"BSc Psychology with Neuroscience is a new programme that encompasses a wide range of scientific perspectives and methods for understanding human behaviour, thoughts and feelings."Dr David Westley, Co-Programme Leader, BSc Psychology with Neuroscience
During the Psychology with Neuroscience degree you will be immersed in the scientific perspectives and methods for understanding human behaviour, thoughts and feelings, gaining experience of specialist neuroscience measurement techniques using state-of-the-art equipment.
Our new Psychology with Neuroscience degree teaches the broad approaches to modern scientific psychology, with a specific focus on neuroscience explanations of human behaviour. Students are given a thorough theoretical and methodological education in psychology and neuroscience.
The Psychology department at Middlesex University is equipped with sector-leading laboratories and facilities, so graduates leave having trained in specialised research methods such as psychophysiological monitoring and electroencephalography (EEG).
Throughout the degree you will learn a diverse range of transferrable skills appropriate for many industries and careers. If you wish to become a Psychology practitioner then this course is particularly appropriate, as it prepares you for postgraduate training in fields such as clinical psychology, health psychology, neuropsychology and cognitive psychology or clinical and educational neuroscience.
According to the Sunday Times, Middlesex is rated the second best university in London for Psychology graduate job prospects.
In your first year you will begin studying the foundations of both psychology and neuroscience, enhancing your understanding of the discipline by learning about data analysis, research methods, processes and concepts.
Year two deepens your knowledge with the study of biological and cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and clinical neurophysiology, while continuing to nurture your approach to research with a specific focus on ethics in psychology.
The final year of your degree gives you the opportunity to specialise in an area which will give you the best route towards your chosen career. As well as writing a dissertation on a topic of your choice, you will learn about social psychology and individual differences. In addition to this, you will have the option to choose two other areas of study from a broad range of optional modules which are most suited to your areas of interest.
The degree is designed to give you a deep understanding of psychology and neuroscience, preparing you for accredited postgraduate training while also teaching you the transferrable skills necessary for a successful career in a diverse range of industries.
During your time at Middlesex you will experience working with some of the UK's most up-to-date and extensive facilities for studying psychology. This includes a psychophysiology laboratory, electroencephalography and transcranial magnetic stimulation equipment, large Apple Mac-quipped teaching laboratories, a group-work laboratory, observation laboratories, a video editing suite, and interview and testing rooms for student project work.
If you choose to, you can also spend a year in industry during your third year, working on a professional work placement which counts towards your grades, before returning to the University for your final year. The placement can also provide the basis for your final dissertation. To learn more about this click on the careers tab.
This module provides a basic general introduction to developmental, cognitive, biological, individual differences and social psychology. The characteristic approaches adopted within these areas of psychology are explored and students are encouraged to adopt a reflective and critical perspective on the subject matter covered.
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.
This module introduces 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 such as SPSS.
This module introduces students to foundational knowledge and concepts that are essential to understanding neuroscience, including the structure and function of the human nervous and endocrine systems.
The module enables students to understand, evaluate and conduct psychological research, and to understand how research design relates to research questions. It provides students with skills in a variety of analytical methods and enables them to conduct ethical psychological research utilising quantitative & 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 core theory and up-to-date research in 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.
This module aims provide the student with a solid foundation in neurophysiological recording systems, theory and practice of electroencephalography EEG and visual evoked potentials VEP.
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 develop the depth and breadth of students' understanding of theory and research in social psychology and personality psychology. In term one, students are introduced to the social dimension of human psychology, its scientific investigation and eclectic methodology through topic-focused lectures combined with small-group collaborative research projects. In term two, students will cover: 1) mainstream concepts and theories of human development and personality and 2) application of personality theory in assessment (including employability).
The Dissertation module is designed to give students the opportunity to pursue independent study under the supervision of a member of Psychology staff 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 research method within the ethical limitations of the domain, and to produce a dissertation based on that research. Undertaking this module will enable final year students to become competent and autonomous researchers.
The module introduces students to the ways in which psychological theories and methods contribute to the understanding of physical health and illness, as well as exercise, and sport performance. It will enable students to understand the psychological, behavioural and social determinants of health and illness, as well as exercise and sporting performance. The applications of health psychology to clinical practice and the applications of sport psychology to working with skilled performers will be illustrated.
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. Additionally, this module aims to develop students' understanding of mental health problems and their treatment with psychological therapies. Clinical/therapeutic debates in this field will be discussed.
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.
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.
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the biological basis of EEG and pathological processes and the role of EEG in their investigations. The module will also support and develop the work-base training by providing a description of normal and abnormal EEG.
This module aims further deepen the student s understanding of neurophysiological recording systems, theory and practice of electroencephalography EEG and visual evoked potentials VEP . The module will also support and develop the work-based training by providing a description of normal and abnormal EEG. The module also provides student with an overview of other investigative procedures used in clinical practice.
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, supported by outstanding learning resources available to all students. In your final year you get to undertake a dissertation that is based on a research project that you design and carry out.
If you wish to undertake a work placement 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.
We have extensive laboratory facilities, including computer equipped research labs, a psychophysiology lab, a social observation lab, an auditory cognition lab and ten testing and interview rooms.
You will be assessed through a mixture of exams and coursework, including your dissertation, essays and practical reports.
We accept applications from students with a wide range of qualifications and a combination of qualifications. Please refer to the table below for our typical offers for this course.
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 with Neuroscience graduates and salaries in this field are excellent. From our 2012 graduates, 90% of our Psychology students 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 practicing psychologists or progress into related professions such as counselling, psychotherapy, teaching or research. Many graduates go on to pursue careers in other areas, such as journalism or law.
You will also receive the perfect academic grounding to progress into postgraduate training in areas such as: educational, clinical, forensic, health and occupational psychology.
Middlesex Psychology graduates have been successful at gaining employment, shortly after finishing their course, in roles such as rehabilitation associate, assistant psychologist, social therapist, graduate academic assistant, psychological wellbeing practitioner and mental health support worker.
Organisations employing our Psychology graduates include 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 recent BSc Psychology graduates are now undertaking include: DPsych Counselling Psychology, MSc Psychoanalysis, MSc Health Psychology, MSc Applied Psychology, MA Human Resource Management, MSc Clinical Psychology, PG Cert in Education, MSc Cognitive Psychology, MSc Occupational Psychology and PhD research.
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 on topic, including: 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.
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.