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Advanced Psychology MPsyc, BSc (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and experience. It uses a wide range of empirical and statistical techniques to collect and analyse information.

    Our Advanced Psychology MPsyc, BSc, accredited by the British Psychological Society, provides high-quality training in all aspects of research methods and a wide choice of modules that meet the highest professional standards. It offers the opportunity to study psychology to a sophisticated level, highly relevant to a range of career paths. Our modern, personalised learning environment supports employability and career development.

    With our reputation in research and teaching, your learning experience can be dynamic and inspiring. Many of our academics have strong links with the British Psychological Society and collaborate on cutting-edge research worldwide. Students design and manage their own research, which plugs into research in the School. Psychology at Leeds is always forward-moving, relevant and global.

    We also offer a work placement year and study abroad year which can be taken between the second and third year of the course.

    Student Finance England loans

    This integrated undergraduate and Masters programme secures Student Finance England loan funding for four years.

    The School and facilities

    The School of Psychology is a large and thriving department, which has expanded rapidly over the last five years. We have over 70 members of academic, research and support staff, including 11 Professors. The School is renowned for high quality research, much of it in collaboration with government departments, research councils, the NHS and industry.

    We offer a lively learning environment with modern facilities for teaching and research and a comfortable student lounge. The size of the School and range of its activities combine to provide a varied and exciting environment in which to study and work.

    Open days

    University open days are in June, September and October. Read more at undergraduate open days

    Applicant visit days

    We hold applicant visit days in February and March for students to whom we've made an offer.


    The programme is accredited by our professional body, the British Psychological Society (BPS), as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of a 2:2 is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

  • Course content

    The Advanced Psychology MPsyc, BSc offers an excellent programme of study, with integrated and clear progression. You’ll receive rigorous training in all aspects of research practice and will graduate with exceptional skills in practical, as well as theoretical, aspects of the discipline.

    We hope that learning within a vibrant research environment inspires our students to develop to their full potential. We emphasise research-led teaching and you have the opportunity to work closely with academics within their research groups, giving you excellent experience of real-world, cutting-edge research.

    You’ll study classic psychological work, as well as contemporary research into the nature and determinants of human behaviour, from the neuronal level through to the level of society and culture. You’ll explore psychological processes underpinning everyday behaviour, such as social cognition, memory, language and appetite, and you’ll examine ways in which psychology can improve people’s wellbeing and health. You’ll learn how to conduct and evaluate high-quality psychological research and how to professionally communicate research outcomes.

    In year 1 modules include developmental, social, cognitive, biological psychology and animal behaviour. You also study research skills, which involves conducting and writing up psychological research. You also have chance to study a 10-credit elective module from any department within the University.

    In year 2 you’ll progress to more advanced material, including developmental psychology, neuroscience, memory, language, perception, psychological disorders and advanced social psychology, as well as conducting lengthier pieces of research under supervision. You also choose a 10-credit elective module from any department within the University.

    In your final year you’ll carry out a major piece of research in psychology worth 30 credits. You’ll have a wide choice of optional modules – see #Course structure. These modules are in three groups: Health/Social Psychology, Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology and you must select one 15-credit module from each group.

    In your final Masters-level year you’ll study core modules on theory, research, and application in psychology, and advanced research methods. You’ll also have the choice between two subject pathways: a) Cognitive Development and Disorders (including three modules on typical and disordered child development, ageing and dementia, and neuropsychology and neuroscience), and b) Psychological Approaches to Health (with three modules on predicting and changing health behaviour, patient safety, and theory and intervention in food and nutrition). In addition, you will have the choice of either conducting a major research project or a systematic research review on a dedicated topic and a Masters-level elective module selected from a range of disciplines allied to psychology.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Psychology at Leeds 10 credits
    • Research Skills 1 20 credits
    • Research Skills 2 20 credits
    • Developmental Psychology 10 credits
    • Social Psychology 10 credits
    • Biological Psychology 10 credits
    • Cognitive Psychology 10 credits
    • Perception 10 credits
    • Exploring Animal Behaviour 10 credits

    Optional modules

    You study one 10-credit discovery module in semester 2, which can be on psychology or any other subject.

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Psychological Disorders 10 credits
    • Advanced Social Psychology 10 credits
    • Advanced Cognitive Psychology 20 credits
    • Advanced Developmental Psychology 10 credits
    • Cognitive Neuroscience 10 credits
    • Behavioural Neuroscience 10 credits
    • Individual Differences 10 credits
    • Research Skills 3 15 credits
    • Research Skills 4 15 credits

    Optional modules

    You study one 10-credit level 2 discovery module on any subject OR you can study a language module at any level - particularly useful for students considering changing onto the international version of the programme.

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Major Project 30 credits

    Optional modules

    Modules are in the groups: Health/Social Psychology, Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology. You’ll need to study at least one from each group. Other restrictions apply. Read "Course content" above and Advanced Psychology MPsyc, BSc in programme catalogue.

    Year 4

    On the Masters year of the programme students follow one of two pathways: Cognitive Development and Disorders OR Psychological Approaches to Health. Both pathways study the compulsory module, Advanced Research Methods. In addition, each pathway is made up of a set of three taught modules. Students on both pathways also choose between Systematic Research Review + one taught module OR MPsyc Advanced Research Project. Read more in the programme catalogue below.

