Psychology

Undergraduate degree

  Course also available with Foundation Year
Psychology

Discover how the human mind works and affects behaviour, gain research skills and professional experience. Choose an optional one-year paid work placement.

Start Date:

September 2022

Entry Tariff:

Year 1 entry: 112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

Foundation Year entry: 48 UCAS points (or equivalent)

Degree Type:

BSc (single honours)

Duration:

3 years (full-time)

4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year

4 years (full-time) if opting for Foundation Year entry

UCAS Code:

C800

C801 (if choosing Foundation Year)

School:

Psychology

Entry tariff:

Year 1 entry: 112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

Degree with Foundation Year

Foundation Year entry: 48 UCAS points (or equivalent)

We welcome applications from students studying T-Levels.

For all courses we also accept a wide range of other qualifications and experience. Contact us to find out more.

When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential, and can offer flexibility in entry requirements. Find out more about our Contextual Offer scheme.

Specific entry requirements:

GCSE requirement: Maths, Grade 4/C

General entry requirements:

UK students

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Saturday 19 February 2022

Course and Module Details

Overview

Study the real-life applications of psychology and develop advanced psychological knowledge and professional skills for your career.

You’ll learn core and contemporary subjects within psychology and have the opportunity to shape your degree around your own interests and ambitions. Topics include mental health, developmental psychology, positive psychology and wellbeing, and social psychology. You’ll also study contemporary social movements and global crises, currently including Black Lives Matter, climate change, and #MeToo, through a psychological lens.

Roehampton’s BSc Psychology is designed with your career in mind. From your first year with us, you’ll learn about the varied and fascinating careers where your degree will be valued and discover how to apply your psychological knowledge to a range of different fields. You will also take a credited work experience module in year two to build on your CV before graduating.

This course also has the option of a one year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further.

You’ll be learning from our enthusiastic and supportive academic tutors, who are also practitioners and involved in the latest research. They’ll teach you in our state-of-the-art psychological facilities, giving you first-hand experience using the latest equipment, including our EEGs to record brain activity, eye-tracking software, access to an fMRI, and brain stimulation therapy, including Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

Teaching consists of a mixture of lectures and small group seminars. At least 50% of your teaching will be in seminars, lab classes or workshops, giving you tailored teaching and contact time with your lecturers. Authentic assessments will give you the practical experience of applying psychology to the workplace and allow you to develop expert skills in data analysis, psychological research, and intervention reports.

At Roehampton, after year one you’ll have the flexibility to move onto our other undergraduate psychology degree programmes related to specific career trajectories: BSc Psychology and Education, BSc Psychology and Counselling, and BSc Psychology and Criminology.

Roehampton’s BSc Psychology has been accredited and commended by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for many years. Our recently reviewed and enhanced programme is pending BPS re-accreditation, following our 5 year curriculum review due for early spring. The programme that you will study has been designed to meet the BPS criteria.

This course has a timetable designed to fit around your commitments, and we have plenty of support for commuting students, including free on-campus car parking, excellent transport links and a free bus service. We also offer all new students guaranteed on-campus accommodation.

We are ranked as the best modern university in London (Times Good University Guide 2022 and Complete University Guide 2022).

Course subject to curriculum review

Placement Year

This course offers all students the option of a one-year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further. If you choose this route, you will take the placement following year two of your course, and then return to complete your degree.

Why take a placement?

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience, to build on the career skills we will teach you on this degree. The connections you make on the placement will improve your career prospects further, and equip you with the skills you need to secure graduate-level employment.

How we support you

The University’s Placement and Work Experience Team are experts at helping you to secure a placement. They will work closely with you from the start, helping you research potential employers, discover placement opportunities, create and pitch your CV, and will coach you to perform well in interviews. We aren't able to guarantee a placement, but our sector-leading advisors will give you the best possible chance of securing one.

Find out more about how we'll support you  

We understand that your plans might change once you start your programme. If you decide not to do a placement, you will have the option of completing the three year version of your programme. 

Whatever your choice, you will have access to many opportunities for work experience through our Placement and Work Experience Team, and access to face-to-face and 24/7 online careers support.

