BA Degree in Psychology
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
- Register with British Psychological Society as an international student.
- 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.
Lower Division Requirements
QCF Level 3 - US Credits 31 - UK Credits 124
5 further courses (core curriculum requirements)
3 further courses (mathematical or Academic Literacy requirements, or electives for students with exemptions)
QCF Level 4 - US Credits 31 - UK Credits 124
3 further courses (core curriculum requirement)
2 further courses (Academic Literacy requirement and/or electives)
Upper Division Requirements
QCF Level 5 - US Credits 32 - UK Credits 128
plus two of the following :
1 further course (core curriculum requirement)
3 further courses (electives)
QCF Level 6 - US Credits 32 - UK Credits 128
plus five of the following OR Internship and three of the following:
Minor Requirements - US Credits 18 - UK Credits 72
plus one of the following
plus four additional psychology courses, at least three at 5000- level or higher
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.
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:
Applicants typically must meet at least one of the following academic achievements for successful admission into the University:
- A Level*: BBC
- US High School Diploma (or equivalent): 2.5 GPA minimum (on 4.0 scale)
- International Baccalaureate*: 28
- BTEC National Diploma*: DMM
- ABMA Diplomas and Certificates*
- SAT: 1700
- ACT composite: 24
- French Baccalaureate*: 12 Assez bien
- Abitur (Germany)*: 2.5 – 2.7
- Esame di Stato (Italy)*: Overall average of 70 or above
University English Language Proficiency Requirements
- English is the language of instruction at Richmond.
- To meet the entrance requirements for university study, applicants must achieve a designated level of English language proficiency. All students (with the exception of students whose first language is English) must submit either IELTS or Pearson Academic Test of English results when applying for admission. Results must be current within two years at the time of application. Submission of SAT/ACT scores is optional. The University no longer accepts TOEFL.
- UK Border Agency Language Requirements
- Non-EU/UK citizens should review the Home Office English language exam requirements and submit the appropriate exam results to us as soon as possible.
- The UKBA has clear guidelines and requirements. All applicants must achieve the minimum requirements in all 4 components (listening, reading, speaking and writing). The minimum entry requirement for a degree level course is a Common European Framework grade of B2. IELTS and Pearson equivalents are shown below.
- IELTS – a score of at least 5.5 in each element
Pearson Academic Test of English – a score of at least 51 in each element
- For further information, contact the Office of Admissions.
- Home Office links:
Home Office – English Language
Home Office – Approved tests and required results for Level B2
Find out more about Undergraduate Scholarships
Duration: FT– 4 years (including one year at QCF Level 3)
UCAS Course Code: C880
Rest of the World
A minor in Sociology or Philosophy may add an interesting dimension to your studies.