"The course has been challenging and interesting. I will leave Middlesex with new experiences and knowledge about myself and what I'm capable of doing."Evelina Saulyte, BSc Psychology
Our psychology degree offers excellence in research-led teaching and can lead to a wealth of career routes, from advising governments on policy to priming elite sports teams.
We teach the essential theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of human behaviour, which forms the essential foundations for further training in a specialist field of psychology, or for entering a wide range of related careers. We offer both a broad and thorough grounding in key psychological disciplines from cognitive and social psychology to biological and developmental psychology.
The course structure ensures that you develop essential skills in preparation for a wide range of careers, while also allowing for specialisation in a particular psychological discipline focused towards your professional interests.
In your first year you will receive a broad introduction to psychology. In your second year you go in-depth to study core subjects, including: biological, developmental, cognitive and social psychology; while also investigating individual differences, research methods and ethics.
In your third year you take study options of your choice at an advanced level while also undertaking an independent research project, supported by an academic. Options include Affective Neuroscience and Neuropsychology, Applied Social and Forensic Psychology, Business and Organisational Psychology, Counselling Theory and Practice, Educational Psychology and Lifespan Psychology.
You will develop a wealth of transferable skills to support success in your chosen career path, or prepare you for postgraduate study. They include research and analytical skills, and a detailed understanding of human communication methods.
This module aims to introduce students to the five core areas of Psychology as set down by the BPS, Cognitive, Social, Biological Basis, Developmental and Individual Differences. In addition we will also explore ideas concerned with definitions of Psychology and how Psychology developed as a separate discipline by considering its historical and philosophical beginnings and current issues.
Module aims: to introduce students to statistical and qualitative analysis as they are employed in psychological research. Students will gain experience in a range of analytic techniques and learn to use relevant software. Students will also be required to engage in extensive hands-on computer use in order to develop skills in data collection, input and analysis, using SPSS.
This module explores the relevance and impact of psychology in context and practice. In the Autumn term it aims to demonstrate both the historical roots of psychology and the interface between psychology and present day issues. In the Spring term it aims to provide students with a detailed understanding of what they can do with a BPS accredited degree and to facilitate the development of career a plan.
The module aims to introduce students to the principles and practice of quantitative and qualitative psychological research. Students will develop skills in searching literature and generating hypotheses with a sound rationale, understand the principles of sound research design and data collection and be able to interpret findings and critically assess research output in psychology. They will also be provided with opportunities to develop skills in the dissemination of research results with the conventions, styles and critical approach of academic work.
Module aims: to give students an overview of the biological bases of behaviour and the cognitive approach to psychology. After initial study of the anatomy physiology of the nervous system, attention is focused on aspects of behaviour that have a clear biological component. Through a series of practical laboratory sessions students will investigate specific central and peripheral nervous system variables and their relation to behaviour. In the second half of the module, the nature of the cognitivist approach to psychology will be outlined and key theories relating to major cognitive faculties explored. Understanding of these is enhanced through a series of interactive seminars.
The module aims to give students an overview of the current research and core theoretical aspects of developmental psychology. In addition to the main topics, student will have opportunities to learn about extended topics of atypical developments, developments throughout the lifespan and applications to educational issues, as well as contemporary topics in applied developmental psychology. Understanding of these topics is enhanced through a series of interactive seminars.
The module enables students to understand and evaluate psychological research and to understand how research design relates to research questions. It provides students with skills in a variety of statistical analyses and enables them to conduct ethical psychological research utilising quantitative and qualitative methods. It provides the foundation for interpretation and critical discussion of published psychological research.
This module aims to develop the depth and breadth of students understanding of theory and research in social psychology and personality psychology. In term 1, students are introduced to the social dimension of human psychology, through topic-focused lectures combined with small-group collaborative research projects. In term 2, students will cover mainstream concepts and theories of personality and the application of personality dispositional theory in assessment including employability . There will be a strong emphasis on critical consideration of the strengths and limitations of comparative models along with the conceptual links. The application of psychometrics and underlying principles of factor analysis will be explained in context and statistical analysis conducted by hand to facilitate understanding.
This module offers advanced level study of topics in the psychology of emotion affective science , and neuropsychology. The module is designed to measure a variety of learning outcomes and to facilitate students development of critical thinking, independent learning, and research planning.
The module aims to explore the application of psychology to social problems in the areas of crime, conflict and violence, taking into account individual, group and social factors. It considers how individuals and groups become involved in, and perpetuate, these problematic behaviours, and also considers the consequences for victims, government and justice responses, and approaches to prevention. The module aims a to extend students understanding of social psychology through its application to social problems facing modern societies; b to develop students aptitudes for identifying pathways for social change through the understanding the psychological processes implicated in social problems.
