Psychology BSc

3-4 years

Psychology BSc, 3-4 years

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Course information

Typical offer ABB-BBB

UK/EU fee £9,250

UCAS code C800

International fee £22,600

Institute code L34

The British Psychological Society

Accredited by the British Psychological Society

What makes us tick? For psychologists, it’s the ultimate question – and one you’ll look at from many angles. When you graduate, you’ll have a wealth of insight into the human mind, as well as the ability to help people in real and meaningful ways.

Course description

Course description

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.

Entry requirements

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 overall. Must include a minimum of grade 4 in SL Maths or grade 3 in HL Maths, grade 4 in a science and English if subjects not held at GCSE
  • 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.
  • T Levels: Merit. Please contact our Admissions Team for full details of T Levels accepted.

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.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

Starting in 2023

  • £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

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

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.

International Students

Starting in 2023

  • £22,600 per year
  • Year Abroad: £5,650 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee
  • Year in Industry: £3,390 which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

From 2022 onwards, EU nationals will pay the International fee. If you are an EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme, you may qualify for the UK fee (subject to criteria).

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

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.



All our psychology degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society, the professional body for psychologists, which is also situated in Leicester and maintains close links with the University's School of Psychology. If you graduate with at least a 2:2, you will receive the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

We have an extensive programme of lectures and talks from invited speakers. Chartered psychologists from a broad range of areas (occupational, clinical, forensic and counselling) give insights into how they achieved their career paths and what the subject can involve.

Our annual careers event in the summer term, 'Intentions after Graduation', is designed to help you focus on potential careers and the ways into them. Our careers activity is based on feedback from current students – our focus is on your priorities.

We also have a departmental Careers Tutor who organises regular employability events and will provide you with individual advice relating to your own career plans.

Graduate destinations

Our BSc Psychology graduates go on to pursue rewarding careers in a wide range of fields including teaching, marketing, insurance and risk management, health, assistant psychologists, youth offender services, human resources, care sector, mental health and disability charities, and child services research and development to name just a few. Many graduates also go onto further postgraduate study.

Graduate from our Psychology degrees have gone on to work for a wide range of employers including:

  • Zenith Media
  • Deloitte
  • Priory Hospital
  • National Fostering Agency
  • HMP Whitemoor
  • Civil Service
  • IQPC

Career Development Service

Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

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Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

We are committed to providing skills and knowledge to help prepare you tackle global challenges. We have mapped our undergraduate degrees for learning which aligns to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This degree includes learning which relates to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Find out more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

Your first year will give you a firm grounding in both basic and applied psychology alongside practical research experience, including the use of computers for data collection and analysis. This year is common to the degrees in Psychology, Applied Psychology and Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience.


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

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. Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Year Abroad

We’ll make sure you have everything you need for your future career: not just by awarding you a high quality degree, but also by helping you to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to make your mark in the world as a Citizen of Change. One way you can do this is by opting to take a Year Abroad between Years 2 and 3 of your degree.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to a career in the private, public or third sector - or plough your own furrow as an entrepreneur – you will find the experience invaluable.

For more information, including a list of destinations, please visit our Study Abroad website.

Please note

  • A year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See the Fees and Funding tab of this page for details.
  • You may be eligible for a travel grant from Student Finance England.
  • Places are offered on a competitive basis, and eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2.
  • Language courses, at beginners or advanced level, are available through our Languages at Leicester scheme.

Year in Industry

An industrial placement is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience of a professional working environment, between your second and third years of study. By enhancing your degree with an industrial placement, you can make yourself a more attractive proposition to employers after you graduate.

You'll benefit from real-world experience in a commercial setting, enabling you to make an easier transition from studying to working after you finish your degree. You'll gain invaluable insight into a potential career path, as well as strengthening your CV significantly in preparation for entering the graduate labour market. On top of all this, you'll be paid a salary for your placement, which gives you greater financial flexibility as well as offsetting the cost of the extra year.

A year in industry still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See the Fees and Funding tab of this page for details.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

Core modules


Recent dissertation topics have included:

  • Minimising witness suggestibility in forensic interrogations
  • Attentional biases in depression: development and diagnosis in non-clinical samples
  • The effect of stress on decision making
  • The persuasive influence of sources in scientific journalism
  • Do sibling relationships predict perfectionism?

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Plus two option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Psychology at Leicester

Weekly external seminars were an invaluable part of Jack’s course.

All of our degrees are British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited, providing you with necessary skills and knowledge to help you to progress in your future career.

We have excellent, state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning experience, including labs for visual perception and tracking eye movement, a virtual reality lab for studying spatial cognition, a Judgement and Decision Making Lab and EEG labs for measuring electrical response in the brain.

The academic staff in the department have written or edited dozens of books and publish regularly in major national and international journals. Where other people only get to read what our experts think, you will be working directly with them, learning from them in lectures and questioning them in seminars.

You will definitely want to join the Students' Union's Psychology Society, which offers a great mix of academic support and social events.

Teaching and learning

Most of your course will be delivered through lectures, supported by interactive tutorials and practical sessions in the computer labs. You will have between eight and twelve contact hours per week, and spend twice that amount of time on background reading and private study. About one third of the modules in your first and second years involve lab work.

Lecture styles vary considerably depending on the topic – and the lecturer. Some lectures may include practical demonstrations. A tutorial is a small group of students meeting with a member of staff for an hour to discuss a particular topic, which you might be required to research beforehand. You can also attend our lively seminar series, in which visiting speakers from the UK and around the world present new and exciting research to staff and students.

We also provide a 'Tutorial on Request' scheme, in which our teaching staff make extra time available for tutorials on subjects chosen by you and your fellow students. These can be on topics covered by the course which you would like to discuss in more detail or other areas which reflect the School's academic expertise. Tutorials can be arranged in advance or just run as a drop-in session, and can be for individuals or groups - it's up to you. We have also a popular psychology help desk which acts as an informal drop-in clinic for those who need extra support in learning strategies for coursework and statistics.

Assessment is based on a mixture of exams and coursework, which may include writing up lab reports, tutorial essays, short reports or small group presentations.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence. 

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Course Psychology Qualification BSc Duration 3 years full-time UCAS Code C800 Availability How to apply
Course Psychology with Year Abroad Qualification BSc Duration 4 years UCAS Code C800 Availability How to apply
Course Psychology with Year in Industry Qualification BSc Duration 4 years UCAS Code C800 Availability How to apply

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The level of support from the Psychology department is exceptional.


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