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Key facts

UCAS code: C800

Start date: September 2018

3 years full time

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

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £21,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 6.5 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.

We also offer a work placement year and study abroad year which can be taken between the second and third year of the course.

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 11 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

Applicant visit days

We hold applicant visit days in February and March for students to whom we've made an offer


The course is accredited by 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 rigorous training in all aspects of research practice and you will graduate with exceptional skills in practical, as well as theoretical, aspects of the discipline.

We emphasise research-based learning and you'll 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 will have a wide choice of optional modules. These modules are in three groups: Health/Social Psychology, Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology and you take modules from each 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

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
Psychology at Leeds 10 credits
Exploring Animal Behaviour 10 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Psychological Disorders 10 credits
Advanced Social Psychology 10 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
Perception, Action and Cognition 10 credits
Memory and Language 10 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Major Project 30 credits

Optional modules

Health Psychology 15 credits
The Biopsychology of Human Appetite 15 credits
The Spatial World 15 credits
Drugs, Hormones and Behaviour 15 credits
Reasoning and Decision Making 15 credits
Drug Addiction 15 credits
Occupational Health Psychology 15 credits
Evolutionary Psychology 15 credits
Approaches to Nutrition and Behaviour 15 credits
Motor Learning in Children and Adults with Disability 15 credits
The Psychology of Eyewitness Testimony 15 credits
Techniques in Human Neuropsychology 15 credits
One Brain, Two Hemispheres 15 credits
Eating Disorders 15 credits
Clinical Psychology: Cognitive Behavioural Formulation for Disorders 15 credits
Applications of Learning Theory to Psychological Disorders 15 credits
Contemporary Memory Research 15 credits
Development of Language and Literacy 15 credits
Cognition and Emotion 15 credits
Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Psychology 15 credits

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 lectures, one-to-one and group 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.

There are a number of volunteering opportunities to get involved in with such as our Peer Mentoring Scheme, PsychU (widening access for schools), our School magazine “Psynapse”, course representation and the Leeds University Union Psychology Society. All these volunteering activities are HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Record) recognised meaning that a certificate is issued at graduation.

LeedsforLife is an online platform available to all taught undergraduate students at the University of Leeds to support personal and academic development to ensure you have all the skills and attributes to impress potential employers and succeed on any path you choose. Personal tutorials offered by academic staff in the School of Psychology are an integral part of the pastoral and academic support for all students.


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 plus GCSE Maths and Science at grade B and English Language at grade C.

  • 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 6.5 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: £21,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 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 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.

A scholarship of £2,000 per year towards fees is available to all non UK/EU students who take up a place on the BSc Psychology programme. Find out more.

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Career opportunities

As a Psychology student at Leeds, you'll gain a range of skills attractive to employers such as project and time management, negotiation and research design and analysis. Our graduates 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 industry 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 LeedsforLife tutorials give you the opportunity to discuss your career/employability 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

Our popular BSc Psychology (International) course is designed to provide students with unique exposure to different ways of studying and applying psychology, as well as stimulating opportunities for personal development. Following successful study in Leeds for the first year of the BSc Psychology course, you can apply to transfer to the four year international variant of the Psychology degree course. Students who successfully transfer undertake their year three psychology study at one of our partner universities, before returning for their final year at Leeds. We have four exchange partners in Europe (Belgium, Germany, Norway and Spain) and over 200 outside Europe, including Australia, Canada, Singapore and the United States.

Students who undertake the year abroad are unwavering in their enthusiasm for this degree programme, reporting an enriching and eye-opening experience that further fuels their ambition for a career in psychology and allied fields.

Find out more at Study Abroad Leeds www.leeds.ac.uk/studyabroad

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.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement for one year during your degree (between Levels two and three). You then transfer onto the four year BSc Psychology (Industrial) variant of the course which offers an exciting opportunity for you to gain valuable work experience as part of your degree and enhance your employability.

Application for a work placement year is made once you have successfully completed year 1 of the course.

Level two students, who intend to take their third year as a work placement year can take the CSER8000 Work Placement Module (120 credits) in order to complete an undergraduate level work placement, building experience of, and confidence in, essential work place skills. This effectively extends the three year degree programme to a four year programme; consequently the title of the degree is altered to BSc Psychology (Industry).

There are two assignments to pass the module: A work placement year report with an interview and a presentation.

Find out more at the Year in Industry website and what our students say from here

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