BA Degree in Psychology – BPS Accredited
The BA degree in Psychology promotes the acquisition and demonstration of conceptual knowledge in the core areas of the Psychology discipline such as development, language, phenomenology, personality theory and individual differences, biological psychology, social psychology, psychopathology, cognitive science, and research methods. Psychology students are expected to progressively integrate theoretical perspectives and empirical findings, use appropriately a variety of research approaches and apply psychological principles in a variety of professional settings such as clinical, counselling, educational and legal.
Students have previously participated in the following internships at:
• The Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL • Vision Lab, UCL • Anna Freud Centre • Mental Health Internship at the NHS • Collingham Child and Family Psychiatric Unit • The Tavistock Clinic
- The BPS accreditation gives Richmond Psychology graduates the opportunity to gain Graduate and/or Chartered Membership of the Society and access to the widest range of training, development and employment opportunities.
- Combine US/UK trends with European traditions in Psychology.
- Scientific insights into human behaviour transferable outside the field of Psychology into areas such as Neuroscience, Law, Management, HR and Marketing Research.
- Excellent knowledge base for a career in counselling / therapy / psychiatry / forensic science.
- Excellent internship opportunities.
- Carry out experimental research projects at the new Psychology Laboratory
Lower Division Requirements
QCF Level 3 - US Credits 30 - UK Credits 120
FHEQ Level 4 - US Credits 30 - UK Credits 120
Upper Division Requirements
FHEQ Level 5 - US Credits 32 - UK Credits 128
FHEQ Level 6 - US Credits 32 - UK Credits 128
Career paths for Psychology graduates
- Graduate work
- Forensic Science
- Marketing Research
- Other educational and management careers
Where do Richmond’s Psychology graduates go?*
In the workplace
- Carrefour Group
- Intel International
- Swedish National Police
- Wall Street Institute
- King’s College London
- London School of Economics and Political Science
- McGill University
- University College London
- University of Westminster
* Figures and information supplied by the Department of Alumni Relations
How Will I be Assessed?
The teaching and learning strategy adopted within the degree programmes based in the School of Communications, Arts, and Social Sciences is based on the understanding that all students will be treated as active learners. Clearly, the precise approach will vary from course to course, depending on the learning outcomes relevant to each class.
The more generic components of our teaching and learning strategy normally involves a variety of approaches and include delivering many of the following:
- Regular use of formal lecture sessions in most courses.
- Regular use of individual and/or team-based projects in many courses.
- Use of audio-visual and library resources in many courses.
- Use of computer laboratory and/or Centre for New Media to learn and apply analytical and/or creative/professional techniques.
- Occasional workshops and seminars in some courses.
- Student presentations in some courses.
- Regular use of tutor- and student-led discussion groups via e-learning platforms such as PowerCAMPUS in some courses
- Regular use of self-directed and directed reading in all courses.
Students pursuing degrees in any one of the academic areas in the School of Communications, Arts, and Social Sciences are assessed through their ability to absorb material delivered in the classroom as well as through their ability carry out independent research. There are also a variety of project-based courses in the upper division within which students work in teams. Students are also assessed though a variety of methods, including tests, project briefs and term-papers. Most courses further assess students through the use of end of term exams.
All of our classes follow a University-defined set of Assessment Norms. The purpose here is to ensure equity and fairness for all students.
As a student of Psychology at Richmond University, you get access to our Psychology Lab to design and conduct your own research and participate in our Psychology research. The Psychology laboratory hosts over 40 students actively engaged in research each semester. The Lab contains:
- Two individual testing rooms
- An observation room with a camera
- Six computers with testing software
- Eight lab assistants
The facility has two primary tasks. First, it allows you to design, conduct and participate in faculty research, including designing and carrying out your own research projects with faculty supervision. Second, it introduces you, as a psychology student, to a setting of scientific research; preparing you for your next steps upon graduation, whether that be further study as a postgraduate student or in a position of employment.
Examples of the kinds of projects carried out at the lab include:
- Measuring cognitive capabilities such as reaction time
- Behavioural observations
- Standardised questionnaires
- Investigations of cognitive phenomena such as the own-race bias in face recognition
- And many more thrilling topics!
Meet our lab assistants:
Meet the statistics and software advisers:
Please contact Neema Trivedi-Bateman for more information or to get involved in our research.
Undergraduate Entry Requirements:
Every undergraduate student will first enter our Liberal Arts programme before specialising in their Major. As such, the entry requirements for all undergraduate programmes at Richmond are the same, regardless of your chosen Major.
