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Key facts

UCAS code: C800

Start date: September 2017

3 years full time

Typical A-level offer: AAA
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £19,750 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes


Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and experience. It uses a wide range of empirical and statistical techniques to collect and analyse information.

Our Psychology BSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society. It provides high-quality training in all aspects of research methods and a wide choice of modules that meet the highest professional standards.

With our reputation in research and teaching, we offer a dynamic and inspiring learning environment. Many of our academics have strong links with the British Psychological Society and collaborate on cutting-edge research worldwide. Students design and manage their own research, which plugs into research in the School. Psychology at Leeds is always forward-moving, relevant and global.

Our modern, personalised learning environment supports employability and career development. You’ll develop skills attractive to employers, such as project and time management, negotiation, and research design and analysis.

The School and facilities

The School of Psychology is a large and thriving department, which has expanded rapidly over the last five years. We have over 70 members of academic, research and support staff, including nine professors. The School is renowned for high quality research, much of it in collaboration with government departments, research councils, the NHS and industry.

We offer a lively learning environment with modern facilities for teaching and research and a comfortable student lounge. The size of the School and range of its activities combine to provide a varied and exciting environment in which to study and work.

Open days

University open days are in June, September and October. Read more at undergraduate open days

The School of Psychology holds open days in February and March for students to whom we've made an offer.


The programme is accredited by our professional body, the British Psychological Society (BPS), as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of a 2:2 is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

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Course content

The Psychology BSc offers an excellent programme of study, with integrated and clear progression. You’ll receive rigorous training in all aspects of research practice and will graduate with exceptional skills in practical, as well as theoretical, aspects of the discipline.

We hope that learning within a vibrant research environment inspires our students to develop to their full potential. We emphasise research-led teaching and you have the opportunity to work closely with academics within their research groups, giving you excellent experience of real-world, cutting-edge research.

You’ll study classic psychological work, as well as contemporary research into the nature and determinants of human behaviour, from the neuronal level through to the level of society and culture. You’ll explore psychological processes underpinning everyday behaviour, such as social cognition, memory, language and appetite, and you’ll examine ways in which psychology can improve people’s wellbeing and health. You’ll learn how to conduct and evaluate high-quality psychological research and how to professionally communicate research outcomes.

In year 1 modules include developmental, social, cognitive, biological psychology and animal behaviour. You also study research skills, which involves conducting and writing up psychological research. You also have chance to study a 10-credit elective module from any department within the University.

In year 2 you’ll progress to more advanced material, including developmental psychology, neuroscience, memory, language, perception, psychological disorders and advanced social psychology, as well as conducting lengthier pieces of research under supervision. You also choose a 10-credit elective module from any department within the University.

In your final year you’ll carry out a major piece of research in psychology worth 30 credits. You’ll have a wide choice of optional modules – see #Course structure. These modules are in 3 groups: Health/Social Psychology, Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology and you must select one 15-credit module from each group. You select a further three 15-credit modules from any group, but must not choose more than 3 modules from any one group.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Psychology at Leeds 10 credits
Research Skills 1 20 credits
Research Skills 2 20 credits
Developmental Psychology 10 credits
Social Psychology 10 credits
Biological Psychology 10 credits
Cognitive Psychology 10 credits
Perception 10 credits
Exploring Animal Behaviour 10 credits

Optional modules

You study one 10-credit discovery module in semester 2, which can be on psychology or any other subject.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Psychological Disorders 10 credits
Advanced Social Psychology 10 credits
Advanced Cognitive Psychology 20 credits
Advanced Developmental Psychology 10 credits
Cognitive Neuroscience 10 credits
Behavioural Neuroscience 10 credits
Individual Differences 10 credits
Research Skills 3 15 credits
Research Skills 4 15 credits

Optional modules

You study one 10-credit level 2 discovery module on any subject OR you can study a language module at any level - particularly useful for students considering changing onto the international version of the programme.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Major Project 30 credits

Optional modules

Modules are in the groups: Health/Social Psychology, Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology. You’ll need to study at least one from each group. Other restrictions apply. Read "Course content" above and Psychology BSc in programme catalogue.

For more information on typical modules, read Psychology BSc in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching methods. The course combines a mix of lectures, tutorials, practical classes, seminars, workshops, presentations and online learning methods. The University has well-resourced libraries and online access to publications to support your learning.

The School offers many opportunities for you to engage with contemporary psychology, including attending seminars by guest speakers and by volunteering for short-term research posts.


