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Psychology BSc

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Overview

King's is ranked 2nd in the world for psychology and psychiatry (US News, Best Global Universities) 

Studying psychology at King's means joining Europe's largest centre for research and education in this field.  Our new course is taught at the centrally located Guy's Campus, London Bridge, where our students enjoy state-of-the-art teaching facilities created specifically for this course. Our students are part of a thriving student community in the heart of London. 

Our Psychology BSc will introduce you to a number of approaches to the application of psychological science and help you to explore their application to a variety of contemporary challenges. The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), who highlighted five areas of particular strength in our course, including the emphasis on research-led teaching and the potential for students to benefit greatly from the research expertise of our world-leading Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

If you have any questions about this course please contact the Course Administrator bscpsychology_enquiries@kcl.ac.uk 

Key benefits

  • Our teaching is delivered by world experts, enriched by current research at the IoPPN, one of the world’s leading centres for interdisciplinary research in psychiatry and psychology.
  • We have unique partnerships with the South London & Maudsley Hospital (SLaM) and clinician-scientists that allow placements and voluntary work for our students.
  • Students have the opportunity to apply for a four-year programme with an additional year taking the form of either a professional placement or a year abroad
  • The Department of Psychology is one of the best-known and largest centres for clinical and health psychology and is home to the to the UK’s oldest Clinical Psychology training programme.
  • Our course offers a rich combination of research and clinical expertise.

Key information

UCAS code C800, C801 (with year abroad), C802 (with professional placement year)

Duration Three years. Students may apply to a four year pathway with a professional placement or year abroad.

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Course accreditations The BSc Psychology programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing the Graduate Basis for chartered membership of the society

Further details

Awarding institution King’s College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Department of Psychology

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The BSc Psychology at King's

November 2015

Students and staff talk about the new BSc Psychology programme at King's. The programme started in Septmber 2015 taking in its first cohort of students!

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Course detail

Description

Our Psychology BSc degree course  draws upon the established expertise of the IoPPN, the NHS and a wide range of world-leading researchers and practitioners across King’s, from neuroscience to the social sciences, to introduce you to a variety of approaches to the application of psychological science.

Designed to reflect the key role of psychology within interdisciplinary research, the course asks you to apply insights from this research to a variety of contemporary problems. You will be required to develop your analytic, critical thinking and problem-solving skills along with your core scientific knowledge.

Teaching

This course is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and significant element of directed self-study.

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching (29%) | Independent study (71%) | Placements (0%) 

Year 2 

Scheduled learning and teaching (23%) | Independent study (77%) | Placements (0%) 

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching (18%) | Independent study (82%) | Placements (0%) 

Assessment

Year 1

Written exams (31%) | Practical exams (6%) | Coursework (63%)  

Year 2

Written exams (55%) | Practical exams (0%) | Coursework (45%)

Year 3

Written exams (59%) | Practical exams (4%) | Coursework (37%)  

Your first two years will be taught primarily at Guy’s Campus, with teaching at the Denmark Hill Campus around five times per term for one of the required Year 1 modules. In your third year, you will be primarily be based at Denmark Hill, but the exact locations will vary according to the optional modules you select.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules.  Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits. We review our modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice.

 

 

Required Modules
Required 15-credit modules: 
  • Psychology and the Brain
  • Psychology and Society
  • Psychology and Development
  • Psychology and the Individual
  • Research Methods 1
  • Research Methods 2
  • Addressing Problems
  • Inspirational Research

There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1.

Optional Modules

Year 2

Required Modules

Required 15-credit modules:

  • Psychological Skills
  • Choices: Agency, Autonomy and Addiction
  • Distorted Worlds: Variation in Perception and Memory
  • Origins of Individual Differences
  • Research Methods 3
  • Research Methods 4
Optional Modules

In addition, students choose two optional modules (15 credits each) from a range that may typically include:

  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Contemporary Issues Neuroscience
  • Occupational and Work Psychology 
  • Critical Approaches to Psychology & Psychiatry

Year 3

Students on the BSc Psychology course may have the opportunity to apply for transfer onto a four-year programme with an additional year taking the form of either a professional placement or a year of study at an overseas partner institution. This transfer cannot be arranged or guaranteed at the time of application to the course. 

Required Modules

During your final year students are required to conduct a research project worth 45 credits.

Optional Modules

In addition, students are required to take five modules from a range of optional modules (15 credits each), which may typically include:

  • Behavioural Genetics 
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders and Mechanisms
  • Economic Psychology 
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Imaging the Brain, Reading the Mind
  • Contemporary Issues & Theories in Addiction Science
  • Women's Mental Health
  • Global Mental Health Foundations 
  • Applications of Learning Theories
  • War & the Mind
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology  
  • Topics in the Philosophy of Psychology 
  • Psychosis: Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment 

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) and three Higher Level subjects at 666

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 D3

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) will be considered

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

85% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

At least one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology

Additionally Mathematics at GCSE grade 6/B (or equivalent)

Preferred subjects

Biology and Mathematics

Further information and other requirements

Entry requirements
A-Level  AAA 

Must include grade A in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Additionally, minimum grade 6/B in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent). With and Biology and Mathematics as preferred A-level subjects.

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma 

D: 36 credits

M: 9 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to Science (or similar subject) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study must include study of at least one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Additionally, minimum grade 6/B in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).

Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3

Must include grade D3 in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Additionally, minimum grade 6/B in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A-levels at grades AA, including grade A at A-level in at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Additionally, minimum grade 6/B in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DM with six Distinctions and two A-levels at grades AA, including grade A at A-level in at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Additionally, minimum grade 6/B in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

D with four modules at Distinction and two A-levels at grades AA, including grade A at A-level in at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Additionally, minimum grade 6/B in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AA at Advanced Highers

Must include grade A in Advanced Higher in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

Additionally, minimum grade Standard Credit Grade/Intermediate 2/National 5 in Mathematics if not taken at Higher.

International Baccalaureate 35 points

Including 666 at Higher Level, and including grade 6 at Higher Level in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. 

Additionally, minimum grade 6/B in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Selection procedure

We are looking for intellectually curious and open-minded students who relish the opportunity of studying with some of the world's most distinguished academics in the field. You must be of the highest intellectual calibre, and we are looking for a commitment to embrace the challenge of a truly cosmopolitan education. The key criterion for entry is academic ability, but we will also be looking for evidence of your motivation to study, your communication skills, your enthusiasm for making connections between disciplines, and your understanding of the programme.

Application deadline: January 15th 2019

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £25,500 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

Additional costs/expenses

If you study abroad as part of your course, King's will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities. 

 King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees.  At present these are as follows: 

  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Printing course handouts
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs

Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Psychology graduates have many opportunities based on their wide-ranging knowledge of human behaviour and how the mind works. A Psychology degree provides graduates with a broad skill set including data analysis, problem solving, scientific and statistical literacy and effective communication.

Psychology graduates are notably, flexible in the workplace and go on to succeed in a variety of professions, including: 

  • Further study in order to become a research, forensic, educational or clinical psychologist.
  • Entering the public or private sector.
  • Applying their knowledge to a range of roles in the fields of health and social care or education.

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