BA Degree in Psychology – Richmond University
  • Tuition Fee

    £9,250.00 (UK/EU)

    £14,500.00 (INT)

    $38,000.00 (US)

  • Duration

    4 Years (Full-time) (including one year at QCF Level 3)

    January and September start dates

  • Accreditation

    Richmond University QAA

    Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US)

  • Location

    Richmond Hill Campus

Programme Overview

A highly popular programme which is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), our BA degree in Psychology will enable you to explore the fascinating world of human behaviour. Learn about memory, language, creativity, personality, social interaction and brain processes and the reasons for psychological differences between people.

Based at our campuses in Richmond and Kensington in London, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of both the theory and practical application of psychology, as our programme prepares you for a professional career in psychology or any number of career opportunities.

Like our other undergraduate programmes, our BA in Psychology is based on the American liberal arts tradition, which offers a multi-disciplinary approach. So alongside an introduction to Psychology and the History of Childhood in your first year, you’ll also study Research and Writing and Creative Expression, with students from other disciplines, making a truly international education.

You’ll also have the advantage of studying for one degree and acquiring two – one from the UK and one from the US.

In the second year you’ll dig deeper into the discipline as you study Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Biological Psychology.

An exciting range of subjects are on offer in the final two years, from Cognitive Neuroscience to Experimental Methods in Psychology, with really interesting electives where you can specialise such as Psychology and Cinema; the Psychology of Happiness and Well-being; Clinical Psychology and Criminology.

You’ll have the opportunity to be a member of the only Psi Chi chapter in the UK, the International Honor Society in Psychology, which aims to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship, and to advance the science of psychology. Many of the Society’s members have gone on to distinguished careers in psychology.

Develop your research skills through our Mind in Society Psychology Research Centre, which organises talks and conferences on such issues as the concept of resilience and how individuals and communities bounce back after adversity.

As a student of Psychology at Richmond, you will get access to our new Psychology Laboratory to design and conduct your own research with faculty supervision (we have a full-time Lab technician). The Psychology Lab hosts over 40 students actively engaged in research each semester. It’s fantastic preparation for your next steps upon graduation, either further study as a postgraduate student or in a position of employment.

Top 5 reasons to study this programme:

  • The BPS accreditation offers Graduate and/or Chartered Membership of the Society and access to the widest range of training, development and employment opportunities
  • Equips you with the ability to put theories into practice in one of the following professional areas: counselling, clinical, legal, forensic science
  • Provides scientific insights into human and organisational behaviour transferable into areas such as Neuroscience, Law, Management, HR and Marketing Research
  • Opportunity to be a member of the only Psi Chi chapter in the UK, the International Honor Society in Psychology
  • American liberal arts system provides inter-disciplinary approach which broadens skills and knowledge

Assessment

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.

Psychology Laboratory

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
  • Laboratory Technician: Our full-time Laboratory Technician is available to help students with their research in the lab. The technician provides expert knowledge of conducting psychology research and provides help and advice with specialist psychology software. The technician also offers workshops for students to develop their skills. Each term, students are given the opportunity to gain experience working as lab assistants, and statistics and software advisors, under the guidance of the laboratory technician. For more information or to get involved in our research please email us at psychlab@richmond.ac.uk.
  • And many more thrilling topics!

For more information or to get involved in our research please email us atpsychlab@richmond.ac.uk.

  • After you graduate

    Career Paths

    Stanford University School of Medicine, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, ChildNet Youth and Family Services, Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai, West London NHS Trust, Education for Change Public Schools, FBI, Forensic Science, Marketing Research, Teaching, Education and Management

    Our students have previously interned 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

    Further Education Destinations
    MSc War and Psychiatry at King’s College London, MSc Organisational Psychology at Birkbeck College London, MSc Clinical Mental Health Sciences at University College London, MSc Research at Oxford University, MSc Criminology at City University

  • Career Support

    We offer career support and advice through our Careers & Internships Office that will assist and guide you in your study choices to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Through internships you will gain business acumen, beneficial work experiences and transferable skills which will give you a competitive advantage in a fast-paced working environment. Work while you study across 5 continents through our partners Connect123 and CRCC Asia with destinations in Spain, Argentina, South Africa, China, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.

Modules breakdown

Core Modules

CORE SUBJECTS

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Foundations in Psychology

Probability and Statistics 1

Human Development

Theories and Systems in Psychology

History of Childhood

Beginning Human Science Research

Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence

Developmental Psychopathology

Transitions I

Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

Social Psychology

Cognitive Science

Transitions II

Developmental Psychology

Quantitative Methods in Psychology

Cognitive Neuroscience

Scientific Reasoning

Biological Basis of Human Behaviour

Experimental Methods in Psychology

Senior Project in Psychology I: Quantitative Methods

Creative Expression

Scientific Reasoning in Psychology

 

Senior Project in Psychology II: Qualitative Methods

Research and Writing I

Research and Writing II

 

 

Electives

ELECTIVES

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

 

 

Plus 2 of the following:

Plus 4 of the following OR Internship and two of the following:

 

 

Mind and Language

Psychoanalysis

 

 

Psychopathology

Existential-Phenomenological Psychology

 

 

Psychology and Cinema

Memory and Awareness

 

 

Health Psychology

Psychology of Happiness and Wellbeing

 

 

Psychology of Education

Clinical Psychology

 

 

Organisational Behaviour

Research in Criminology

 

 

 

World Internship in Psychology (6 CREDITS)

 

 

 

Internship in Psychology (6 CREDITS)

Entry Requirements

A Level: 96 UCAS points

US High School Diploma (or equivalent): 2.5 GPA minimum (on 4.0 scale)

International Baccalaureate: 24 IB points (year 1) BTEC National Diploma: MMM.