Modules

Year 1: 

Psychology of resilience and success

Evolution of Psychology

Psychology for Societal Change

Introduction to Psychological research

Understanding human behaviour

Applying Psychology

Year 2:

Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience

Understanding the individual and society

Psychopathology and clinical psychology

Development and transitions across the lifespan

Psychological Practice and Enterprise

Year 3:

Independent Research Project

Psychology for Communities and Industry

Psychopathology

Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Psychology for Communities and Industry

Advanced Research Methods

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Psychology.

Psychology of Athlete Development

Occupational Psychology

Positive Psychology

Educational Psychology

Communication and Social Interaction

Neuropsychology

Forensic Psychology

Health Psychology and Addictive Behaviours


NB: Final titles and full descriptions of each module's content will be available in early 2022 on this page.

Foundation Year

This course is offered as a degree with foundation year -  a four-year programme which provides an additional foundation year at the beginning of the degree, that will give you academic and practical experience, as well as the skills you need to ensure you are equipped to successfully complete your chosen degree.

Find out more about our degrees with a foundation year  

During the 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.


Start date:

September 2022

Entry tariff:

Foundation Year entry: 48 UCAS points (or equivalent)

UCAS Code:

C801

 

Modules

The following modules form the foundation year of this degree.

 

Tuition fees and funding

September 2022 entry tuition fees

Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International Placement year
£9,250 £14,167 £925

Support

We're here to help you reach your full potential as a Roehampton student, so you can go on to become a successful graduate. Some of the ways we’ll support you include:

  • Academic Guidance Tutors: You will be allocated an experienced academic as your Academic Guidance Tutor. Your tutor will be on hand to help you through your studies, help you pick your modules, and provide career advice.
  • Student Feedback and Consultation Hours: your lecturers have drop in office hours so you can go to them directly, arrange a video call or email to ask any questions.
  • Study Skills for Psychology: weekly sessions to support all students who want to improve their academic writing, achieve better grades in their essays, overcome exam anxieties, develop further employability skills and fulfill their potential.
  • Revision support: our lectures are delivered on-campus with recordings made available to support your revision.
  • RoeBuddies: all first year students are connected to a second or third year student mentor who offers advice and support.
  • Study skills support: as studying in higher education is different from school and college, our team of Academic Achievement Advisers are here to help and support you in developing the skills to become a successful graduate.
  • Welcoming community: when you join Roehampton’s School of Psychology, you’ll become a part of a supportive community of students and academics. Why not join the Roehampton Psychology Society to connect with your peers and join in with different events, talks, debates and socials?

Career Options

As a BSc Psychology graduate, you’ll be in an excellent position to succeed in careers where psychology is required, including research, counselling and clinical psychology. You’ll also have the skills to succeed in a range of industries where psychology is highly valued:   

Becoming a psychologist 

Some of our graduates continue on to become practicing psychologists. 

To become a Chartered Psychologist, you need to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) by completing a BPS accredited degree. You then go onto further training in the area of psychology that you want to work in, such as Counselling Psychology, Forensic Psychology or Educational Psychology. 

You can find out more about specific career paths, and what training and qualifications you’ll need, on the BPS’ Career Flowchart. 

Careers outside of psychology 

Many of our students choose study psychology as the knowledge and skills you gain provide you with a great foundation for a wide range of careers. You’ll learn about human behaviour, data analysis, communication and teamwork. Some of the careers you could pursue include: 

  • Education and teaching 
  • Human Resources and recruitment 
  • Media, marketing and public relations 
  • Research 
  • Data analytics 
  • Project management 
  • Business analysis 
  • Law enforcement 
  • Health 
  • Social work 

Careers support 

Whether you want to gain work experience in the field of psychology, or look for placements in other industries, our careers team will make sure that you will have the opportunity to build the career skills to help you succeed in whatever you go onto after you graduate. 

Academic progression at Roehampton 

If you do want to continue in postgraduate study after completing your degree, Roehampton has excellent pathways to further study. We have one of the largest therapeutic training Schools in the country, with leading courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy including all Arts and Play Therapies. If you’re passionate about the scientific study of the brain, we offer an MSc Applied Cognitive Neuroscience, or if you want to apply the science of psychology to business and occupational settings, we offer an MSc Occupational and Business Psychology. 

How to apply

Undergraduate programmes

How to join us in January or February 2022

To start a degree with us in January or  February, complete our direct application form. See our list of January courses.

