."

Emma Smith, former student

"I have a first-class honours degree in Psychology and was awarded the British Psychology Society Undergraduate Award at London Met. Currently, I am in the process of completing an MSc in clinical neuroscience at a prestigious university. I can honestly say that my experience at London Met was fantastic. The level of support that lecturers provide students along with effort is stupendous. London Met is a place where lecturers care not only about students' performance but about their wellbeing too."

Monica Pereira, former student

As your degree will be accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), you'll be able to progress on to postgraduate training to achieve Chartered Psychologist status.

Possible specialist areas include clinical psychology, counselling psychology, forensic psychology, educational psychology, health psychology and occupational psychology. 

You'll also develop transferable skills such as report writing, teamwork, time management organisation, IT and numeracy skills, which are valued by employers in a wide range of industries. For example, our graduates have gone on to work as a Support Worker at Creative Support, Trainee Mental Health worker at Highgate Mental Health Centre NHS and Sales Negotiator at Reids of Mayfair.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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