Completion of Year 12-13 International equivalent secondary school qualification with a minimum grade average of grade of C including mathematics and English

English Language Requirements (Non Native English Speakers)

Qualification

Undergraduate

Validity Period

IELTS (Academic)

5.5 with 5.5 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing

2 Years

TOEFL IBT

72 with 17 Listening, 18 in Reading, 17 Writing, 20 Speaking

2 Years

Pearson Test of English

51 with 51 in each component

2 Years

First, Advanced, Proficiency – taken after January 2015

162 overall (no less than 162 in each component)

No Expiry

Cambridge First: Advantage, Proficiency – taken before January 2015

Cambridge First: Grade B overall (No less than B in any component)

No Expiry

 

Cambridge Advanced: Grade C (no less than C in any component) less than C in any component)

No Expiry

 

Cambridge Proficiency: Level C1 certificate

No Expiry

How to apply

How to Apply

You apply directly using the Common Application ($50.00) or the Richmond One Line Application. In order to submit your application you will need the following information

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • A personal statement – this can either be emailed as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
  • An electronic copy of your in process or completed high school (secondary school) transcript and graduation certificate

When to apply

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you are completing your undergraduate programme of study. In this case you will be offered a place that is conditional on successfully completing a specified qualification and English language qualification if applicable. If you would like your application to be considered for a Richmond bursary, an early application is strongly recommended

Selection process

Admission is by interview unless you live outside the UK when we may interview you via Skype or by telephone. We may also determine your suitability on the basis of their application and qualifications alone. Find out more about applying.

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BPS accreditation gives 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.

UCAS Course Code

C880
  • The programme is recognised in the US via our MSCHE accreditation.
  • The programme is currently validated in the UK by The Open University.
  • Major
  • Minor
  • US Federal Aid is available
  • SFE loans currently awaiting designation.

Full Time 3-4 Years

Including one year at QCF Level 3
(subject to credit transfer)

Contact our admissions team for more details:
admissions@richmond.ac.uk

Please note: Non US students are eligible

Useful Links

Undergraduate Prospectus

What our students say

“The main reason I chose to study Psychology at Richmond is the duality of the programme. The degree focuses on both qualitative and quantitative research which is unique for an Undergraduate programme, as most other Universities focus on only one aspect of research.

The professors on both campuses are very responsive and keen to assist. They understand students’ needs, helping us to achieve our goals. The courses are very interesting and touch upon a wide variety of Psychology theory and application. Moreover, the academics are experienced researchers, active members of professional Psychology societies whose network and connections is extremely beneficial for students.

The way the Psychology programme is tailored, has increased my interest: the academics, the courses and the environment prepare students to go into any field of Psychology, whereas the internship opportunities offered both in London and around the world are key gate openers to kickstart a brilliant career.”

Ben E Atzmon2016 - BA Psychology

“I chose Richmond because it gave me the opportunity to expand my horizons, academically due to the dual degree offered and culturally because of the diverse nationalities represented on campus.

My Richmond experience has been unique! What I loved the most is the flexible academic programme, which means that I have been able to take classes that are of interest to me outside of my main area of study.

There is something for everyone, be that academically or outside the classroom. I have had many memorable experiences along the way which will stay with me beyond my time at Richmond”.

Vedica R PodarBA Business Administration, Minor: Psychology - 2015

“I’m a Psychology major and I’m currently in my last semester.

During my internship I was a research assistant helping with the Social Relationships Study at SGDP (Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre) in the KCL Denmark Hill campus. The study looks at the gender differences in Autism Spectrum Disorder in adults.

My responsibilities included recruiting the participants, managing data entry, mail merges, and online questionnaires sent to the participants and their parents. I also conducted visits in the participants’ houses and administered a battery of tasks, including IQ, memory, and theory of mind tests. During the visits I also shadowed autism assessments. Back in the office I transcribed and scored the tasks and entered the data in SPSS.

Interacting with the participants has definitely been my favourite aspect of the placement. I really enjoyed getting to know the participants and learning more about ASD. The internship has also benefitted me as now I know what the job of a research assistant looks like and learned how to perform the tasks associated with this position. I also developed a greater sense of professionalism and I’m more confident about my future transition from the classroom into the workplace. In addition, the placement has shaped my future career choices as I am now considering pursuing a career in research.

Overall it was a very good experience and I would recommend every student at Richmond to do an internship if they have an opportunity to do so.”

Oliwia GorzynskaPsychology Major, 2018

Where to find us

Richmond Hill Campus

Queen’s Road
Richmond-upon-Thames
TW10 6JP
England

+44 (0) 208 332 8200 (Main Switchboard)