How to join us in September 2022

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available in the FAQs section below.

Application process FAQs

 

If you are applying to us for a full-time degree or extended degree programme, you will need to apply online through UCAS, or direct, depending on the start date of your course and your fee status. Please see tabs above. And don't hesitate to contact us at the same time. Either fill in an online enquiry form, or contact us at the details below!

This is the official applications service for the UK, and they will send your application details to each of the universities you have listed on your application.

When you register with UCAS, you will also receive a username and password so that you can access your application at a later date.

It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages on our website.

Contact us directly if you have any questions.

Yes we will take into account the ongoing disruption and impact that Coronavirus has had on applicants when considering the results of students applying to us.

Please visit our dedicated webpages to read more.

The Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48.

Your school, college or centre will give you a buzzword so you can link your application to them. You add this word to your application when you register to make an undergraduate application.

If you are applying independently, without a school or college, you do not need a buzzword.

If you are no longer at school or college you will need to apply to university as an independent applicant. When you register with UCAS they will give you a username and password so that you can complete your application whenever you like.

You will need to complete the online application, including your personal statement and will also need to supply a reference from someone who knows you well, and is able to write about why you are suitable for higher education.

It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages.

Further guidelines can be found on the UCAS website.

Contact us directly if you have any other questions about applications.

No. UCAS will issue you with a username and password which you can use to log in whenever and wherever you want to work on your application.

There is no time limit from when you start your application to when you send it, as long as you complete it within the deadlines set by UCAS and your school.

If you are a international student, you can apply direct using our online application form.

Details of support we provide for international students, and useful information about the application process, are available on our international web pages.

No, you can only send one UCAS application in each year’s application cycle, but this can include applications for up to five courses. Applying for more than one course will cost extra.

If you do not receive any offers from your initial UCAS application, you can make additional choices through UCAS Extra in the Spring term. You will be sent details of UCAS Extra if you are eligible.

If you apply to university before the 15 January deadline you should have received decisions from each of the universities you apply to by 31 March 2020. In this case, you will need to make your replies about which to accept by 5 May 2020.

If you applied after the January deadline, or one or more of your universities hasn’t made a decision on your application by the end of March, other reply dates will apply – please do contact us to find out more.

You can accept two courses – one firm choice and one insurance choice.

If you meet the requirements of your firm choice, then you will be expected to take that place, so you need to be sure that the course you have accepted firmly is the one you want to do.

If you miss the grades for your firm choice and meet the requirements for your insurance choice you will be expected to take up that place.

If you meet the terms of your firm choice and ask to be released from this, you will be entered into Clearing and cannot go to your insurance choice.

Once you have applied through UCAS you will be able to follow the progress of each of your applications by using UCAS Track.

You can also contact us directly to find out the status of your application with us.

If you apply through UCAS and we make you an offer, we will ordinarily make you one of the following types of offer:

Conditional Offers

This offer requires you to meet particular academic or other conditions before you can join the course of study you have applied for. This could be a combination of grade, scores or subjects and will be outlined in the offer communication that you receive.

Unconditional offers

An unconditional offer has no conditions attached. Unconditional offers are often made to students who already have their achieved qualification grades and who are returning to education after a gap year or a period of time in work.

If Roehampton is your firm choice, and you have not met your conditions, please check UCAS track, we may be able to show some flexibility, although this is not guaranteed.

If you have missed the conditions of your firm choice, but met the conditions of your Insurance choice. Congratualtions, you will be studying at your Insurance choice. If you miss the conditions for both your firm and Insurance choice, then UCAS will automatically enter you into Clearing.

Make sure that you are prepared for results day and any decisions you may need/want to make. Check UCAS for more advice about what happens on results day.

If you would like any advice on this, please contact us directly and we can discuss your options.

If you are applying to university from the UK or European Union (EU), irrespective of your nationality, you must submit your UCAS application before the January deadline in order for it to be guaranteed equal consideration. The deadline for the 2022 cycle is Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 18:00.

We understand that there are many reasons why you may not be able to meet this deadline. With this in mind, Roehampton will still consider applications received after the January deadline, if there are places available on the course.

The University of Roehampton welcomes the introduction of T Levels and is delighted to confirm that we will be able to accept them across the majority of our programmes. Students will be able to apply using T Levels for both three year and four year undergraduate degrees. UCAS Tariff requirements for each programme, will be made available on programme webpages.

