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BSc Neuroscience and Psychology at King's – Welcome to our new students for 2020

Congratulations – you’re in! We hope you are looking forward to starting with us at King’s. This webpage includes information, guidance and advice to help you prepare for, and get started on, your BSc Neuroscience and Psychology degree. The information below focuses on what you need to know before you arrive, and on what you will do in the first few days and weeks of your degree. The first session for the BSc Neuroscience and Psychology degree will be an induction session (run online) on Monday 21 September 2020. However, there are several things that you should do before then, as well as a number of other activities that you can opt into before that first session of your degree

What should I do now?

You will receive an email from King’s College London inviting you to set up your IT account and complete your profile online (you may have received this email already). Make a note of the ‘K’ number that you are given because this is what you will use as your login for accessing KCL’s online systems. This online enrolment process should be completed before you start your degree. By doing so, you will have access to the University’s systems and facilities. Therefore, once you have your email invitation, please follow the instructions for online enrolment – the sooner, the better – and before Monday 14 September, if at all possible. We also recommend that you use the Welcome to King’s App to plan, book and manage your activities during the induction period.

What do we do now

Introductory work for the Term 1 modules

Many of you asked about how you can prepare in Offer Holder events, now is a great time to start! We have identified some reading and other activities, which will introduce some of your Term 1 modules. There are details of this material below. This will take less than a day (e.g., done over few evenings); please complete this work by Friday 25 September.

Check your KCL email account regularly

Email is one of the main ways that we will contact you with important information about your studies. Once you are a member of King’s College London, the University will no longer use the email account that you used in your communication with King’s during the application and pre-admission process. Therefore, it is very important that you get into a regular habit of checking your KCL email account – ideally, every working day – because otherwise you may miss out on important information. There may only be a few emails in the weeks leading up to the start of term, but once term has started, there will be a great deal of information coming to you via your KCL email account.


When do I start?

King’s will be running induction events online from Monday 14 September. However, the induction activities that are specific to your BSc Neuroscience and Psychology degree programme will take place in the week of 21-25 September


Over the week, there will be a large number of activities. These activities are designed to give you the skills and information that you need to get started on your degree. Some activities will be at a specific time, and others you can choose when you do them. There will be two large online events to give you an overview of your first term on the Neuroscience and Psychology degree. These will be on Monday 21 September (1300-1400) and Thursday 24 September (1300-1400). You will also be allocated a time for some groupwork induction activities, either on Tuesday 22nd or Wednesday 23rd September. These allocated times cannot be determined until nearer the date. In this groupwork induction session you will meet some of your fellow students and teachers, your Personal Tutor and your ‘Buddies’ (Year 2 or 3 psychology students who have offered to help you settle into university life). These groupwork sessions will take place remotely. There will also be a number of activities that will familiarise you with the resources and online systems that you will be using for your learning on the degree. We recommend that you do these activities on Tuesday 22nd or Wednesday 23rd, fitting them around the time that you are given for your groupwork induction session. Therefore, please keep 23 and 24 September clear in your diary for your degree induction activities.

Here is a summary of what happens each day of Welcome and Induction week:

Monday 21 September, 1300-1400 – BSc Neuroscience and Psychology Programme Induction 1 – an MS Teams Live Online Event. The Dean of Education for the Institute of Psychiatry Psychology, and Neuroscience will welcome you to King’s, and we will introduce you to staff from two of your Term 1 modules (Psychology and the Brain; Psychology and Society).

Tuesday 22 September and Wednesday 23 September – there are two sets of activities to complete over these two days:

  • Groupwork induction session (a timetabled session) – You will get to meet your Personal Tutor and your Buddies, and get prepared for university life, including finding out about how to make the most of a university seminar.

  • e-Learning induction (flexible activities) – You will find more about your course and what your first year of study will involve, including becoming acquainted about KEATS (the online platform that provides you with resources and activities to support your studies).

Thursday 24 September, 1300-1400BSc Neuroscience and Psychology Programme Induction 2 – an MS Teams Live Online Event. You will meet Head of the Division of Neuroscience and IoPPN Vice-Dean, and staff from your Term 1 modules, and we will answer students’ questions about Year 1 of BSc Neuroscience and Psychology.


What will I study in Term 1?

You take four compulsory modules in Term 1. These modules are completed in Term 1, each one ending with an examination in the new calendar year (Examination Week is Friday 8 January to Thursday 14 January 2021).


Compulsory BSc Neuroscience and Psychology Term 1 Modules:

  • The Making of a Brain
  • Psychology and the Brain
  • Psychology and Society
  • Research Methods and Statistics with R 1


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What do I need to do about textbooks?

