Programmes

BSc Psychological and Behavioural Science

  • Undergraduate
  • Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science
  • UCAS code C800
  • Starting 2019
  • UK/EU full-time: Open
  • Overseas full-time: Open
  • Location: London

Psychological and behavioural science focuses on how people think and behave. Its theories and phenomena range from individual processes to societal trends. 

This new programme provides a distinctive social science and practical policy-oriented approach to psychological and behavioural science. As well as developing core knowledge and skills in psychological and behavioural science you will learn to analyse ways in which its theories and findings can be applied to the real world, to use them to understand important social issues and propose and assess possible solutions. 

You will apply these perspectives to a wide range of real-world contexts, including politics, communication, health, and societal development. You will learn about core approaches to psychological and behavioural science, including cognitive, neuroscientific, social, developmental and individual differences approaches, which can be built on in advanced, research-led options to broaden the social science and policy connections. You will also develop skills in research methods, including experimental and questionnaire design, and qualitative approaches such as interviews and focus groups, so that you can design and conduct high-quality independent empirical research. You will acquire techniques in statistical analysis and interpretation to allow your results to be analysed and presented to have significant impact on real world policy.

LSE's excellence in social science allows for this BSc programme to take a unique approach to psychology that emphasises interdisciplinary connections with, for example, economics, management, anthropology and policy. 

We will apply for accreditation from the British Psychological Society and anticipate a decision prior to the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

Programme details

Key facts

 BSc Psychological and Behavioural Science
Academic year (2019/20) 30 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
Application deadline 15 January 2019
Duration Three years full-time
Applications/offers/intake 2017 New programme for 2019 entry
Availability Open from September 2018
Tuition fee UK/EU fee: £9,250 for the first year
Overseas fee: £19,920 for the first year
Programme requirement Grade A (or 7) or equivalent at GCSE in Mathematics; and grade A at A Level in at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology
Usual standard offer A level: grades A* A A (including at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology)
International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level (including at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology at Higher Level)
English language requirements Proof of your English language proficiency may be required
Location  Houghton Street, London

For more information about tuition fees, usual standard offers and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections below. 

Programme structure and courses

The degree involves studying courses to the value of 12 units over three years, plus LSE100.

First year 

In the first year you will take two compulsory psychology courses, two compulsory methodology courses, will choose one outside option, and will take LSE100, which is taught in the Lent term only.

(* denotes a half unit course)

Foundations of Psychological Science
Provides an introduction to human cognition and behaviour, addressing foundational topics in psychological science.

Foundations of Behavioural Science
Moves from foundational principles of behavioural science to the discussion of practical applications and policies based on those principles.

Introductory Quantitative Methods for Psychological and Behavioural Science*
Introduces statistical methods for the analysis and interpretation of psychological data.

Introductory Research Methods for Psychological and Behavioural Science*
Consists of introductory training in the philosophy, principles, and methods of research in psychology.

One outside option

LSE100
Beginning in the Lent term of the first year and running through the Michaelmas term of the second year, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students, and introduces you to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist.

Second year            

In the second year you will take a total of seven half-unit compulsory courses, focussing on psychology and methdology. You will again select an outside option, and will take LSE100 in the Michaelmas Term only.

Cognitive Psychology*
Offers an intermediate-level account of core theories, debates and phenomena in cognitive psychology.

Social Psychology: Groups and Intergroup Relations*
Builds on the core knowledge of social psychology and engages the relationship between social psychological theory and research.

Developmental Psychology*
Covers core approaches and phenomena in developmental psychology.

Biological Psychology*
Offers an introductory and integrated perspective on the biological bases of behaviour. 

Society of Individuals*
Considers core issues in the nature of differences in the psychological processes of individuals and the implications of such variation for social and political behaviour. 

Intermediate Quantitative Methods for Psychological and Behavioural Science*
Presents you with knowledge of and practical exposure to statistical methods for the analysis and interpretation of linear multivariate quantitative data. 

Intermediate Research Methods for Psychological and Behavioural Science: the Methods Toolkit*
Presents conceptual and practical knowledge on the range of tools available to the psychological/behavioural scientist.