The aim of this module is to build upon the knowledge and skills gained from the successful completion of one or more core level two psychology modules to study advanced areas in psychology. Business psychology focuses upon the analytical and managerial skills required in the area of human organisational behaviour whilst also providing students with knowledge and insight into personnel psychology.
This module offers advanced level study of topics in coaching psychology and positive psychology. It offers students a blend of academic study, practical knowledge, and personal development. The module is designed to measure a variety of learning outcomes and to facilitate students development of critical thinking, independent learning, reflective learning, listening and communication skills. It provides an introduction to basic skills of Coaching and Coaching Psychology. The module may encourage students to explore further training in Coaching and Coaching Psychology as part of their professional and career development.
Students pursue independent study with a designated supervisor on a topic not offered in-depth among the normal range of modules. The student will be expected to carry out an original investigation using a recognised psychology or cognitive science research method, and produce a dissertation based on that research. The title and methodology of this dissertation must be agreed with the supervisor in advance. Undertaking this module will enable participants to develop their methodological and statistical knowledge acquired through previous research methods training; it will develop their competence in the production of coherent written reports which are clearly presented and which have an analytic and critical orientation, and it will provide the opportunity for final year students to become competent and self-sufficient researchers.
The module introduces students to the ways in which psychological theories and methods contribute to our understanding of physical health and illness, exercise, and sport performance. It will enable students to understand the psychological, behavioural and social determinants of health and illness, exercise and sporting performance. Recent research, including both quantitative and qualitative research methods, will be examined and evaluated. The applications of health psychology to clinical practice and the applications of sport psychology to working with skilled performers will be illustrated.
The module aims to explore the psychology of lifespan development using theoretical and research orientated approaches. It considers how psychological knowledge of ways in which development over the lifespan can be investigated and observed using research can be undertaken from a variety of perspective, s as well as how it can be understood using models of cognitive, biological, socio-ecological, psychodynamic and developmental psychology. The module aims a to develop students understanding of how theoretical, empirical and personal examples arising in the fields of academia, research and clinical practice contribute to understanding of each topic and b to encourage students to think reflectively about the relevance of these to their own life, experience and learning.
The module explores relationships between mind and body, conscious and unconscious mental life, the potential of psychology to help people to become more creative and fulfilled, and aims to develop students understanding of mental health issues and the clinical/therapeutic debates in this field.
This module aims to encourage a deeper understanding of the relationship between theory and practice, whilst allowing you to develop, review, reflect on and improve employment skills within the context of your own discipline. It will also further develop independent learning and communication skills. Finally, the module aims to prepare students to apply for postgraduate study and/or graduate employment after graduation.
The aim of this module is to provide final year undergraduate students with knowledge and understanding of the history of psychoanalysis and its status today, as well as an understanding of its application. It will equip students with knowledge about the history and development of psychoanalysis and the ways in which it has impacted on a range of disciplines and on contemporary society. The module will consider how the conceptual tools of psychoanalysis have been applied across the arts, feminism, postcolonial studies, psychology and critical theories. Students will be invited to pursue their own particular interests, evaluating how psychoanalytic theory might inform and resolve theoretical impasses and those of everyday life. The module provides an introduction to the major figures in the history of psychoanalysis, and its key theoretical and clinical concepts and an investigation into its contemporary applications by drawing on the expertise and research interests of members of the Centre for Psychoanalysis at Middlesex University. A variety of teaching methods and assessment are employed to present and encourage the understanding of human development from different perspectives. The module aims to inspire and challenge each student whilst promoting independent learning and critical thinking to conduct meaningful research. It will draw on theoretical, empirical and personal examples arising in the fields of academia, research and clinical practice to illustrate each topic.
This module is designed to give students an advanced level of understanding of the way that psychological theories and research have influenced our understanding of child and adult learning and teaching in educational settings.The aim is to direct students to develop an appreciation of traditional and contemporary research, knowledge and applications in the domain. Psychology in Education provides a rich learning opportunity for students wanting to study educational psychology at Masters level and for those planning a career in teaching.
This module seeks to provide an introduction to key themes, theories, empirical studies, methods to understand processes underlying human communicative systems (in particular language), the acquisition of literacy, and aspects of musical communication. Further, the module will guide students towards the identification of key topics and a selected range of problems and questions related with the study of language and communication, and some of its applied implications. The module will also foster student's ability to design study plans or research strategies to deal with them, both individually and jointly with peers and tutors, to develop the ability to extend their studies of language and communication in academic or professional contexts.
The module aims to encourage students to examine Psychology s core assumptions concerning human nature and one of the fundamental objects of psychological investigation, the Self. Key schools of thought such as materialism, empiricism, positivism and reductionist perspectives in general are critically assessed in the light of the critique from social constructionist approaches.