The answer is: "Nothing yet!"

We will give you access to electronic versions (ebooks) of the module texts for your Year 1 and Year 2 core modules. In some cases, a hard copy will be also waiting for you when you join us on campus, and it will be yours to keep. We buy some of these directly from the publishers, and then give them to you. Here are the details of most of the books that you will have in your personal neuroscience and psychology library.

  • Bear, M.F., Connors., B.W., & Paradiso, M.A. Neuroscience.Exploring the Brain. Wolters Kluwer.
  • Kolb, B., Wishaw, I., & Campbell Teskey, G. An Introduction to Brain and Behaviour . Published by Palgrave/MacMillan
  • Schacter, D., Gilbert, D., & Wegner, D. with Hood, B. M. Psychology. (European Edition). Published by Worth Publishers / Palgrave
  • Carlson, N. R. Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience. Published by Pearson.
  • Reisberg, D. Cognition: Exploring the science of the mind. Published by W. W. Norton & Co.
  • Sutton, R., & Douglas, K. Social psychology. Published by Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Leman, P., Bremner, A., Parke, R. D., & Gauvin, M. Developmental psychology. Published by McGraw-Hill.
  • Maltby, J. Day, L. & Macaskill, A. Personality, individual differences and intelligence. Published by Pearson.
  • Haselgrove, M. Learning: A very short introduction. Published by Oxford University Press
  • Stanovich, K. E. How to think straight about psychology. Published by Pearson.
  • Gravetter, F. J., & Forzano, L. B. Research methods for the behavioral sciences. Published by Wadsworth (Cengage Learning).
  • Field, A., Miles, J., & Field., Z. Discovering Statistics Using R. Published by Sage.
  • Maurits, N. & Curxix-Blake, B. Math for Scientists. Refreshing the essentials. Published by Springer.

You will also receive the details of some other books that are freely available on the internet.


Who do I ask if I have questions before I start?

Dr Andrew Isaac Meso

Dr Andrew Isaac Meso

Senior Personal Tutor, Module Co-ordinator Research Methods and Statistics with R 1 & 2

Introductory work for the Term 1 modules

Here are details of some activities to do before the start of the main lecture programme – we’ve identified activities for some of your Term 1 modules (see 1-3 below).

Student Receiving Advice

1.The IoPPN is passionate about psychological research, and this will be reflected in your BSc degree programme. A good way to keep up to date with research is to read the British Psychological Society (BPS) Research Digest, which appears on the BPS website, and read about research that takes place at the IoPPN on the dedicated website and by following the news. Take an hour or so to read through some of the recently posted articles  and research

2. In your Psychology and Society module, you will be learning about the interaction between the individual and the social world: how the social environment shapes individuals, and how individuals shape the social environment. This module acts as an introduction to the discipline of social psychology.

Your first activity for this module is to write an answer the following questions: ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What makes me a good person?’ Each should be answered in a single sentence. There are no right or wrong answers to these questions, so don’t overthink your responses. Details of how to submit your responses (anonymously) will be given in one of the e-Learning induction activities (to be done on 22-23 September).

Your second activity is to read a research paper (Ashikali et al, 2014). You do not need to learn or memorise the content of this article, but you should complete a series of questions about it, using this handout. These will be discussed in your first seminar (in the week beginning 28 September).

3. Before you arrive at King’s College London to study on the BSc Psychology degree, you will find it beneficial to work through some material related to biological psychology and neuroscience, because this is the focus of your Psychology and the Brain module. A good place to start is a publication by the British Neuroscience Association (BNA), which is free to download from the BNA. The sections most relevant to your study in the first few weeks are those at the beginning of the publication.

Therefore, your activity is to read through Sections 1-3, but you may also want to look over the material on the developing nervous system and brain imaging. You could also look at this neuroscience and psychology blog which links to some interesting articles.


What will my study-load look like?

You take eight modules in the first year of the BSc Neuroscience and Psychology degree: four are taught in Term 1 (and have exams in January), four are taught in Term 2 (and have exams in May).


Each module requires 150 hours of work – making a total of 1200 hours across the year for the 8 modules. That’s a lot of work to fit into 36 weeks (28 weeks of term time plus two 4-week periods between the University terms) – but the effort is well worth it! Most of this time will be spent in some form of independent study; therefore, for much of the year it will be up to you to organise your time in the way that helps you to get the most from the course. To give you an idea of what this means, you might choose to work 40 hours per week every week during term, and do the same for two of the eight weeks that fall outside of term time. Alternatively, it might suit you better to do 35 hours every week during term and outside of term time, taking a week off at Christmas / New Year and half a week off in the period between Terms 2 and 3.