Yes, if you accepted an offer of study at us or another University through UCAS, you have 14 days in which you can change your response, and you can do so by contacting UCAS.

If you want to change your mind, please do get in touch to discuss your options with us. Call us on 0208 392 3314.

If you first apply through UCAS after 30 June 2022, UCAS will not send your application to universities but will instead send you details about Clearing.

Clearing a service that is available between July and September to help people find places on higher education courses. You may be eligible for Clearing if any of the following are relevant to you:

  • you have applied this year but have not gained a place
  • you have declined your offers
  • you have not previously applied to UCAS for entry this year.

Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.

You can find more information on our financial support pages.

Yes, we have a wide range of on-campus and off-campus student residences. You will be guaranteed University accommodation if you are applying for September 2021, January 2022 or September 2022 entry.

Find out more about our accommodation and accommodation guarantee here.

We can support you to transfer to Roehampton from another university,  into the relevant year of study. Find out more here.

UCAS offers a number of helpful articles on the process of applying to universities. You can also find advice and guidance from the Schools and Colleges Engagement Team here.

 

Validation and curriculum review

What is validation?
Validation is a formal process through which the University approves a programme (content, teaching, learning and assessment) as being of appropriate standard and quality. This is a normal process used throughout the university sector.

The University expects to publish details of the validated programme in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.

What is curriculum review?
Curriculum review is the regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes. It is a normal process in the sector and it is the way by which the university ensures that your course remains up-to-date and relevant. The process may result in changes to the content, structure and/or assessment of the programme.

The University expects to publish details of the re-validated programme by 31 March in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.

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Course Facilities

Image -  Specialist psychological research facilities  
  Including EEGs which pick up electrical signals in the brain, eye tracking equipment, psychophysiological suites equipped for collecting blood and saliva for research projects, and advanced computer software.   

Specialist psychological research facilities 

Including EEGs which pick up electrical signals in the brain, eye tracking equipment, psychophysiological suites equipped for collecting blood and saliva for research projects, and advanced computer software. 

Image -  Manresa Hall in Whitelands College    
  On top of a 24 hour computer room, the College also has two dedicated quiet study areas.

Manresa Hall in Whitelands College 

On top of a 24 hour computer room, the College also has two dedicated quiet study areas.

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Our Students

"I chose Roehampton so I could live and study on a campus university in London, and because of the modern psychology facilities. One of the best aspects of my degree is learning about current research and participating in the research projects of 3rd year students, giving me first-hand experience. The uni has such a warm and loveable community where everyone feels welcome. Studying here really feels like a once in a lifetime opportunity. There’s no other place I could picture myself - I’ve felt like a Londoner since day one." 

Margaritis Drosakis, BSc Psychology

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Our Alumni

Qusai Khraisha

Class of 2017, BSc Psychology

After finishing my Psychology Degree at Roehampton, I worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and am now doing a PhD in psychology at Trinity College Dublin.

It is easy to think of psychology as a purely theoretical discipline, but my degree actually helped me in a lot of practical ways. For example, my role at the UNHCR was about understanding asylum seekers experiences in order to grant them international protection. Understanding how memory works (and the ways it sometimes fails) enabled me to make better judgments on the stories I heard and consequently save many forcibly displaced individuals and their families from being mistakenly rejected.

Other than that, the skills that I gained from writing essays, including synthesising empirical data, critically analysing, and building an argument, proved valuable at every stage of my career and subsequent academic study. Additionally, I believe my degree has equipped me with something that is tremendously advantageous: psychological intuition. It is incredible how many things in the world are about or relate to people. Knowing how to approach problems with the scientific understanding of how the mind, body and brain work makes you better able to navigate complex situations with clarity. For instance, by recognising the cognitive biases that implicitly influence people’s responses, I learned that how you ask a question could matter more than what you ask. 

I have tons of great memories of Roehampton. Still, my favourite one must be when I was Whitelands College President, and the University approved to fund a project I proposed for a new social area in Whitelands. I felt incredibly grateful and accomplished because many students trusted me to help them with the issues they cared about, and I was able to contribute meaningfully to their university experience. Next time you’re at that room - The Sett - remember that it was us students who worked to make it happen.

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