BSc | Undergraduate


Entry year
Entry requirements
3 years (Full Time)
UCAS code
  • Overview

    Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour, so virtually anything related to the behaviour of humans and animals - normal or abnormal, social or personal, adult or child, subjective feelings or overt behaviour - is of interest to psychologists.

    Psychology is a science, with all our students taking modules in statistics and experimental design, as required by our accrediting body, the British Psychological Society (BPS). Our Psychology degree programme is very diverse and stimulating and is consistently rated as 'excellent' by both our students and external examiners.

    Work placement opportunities:
    We have offered assessed work placements since 2013 and send over 50 students on placement across the public, private and third sectors every year. In addition, students can transfer in year 2 to BSc Psychology with Professional Placement where they undertake a 12-month paid work placement.

    Psychology Degree highlights

    The Insight Programme: our employability programme and optional work placement module has been commended by BPS and our employers.

    Professional Accreditations

    • All BSc Psychology graduates automatically become graduate members (MBPsS) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). The BPS is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK.

    World Class Facilities

    • The School has specialised facilities for human experimental psychology, movement and perception, individual differences, social psychology, child development and psychophysiology. We have a state-of-the-art mobile laboratory for gathering data in schools and other sites. Undergraduate students use these in their second and final years.

    Internationally Renowned Experts

    • Research-led Teaching: research in the School of Psychology has been judged to be ‘world-leading’ and ‘outstanding’ by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The results place the School among the UK’s top 20 Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience departments in terms of research impact. The impact figures reflect how the School’s research knowledge is informing policy makers, developing industry partnerships and ultimately touching on the lives of thousands of individuals.

    EU Referendum

    Information on the implications of Brexit for prospective students.

  • Course content

    Course Structure

    IntroductionThe first two years are spent covering the core
    syllabus approved by the BPS and include the
    following topics:

    • Cognitive Psychology
    • Conceptual and Historical Issues
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Experimental Design, Statistics and Research Methods
    • Individual Differences
    • Psychobiology
    • Social Psychology

    A wide range of transferable skills (for
    example in personal development planning,
    time management, report writing, and
    presentation skills) is integrated into the
    syllabus at all levels.
    Stage 1 Compulsory ModulesIntroductory Psychology 1
    Using Psychology in Everyday Life 2 – Influencing Individual Behaviour
    Foundations in Psychology
    Introduction to Methods in Psychology
    Stage 1 IntroductionThe equivalent of six psychology modules
    are normally taken by all students. These
    involve lectures, seminars, tutorials and
    practical laboratory work. The modules cover
    psychological theory, the application of
    psychology to everyday life and psychological
    Stage 2 Compulsory ModulesResearch Methods and Statistics
    Social Psychology and Individual Differences
    Developmental and Cognitive Psychology
    Research Methods and Group Project
    Conceptual Issues and Psychology for Employability
    Perception and Psychobiology
    Stage 2 IntroductionStudents take the equivalent of six psychology
    modules. These involve a mix of lectures,
    tutorials, practical laboratory work and
    statistics, and working on a group project.
    Students will have the opportunity to do an
    industrial placement year between stages 2
    and 3.
    Stage 3 Compulsory ModulePsychology Thesis
    Stage 3 IntroductionFinal year modules allow students a choice of
    specialised topics to suit their interests and
    career intentions; see the School website for
    details. Most students will also undertake a
    substantial empirical study resulting in a thesis.
    Stage 3 Optional ModulesPsychopharmacology
    Ageing: Mind, Brain and Behaviour
    Psychologists at Work: Insights into Graduate Employment
    The Visual Brain
    Developmental Disorders
    Psychology of Serial Killers
    Typical and Atypical Literacy Development
    Performance Analysis
    Exploring Psychological Issues in Cancer
    The Psychology of Music
    Applied Animal Psychology
    Youth and Political Violence: Risk and Resilience Processes
    Sport and Exercise Psychology

