Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS

Course summary

Why study BSc Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience at Goldsmiths Our cutting-edge BSc Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience offers a unique approach to the study of human behaviour. The degree will develop your understanding of the processes which influence people, focusing on neuroscientific explanations of the human mind and behaviour.

  • Real-world relevance: You will analyse real-world issues through a bio-psycho-social model, connecting theory, research, policy, and practice. Themed teaching blocks will address critical topics including social justice, health and wellbeing, and artificial intelligence.
  • Integrated research focus: The curriculum places a strong emphasis on research, equipping you with quantitative and qualitative research skills, integrated seamlessly with module content. You'll have access to our fantastic facilities. These include behavioural testing facilities, an EEG suite for brain research, an infant lab with state-of-the-art neuroimaging methods, virtual reality laboratories and a visual perception and attention laboratory.
  • Empowered learning experience: We put community at the heart of your learning journey, using group activities, peer support, an academic mentor, and active engagement with the world-leading research of the department. You will develop your own bespoke curriculum through a combination of optional modules in your second and final years.
  • Comprehensive preparation for diverse careers: Our contemporary and creative curriculum prepares you for a broad range of careers. You will develop transferable skills essential for graduate level employment. This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society and gives you eligibility for Graduate Membership for Chartered Membership, which is required to study various postgraduate courses and to become a fully Chartered Psychologist.
  • Specialism in cognitive neuroscience: During your final year of study, you'll carry out a research project under close supervision of a member of academic staff whose research interests and expertise are in the cognitive neuroscience field. Your personal tutor will also be an expert in this field and will help guide and support you throughout your studies.


Year 1 (credit level 4) Learning will be structured across three interdisciplinary themes: Mental Health and Wellbeing Cognition and Culture Life and Society Each theme is supplemented by integrated Research Methods training, and Personal and Professional Development. Year 2 (credit level 5) As in Year 1, learning will be structured across our three core interdisciplinary themes: Mental Health and Wellbeing Cognition and Culture Life and Society Each theme is supplemented by integrated Research Methods training, and Personal and Professional Development. In addition, you will select elective options worth 30 credits. Optional placement year The degree includes an optional placement year between the second and final year of study. You will be responsible for securing a placement, but we can support you through this process. The placement year is a great opportunity for you to gain work experience, build confidence and contacts, develop your skills and industry insight, and enhance your career prospects. You'll be supported throughout your placement year by a placement tutor, who will provide you with guidance and liaison between you and your employer. Year 3/4 (credit level 6) Research dissertation In your final year, you will carry out an individual research project under the close supervision of a member of faculty in the Department of Psychology . You'll also take the following compulsory module: Cognitive Neuroscience Option modules Finally you will choose 4 bespoke option modules. The modules currently available are: Topics in Neuropsychology Multivariate Statistical Methods in Psychology Addictive Behaviours Psychology and Law Behavioural Genetics Psychological Approaches to Music The Interpersonal Self Neurodevelopment, Neurodiversity and Education Clinical Psychology: Common Presentations and Interventions Social Psychology of Social Problems Psychology of the Arts, Aesthetics and Attraction Cross-Cultural and Individual Differences in Attention and Awareness Introduction to Coding in R and MATLAB Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

In Years 1 and 2, each theme will have diverse assessments that are designed to reflect multiple important skills for further study and future employment. These will include writing assignments (eg case study, opinion piece, policy brief), group work assignments (eg running a small experiment), oral/interactive assignments (eg presentation to a small group, podcast), and written or oral exams (eg timed essay). Assessments in Research Methods are designed to prepare you for your final year project, giving you a grounding in experimental design, analysis, data visualisation, and interpreting findings. Assessments in the Professional and Personal Development module will support the skills and competencies needed to succeed throughout your degree and beyond. If you opt for an industrial placement year, your placement tutor will assess your work. Final year modules are assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These may include coursework, examinations, group work and projects. All students will complete a written dissertation on their final year project.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

120 credits at Level 4 and a 2:1 average in a comparable programme, and meet the standard qualification requirements for entry to Year 1 of the programme.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

You should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 in GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics or Statistics, and English.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

Student Outcomes

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Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS