Kings’ College
University of London

Kings’ College London, is the UK’s leading university in research with an emphasis on the highest academic standards of teaching.

King’s College London is an internationally renowned university delivering exceptional education and world-leading research. KCL is dedicated to driving positive and sustainable change in society and realising its vision of making the world a better place. KCL has been awarded as 7th in the world in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and has been Ranked 35th in the world (Times Higher Education World Rankings 2020).

The Academic direction for BSc (Hons) Psychology is provided by King’s College London, with enriched content developed by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). King’s College London is globally known for their commitment to delivering research excellence and is ranked 7th in the QS UK University rankings 2019.

IoPPN is a world leader in the research, study and practice of psychiatry, psychology and related disciplines. Dating back to 1896, IoPPN has pioneered in facilitating education and training of psychology and psychiatry

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Programme Structure, Courses and Specification

The BSc Psychology consists of:

  • Eight 15-credit compulsory modules at Level 4 - Year 1
  • Eight 15-credit compulsory modules at Level 5 - Year 2
  • Six 15-credit compulsory modules at Level 6 - Year 3
  • One 30-credit Research Project


  • Research Design and Statistics 1A
  • Research Design and Statistics 1B
  • Application of Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Learning, Personality and Intelligence
  • Biological Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Research Skills 1: Qualitative skills

  • Research Skills 2: Literature Skills
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Understanding Individual Differences
  • Research Design and Statistics 2A: analysis of variance
  • Health, Addiction and Well-being
  • Research Design and statistics 2B: multi-variant measures
  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

  • Current Issues in Neuroscience
  • Gender and Mental Health
  • Mental Health around the World
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Research Project 1: foundation
  • Research Project 2: Consolidation

As a graduate of BSc (Hons) Psychology programme, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate a sound understanding of all the main areas of psychology;
  • demonstrate the ability to exercise critical judgement in the evaluation of research in the field;
  • apply a critical understanding of essential concepts, principles and research in psychology, and critically evaluate the results, in the context of loosely defined scenarios, using structured arguments based in empirical evidence;
  • demonstrate the ability to produce a substantial piece of original or empirical research work including, for example, study design, data collection, analysis and reporting.


Each module includes a mix of assessments. During your study period you will undertake formative assessments, which help you to measure your progress but do not count towards your grade, and summative assessments. Summative assessments do count towards the final grade.
Each module is summatively assessed by an element of coursework and either an examination or a further element of coursework. The overall module mark is calculated by weighting the marks achieved for the two elements of assessment in a ratio of 30:70. Written examinations are held twice a year. The Colleges of the University of London are responsible for setting and marking exams.

Transfer to on-campus (UK)

Kings’ College London welcomes applications from students who wish to transfer to an on-campus degree.
To complete your degree in two years of full-time study at Kings’ College London, you must have completed eight Level 4 modules successfully. To complete your degree in one year of full-time study at KCL, you must also have completed eight modules at Level 5.

To be eligible for the degree, you must:

  • Age 17+ by 30 November in the year of registration.
  • Three UK GCE A-levels at grade DDE or an acceptable equivalent. One of these A-levels must be obtained in Mathematics, Psychology or Biology at grade A – D.
  • UK GCSE Maths grade A – C / 9 – 4 or equivalent
  • Provide proof of competence in English by having UK GCSE/GCE ‘O’ level at grade C. Otherwise a test of proficiency may be required.
  • Each application will be considered on an individual basis, and the decision will be taken at the discretion of the University of London.

Graduates of BSc (Hons) Psychology can move on for further studies by opting for;

  • MSc in Psychology / Applied Psychology / Clinical Psychology
  • MA in Applied Psychology / Counselling
  • Professional Diploma in Child Psychology / Counselling
  • PG Dip Criminology and Criminal Psychology

GA Psychology degree provides graduates with a broad skill set including data analysis, problem solving, scientific and statistical literacy and effective communication.
Psychology graduates are notably flexible in the workplace and go on to succeed in a variety of professions, including entering the public or private sector or applying their knowledge to a range of sectors such as; education, healthcare, social care, criminal and legal services.
Your degree could lead to a career in areas such as;
  • forensic psychology,
  • health psychology,
  • youth services,
  • counselling or
  • human resource management.

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