Psychology (extended degree)

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  • Learn from the real-life experiences of our expert staff and guest speakers, who include leading psychologists.
  • Apply the skills you learn in psychology to everyday life and the issues we face in the world today.
  • In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the leading national assessment of quality, 100% of the research we submitted was rated ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its impact.
  • We are ranked the 5th university in London for Psychology (Complete University Guide 2020).
  • Successful completion of the foundation year will provide direct progression onto our BPS accredited Psychology degree.


Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and its functions. This exciting degree will help you learn more about yourself and others, and give you a deep insight into how the human mind works and affects behaviour.

The extended degree programmes include a foundation year, which will provide you with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying at degree level. Our extended degree programmes will provide you with a thorough and supportive academic preparation for further study. The foundation year is carefully designed to build confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide you with the subject specific knowledge essential for success. Successful completion of the foundation year will provide direct progression onto our BPS accredited Psychology degree.

On this BSc , you’ll develop an excellent understanding of all the core areas of this inspiring field, including biological, social and developmental psychology. You’ll explore how psychology can have a positive impact on people's lives, and learn about the latest developments, in subjects as diverse as neuropsychology and criminal psychology. 

Our modules cover a vast range of areas, from cognition, and social and developmental psychology, to specialist fields such as autism, mental health, positive and forensic psychology.  

You can learn more about biological psychology, and how the brain, nervous system and other physiological systems interact with mental functions and behaviour. Or focus on personality psychology and abnormal behaviour, or criminal profiling and social media use in connection with psychological theory and practice. 

Whatever you opt to study, you will learn from enthusiastic and dedicated tutors, who also practitioners and often involved in the latest research. 100% of our psychology research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its impact (Research Excellence Framework 2014). Read more about our research here.  

You will benefit from our world-class library, specialist research equipment (including EEG machines and access to an fMRI scanner) and state of the art teaching facilities.  

Foundation Year

  • You will take modules in English and Maths which will develop your core academic and study skills. The syllabus includes a year-long module relevant to your chosen degree subject such as An Introduction to Scientific Thinking.
  • This will provide you with a subject specific knowledge in Psychology which is essential for success in your degree.
  • There is also a Disciplinary Investigation module where you will demonstrate the ability to utilise the academic and subject-specific toolkit acquired through previous modules to manage your own learning, and in partnership with your tutors, negotiate, plan and carry out an investigation into the chosen topic.

Year one 

  • Build your knowledge of varied aspects of psychology and be introduced to a broad range of topics including child development, cognitive and biological processes, psychological research methods and social psychology.  
  • Modules include Psychology in the Real World, which will help you understand how to apply theory to real-life situations; and Psychological Problem Solving, which has a particular focus on supporting and developing your learning journey.

Year two 

  • Explore cognitive, social, biological and developmental psychology, and research methods, in greater depth, along with individual differences and psychometrics.  
  • Gain a greater understanding of mental health, including how mental disorders are classified, and explore conditions such as autism and schizophrenia. 

Year three 

  • Undertake a year-long, supervised research project on a chosen topic.   
  • Choose the optional modules that most interest you. Recent examples include: Criminal and Forensic Psychology, Body Movement, Gaze and Gesture, the Psychology of Music, Organisational Psychology, Positive Psychology, Critical Psychology, Health Psychology, Practical Creativity, Topics in Cognitive Neuro-Science and Problem Solving.

You’ll be equipped to build your career in chartered counselling psychology, or educational, occupational, clinical or forensic psychology. You could pursue specialist work in forensic, educational or clinical psychology, or use the excellent transferable skills our psychology degree provides to work in the commercial, charitable or entrepreneurial sectors. 

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers. 

Specialist facilities available for this course

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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