Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and experience. It uses a wide range of empirical and statistical techniques to collect and analyse information.
Our Psychology BSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society. It provides high-quality training in all aspects of research methods and a wide choice of modules that meet the highest professional standards.
With our reputation in research and teaching, we offer a dynamic and inspiring learning environment. Many of our academics have strong links with the British Psychological Society and collaborate on cutting-edge research worldwide. Students design and manage their own research, which plugs into research in the School. Psychology at Leeds is always forward-moving, relevant and global.
Our modern, personalised learning environment supports employability and career development. You'll develop skills attractive to employers, such as project and time management, negotiation, and research design and analysis.
We also offer a work placement year and study abroad year which can be taken between the second and third year of the course.
The School of Psychology is a large and thriving department, which has expanded rapidly over the last five years. We have over 70 members of academic, research and support staff, including 11 Professors. The School is renowned for high quality research, much of it in collaboration with government departments, research councils, the NHS and industry.
We hold applicant visit days in February and March for students to whom we've made an offer
The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership, provided the minimum standard of a 2:2 is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
The Psychology BSc offers rigorous training in all aspects of research practice and you will graduate with exceptional skills in practical, as well as theoretical, aspects of the discipline.
We emphasise research-based learning and you'll have the opportunity to work closely with academics within their research groups, giving you excellent experience of real-world, cutting-edge research.
You'll study classic psychological work, as well as contemporary research into the nature and determinants of human behaviour, from the neuronal level through to the level of society and culture. You'll explore psychological processes underpinning everyday behaviour, such as social cognition, memory, language and appetite, and you'll examine ways in which psychology can improve people's wellbeing and health. You'll learn how to conduct and evaluate high-quality psychological research and how to professionally communicate research outcomes.
In year 1 modules include developmental, social, cognitive, biological psychology and animal behaviour. You also study research skills, which involves conducting and writing up psychological research. You also have chance to study a 10-credit elective module from any department within the University.
In year 2 you'll progress to more advanced material, including developmental psychology, neuroscience, memory, language, perception, psychological disorders and advanced social psychology, as well as conducting lengthier pieces of research under supervision. You also choose a 10-credit elective module from any department within the University.
In your final year you'll carry out a major piece of research in psychology worth 30 credits. You will have a wide choice of optional modules. These modules are in three groups: Health/Social Psychology, Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology and you take modules from each group.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAA in one or more of: psychology, geography, mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, geology, economics, statistics, environmental science or computing.
A-levels in critical thinking, citizenship studies and general studies do not typically form part of our offer but we welcome them as a fourth A-level. The Extended Project is welcomed but is not included as part of our offer. We do not accept any vocational qualifications. We do not accept Applied A-levels with the exception of applied science. We accept only one performance based A-level (eg photography, drama, art/design, music, media studies or PE), as we don't believe they give you the academic training and skills you need to become a successful student in the School of Psychology.
GCSE: English language at grade C and mathematics at grade B + one of the following at grade B: physics, biology and chemistry, science or additional science. We also accept GCSEDA science (dual award) at grades BC.
As a Psychology student at Leeds, you'll gain a range of skills attractive to employers such as project and time management, negotiation and research design and analysis. Our graduates have been highly successful in gaining employment across diverse fields, including research, teaching, media, marketing and human resources, as well as opportunities in mental health and prison services.
If you want to undertake further study after your degree, there are a wide range of options available including clinical, counselling, occupational, educational, health, forensic and sport psychology. The entry routes for these branches of psychology vary but include a range of further training and practical experience. Find out more about careers, education and training on the British Psychological Society website.
The School of Psychology works closely with the University Careers Centre to provide students with information about careers, both in Psychology and in other areas to support them in choosing appropriately. You can attend drop-in sessions at the Careers Centre anytime to get additional support in tailoring your CV and advice on the application and interview process. There is also the option of taking the industry and international variants of our Psychology degree.
Every year we organise employability skills workshops, talks and presentations, with practical advice to improve your chances of success. Personalised LeedsforLife tutorials give you the opportunity to discuss your career/employability plans and how you can use your time at university to gain the skills, knowledge and experience to make you competitive in the employment market.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
Our popular BSc Psychology (International) course is designed to provide students with unique exposure to different ways of studying and applying psychology, as well as stimulating opportunities for personal development. Following successful study in Leeds for the first year of the BSc Psychology course, you can apply to transfer to the four year international variant of the Psychology degree course. Students who successfully transfer undertake their year three psychology study at one of our partner universities, before returning for their final year at Leeds. We have four exchange partners in Europe (Belgium, Germany, Norway and Spain) and over 200 outside Europe, including Australia, Canada, Singapore and the United States.
Students who undertake the year abroad are unwavering in their enthusiasm for this degree programme, reporting an enriching and eye-opening experience that further fuels their ambition for a career in psychology and allied fields.
Find out more at Study Abroad Leeds www.leeds.ac.uk/studyabroad
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
You will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement for one year during your degree (between Levels two and three). You then transfer onto the four year BSc Psychology (Industrial) variant of the course which offers an exciting opportunity for you to gain valuable work experience as part of your degree and enhance your employability.
Application for a work placement year is made once you have successfully completed year 1 of the course.
Level two students, who intend to take their third year as a work placement year can take the CSER8000 Work Placement Module (120 credits) in order to complete an undergraduate level work placement, building experience of, and confidence in, essential work place skills. This effectively extends the three year degree programme to a four year programme; consequently the title of the degree is altered to BSc Psychology (Industry).
There are two assignments to pass the module: A work placement year report with an interview and a presentation.
Find out more at the Year in Industry website and what our students say from here
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