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Psychology BSc Honours

Our psychology degree will give you the professional skills that you can translate to an exciting range of career options.
September 2022
3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK) *
£14,700 (EU / INT) *
Course leader
Jackie Meredith

Why study psychology with us

Our BSc Psychology will give you the skills needed to pursue exciting career opportunities, ranging from clinical psychology and forensics to government policy and elite sports coaching.

Introducing you to key psychological practices, our psychology degree gives you an expert understanding of everything from cognitive and social psychology to biological and developmental psychology. You’ll also gain an in-depth knowledge of human behaviour, which will open up a wide range of career opportunities and specialist study routes.

Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which means you’ll gain Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership once you complete your BSc Psychology. 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.

Develop your skills and practical experience with us

We’ve got psychology specialist laboratories and counselling practice rooms that, when available to access, will let you develop the practical skills needed to succeed in the field. You’ll be guided by teaching staff who are leading researchers in areas including health psychology, forensic psychology and qualitative research. Even in eventualities where we are unable to be in the laboratory or classroom together, we aim to use virtual tools to help you develop key practical skills.

Between the second and third years of study, you'll be encouraged to undertake an expenses-based year-long work placement. This will give you the chance to apply your knowledge, develop practical skills, and boost the chances of employment after you graduate. A range of established organisations are involved with our placement course, including Great Ormond Hospital School, St Georges Hospital, Priory Hospital, Institute of Psychiatry, Institute of Education, University College London, Holloway Prison, and the Metropolitan Police. We also have provisions in place to help you acquire the employment skills you need

Get the support you need to succeed

You also get the support you need to succeed. From your Personal Tutor to your Graduate Academic Assistant, each one has studied your subject and will provide the support you need based on their own experience. If you need a little help with writing, numeracy or library skills, we can help with that too.

Course highlights

  • Our course is accredited by the British Psychology Society, so you’ll gain a Graduate Basis of membership when you finish your degree providing that you gain a 2:2 award or above
  • You’ll be introduced to key psychological practices and gain an in-depth understanding of cognitive, social, biological and developmental psychology, along with human behaviour
  • You’ll learn in some of the highest-standard teaching facilities in the United Kingdom and be taught by staff who are among the leading researchers in their respective areas
  • You’ll have the chance to take part in a year-long industry placement to apply and develop your skills, make industry links and make you more employable after you graduate
  • You'll have the opportunity to choose from a variety of optional modules in your final year, allowing you the flexibility to specialise in niche areas

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What will you study on the BSc 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 Neuropsychology, Primatology, Psychology of Music, Therapeutic Psychology, Lifespan Psychology and many more.

What will you gain?

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.


  • Year 1

    • Mind and Behaviour in Context (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces the diversity and breadth of approaches in the discipline of psychology and the many ways psychologists study the human mind and behaviour. Topical introductions will be provided in selected areas of individual differences, developmental, cognitive, biological, and social psychology. The characteristic approaches adopted within these areas of psychology are explored and you are encouraged to adopt a reflective and critical perspective on the subject matter covered. Throughout the module you will be encouraged to consider both commonalities and diversities in human thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

    • Psychological Statistics (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the statistical and qualitative analysis as they are employed in psychological research. You will gain experience in a range of analytic techniques and learn to use relevant software. You will also be required to engage in extensive hands-on computer use to develop skills in data collection, input and analysis, using SPSS.

    • Psychology: Practice and Context (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module explores the relevance and impact of psychology in context and practice. The first part of the module will be focused on psychology from a multidisciplinary perspective, covering topics which are outside the main syllabus of foundation psychology. This will include lectures (mostly delivered by expert guest lecturers) on wide variety of topics including psychology and politics, psychology and the internet, and many others. In the Spring term, the module will provide a focus on psychology careers. This will provide students with a detailed understanding of what they can do with a BPS accredited degree and to facilitate the development of a career plan.

    • Research Methods and Design in Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to introduce the principles and practice of quantitative and qualitative psychological research. You 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. You 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.

