Psychology BSc

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

September 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 29,691

Course Accredited By


  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

Study Psychology at the University Leicester and you will benefit from a flexible degree course accredited by the British Psychological Society and taught by leading academics.


  • You’ll have the opportunity to conduct your own psychological research in our state-of-the art facilities including the £42 million George Davies Centre. You will also have the option to study abroad for a year in The Netherlands, or opt for a placement year in industry to further develop your employability and life skills.
  • You will graduate with the ability to apply rigorous psychological scientific reasoning and argumentation skills to solve problems. The accredited nature of the course means that you will be eligible to receive the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society; the necessary first step on the way to becoming a professional psychologist.
  • Our research-led teaching means you will learn from leading academics delivering cutting-edge knowledge. We also provide you with the opportunity to conduct your own psychological research, from design right through to analysis of data and write-up, ensuring that you are fully competent in the use of the statistical methods and software required to analyse the data you collect. 
  • You will study topics in developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, biological psychology, research methods and statistics, psychopathology and individual differences, and historical developments of psychological science, as well as having the flexibility to take modules in cognitive neuroscience and applied psychology. You will learn through lectures, seminars, discussion groups and practical projects carried out in one of our many specialist laboratories.
  • Our degree is flexible enough for you to transfer to our Applied Psychology BSc or BSc Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience BSc at the end of your first year if that’s the path you wish to choose, or transfer to Medicine.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2022

Entry requirements

  • A-levels: ABB/BBB. We may consider two AS-levels in place of one A2-level. General Studies accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB EPQ at grade B.
  • GCSE: Five subjects at grade C/4 to include English Language, Mathematics or Statistics, and a science (acceptable science subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Science or Additional Science)
  • Access to HE Diploma: Strong Science based course is preferred. Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with 30 credits at distinction, plus GCSEs as above.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass diploma with 30 points. Minimum of 3 in HL Maths, or 4 in SL Maths, or 5 in SL Maths Studies. Minimum of 4 in a science and English at SL or HL.
  • BTEC Nationals: Applied Science or Health and Social Care preferred. Pass Extended Diploma with DDM, plus GCSEs as above in all cases. Subsidiary Diploma and Diploma may be considered in addition to supplementary qualifications.
  • Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year – Society and Culture run by the Global Study Centre. The GSC provides academic support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Selection Process

  • When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
  • Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the School.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Year 1

  • Your first year will give you a firm grounding in both basic and applied psychology alongside practical research experience. This year is common to the degrees in Psychology, Applied Psychology and Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience.


  • Historical Perspectives in Psychology
  • Introduction to Brain and Behaviour
  • Introduction to Sensation, Perception and Cognition
  • Introduction to Developmental, Social and Applied Psychology
  • Psychological Research Skills 1
  • Psychological Research Skills 2
  • Thinking and Communicating Like a Psychologist 1
  • Thinking and Communicating Like a Psychologist 2

Year 2

Core modules

  • Information Processing and Cognition
  • Practical Research Skills in Psychology
  • Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience Research Project
  • Psychopathology: an integrated approach to disorders of the mind
  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience

Option modules 

Choose two option modules from:

  • Topics in Clinical Neuroscience
  • Topics in Health and Wellbeing
  • Topics in Social and Developmental Psychology

Final Year

Core modules

  • Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Advanced Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Brain and Cognition


  • EITHER Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience Dissertation (double module)
  • Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience Dissertation: Project (double module)

Recent dissertation topics have included:

  • The role of hormones in memor
  • Visual processing in dyslexia
  • Modelling substance abuse in invertebrate species
  • The role of depth cues in virtual reality

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Individual and Interactive Decision Making
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology Across the Lifespan
  • Visual Cognition: From the laboratory to the real world

Plus one option module from:

  • Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Evolution, Cognition and Behaviour
  • Individual Differences and Wellbeing
  • Neuroscience of mental health
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity

Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

  • If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.
  • UK and EU Students 
  • Starting in 2021 
  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £9,250 in your first year. 
  • Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years 
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year 
  • Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year If 
  • you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.
  • Additional costs Please note that while there are no compulsory additional charges, you may incur costs during your final year research project, depending on your choice of topic.

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