You will attend lectures and practical classes, where you will explore ideas through class discussions, work on written assignments and give presentations. You will supplement all this with your own independent research. You will put together a portfolio, and work on a dissertation in your final year.
You can opt to extend the course by a year, and spend your third year doing a work placement, which we will help you to find. Alternatively, you can take up a part-time placement in your final year alongside your other modules.
We have extensive laboratory facilities, including computer labs, a psychophysiology lab, a social observation lab, a virtual reality lab, an auditory cognition lab and 12 testing cubicles.
You will be assessed through exams and coursework, including your dissertation, your portfolio, essays and practical reports.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Psychology foundation page.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
There are excellent employment prospects for BSc Psychology graduates and salaries in this field are excellent. From our 2012 graduates, 90% were in employment or further study six months after graduation.
The range of professional skills that psychology graduates develop ensures that they are highly valued across the economy. Graduates can study further to become charted psychologists, or progress into successful careers as counsellors, social workers, teachers and academics. Or pursue careers in areas such as: law, business management or education.
You will also receive the perfect academic grounding to progress into postgraduate study in areas such as: educational, clinical, forensic, health and occupational psychology.
Middlesex Psychology graduates have been successful at gaining employment in the following roles: rehab associate, assistant psychologist, social therapist, support worker, learning support assistant, sports coach, and marketing assistant.
For organisations including: North East London Health Trust, Homerton Hospital, Cygnet Healthcare, Homestart Primary School, Pro Star Academy, Caterlysts, and Royal Free Hospital. Several graduates have also gone on to be self-employed.
Additionally, you can go on to do further study. The courses that our BSc Psychology graduates are now undertaking include: PG Cert in Education, MSc Psychoanalysis, MSc Health Psychology, MSc Applied Psychology, MA Human Resource Management, MSc Clinical Psychology, and MSc Cognitive Psychology.
We encourage our students to undertake an expenses-based work placement during their studies as a year-long assignment between years two and three. Furthermore, depending on the organisation you are on placement with, you may be entitled to apply for a maintenance grant.
The year-long work placement exempts you from paying tuition fees for the full academic year; ensuring you gain the necessary practical skills to embark on your chosen career.
A wide range of influential and established organisations are involved with the placement course, for example Great Ormond Hospital School, St Georges Hospital, Priory Hospital, Institute of Psychiatry, Institute of Education, University College London, Holloway Prison, and the Metropolitan Police.
Students' involvement in such organisations includes engaging in everyday activities such as classroom education within the hospital school and the running of anger management courses for the prison inmates. Placement students have also been engaged in a wide range of clinical and educational research, for example eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, autism and stuttering, and investigating the psychological factors in relation to male and female rape.
During the placement year, students are required to keep a log-book for each week's activity, to produce a critical review of their placement year and to make a presentation to the University-organised placement conference.
Work experience in the form of placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and students who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.
Our specialist Employability Service and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious placement opportunities.
Find out more about the Psychology Work Placements Scheme here.
The degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). The British Psychological Society is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business. Find out more here.
Miranda Horvath is a well-respected researcher dealing with violence against women from a forensic psychological perspective. Two of her recent research projects, exploring sexualised language in lads' magazines and the effects of pornography on children, featured across the national media. Other professors are active researchers in health psychology and evolutionary psychology.
"The entire course has been challenging and very interesting. My lecturers were always engaged in what they were teaching and I had an opportunity to get knowledge in so many aspects of psychology. I will leave Middlesex with a huge amount of new experiences and knowledge about myself and what I am capable of doing.
"I have already joined my partner as co-founder of our company Invoiceberry Limited, which is an online invoicing software facility for small businesses and freelancers. My research for my dissertation will help me in this venture as I now understand more about entrepreneurship and the psychology behind entrepreneurial behaviour."
Sally now works as a creative director at Ratchet Digital
"I ended up going into media and have enjoyed a long career in the industry. I always maintain that having a degree in psychology makes you a good manager and equips you to deal with the ups and downs of internal politics. My degree gave me a good grounding in how to deal with a variety of personality types and not be intimidated. A degree in psychology also helped me to better understand demographics and how my writing could connect with audiences."
Paulina now works for Cisco Systems in the field of strategic sourcing of marketing intelligence.
"When I started studying Psychology at Middlesex I finally started to enjoy my studies. I really liked the way the classes were organised as they were far more focused on knowledge exchange with other students and the practical application of what we being taught.
"The course also made me realise that clinical psychology wasn't the only path open to me, and that psychology can be applicable to many different professional fields. It really opened avenues and improved my observational skills. It also gave me the confidence to think independently, express my opinions and engage in debate, which I think helped me get where I am today."