4 years full-time (plus optional placement year)
AAA (full entry requirements)
September 2021 (term dates)
£9,250 per year
£22,650 per year
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Psychology is the scientific study of mind, brain and behaviour. It is strongly interconnected to other disciplines such as biology, physics, medicine, neuroscience, politics, sociology and economics.
We teach psychology as a rigorous experimental biological science. Our exciting and innovative 4-year MSci course allows you to engage fully with the theories, perspectives, and methods that are used to study the mind, the brain, and behaviour, whilst developing your practical, high-level skills in empirical investigation and scientific data analysis.
It will equip you with advanced training in research methods, statistics and specialisation in one of four pathways at the forefront of contemporary behavioural science.
These pathways are:
The benefits of the MSci include the opportunity to:
This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, assuring the quality and relevance of our teaching.
York has given me every opportunity to shine, grow and explore myself and Psychology - this degree gives me another year at the department, as well as more of a chance to focus onto what really interests me.Becca, Year 3
We're among the top departments in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020: Psychology
You'll study in a purpose-built psychology building which makes for an integrated department and rich student experience
MSci and BSc students take identical modules and are taught together during Years 1 and 2. At the beginning of Year 3, the two courses take different directions.
In Years 3 and 4 you will select one of the four pathways, each providing advanced modules and extended projects linked to your chosen specialism.
We place a strong emphasis on practical experience, giving you the chance to undertake two research projects rather than one (one in Year 3 and a larger one in Year 4). This means that you will graduate with the strong analytical and independent research skills needed for employment. This advanced training, combined with opportunities to develop professional communication and project skills, will allow you to go on to sought-after graduate-level employment in various sectors of the job market.
There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:
In the first two years you will study five main areas of psychology.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
In Year 2 you will build on the knowledge you have already gained in Year 1.
In Year 3 you'll choose two modules from a specialist pathway and two from a broad selection of advanced options.
You'll also work with a small group to prepare and carry out your own research in an area of your choice.
Choose one of the following pathways:
Choose two advanced option modules. Topics change from year to year but recent modules include:
In Year 4 you will be able to further explore your interests with a research topic on a topic of your choice, as well as a range of option modules.
Your research project is an opportunity for you to conduct and write up an original piece of research, working closely with a member of staff. The topic of the project is generally associated with the topic of your chosen pathway and you will have access to all the sophisticated research facilities of the Department.
Recent projects have investigated a wide range of topics, for example:
Each year several of the best undergraduate projects are published in mainstream scientific journals.
Choose 40 credits of option modules. Topics change from year to year but recent modules include:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
The fees and funding figures below are for 2021/22 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year
|UK (home)||International and EU|
We don't anticipate there being any additional costs associated with this course as all text books are available in the library or via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Depending on how you work you may wish to print out notes, costs for this will vary depending on your methods of working.
UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status
For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.
We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2021/22 throughout the year.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”
The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018
Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.
You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19)
We hope to deliver this course as advertised for 2021/22 entry, but it’s unclear when we’ll be able to return to a normal timetable. For an idea of how this course might be affected, see our changes for 2020/21 entry.
Teaching during the first two years is mainly by lectures, seminars, practicals and group work, with personal supervision by members of the academic staff. In Years 3 and 4, we place a particular emphasis on independent learning to equip you with skills that will be useful in a wide range of employment contexts and to provide a strong background for subsequent PhD or professional training.
Lectures are held in a state-of-the-art lecture theatre within the Department. It is equipped with multiple screens for lecture presentations, audio amplification and lecture recording facilities. Interactive lectures using 'clickers' are a standard feature of our teaching.
Seminars are an important part of the course. During these you'll focus on a task in small groups, led by a member of staff.
You'll also have the chance to carry out psychological experiments, and we have a new computer laboratory dedicated to this. All aspects of experimentation are covered, from design issues through to the carrying out and analysis of findings.
