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Psychology with Neuroscience BSc Honours

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September 2018
3 years full-time
4 years with work placement
Usually 5 years part-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Paul De Mornay Davies

Psychology with Neuroscience graduates develop a range of skills that are valued by employers. These include an ability to understand and work with complex data, written and oral communication skills, as well as numeracy, analytical, problem solving and IT skills. During the degree you will be immersed in the scientific perspectives and methods for understanding human behaviour and will gain experience of specialist neuroscience measurement techniques using state-of-the-art equipment.

Why study BSc Psychology with Neuroscience at Middlesex University?

Our new Psychology with Neuroscience degree teaches the broad approaches to modern scientific psychology, with a specific focus on neuroscience explanations of human behaviour. You will be 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.

Course highlights

  • We have excellent employment results: over 90% of our psychology graduates are employed within six months of completing their degree
  • Our psychology teaching and research facilities include specialist laboratories and interview and project rooms
  • Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) giving students the 'Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership': an essential step for qualifying as a psychologist
  • You will benefit from the expertise of our teaching staff who are leading researchers in cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, neuropsychology and neuroscience
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BSc Psychology with Neuroscience?

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. Your knowledge will be deepened 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. Finally, you will have 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.

What will you gain?

This degree is designed to give you a deep understanding of psychology and neuroscience, preparing you for accredited postgraduate training while also teaching you the transferable skills necessary for a successful career in a diverse range of industries. You will gain hands-on experience by working with some of the UK's most up-to-date and extensive facilities for studying psychology which includes a psychophysiology laboratory, electroencephalography and transcranial magnetic stimulation equipment, large Apple Mac-quipped teaching laboratories, a video editing suite, and interview and testing rooms for student project work.


  • Year 1

    • Foundation Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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 you will be encouraged to adopt a reflective and critical perspective on the subject matter covered.

    • Psychology Methods and Concepts (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.

    • Psychological Data Analysis (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces 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 such as SPSS.

    • Foundation Neuroscience (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces the foundational knowledge and concepts that are essential to understanding neuroscience, including the structure and function of the human nervous and endocrine systems.

  • Year 2

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

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

    • Developmental Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop the depth and breadth of your understanding of core theory and up-to-date research in developmental psychology. In addition to the main topics, you 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.

    • Neurophysiology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims provide you with a solid foundation in neurophysiological recording systems, theory and practice of electroencephalography EEG and visual evoked potentials VEP.

    • Biological and Cognitive Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to give 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, you 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.

  • Year 3

    • Social Psychology and Individual Differences (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to develop the depth and breadth of your understanding of theory and research in social psychology and personality psychology. In term one, you 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, you will cover mainstream concepts and theories of human development and personality, and application of personality theory in assessment (including employability).

    • Dissertation: Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The dissertation module is designed to give you 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. You 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 you to become competent in autonomous research.

    • Health and Exercise Psychology (30 credits) - Optional

      The module introduces 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 you 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.

    • Mental Health, Wellbeing and Consciousness (30 credits) - Optional

      This 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 your understanding of mental health problems and their treatment with psychological therapies. Clinical/therapeutic debates in this field will be discussed.

    • Psychology of Language, Communication and Literacy (30 credits) - Optional

      This module seeks to introduce 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.

    • Affective Science and Positive Psychology (30 credits) - Optional

      The module is designed to measure a variety of learning outcomes and to facilitate your development of critical thinking, independent learning, reflective learning, listening and communication skills. It provides a critical overview of effective science and psychological models of emotion, and introduces the scientific study of happiness, and how they can use the outputs of psychological research to live more fulfilling lives.

    • Clinical Neurophysiology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the biological basis of EEG and pathological processes and the role of EEG in your investigations. The module will also support and develop the work-based training by providing a description of normal and abnormal EEG.

