The Foundation Year in Psychology is offered as an entry route to a psychology degree for students who don't yet meet the entry requirements for degree-level study.
This course is a stepping-stone course into one of our three-year courses in Psychology.
A foundation year might be a good choice for you if you don't have the right qualifications or feel ready for degree-level study. Or perhaps you are returning to study and want to get up to speed before starting a degree.
You will need to enrol on a four-year course, which includes the one-year foundation course. When you complete this year successfully you will progress directly onto one of our three-year degree courses.
The opportunity to move on to a full three-year degree in psychology or another related subject.
You'll gain lots of transferable skills which are useful for whatever your future goals are. These include how to manage your workload, critical thinking, negotiating deadlines, general study, literature searching, and research skills.
Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), so you’ll gain a Graduate Basis of membership when you finish your degree providing that you gain a 2:2 award or above. An essential step for qualifying as a psychologist, our course also equips you with a professional skillset that opens up career doors in areas including health, education, forensics, coaching and business.
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You will study all four modules simultaneously over the year which means you have the chance to examine topics in-depth.
The modules you'll study in your foundation year cover introductory psychology and research, plus academic skills and mathematics. In the first year you'll study statistics, research methods and ethics, psychology in context, and academic skills. The second year will develop skills already learned, as well as focusing on social, personality and developmental psychology. Year three is when you'll do your dissertation project, as well as selecting some option modules.
In years 1-3 your choice of modules will depend on the programme you have chosen.
This module give you the relevant experience in a range of related subject-related projects that reinforce understanding of topics taught, and provide opportunities to apply the knowledge gained in other modules.
To find out more about this course, please download the Foundation Year in Psychology specification (PDF).
We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health, and disability support.
We'll support you if you have additional needs such as sensory impairment or dyslexia. And if you want to find out whether Middlesex is the right place for you before you apply, get in touch with our Disability and Dyslexia team.
Our specialist teams will support your mental health. We have free individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and useful guides.
Our Middlesex Unitemps branch will help you find work that fits around uni and your other commitments. We have hundreds of student jobs on campus that pay the London Living Wage and above.
You can apply for scholarships and bursaries and our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.
We have also reduced the costs of studying with free laptop loans, free learning resources and discounts to save money on everyday things. Check out our guide to student life on a budget.
The fees below are for the 2024/25 academic year.
Part-time: £77 per taught credit
Full-time students: £16,600
Part-time students: £138 per taught credit
The following study tools are included in your fees:
The only additional cost students may incur is for additional texts they may wish to buy.
To help make uni affordable, we do everything we can to support you including our:
1. UK fees: The university reserves the right to increase undergraduate tuition fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions. The tuition fees for part-time UK study are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.
2. International fees: Tuition fees are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.
Any annual increase in tuition fees as provided for above will be notified to students at the earliest opportunity in advance of the academic year to which any applicable inflationary rise may apply.
Neelam first attended Middlesex University in 2008 as a BSc psychology student. After successfully completing her BSc degree, she went on to enrol for a Masters course, and graduated with an MSc in Health Psychology and simultaneously began her post as Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) in September 2012. Neelam is currently an Associate Lecturer and alongside this post she is working towards completing a PhD.
Lucy Irving is a Lecturer in Psychology. She teaches on the Foundation Psychology, BSc, and MSc programmes on the department, and is especially interested in finding innovative ways to teach complicated subjects, like statistics. Lucy co-runs the Creativity Research Group at Middlesex University with David Westley.
Lucy has a PhD in cognitive psychology and her research looked at what underlies creativity in visual artists and non-artists. She did both her Psychology BSc and her PhD at Middlesex University.
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.
Start: September 2024
Duration: 3 years full-time
Start: September 2024
Duration: 3 years full-time, 5 years part-time
Start: September 2024
Duration: 3 years full-time, Usually 6 years part-time