In your first year, you can expect:
|Lectures||8-10 hours per week|
|Tutorials||1-2 hours per week|
|Practicals||4-5 hours per term|
These figures are based on an average student in an average week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities.
Outside your timetabled hours, you'll study independently. This may include preparation for classes, follow-up work, wider reading, practise completion of assessment tasks, or revision.
In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.
The Department of Psychology is located on Campus West.
Most lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical work, staff offices and laboratories are in our purpose-built psychology building.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
Year 1 marks do not contribute to the final degree class awarded. However, you must pass the modules in Year 1 in order to progress to Year 2, and supervisors may refer to marks gained in Year 1 when writing references. Exams are usually multiple choice format. Assessed coursework in the form of essays, practicals, and related tasks provides valuable feedback towards optimal performance in Year 2 and beyond.
Year 2 is examined through exams (mainly multiple choice) held in the spring and summer terms, and assessed coursework in the form of essays and practical reports. Progression from Year 2 to Year 3 of the MSci requires an average mark of 55% in Year 2.
Year 3 includes a literature survey, two advanced modules, pathway-specific modules, and modules in Advanced Research Methods and Year 3 Research Project.
Year 4 includes 2 further advanced modules, and an extended and in-depth research project.
Year 2 contributes 25% of the final degree mark, Year 3 contributes 37.5% and Year 4 contributes 37.5%.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
Our graduates are highly successful in securing very competitive professional jobs (eg clinical or educational psychologist roles). Many positions require at least one year of experience working in the field, before starting professional training.
As an MSci graduate you will have a wide range of career options open to you. This masters level qualification will be an excellent springboard to clinical or educational psychology doctorate training positions or funded PhD positions for those wishing to pursue a research career in Psychology. The MSci may also put you at an advantage when applying for a specialist MSc if you are considering enrolling on Stage 1 training as a forensic psychologist. If you wish to pursue a career outside of Psychology, this degree will also equip you with key transferable skills, an understanding of people and the unique blend of arts and science skills that will make you highly competitive for entry into a wide variety of careers such as human resources, advertising, systems analysis, market research, teaching, social work, media, finance and management consultancy.
We have a dedicated employability coordinator, who runs a specialised programme of events and training sessions to ensure you are well prepared for the world of work. They will support you to develop the skills and experience you need to get the job you want after graduation and help you find placements, volunteering roles and paid work alongside your academic work. We'll encourage you to reflect on your academic and extra curricular activities through regular discussion of your Personal Employability Plan with your supervisor. We invite speakers to give you insights into a range of careers available to you and support you to research your career options.
AAA including at least one science
We include Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths as science subjects. For other possible science subjects please contact the admissions tutor.
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||Obtain Access to HE Diploma (Science) with 39 credits at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit or higher. Other Access to HE Diplomas are considered but must include science/psychology modules. Please contact us for further information.|
|BTEC National Extended Diploma||DDD. A science subject is essential. Please contact the department for more information.|
|Cambridge Pre-U||D3, D3, D3 including at least one science subject.|
|Degree||Transfer from the BSc course to the MSci course requires an average mark of at least 55 over Year 2 of the BSc course|
|European Baccalaureate||85% overall average. At least one science subject must be taken in the final year.|
|International Baccalaureate||36 points including one Higher Level science subject, which may include Psychology.|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
You should also have GCSE Maths at grade 5 (B).
Meeting the following additional criteria may qualify you for an alternative offer.
|Widening participation||If you successfully complete one of the following programmes, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to three A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer: Next Step York, Realising Opportunities, YESS. More about widening participation.|
|Contextual offers||If you have experience of local authority care or live in an area with low progression to university, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to two A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer. More about contextual offers.|
|EPQ||If you achieve an A or higher at EPQ, you will be eligible for a reduced offer, one grade below our typical offer.|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component|
|PTE Academic||61, with a minimum of 55 in each component|
|GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language)||Grade C|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, with a minimum of 169 in each component|
|TOEFL||87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all components|
|Duolingo||110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component|
For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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