    • Preparing for Academic Success (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to equip you with skills and knowledge about psychology, and the University, that contribute to academic success. The module also aims to help you to develop plans for your future development within and beyond your programme of study. The 'process' of being a student can be difficult and confusing. The educational institution and the academic discipline both have many assumptions and processes that can be hard to uncover and understand without some guidance.  This module will explain how relevant aspects of Psychology and Middlesex University 'work', so that you can gain the maximum benefit from your studies. It will also show you how you can apply psychological knowledge to your own development as individuals and learners, and stimulate preparations for future careers.

  • Year 2

    • Brain, Body and Mind (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module presents an overview of the biological bases of behaviour and the cognitive approach to psychology as well introducing aspects related to individual differences.

    • Contemporary Issues in Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module is taught primarily by our fantastic cohort of professors in the department who will give you an insight into their cutting-edge research in applied psychological research.

    • Research Methods and Ethics in Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module enables you to understand and evaluate psychological research and to understand how research design relates to research questions. It will provide you with skills in a variety of statistical analyses and enable you to conduct ethical psychological research utilising quantitative and qualitative methods. It provides the foundation for interpretation and critical discussion of published psychological research.

    • Social, Personality and Developmental Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop the depth and breadth of your understanding of theory and research in developmental and social psychology whilst also explaining differences between individuals.

  • Year 3 - students must complete a total of 120 credits in the final year

    • Professional Practice (30 credits) - Optional

      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 you to apply for postgraduate study and/or graduate employment after graduation.

  • Year 3 dissertation modules - choose ONE module from the following:

    • Dissertation (30 credits)

      You will pursue independent study with a designated supervisor on a topic not offered in-depth among the normal range of modules. You 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 you to develop your methodological and statistical knowledge acquired through previous research methods training. It will develop your 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.

    • Extended Psychology Dissertation (45 credits)

      Awaiting for module description.

  • Year 3 optional modules - the remaining credits must be filled with the following options; a maximum of ONE module can be taken from each block

    • Autumn term modules - Block 1

      Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)

      This module aims to develop the depth and breadth of students’ qualitative research methods knowledge and practice by equipping them with a combination of practical and theoretical skills. Strengthening existing knowledge of qualitative research methods, students will be familiarised with a range of qualitative methodologies and methods of generating and analysing data in-depth. The module allows the time and space necessary for sustained immersion. It enables proficiency in qualitative research knowledge and skills to be further enhanced through repetition and comparison when learning advanced concepts and their application, such as ontologies, epistemologies, social constructions, research questions, sampling, data generation, accounts, claims, reflexivity. Students will be provided with active experiences of interviewing and conducting analyses, as well of developing reflexive practice which is an essential aspect of qualitative research. In order to optimise student engagement and learning, an experiential approach to teaching advanced qualitative research methods will be undertaken; student-led active learning will complement didactic aspects. Teaching will be led and illustrated through the module leaders’ own qualitative research practices; this will be delivered through a series of lectures and skills-based workshops informed by their research. The lecture and skills-based workshop elements will run consecutively in a three-hour weekly session. This module also aims to prepare students to conduct qualitative research in the future, such as in their dissertation projects. Therefore, this module is both ideal for, and provides a rich learning opportunity for students who enjoyed their study of research methods at Level 5; those who are undertaking a qualitatively-based dissertation project; those who want to study Psychology at a postgraduate level; and for those planning a career in research.

      Applying health Psychology to behaviour change (15 credits)

      The module aims to introduce students to health psychology and the work of Health Psychologists in practice. It covers the psychological, behavioural and social determinants of health and illness, before focusing on health behaviour change interventions and chronic illness and its management. It aims to help students apply knowledge and skills to real-world health problems.

      Neuropsychology: The healthy brain and what can go wrong with it (15 credits)

      This module will introduce students to the history, principles and methods of neuropsychology with a particular emphasis on case studies.

      Critical Forensic Psychology (15 credits)

      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.

    • Autumn term modules - Block 2

      Creative and Visual research methods (15 credits)

      This module aims to introduce students to a range of contemporary visual research methods and to develop students’ capacity in the application of different methods of collecting, analysing, and disseminating visual data in psychological research.

