Psychology - 3 Years, B.Sc.

Psychology - 3 Years, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #44 (QS) ,
Our psychology degree is recognised by the British Psychological Society as qualification for graduate registration, and our course is specifically designed to meet its requirements.


In the first year, you will study psychology, research methods (laboratory classes and statistics) and an open unit in another school.

In the second year, you will focus on research methods and units in the psychology core curriculum.

The final year of the degree is entirely option-based, with selection from a range of lecture and seminar courses together with a research project.

Why study Psychology at Bristol?

Bristol is a fantastic place to live and study, and its university is internationally renowned. The School of Experimental Psychology is a friendly environment in which staff get to know students personally. Our course has a fundamental emphasis on the experimental study of the mind, and we want our students to share a sense of fun and adventure in psychological science.

Our staff are world-leading experts who are enthusiastic about teaching students about the latest developments in the field based on the cutting-edge research that they and their colleagues are conducting.

Over the course of the degree students become independent learners who can think for themselves. In the third year students can tailor the course to their interests, choosing from around 20 seminar courses and undertaking a major research project of their choice. There is an active undergraduate Psychology Society which runs regular events and produces its own magazine.


This course is recognised by the following organisations:
  • The British Psychological Society (BPS) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Foundations of Psychology
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Biological Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychological Experiments and Statistics
  • Myths and Misconceptions in Psychology
  • Open unit

Students are automatically enrolled on CHEM10001 Big Ideas in Science as their open unit. Students can opt out, and choose 20 credits from a different School.

Second year
  • Social Psychology and Individual Differences
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology and Language
  • Biological Psychology
  • Psychological Experiments and Statistics
  • Advanced Psychological Experiments and Statistics

Third year
  • Students choose three 20 credit point lecture units from the following (please note these options change from year to year):
  • Consciousness and Psychology
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Nutrition and Behaviour
  • Developmental Disorders of Communication
  • Psychology of Language
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Contemporary Issues in Psychology
  • Independent Research Project


We look for students who are bright, motivated and who show a genuine enthusiasm for psychology. Whilst many of our students will hold a psychology A-level, this is not a pre-requisite. Like most other psychology courses, ours includes statistics, so some aptitude for mathematics is useful; however, you do not need to be a maths whiz. Our course is centred around scientific enquiry - the final year research project forms a major part of our degree. So if you are scientifically minded, and want to know about psychology as it is currently understood, then our course would suit you.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAA including at least one science subject*
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAB including at least one science subject*
  • IB Diploma: 36 to include 18 points at at Higher level including at least one science subject*
  • IB Diploma: 34 to include 17 points at at Higher level including at least one science subject*
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction, including 12 credits in science and 15 credits at Merit, including Level 3 Mathematics or GCSE Mathematics at grade B
  • BTEC: DDD in Science plus grade A in A-level Mathematics or Science. Other BTEC pathways may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • SQA: SH: AAAAB and AH: AA in two science subjects*
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core
  • EB: 85% overall with 8.5 in at least one science subject*
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: Mathematics and English at grade B (grade A preferred).
  • Academic qualifications: *Psychology and Geography can be included as science subjects

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    18300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18300 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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