One outside option to the value of one half-unit*

LSE100
Beginning in the Lent term of the first year and running through the Michaelmas term of the second year, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students, and introduces you to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist.

Third year 

In the third year, you will have the opportunity to take more advanced courses in psychological and behavrioural science, and methodology. You will also complete an independent research project. You are able to choose from a range of psychological and behavioural science options, including courses such as Advanced Research Methods for Psychological and Behavioural Sceinces: Laboratory Apprenticeship.

Independent Research Project
An empirical investigation on an approved topic of your choice

Advances in Psychological and Behavioural Science
Offers an advanced-level account of recent areas of development in theories, debates and phenomena in psychological and behavioural science.

Advanced Quantitative Methods for Psychological and Behavioural Science*
Introduces a range of advanced statistical techniques.

Either
Options to the value of one and a half units from psychological and behavioural science options
Or
Options to the value of one and a half units from outside options

Shortly, you will be able to find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up-to-date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated undergraduate course and programme information page.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You will usually have about 12 to 15 hours of lectures and classes each week, but you will also have to work hard on your own – reading, writing essays or working on class assignments. Hours vary according to courses and you can view indicative details in the Calendar within the Teaching section of each course guide. We have a small intake so the teaching will be personal, friendly and individual preferences and interests can be taken into account.  A key part of your training will be in research methods – learning how to design and conduct studies to find out how and why people think and behave in different settings, and then how to analyse the results and communicate them to different audiences. 

LSE is internationally recognised for its teaching and research and therefore employs a rich variety of teaching staff with a range of experience and status. Courses may be taught by individual members of faculty, such as lecturers, senior lecturers, readers, associate professors and professors. Many departments now also employ guest teachers and visiting members of staff, LSE teaching fellows and graduate teaching assistants who are usually doctoral research students. You can view indicative details for the teacher responsible for each course in the relevant course guide.

You will have an academic mentor who is a member of staff from the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science. Your academic mentor will follow your progress and deal with any concerns you might have. There are many opportunities to extend your learning outside the classroom and complement your academic studies at LSE. LSE LIFE is the School’s centre for academic, personal and professional development. Some of the services on offer include: guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE: effective reading, academic writing and critical thinking; workshops related to how to adapt to new or difficult situations, including development of skills for leadership, study/work/life balance and preparing for the world of work; and advice and practice on working in study groups and on cross-cultural communication and teamwork.

LSE is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential and the School’s Disability and Wellbeing Service provides a free, confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students.

Your timetable

The lecture and seminar timetable is published in mid-August and the full academic timetable (lectures/seminars and undergraduate classes) is published by mid-September and is accessible via the LSE Timetables webpages.

Undergraduate student personal timetables are published in LSE for You (LFY). For personal timetables to appear, students must be registered at LSE, have successfully signed up for courses in LFY and ensured that their course selection does not contain unauthorised clashes.

Every effort is made to minimise changes after publication, once personal timetables have been published any changes are notified via email.

The standard teaching day runs from 09:00-18:00; Monday to Friday. Teaching for undergraduate students will not usually be scheduled after 12:00 on Wednesdays to allow for sports, volunteering and other extra-curricular events. 

Assessment

All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams and many others. Your summative assessment will usually be by written examination for each course at the end of each academic year. Some courses also have written examinations in January while others are assessed partly by essays or other work submitted during the year. Please note that assessment on individual courses can change year to year. An indication of the current formative coursework and summative assessment for each course can be found in the relevant course guide.

Feedback on coursework is an essential part of the teaching and learning experience at the School. Class teachers must mark formative coursework and return it with feedback to you normally within two weeks of submission (when the work is submitted on time). You will also receive feedback on any summative coursework you are required to submit as part of the assessment for individual courses (except on the final version of submitted dissertations). You will normally receive this feedback before the examination period. 

Find out more about LSE’s teaching and assessment methods

Preliminary reading

P O Gray and D F Bjorklund Psychology (7th edition, Worth, 2014).