      Social, Cultural & Community Mental Health (15 credits)

      This module develops the students' knowledge of social approaches to mental health theory, research and practice, and their application to community mental health. Students' will develop a critical understanding of cultural, social, environmental and economic influences on mental health and the relationship between social adversity and mental health problems. Additionally, students will develop the ability to critically evaluate evidence bases and evidence-based mental health care practice in community settings. This module would be well suited to students who are considering careers in clinical psychology, counselling psychology, psychotherapy, mental health promotion and campaigning, social work, human rights advocacy, health management and community mental health.

    • Autumn term modules - Block 3

      Creativity & Imagination (15 credits)

      The module explores psychological aspects of creativity and imagination. Students' will develop a critical understanding of psychological theory and research relating to creative productivity across a range of contexts. Additionally, students will apply theory and research to plans for developing, enhancing and/or utilising creativity and imagination in real-world contexts.

      Psychology in Education (15 credits)

      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. Students will study cognitive, social, developmental, and biological theoretical perspectives, providing an integrated understanding of how psychological theory and research intersects with education in a wide range of settings. 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.

      How to DO cognitive neuroscience (15 credits)

      Cognitive neuroscience is at the forefront of advances in psychology. It is the study of brain states and how such brain states are related to behaviour and cognition. Many of the recent advances in the field are due to the rapid development and use of technology that allows us to infer what the brain is doing during different psychological states. This module aims to provide an introduction to the theory that underpins cognitive neuroscience techniques such as EEG, TMS, fMRI, TES. Moreover, and importantly the module will aim to provide a hands-on approach to learning how to use them. In this module students will have the chance to learn how to use advanced equipment by practicing with it. The aim is to teach how the equipment works, how to analyse the data, and what questions different methods can answer and what are its limitations by using them.

    • Spring term modules - Block 4

      Psychology of Music (15 credits)

      This module aims to introduce students to music psychology, a new field studying human psychological responses to music, which include emotion regulation, cognitive benefits, inter-personal coordination and empathy. The study of music as part of human communication and cognition has long eluded the psychological disciplines. Yet music is universal, very present in everyday life and most people are music users in different forms and to varying degrees. In the last twenty years the amount of published studies and applications has blossomed, making of music psychology a very topical area with significant ramifications in educational (e.g., reading) and rehabilitative contexts (e.g., Parkinson’s), as well as health, well-being and developmental disorders. The module aims to introduce aspects of music as they have been studied within different psychological fields, including behavioural neuroscience. The module would ideally combine with language modules, general cognitive neuroscience, education, atypical, health, psychology of art.

      Primatology (15 credits)

      Humans are only one species of primate. We share the world with chimpanzees, orangutans, bonobos, and gorillas – in addition to more than five hundred other species of primate, everything from lemurs to marmosets to mandrills. To understand ourselves is to understand the primate background to our biology, behaviour, and cognition. This module will provide a comprehensive survey of the living primates with a focus of research in the wild (ethology) and in the psychology lab (comparative psychology). Over the last twenty-five years, experimental research in primate behaviour and cognition has exploded, and this primatology module will provide students with up to date knowledge of the major areas of study. The primatology module will provide a rich learning opportunity for students who want to understand the foundations of human nature that we share with our primate cousins.

      Neuropsychology of language & communication (15 credits)

      This module aims to introduce students to an advanced level of the study of language, which will ideally combine with general cognitive neuroscience modules, and the Psychology of Music. Aspects of the module would be relevant also for the study of aging, language and communication in multicultural environments and atypical groups. The module includes a skill component introducing students to a selection of main tests used in the assessment of language and literacy in the developmental population, which will be associated with a practical report. An indicative list of lecture topics is presented below.

      Key Issues and Controversies in the Psychology of Elite Sport Performance (15 credits)

      This module will aim to introduce students to the ways in which psychological theories and methods contribute to our understanding of elite sport performance, to understand the psychological, behavioural and social determinants of elite sport performance and the applications of sport psychology, from a practitioners perspective, to working with skilled performers.

    • Spring term modules - Block 5

      Coaching Psychology (15 credits)

      This module offers advanced level study of topics in coaching psychology and 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, and 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.

      Lifespan Stages: Adult stages of development (15 credits)

      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 can be investigated and observed using research can be undertaken from a variety of perspectives, as well as how it can be understood using models of cognitive, biological, socio-ecological, psychodynamic and developmental psychology. The module aims 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 lifespan development and can be practically applied to Lifespan investigation.

