Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience

BSc, 3-4 years

This is for you if... in addition to psychology, you are interested in how we can harness the activity of the brain to understand the neural bases of human and animal behaviour.

Course Description

Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour: how and why we act and think as we do. The value of psychological expertise is now recognised in all walks of life: able to handle and present complex arguments and also organise and analyse different forms of evidence, psychology graduates can explore a wide range of rewarding career possibilities.

Recent innovations in research technology and scientific approaches to the subject make this an exciting time to study psychology. For those with an interest in psychological theory and new developments, many opportunities exist for psychology graduates to continue in research positions after graduation.

The School of Psychology at the University of Leicester has a long-established reputation for the quality of its undergraduate courses. These are taught through lectures, seminars, discussion groups and practical projects carried out in one of our many specialist laboratories. We have a large and well equipped school, with talented staff who have interests in both pure and applied aspects of psychology.

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 – developing your academic and practical experimentation skills in our dedicated research facilities.

Research methods are an integral part of the course, enabling you to design and conduct your own psychological experiments and ensuring that you are fully competent in the use of the statistical methods and software required to analyse the data you collect. As well as a thorough grounding in contemporary issues and findings in psychology, your degree will also equip you with useful transferable skills in fields such as communication, information retrieval and data evaluation.

Key Facts
Typical offer
UCAS code
Start date
September 2018

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Why Leicester?

All of our degrees are British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited meaning they will provide you with the necessary academic knowledge, both of psychological theory and practice, for you to progress in your future career.

Our excellent facilities include three labs for visual perception and tracking eye movement, a virtual reality lab for studying spatial cognition, a Judgement and Decision Making Lab and two EEG labs for measuring electrical response in the brain.

Our student Psychology Society organises lectures and visits, and has a lively social programme. We also have a programme of weekly talks presented by well-known psychologists from other departments and research units.

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. 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 Social, Developmental 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  

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 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

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 Abroad (optional)

Year Abroad (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (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.

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 work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

The School of Psychology has links with some European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite.  

We have links with the following universities:

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

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


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

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Clinical Psychology 
  • Individual and Interactive Decision Making 
  • Forensic Psychology 
  • Learning Theories: Understanding and Predicting Behaviour 
  • 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 Well-being 
  • Neuroscience of Mental Health 
  • Occupational Psychology 

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.

Additional Information


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.

Teaching and Assessment

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.

Assessment is based on exams – which account for about two-thirds of your grades – 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.

Overall workload

Typical workload hours for Psychology courses in 2016/17:

Year 1: 15% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 180 hours
  • Independent learning: 1020 hours

Year 2: 14% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
  • Independent learning: 1032 hours

Optional year abroad: If you’re spending a year abroad, your contact hours will vary depending on the institution you’re studying at.

Final year: 20% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
  • Independent learning: 1032 hours

While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.

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.

Research Stories

Entry Requirements

  • A-levels: AAB/ABB. 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: Maths (or Statistics), English Language, and Biology (or two relevant sciences) normally required at grade C.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with 30 credits at distinction, plus GCSEs as above.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass with Full Diploma, score of 32/30 points.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Extended Diploma with DDD/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 run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language 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

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Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2018

    • £9,250 in your first year. After 2018/19, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation and is subject to government regulations.
    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. 

  • Starting in 2018

    • £19,705 per 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. 

Career Opportunities

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.


Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience BSc 3 years full-time C8BC Apply Now
Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience with Year Abroad BSc 4 years C8BC Apply Now
Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience
3 years full-time
Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience with Year Abroad
4 years

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