You’ll be assessed in a range of ways, from your completion of practical work, such as designing, conducting and analysing research, to traditional methods, such as writing essays and examinations.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA in one or more of: psychology, geography, mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, geology, economics, statistics, environmental science or computing.

A-levels in critical thinking, citizenship studies and general studies do not typically form part of our offer but we welcome them as a fourth A-level. The Extended Project is welcomed but is not included as part of our offer. We do not accept any vocational qualifications. We do not accept Applied A-levels with the exception of applied science. We accept only one performance based A-level (eg photography, drama, art/design, music, media studies or PE), as we don't believe they give you the academic training and skills you need to become a successful student in the School of Psychology.

GCSE: English language at grade C and mathematics at grade B + one of the following at grade B: physics, biology and chemistry, science or additional science. We also accept GCSEDA science (dual award) at grades BC.

  • Access to HE Diploma

    60 credits, including 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at distinction level + GCSEs as above

  • BTEC

    We accept science-based BTEC qualifications (with Distinctions), alongside non-performance/arts based A-levels.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3D3D3, or mixture of these and A-levels

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall, with no less than 5 awarded in any one subject. You must study a science at higher level and achieve grade 6 or above.

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    (Leaving Certificate): AAAAAA to include maths and science

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AAA, including maths and science, in Advanced Highers. In some circumstances we would consider a mixture of Highers and Advanced Highers.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

This course is also available as an intercalated programme to students who have completed at least two years of a UK medical or dental degree (or international equivalent) and are normally ranked in the top 50% of their year of study. Read more at Intercalation.

Alternative qualifications

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Psychology Undergraduate Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Selection process

The selection process in the School of Psychology is based on the whole of the application, including predicted academic performance. We consider your motivation and enthusiasm to study psychology, as well as your understanding of the scientific underpinning of the discipline. We’d expect to see evidence of this in your personal statement and references on your UCAS form.

Admissions policy

School of Psychology Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £19,750 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Psychology scholarships

A scholarship of £2,000 towards fees is available to all non UK/EU students and will be awarded once a student has taken up a place on the BSc Psychology programme.

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Career opportunities

Psychology graduates from the University of Leeds have been highly successful in gaining employment across diverse fields, including research, teaching, media, marketing and human resources, as well as opportunities in mental health and prison services.

If you want to undertake further study after your degree, there are a wide range of options available including clinical, counselling, occupational, educational, health, forensic and sport psychology. The entry routes for these branches of psychology vary but include a range of further training and practical experience. Find out more about careers, education and training on the British Psychological Society website.

Careers support

The School of Psychology works closely with the University Careers Centre to provide students with information about careers, both in psychology and in other areas to support them in choosing appropriately.

You can attend drop-in sessions at the Careers Centre anytime to get additional support in tailoring your CV and advice on the application and interview process. There is also the option of taking the industrial and international variants of our Psychology degree.

Every year we organise employability skills workshops, talks and presentations, with practical advice to improve your chances of success. Personalised tutorials give you the opportunity to discuss your career plans and how you can use your time at university to gain the skills, knowledge and experience to make you competitive in the employment market.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to study abroad for one year during your degree (after year 2). You then transfer onto the four-year international variant of the Psychology programme. This can allow you to broaden and deepen your knowledge of psychology in an international environment. We offer a wide range of destinations both in Europe and worldwide (eg Australia, USA and Canada). You return to complete your degree in Leeds and, on successful completion of both the year abroad and Leeds modules, you’re awarded a Psychology (International) BSc degree. Many of our past students have reported their year abroad to be an exciting and rewarding experience.

You only apply for a study abroad year once you’re a student on the Psychology BSc programme and have successfully completed Level 1. Transfer onto the international variant of the programme depends on academic performance.

Students have the option of registering for either a:

“Year Abroad”, where you’ll be expected to select mostly psychology courses at the non-UK university


“Horizon Year Abroad”, where you’ll study modules including Intercultural Awareness (primarily by distance learning) and at least 20 credits of the local language (beginner or intermediate level) and 80 credits of electives, normally taught in English, to enhance understanding of local culture.

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

We offer students the opportunity to undertake a work placement for one year during their degree (between Levels 2 and 3). Students then transfer onto the four year BSc Psychology (Industrial) variant of our programme which offers an exciting opportunity for them to gain experience of working life as part of their degree. This will further enhance the employability prospects of our graduates. This programme allows students to take advantage of the available work experience opportunities offered and it is administered by the Careers Service.

Application for a work placement year is made once students are on the BSc Psychology programme and have successfully completed Level 1.

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