    • Neuropsychology (30 credits) - Optional

      This module offers the advanced level study of topics in human neuropsychology including techniques, methods and approaches; planning; personality; emotion; consciousness; visual processing; language; olfaction; ageing; and the behavioural effects of damage to the brain regions and structures which mediate these processes. The module is designed to measure a variety of learning outcomes and to facilitate the development of critical thinking and independent learning.

    • Evolutionary Approaches to Behaviour (30 credits) - Optional

      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 evolutionary approaches including ethology, behavioural ecology and evolutionary psychology; discussing key findings and methodological differences.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

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How can the BSc Psychology with Neuroscience support your career?

The range of professional skills that you will develop ensures you are highly valued across the economy. You will also gain the perfect academic grounding to progress into postgraduate training in areas such as educational, clinical, forensic, health and occupational psychology. You can choose to study further to become practising psychologists or progress into related professions such as counselling, psychotherapy, teaching or research. Many graduates also go on to pursue careers in other areas, such as journalism or law.

Previous graduates have been successful at gaining employment in roles such as rehabilitation associate, assistant psychologist, social therapist, graduate academic assistant, psychological well-being practitioner and mental health support worker. Organisations employing our 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.

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.

Jon Silas
Senior Lecturer

Dr Silas holds  PhD from the University of Roehampton where he was also a senior lecturer. He supervises a wide range of research projects across both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, exploring questions relating to cognitive neuroscience. He teaches across all three years of the BSc Psychology with Neuroscience programme.

His current research interests are related to social cognition and cognitive neuroscience; in the role of mirroring systems in the human brain and the role of embodied processes in understanding others. He has experience in using a variety of exciting neuro-scientific methods including EEG, TMS, tDCS and fMRI and he is particularly focused on the biological and cognitive mechanisms involved in olfactory processing.

You can read more about Dr Silas and his work on the Jones Silas Lab website.

  • Faiza Yasmin Ahad

    BSc Psychology with Neuroscience, 3rd year student

    I chose this course because I wanted to explore psychology but with a more scientific element to it. I wanted to focus on my personal enjoyment but also maximise my career prospects. Psychology with Neuroscience felt like the best of both worlds as it has a more practical side, but it’s still BPS accredited. The psychology facilities are very impressive and the lecturers are all so positive and motivational.

    Middlesex University has been really good to me and I received support, library help, and free printing. All of my tutors remained open and accessible which made it so much easier to approach them with problems or questions. There have also been revision sessions and optional one to one meetings with the academics. I love that everything on campus is in one place, it makes it feel like a little community. I feel at home here – it’s going to be weird to leave.

    To someone considering this course I would say be prepared to do lots of extra reading! I would also explain that the course opens up two really exciting worlds of psychology and neuroscience, revealing infinite knowledge to explore and be curious about.

  • Katarzyna Marek

    BSc Psychology with Neuroscience, 3rd year student

    Psychology with neuroscience is a fast emerging area and quite niche in London hence why I was drawn to this course. I studied Biology and Chemistry at A Level so I liked the idea of continuing with the hard sciences too.

    The Middlesex University campus is really modern and everything is in one place. The employability service in particular have provided great support with enhancing my CV which I’m really thankful for. Lecturers always reinforce that there are no stupid questions, so I’ve always felt I could ask anything; they have helped me to believe in myself.

    The psychology facilities are impressive; we've worked in both biological and cognitive psychology labs, using equipment such as biofeedback technology and EEG machines.

    I'm currently on my placement year as an Assistant Psychologist in a local hospital which so far has been an amazing opportunity. I've learnt so much from this placement so I'd recommend it to anybody studying this course – being in the field among other professionals is both eye-opening and inspiring and provides real life experience as well as career insight. After I graduate, I would like to pursue a Clinical Psychology doctorate.

Other courses

Psychology BSc Honours

Start: October 2018

Duration: 3 years full-time

Code: C800

Neuroscience BSc (Hons)

Start: October 2018, EU/International induction: September 2018

Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years with a placement, Usually 6 years part-time

Code: B14A

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