    People teaching you

    The Secretary for BSc Psychology

    School of Psychology
    E: T: +44 (0)28 9097 5445

    Contact Teaching Times

    Large Group Teaching8 (hours maximum)
    8 hours of lectures
    Medium Group Teaching4 (hours maximum)
    3-4 hours of practical classes or seminars each week
    Personal Study24 (hours maximum)
    22-24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.
    Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial1 (hours maximum)
    1 hour of tutorials (or later, project supervision) every 2-3 weeks

    Learning and Teaching

    On the BSc in Psychology, we deliver a high quality learning environment by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:

    • E-Learning technologies
      Information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree through, for example: interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space; IT and statistics modules; podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities; opportunities to use IT programmes associated with design in practicals and project- based work etc.
    • Group Projects
      In Level 2 you will undertake a group project with other students. This will develop team working skills, often so crucial in your future career. You will also make a group presentation at the conclusion of the project. Your will be guided through the process by your supervisor but key to success is your effective working as a team, with all students contributing.
    • Lectures
      Lectures will provide you with core concepts and information about specific topics and will outline theoretical issues and debates. You should not count on lectures to be your sole source of information on any topic or issue as you will be expected to read around the lecture content using the resources provided to accompany the lecture. You should not think that the copy of any PowerPoint presentation used in the lecture provides sufficient information and you can therefore miss the lecture. They do not; they provide a guide to focus your note-taking and understanding.
    • PDP tutorial sessions
      In Levels 1 and 2 you will meet in small groups to discuss critical aspects of psychology and personal development planning. These are an important part of your educational experience allowing you to develop oral and written presentational skills and to plan for your future career. The sessions will review your exam performance, on a one-to-one basis, with your tutor. In Level 3 this review will be undertaken with your thesis supervisor.
    • Practicals
      You will undertake weekly laboratory practical classes throughout first and second year. These will develop your research methods and design skills and provide you with training in analytical methods and statistics. You will collect data during the classes from class mates or other set tasks. This will provide you with the background to undertake a group project in Level 2 and an individual large piece of research in Level 3. Due to timetabling constraints, and the fact the University considers you should attend the University 5 days per week, we are unable to change your allocated laboratory day, unless in the most exceptional circumstances.
    • Self-directed study
      This is an essential part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.
    • Seminars/tutorials
      Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 10-20 students). These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers. You should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.


    Examples of assessment on this course are as follows.

    • The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.


    As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:

    • Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted.
    • Face to face comment. This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query.
    • Online or emailed comment.
    • General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
    • Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time.
    • Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
    • Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.
    • Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.


    Weekly lab classes in Year 1 and Year 2 take place in our recently refurbished dedicated computer teaching lab located in the David Keir Building.
    In addition we have a wide range of research facilities available for student projects including our Animal Behaviour Lab, Electrophysiology Lab, Social Interaction Lab, Eye Tracking Lab, Movement Innovation Lab ( located in QUB Physical Education Centre – the University’s main sports centre), Child Developmental Lab and much more – see for more details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    A level requirements
    ABB + GCSE Mathematics grade C.
    Irish leaving certificate requirements
    H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics is required.
    Access/Foundation Course
    Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 70%. GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent in Access Course.
    International Baccalaureate Diploma
    33 points overall, including 6,5,5 at Higher Level.   If not offered at Higher Level/GCSE, then Standard Level Grade 4 in Mathematics would be accepted.
    BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma
    QCF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits), with 120 credits at Distinction grade and 60 credits at Merit grade.

    RQF Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)), with at least 660 GLH at Distinction grade (minimum 240 GLH to be externally assessed) and 420 GLH at Merit grade.
    A minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree
    All applicants
    There are no specific subject requirements to study Psychology.

    Selection Criteria

    In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

    Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by individual University Schools. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

    Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

    For entry last year, applicants for this degree offering A-Level/ BTEC Level 3 qualifications must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or better (to include English Language). Performance in any AS or A-level examinations already completed would also have been taken into account and the Selector will check that any specific entry requirements in terms of GCSE and/or A-level subjects can be fulfilled. Applicants must have GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade C.