    Compulsory modules

    • Advanced Research Methods 20 credits

    Optional modules

    The other modules you study will be determined by your choice of pathway and research review or research project.

    For more information on typical modules, read Advanced Psychology MPsyc, BSc in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    We use a variety of teaching methods. The course combines a mix of lectures, tutorials, practical classes, seminars, workshops, presentations and online learning methods. The University has well-resourced libraries and online access to publications to support your learning.

    The School offers many opportunities for you to engage with contemporary psychology, including attending seminars by guest speakers and by volunteering for short-term research posts.


    You’ll be assessed in a range of ways, including reviewing research literature and designing, conducting and analysing research, as well as traditional methods, such as writing essays and examinations.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAA in one or more of: psychology, geography, mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, geology, economics, statistics, environmental science or computing.

    A-levels in critical thinking, citizenship studies and general studies do not typically form part of our offer but we welcome them as a fourth A-level. The Extended Project is welcomed but is not included as part of our offer. We do not accept any vocational qualifications. We do not accept Applied A-levels with the exception of Applied Science. We accept only one performance based A-level (eg photography, drama, art/design, music, media studies or PE), as we don't believe they give you the academic training and skills you need to become a successful student in the School of Psychology.

    GCSE: English language at grade C and mathematics at grade B + one of the following at grade B: physics, biology and chemistry, science or additional science. We also accept GCSEDA science (dual award) at grades BC.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      60 credits, including 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at distinction level + GCSEs as above

    • BTEC

      We accept science-based BTEC qualifications (with Distinctions), alongside non-performance/arts based A-levels.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3D3D3, or mixture of these and A-levels

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 points overall, with no less than 5 awarded in any one subject. You must study a science at higher level and achieve grade 6 or above.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      (Leaving Certificate): AAAAAA to include maths and science

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AAA, including maths and science, in Advanced Highers. In some circumstances we would consider a mixture of Highers and Advanced Highers.

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Psychology Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Selection process

    The selection process in the School of Psychology is based on the whole of the application, including predicted academic performance. We consider your motivation and enthusiasm to study psychology, as well as your understanding of the scientific underpinning of the discipline. We’d expect to see evidence of this in your personal statement and references on your UCAS form.

    Admissions policy

    School of Psychology Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £21,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

    This programme is equivalent to a Bachelors + Masters degree and secures Student Finance England loan funding for four years.

    Psychology scholarships

    A scholarship of £2,000 towards fees is available to all non UK/EU students and will be awarded once a student has taken up a place on the BSc Psychology programme.

  • Career opportunities

    As a psychology student at Leeds, we expect you’ll gain an impressive range of skills, attractive to employers, such as project and time management, negotiation, and research design and analysis. Past graduates have been highly successful in gaining employment across diverse fields, including research, teaching, media, marketing and human resources, as well as opportunities in mental health and prison services.

    If you want to undertake further study after your degree, there are a wide range of options available including clinical, counselling, occupational, educational, health, forensic and sport psychology. The entry routes for these branches of psychology vary but include a range of further training and practical experience. Find out more about careers, education and training on the British Psychological Society website.

    Careers support

    The School of Psychology works closely with the University Careers Centre to provide students with information about careers, both in psychology and in other areas to support them in choosing appropriately.

    You can attend drop-in sessions at the Careers Centre anytime to get additional support in tailoring your CV and advice on the application and interview process. There is also the option of taking the industrial and international variants of our Psychology degree.

    Every year we organise employability skills workshops, talks and presentations, with practical advice to improve your chances of success. Personalised tutorials give you the opportunity to discuss your career plans and how you can use your time at university to gain the skills, knowledge and experience to make you competitive in the employment market.

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Our popular MPsyc Advanced Psychology (International) programme is designed to provide students with unique exposure to different ways of studying and applying psychology, as well as stimulating opportunities for personal development. Following successful study in Leeds for the first year of the BSc Psychology programme, students can apply to transfer to the five year International variant of the Psychology degree programme. Students who successfully transfer undertake their year three psychology study at one of our partner universities, before returning for their final two years at Leeds. We have four exchange partners in Europe (Belgium, Germany, Norway and Spain) and over 200 outside Europe, including Australia, Canada, Singapore and the United States.

    Students who undertake the year abroad are unwavering in their enthusiasm for this degree programme, reporting an enriching and eye-opening experience that further fuels their ambition for a career in psychology and allied fields.

    Find out more at Study Abroad Leeds

    Work placements

    Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

    Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

    We offer students the opportunity to undertake a work placement for one year during their degree (between Levels two and three). Students then transfer onto the four year MPsyc Advanced Psychology Industry variant of our programme which offers an exciting opportunity for them to gain experience of working life as part of their degree. This will further enhance the employability prospects of our graduates. This programme allows students to take advantage of the available work experience opportunities offered and it is administered between the School and by the Careers Service. Application for a work placement year is made once students are on the MPsyc Advanced Psychology programme and have successfully completed Level one.

    Level two students, who intend to take their third year as a work placement year can take the CSER8000 Work Placement Module (120 credits) in order to complete an undergraduate level work placement, building experience of, and confidence in, essential work place skills. This effectively extends the four year degree programme to a five year programme; consequently the title of the degree is altered to MPsyc Advanced Psychology (Industry).

    There are two assignments to pass the module: A work placement year report with an interview and a presentation.

    Find out more at the Year in Industry website and what our students say from here

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