      The Science Of Intimate Relationships (15 credits)

      Why do we have a fundamental need to connect with others? This module considers the ‘big’ questions about intimate relationships, and takes a scientific approach to investigating topics such as closeness, trust, love, partner selection, issues in relationships (conflict, betrayal, infidelity, jealousy and power) and relationship maintenance and dissolution (including separation and loss). The aim is to develop knowledge and understanding of theories and models of intimate relationships and the research that has contributed to this. With its emphasis on ‘science’, the module will go beyond the classic psychological approach of intimate relationships (e.g. theories of attachment, interpersonal attraction and love), to consider relevant theory and research from the broader behavioural sciences (e.g. evolutionary biology, physiology, cybernetics and artificial intelligence). The module takes a research and practice lead perspective, to examine how theory, research tools and data have been translated into practice, including sessions from practicing clinicians, bringing examples of their clinical practice to illustrate theory. The module will be of interest to those wanting to further understand how and why intimate relationships are a defining feature of human experience.

    • Spring term modules - Block 6

      Therapeutic Psychology (15 credits)

      This mental health module will explore different approaches to therapeutic psychology. It will also explore key approaches to therapeutic theory and practice.

      Lifespan Issues: Impact of Life Experience (15 credits)

      The module aims to (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 life experience and psychology and (b) to encourage students to think reflectively about the psychological relevance of social norms, expectations, stereotypes and issues of personal identity and nurture on life experience and development

      Evolutionary Approaches to Behaviour (15 credits)

      To introduce students to core aspects of evolutionary theory and to demonstrate the application of evolutionary theory to behaviour. The principal aim is to demonstrate how behaviour can be regarded as the product of biological evolution. A secondary aim is to discuss how evolutionary approaches complement other frameworks and add another level of explanation to scientific understanding. Students will cover various different evolutionary approaches including ethology, behavioural ecology and evolutionary psychology; discussing key findings and methodological differences.

      The Psychology of Stress, Motivation and Work-Life Balance (15 credits)

      This module aims to introduce students to the area of occupational psychology particularly in relation to stress, motivation and work-life balance. The module will introduce theories which underlie stress with a strong focus on the role of stress in the workplace. The students will also gain an understanding of work-life balance and the real-world applications of promoting good work-life balance. The topics will be covered in a variety of ways which will allow the students to engage with some of the critical debates around area. This will range from the complexities surrounding the conceptualisation of work-life balance, to the impact it can have on the health of employees, whilst also incorporating the role of the employer. Although, motivation and stress in the workplace are areas which have been traditionally researched in relation to workplace psychology, both of the areas, along with work-life balance are currently yielding a lot of innovative research. The module will allow students to critically engage with an emerging and increasingly popular area of occupational psychology and it will appeal to students who have an interest in occupational psychology, but specifically the links between work and home life, and how psychology has helped to shape this discipline. Since work based stress, motivation and work-life balance are all employment based topics, the content will be relevant to students beyond their degree and can be carried into their chosen areas of employment. Particularly those who are planning to go into Human Resources, Occupational Psychology or wish to pursue a postgraduate course in this area.

More information about this course See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:

Optional modules are usually available at level 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module,
or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose
an alternative module.

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How can the BSc Psychology support your career?

There are excellent employment prospects for Psychology graduates and salaries in this field are excellent. The range of professional skills that you will develop ensures that you are highly valued across the economy. You will have received the perfect academic grounding to progress into postgraduate study in areas such as educational, clinical, forensic, health and occupational psychology, or to become a charted psychologist. You could also progress into successful careers as counsellors, social workers, teachers and academics or pursue careers in areas such as law, business management or education.

You could be working in roles such as rehab associate, assistant psychologist, social therapist, support worker, learning support assistant, sports coach, and marketing assistant in organisations including:

  • North East London Health Trust
  • Homerton Hospital
  • Cygnet Healthcare
  • Homestart Primary School
  • Pro Star Academy
  • Caterlysts
  • Royal Free Hospital

What support is available?

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.

  • Evelina Saulyte

    Psychology BSc student

    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 Bowness

    Sally Bowness

    Psychology BSc graduate

    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.

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    Paulina Wójciak

    Psychology BSc graduate

    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.

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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