    Offers are normally made on the basis of 3 A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. Grades may be held from the previous year; however repeat applicants must have obtained a minimum of BBC at A-Level in first attempt.

    Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification), or one A-level and a BTEC Diploma/National Diploma (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant’s portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.

    Applicants offering other qualifications, such as Higher National Certificates and Diplomas will also be considered.

    For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 2 Distinctions and remainder Merits.
    For those offering a Higher National Diploma, to be eligible for an offer, at least half of the units completed in the first year of the HND must be at Merit level and remainder Passes. Applicants must successfully complete the HND with 2 Distinctions and remainder Merits in all units assessed in the final year. Consideration would be for stage 1 entry only.
    For those offering an HNC or HND , some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile.
    In both instances, applicants must also have the appropriate qualification to fulfil the entry requirements for GCSE Mathematics.

    The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of the Psychology degree, these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

    A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking 4 A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

    If you are made an offer then you may be invited to a Faculty/School Open Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

    If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service (, giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

    Read more Read less

    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at:

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
    • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

    International Students - Foundation and International Year One Programmes

    INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

    These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Careers

    Career Prospects

    The BSc Honours in Psychology is accredited
    as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis
    for Chartered Membership, provided the
    minimum standard of a 2.2 is achieved and the
    final year thesis is passed

    Psychology graduates possess an arguably
    unique combination of numeracy and
    communication skills, which make them
    highly valued by employers in other sectors.
    Throughout the three years of the degree,
    we have embedded employability skills and
    opportunities which prepare our students for
    the world of work after graduation.

    Our Psychology graduates have gone onto a
    wide variety of careers including journalism,
    human resources, teaching, social work,
    accountancy, and research. Other graduates
    are practitioner psychologists specialising in
    Clinical, Educational, Health, Occupational and
    Sport and Exercise Psychology.

    Studying for a Psychology degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including Psychology.

    Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in Psychology, significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors. Examples of these are: Market research, social work, nursing, advertising, sales, personnel management and careers guidance are all areas for which a psychology degree will provide a good basis.

    Psychology graduates will have knowledge of the assessment of personality, intelligence and attitudes, interviewing techniques, questionnaire design and analysis, child development, and methods of teaching and learning.

    A psychology degree is also a good basis for many jobs where employees receive additional training e.g. (the police, Armed Forces, advertising and broadcasting) or where they will gain further professional qualifications while working (e.g. banking, accountancy, management, personnel, market research). Psychology graduates may work in an interdisciplinary position with, for example, biologists, engineers, physiologists and physicists. However, employers are usually looking for general or 'transferable' skills, and a psychology degree provides an arguably unique combination of these.

    You should also take a look at the Prospects website for further information concerning the types of jobs that attract Psychology Graduates.

    Employment after the Course
    The Insight Programme: our employability programme and optional work placement module has been commended by BPS and our employers.

    Year Placement: students can transfer in year 2 to BSc Psychology with Professional Placement where they undertake a 12 month paid work placement.

    Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

    Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

    Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

    In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) £4,275
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
    Other (non-UK) EU £4,275
    International £20,100

    Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

    Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

    If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

    Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

    Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

    If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

    Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

    There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    Read more Read less

    Psychology costs

    There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

    How do I fund my study?

    There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

    Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at


    Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at



  • Apply

    How and when to Apply

    How to Apply
    Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).  Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at:

    When to Apply
    UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2019 from 1 September 2018.

    Advisory closing date: 15 January 2019 (18:00).

    Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

    Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

    The Institution code for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

    Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at:

    Apply via UCAS

    After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions ( which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.

    Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students

    1. Applying through UCAS
      Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2019.
    2. Applying direct
      The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
    3. Applying through agents and partners
      The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.

    Download a prospectus






Register your interest
Course location


Can't find something?

We're here to help with any questions or queries you may have about this course

Ask a question

Queen's University Belfast is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
For more information please read our Equality and Diversity Policy.

Queen's University Belfast is registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC101788
VAT registration number: GB 254 7995 11