Birkbeck University of London Psychology

Birkbeck University of London Psychology

Programme overview

Psychology is an exciting, dynamic field that is broadly concerned with the scientific study of mental life and human behaviour: how people think, feel and behave as individuals and how they interact in groups. This degree introduces you to the various scientific models and methods that help psychologists observe, interpret and explain human behaviour, from monitoring infants as they grow, to brain scanning and studying social networks. It will give you a deep understanding of the key subject areas and specialisms within psychology, including biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology. This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society and will thoroughly prepare you for a career as a professional psychologist, working, for instance, as a clinical, educational, organisational, forensic or sports psychologist.

You will be taught by world-leading academics who are undertaking cutting-edge research in a globally recognised department – Psychology at Birkbeck is ranked 5th in the UK. We are renowned for our research in neuroscience, cognition, developmental science – and the links between them. Our research informs real-world policy and practice and is at the forefront of breakthroughs in our understanding of conditions such as autism and ADHD. We also offer excellent research laboratories and facilities, for both general and specialist use.

This programme will teach you how to engage critically with psychological literature, identify problems and formulate research questions and hypotheses, find appropriate methods for collecting and analysing data and draw conclusions and integrate findings. You will learn essential research skills and undertake a research project on a topic that interests you, under the guidance of one of our academic experts. You will also gain a range of transferable skills that are highly sought after across a wide range of careers. If you are interested in continuing your studies, then this programme will give you the foundational knowledge and research skills you need to successfully pursue postgraduate training or research.

A key feature of this programme is its specialist pathways, which enable you to focus in your final year on a specialism within psychology. You can choose to take pathways in Psychology, Psychology with Neuroscience, Psychology with Child Development and Psychology in Practice. In your first 2 years, you will develop a solid understanding of generic and subject-specific knowledge and skills. You then select a pathway in Year 3, choosing from a wide range of specialist option modules to tailor your programme to your interests and careers ambitions.

Another distinctive feature of this course is that students who choose the Psychology or the Psychology in Practice pathway can choose to graduate with either a BSc or a BA. A BSc degree will equip you to carry out empirical studies using a range of experimental and qualitative methods and pursue professional training in psychology.

Entry requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on our judgement of your academic potential.

UCAS tariff points


The UCAS tariff system has changed for courses starting in September 2017 and is now calculated using a new number system. This means applicants applying for courses from October 2016 will see entry requirements and offers expressed using the new tariff.

The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied for a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.

A-level in general studies is not accepted.

GCSE (or equivalent) at grade C or above in mathematics is required.

If you are unsure about your eligibility then please contact us. The admissions tutor may decide that our 4-year, part-time, evening study BSc Psychology may be more suitable for you.

Foundation Year

Birkbeck’s BSc Psychology with Foundation Year offers an entry route on to this course. Students who achieve grades of 50% and above in all modules on the Foundation Year may progress to Year 2 rather than Year 1 of this course (at the discretion of the Examinations Sub-Board). This makes it possible for you to complete the BSc or BA in 3 rather than 4 years.

Certificate of Higher Education

Students who complete specified introductory modules from the Certificate of Higher Education in Psychology are always considered for entry on to this course. The Certificate offers an entry route into the second year of this degree.

Alternative entry routes

Access to Higher Education Diploma with a pass in a relevant subject.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5 overall with a score of at least 6.0 in each sub-test.

If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.