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Psychology is a discipline covering all aspects of the human mind and brain. Designed by King’s College London, the BSc Psychology provides a contemporary approach to the study of the human mind. Your studies of theories and models in psychology will help you to understand facets of individual and group cognition, the role of emotions, and additional variables that can shape human behaviour. This degree has direct relevance to real-world topics such as mental health, decision-making and intergroup conflict.

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  • Psychology is a branch of science that trains students to develop rigorous thinking, and refines the ability to articulate, study and solve problems in complex, evolving settings. This degree equips students with the knowledge based and research methods skills to think critically, navigate, and innovate in diverse sectors. A BSc Psychology is often the first step to progress to further study in related disciplines, such as neuroscience, social care, education, economics or law. 
  • Many students embark on a psychology degree with the motivation to have a positive impact. This can lead to further study to qualify as a clinical, counselling, educational or forensic psychologist (among other roles). Others may be specifically motivated to pursue a research path in academia and science, and psychology intersects with fast-moving fields such as cognitive neuroscience, genetics and psychiatric treatment.
  • As artificial intelligence evolves, and the landscape of digital interactions and web-based therapies grows, so does the need for human-centred design, and solutions that place a nuanced understanding of individual and societal needs at the forefront of innovation. Entrepreneurial initiatives and policy design can benefit from the insights provided by an academic background in psychology.
  • Apply a critical understanding of essential concepts, principles and theories in psychology, use structured arguments based on subject knowledge to justify critical evaluation of knowledge of the field
  • Show problem solving and evaluation skills, draw upon supporting evidence and demonstrate a general understanding of the role of psychology in real world applications
  • Demonstrate an understanding of statistical and qualitative research methods for analysis of data

A BSc Psychology degree is a first step towards progressing to careers in the following fields:

  • Clinical and counselling roles: Working as a clinical psychologist, counsellor or therapist in hospitals, private practice, or rehabilitation centres.
  • Education: Careers in education include school psychologists, academic counsellors, special education teachers, or additional roles focused on pedagogical innovation and support.
  • Research and academia: Pursuing research or teaching positions in universities, research institutions, laboratories and think tanks all contribute to advancing psychological knowledge.
  • Occupational psychology and organisational development: Roles in organisations can involve recruitment, employee training, performance evaluation, and organisational behaviour analysis, using psychological principles to improve workplace dynamics.
  • Forensic psychology: Working in law enforcement, correctional facilities, or legal settings as forensic psychologists, criminal profilers, or victim advocates, applying psychological expertise in criminal investigations and legal proceedings.
  • Health and wellbeing: Careers in health psychology involve promoting healthy behaviours among both healthy and ill populations, working in hospitals, healthcare facilities, or public health organisations to address mental and physical health in medical contexts.
  • Sports and performance enhancement: Working with athletes or performers as sports psychologists, focusing on mental skills training, performance optimisation, and mental health support.
  • Market research and consumer behaviour: Analysing consumer behaviour, preferences, and market trends in advertising agencies, marketing firms, or research companies involve applying psychological insights and utilising quantitative and qualitative research methods skills.

A note on BPS accreditation

The UoL BSc Psychology aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of Psychology as a science, covering the core areas of Psychology and their application. The curriculum has been designed by King’s College London academics to meet the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (Graduate Basis Registration (GBR)) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). This programme was launched in 2020 and is not currently accredited by the BPS.

For those considering postgraduate courses in the UK or becoming a chartered psychologist in the UK, holding a BPS accredited undergraduate degree may be a prerequisite for applications to UK postgraduate programmes on these tracks. BPS-approved conversion courses provide an opportunity for graduates to build on their first-degree qualification to become eligible for the British Psychological Society’s Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. More information can be found on the BPS website

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