Undergraduate applicants should meet at least one of the following academic achievements for successful admission into Richmond:
- A Level: CCC or 240 UCAS Points for Spring 2017 or 96 UCAS Points for Fall 2017 onwards
- US High School Diploma (or equivalent): 2.5 GPA minimum (on 4.0 scale)
- International Baccalaureate: 24
- BTEC National Diploma: MMM
- ABMA Diplomas and Certificates
- SAT: 1700
- ACT composite: 24
- French Baccalaureate: 10/20
- Abitur (Germany): 2.5 – 2.7
- Esame di Stato (Italy): Overall average of 60 or above
Additional Entry Requirements (please note, your application will not be complete until all items below are received by Admissions):
- Application for Undergraduate Admission
- your Personal Statement
- one Confidential Letter of Academic Recommendation
- Official School Transcripts (if you are a transfer applicant with less than 30 credits, you must also submit official secondary school transcripts)
- English Language Test Scores** (required for students whose native language is not English. Please see below regarding this requirement)
Deadlines & Start Dates:
(please view our Academic Calendar here)
Spring 2017: The entry term begins on 9th January 2017.
- If you require a visa to study in the UK, we strongly suggest that you submit your application and supporting documents to us by 14th November 2016. Applications for spring entry received after this date, may still be considered but this will depend on your individual circumstances.
- If you do not require a visa to study in the UK then we suggest you submit your application and supporting documents by 1st December 2016.
Fall 2017: We are now accepting applications for Fall entry term.
- If you require a visa to study in the UK then we strongly suggest that you submit your application and supporting documents to us by 1st July 2017. Applications for spring entry received after this date, may still be considered but this will depend on your individual circumstances.
- If you do not require a visa to study in the UK, then we suggest you submit your application and supporting documents by 1st August 2017.
Students meeting this standard in relevant subjects will normally be given exemption from introductory courses and may complete the degree programme in less than four years. See the ABMA Advanced Early Qualifications link (below) for advanced entry details for students holding ABMA qualifications. Candidates with US High School Diplomas or other entry qualifications can be considered for entry to year 1 of the 4 year degree programmes. ABMA Advanced Entry Qualifications
Students with Advanced Standing:
A student who has passed an Advanced Placement Test will be given six credits for each subject in which a grade 3,4 or 5 is achieved. A student who has passed an A level (advanced level) examination will be given nine credits for each subject in which a grade of A, B or C is achieved. Six credits will be given for a grade of D or E. Students with advanced qualifications may be awarded course credit towards the BA or BS degree. Examples are the International Baccalaureate, the Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement du Second Degré (France), the Abitur/Reifzeugnis (Germany), the Diploma di Maturità (Italy), and the School Leaving Diploma from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
**English Language Proficiency Requirements (for non-native English speakers):
- If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, and are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then you will need to provide evidence of your English language ability. This should be an IELTS test taken within the last two years with a score of at least 5.5 in each element. Majority English speaking countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and USA.
- If you do not need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, but you come from a country where English is not the native language, then we can accept a wider variety of English language tests as evidence of your English proficiency. Please note that tests marked with a * in the chart below are not Secure English Language Tests (SELTS) approved by the Home Office and therefore cannot be used to support your Tier 4 student visa application.
|IELTS||5.5 in each element|
|Cambridge English: First *Cambridge English: Advanced * Cambridge English: Proficiency*||Overall Cambridge English Scale score of no less than 168 in each skill|
|TOEFL iBT *||18 in reading, 17 in listening, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing|
|Pearson Academic Test of English *||51 in each element|
|Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola *(Swedish Students)||English 5 with grade B or above; or English 6 with grade C or above; or English 7 with grade D or above.|
|IB Diploma *||
Pass English Language A with 4 or above at Higher Level (HL) or 5 or above at Standard Level (SL)Pass English Language (B) with 4 or above at Higher Level (HL) only
I study on this programme
I chose to study Psychology at Richmond specifically because of the duality of the programme. It focuses on both Qualitative and Quantitative research which is unique for an Undergraduate programme because most other Universities focus on only one aspect of research.
The professors are always present on both campuses and are very accessible. They understand the needs of students and are very good at helping us to achieve our goals. The courses are so interesting and there is such a wide variety of Psychology that is taught here. The professors are experienced researchers with external connections in the Psychology profession, which is extremely beneficial for the students!
The Psychology programme has made me even more intrigued about the field of Psychology than I was before. The professors, the courses and the environment prepare students to go into any field of Psychology and the internship opportunities both in London and around the world are abundant and very hands-on!
Faculty who teach on this programme:
BA Degree in Psychology is currently validated by The Open University.