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Foundation Year in Psychology

Get ready for a full-time psychology degree with our foundation year. You'll learn about key aspects of psychology and study in state-of-the-art computer laboratories

Foundation Year in Psychology

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September 2024
1 year full-time
+ 3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK) *
£16,600 (INT) *
Course leader
Lucy Irving and Neelam Ghuman

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.

Why choose a Foundation Year in Psychology at Middlesex?

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.

We offer:

What will you gain?

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.

3 great reasons to pick this course

    • British Psychological Society (BPS)accredited
      All Psychology courses at Middlesex are BPS accredited, giving you the opportunity for eventual chartership in Psychology
    • Leverage specialist facilities and equipment
      In our Psychology Department, you’ll be using a variety of state-of-the-art facilities and specialist equipment for both online and offline teaching, learning and research
    • Excellent employment prospects
      The versatility of the skills picked up in a Psychology degree could lead to careers as counsellors, social workers, teachers and academics or pursue careers in areas such as law, business management or education

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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.


  • Core modules

    • Introductory Psychology (30 credits) - Optional

      You will be introduced to selected topics from social psychology, cognition and individual differences. In each of these areas, you will be introduced to contemporary theory and research, and will also have an opportunity to get hands-on experience of the techniques used to investigate these topics.

    • SMART (Students Mastering Academic Writing, Research and Technology) (30 credits) - Compulsory​

      This module provides the fundamental written and oral communication skills required to continue studying at degree level. You will develop analytical skills through a problem solving approach, build your confidence working individually and as a member of a team, and gain appreciation of research techniques by using libraries and a range of e-learning resources.

    • Foundation Mathematics (30 credits) - Compulsory​

      This module introduces some fundamental mathematical topics and concepts that are required in a range of subjects studied at degree level. In a structured and supportive environment, you will begin to develop an appreciation of the importance of mathematics as an aid to understand and describe abstract ideas.

    • Foundation Project (30 credits) - Compulsory​

      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).

  1. Teaching and independent learning
  2. Coursework and assessment

We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health, and disability support.

Additional needs

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.

Work while you study

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.

Financial support

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.

  1. UK entry
  2. International entry
  3. How to apply

The fees below are for the 2024/25 academic year.

UK students1

Full-time: £9,250

Part-time: £77 per taught credit

International students2

Full-time students: £16,600

Part-time students: £138 per taught credit

Additional costs

The following study tools are included in your fees:

  • Free laptop loans for a maximum of 24 hours
  • Free access to everything on your reading list
  • Free specialist software for your course
  • Free printing for academic paperwork
  • Free online training with LinkedIn Learning
  • Audio-visual equipment available for loan, including digital stills cameras, digital video recorders, digital audio recorders

The only additional cost students may incur is for additional texts they may wish to buy.

Scholarships and bursaries

To help make uni affordable, we do everything we can to support you including our:

  • MDX Excellence Scholarship offers grants of up to £2,000 per year for UK students
  • Regional or International Merit Awards which reward International students with up to £2,000 towards course fees
  • Our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

Find out more about undergraduate funding and all of our scholarships and bursaries.

Fees disclaimers

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 Ghuman
Associate Lecturer

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
Senior Lecturer in Psychology

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.

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