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Psychology is the understanding of human behaviour through the scientific study of the mind and brain: what stimulates us, how we learn to perceive and understand the world, how we communicate and interact socially, how we behave and misbehave and how we can sometimes make mistakes. The BSc (Hons) Psychology at City encourages analytical and critical thinking, the careful appraisal of evidence and the application of a wide range of technical and professional skills. The Psychology course at City, University of London is unqiue in allowing students to specialise in a specific area of psychology in their second year. Meaning students graduate with a specialised BPS accredited Psychology degree.
Why study this course
City's Psychology BSc course is BPS-accredited and ranked 2nd in London by The Guardian University Guide 2017. The BSc (Hons) Psychology at City is an excellent introduction to many careers. Graduates have found that the keys skills learnt have found them roles in schools, charities, the NHS and the Crown Prosecution Service.
The BSc (Hons) Psychology at City is accredited by the BPS and comprises the first stage of qualifying as a Chartered Psychologist. It also provides the necessary first degree qualification for further education on BPS-accredited Masters and Doctoral level courses. In addition to the BSc Psychology degree we provide the opportunity for you to graduate with a BPS accredited BSc Psychology degree in a specialised area of Psychology. All students that enter our BSc Psychology route and can apply to specialise in one of 4 pathways, or continue with their BSc Psychology degree. Specialisms include: BSc Psychology with Counselling and Health Psychology, BSc Psychology with Organisational Psychology and Behavioural Economics, BSc Psychology with Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience and BSc Psychology with Child Development, You can make this choice at the end of your 2nd year.
More about this course
City's Psychology BSc degree is taught by enthusiastic experts who dedicate their time to your development: academic, personal and professional. Our academics are actively researching in these fields: Cognitive neuroscience, Autism, Memory, Decision making, Low and high level cognition, Child development, Health, Occupational, Counselling psychology. These are reflected in our pathways offering.
The first year covers the main areas of psychology: cognition, development, biology and the history of psychological theories. In addition, a specialist module focuses on the training and skills needed to pursue a degree and a career as a professional psychologist.
First year core modules include: Biological approaches to mind and behaviour, Cognitive approaches to mind and behaviour, History and theory of psychology, Lifespan psychology, Professional and academic development for psychologists, Research design and analysis (laboratory methods) and Research design and analysis (quantitative methods). The second year advances knowledge of core subjects in psychology to meet the requirements for British Psychological Society accreditation. Second year core modules include: Biological psychology, Cognitive Psychology 1, Cognitive Psychology 2, Developmental psychology, Personality and differential psychology, Research methods in psychology and Social psychology. Final year students conduct their own empirical research project and select six specialist modules from a wide range of modules led by expert academic staff and practitioners.
Skills and experience gained
The BSc (Hons) Psychology at City encourages analytical and critical thinking while developing an understanding of the complex interactions between the human mind, brain, behaviour and experience. This combination of educating by both research-active academics and practitioners gives you a wide range of learning, experiences and insights. You can therefore use the BSc Psychology as a step towards further study or into a career. Successful Psychology degree students possess strong quantitative, analytical and independent thinking skills. They communicate effectively in writing and in presentations. They learn to take a critical evidence-based approach to theories and common-sense ideas. Such versatile practical and intellectual skills are highly attractive to employers in a wide variety of work settings.
After the course
A Psychology degree is widely recognised as an excellent introduction to many careers, and we work closely with City's Careers Service to give you the best possible career start.
96.5 per cent of our Psychology BSc graduates were in employment or further study six months after graduation (DHLE 2015) working in schools, charities, the NHS and the Crown Prosecution Service. This BSc comprises the first stage of becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
A significant proportion of our graduates follow further training in professional Psychology and graduates have pursue careers in, teaching, social services, industry and management, human resources and marketing.
Contact City, University of London to find course entry requirements.