M A Hogg and G M Vaughan Social Psychology (7th edition, Pearson, 2013)

D Kahneman Thinking, Fast and Slow (Penguin, 2012)

Careers

Likely graduate employment sectors for this programme include communications, public policy, management consultancy, international development, charities and NGOs, organisational development and change, behavioural insights research, teaching, mass media, marketing and finance.

Support for your career

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year, and LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist students in their job search.

Assessing your application

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background. The programme guidance below should be read alongside our general entrance requirements information.

We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on the UCAS application form, including your:

- academic achievement (including predicted and achieved grades)
- subject combinations
- personal statement
- teacher’s reference
- educational circumstances

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although you do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE. See our English language requirements page.

What we are looking for in an application for BSc Psychological and Behavioural Science

Academic achievement

Successful applicants for this programme are usually predicted to achieve or have already achieved a minimum of A* A A in their A levels, including at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology, (or 38 and above International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) points, including 7 6 6 at Higher level, including at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology at Higher level). 

This programme requires Grade A (or 7) at GCSE in Mathematics, or equivalent. Your GCSE (or equivalent) English Language grade should also be no lower than B (or 5). We consider your overall GCSE subject profile, and your AS grades, if available.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you are predicted or if you achieve the grades that meet our usual standard offer, this will not guarantee you an offer of admission. Usual standard offers are intended only as a guide, and in some cases applicants will be asked for grades which differ from this. 

We express our standard offers and where applicable, programme requirement, in terms of A levels and the IB, but we consider applications from students with a range of qualifications including BTECs, Foundation Courses and Access to HE Diplomas as well as a wide range of international qualifications.  

Information about accepted international qualifications
Information about other accepted UK qualifications

Subject combinations

We consider the combination of subjects you have taken, as well as the individual scores. We believe a broad mix of traditional academic subjects to be the best preparation for studying at LSE and expect applicants to have at least two full A levels or equivalent in these subjects.

For the BSc Psychological and Behavioural Science we are looking for students with a strong scientific ability, and grade A at A level (or equivalent) in at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology is therefore required.

For this programme, we are happy to consider applicants who have taken Mathematics, Further Mathematics and an essay writing subject at A level.

Find out more about subject combinations.

Personal characteristics, skills and attributes

For this programme, we are looking for students who demonstrate the following characteristics, skills and attributes:

- strong analytical abilities
- high level of numeracy
- ability to evaluate and critically assess complex issues
- ability to communicate complex ideas with clarity
- attention to detail
- intellectual curiosity
- an interest in psychological and behavioural science

Personal statement

In addition to demonstrating the above personal characteristics, skills and attributes, your statement should be original, interesting and well-written and should outline your enthusiasm and motivation for the programme.

You should explain whether there are any aspects of particular interest to you, how this relates to your current academic studies and what additional reading or relevant experiences you have had which have led you to apply. We are interested to hear your own thoughts or ideas on the topics you have encountered through your exploration of the subject at school or through other activities. Some suggestions for preliminary reading can be found above in the preliminary reading section, but there is no set list of activities we look for; instead we look for students who have made the most of the opportunities available to them to deepen their knowledge and understanding of their intended programme of study.

You can also mention extra-curricular activities such as sport, the arts or volunteering or any work experience you have undertaken. However, the main focus of an undergraduate degree at LSE is the in-depth academic study of a subject and we expect the majority of your personal statement to be spent discussing your academic interests.

Please also see our general guidance about writing personal statements. 

Fees and funding

Every undergraduate student is charged a fee for each year of their programme.

The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.

Tuition fees

The 2019 tuition fees are:

UK/EU* students: £9,250 for the first year
Overseas students: £19,920 for the first year

UK/EU undergraduate fees may rise in line with inflation in subsequent years and the overseas fee usually rises by between 2.5 per cent and 4 per cent each year.

*The UK Government confirmed in July 2018 that the fee level for EU undergraduate new entrants in 2019/20 will be the same as Home UK for the duration of their undergraduate degree programme. Further information can be found on gov.uk website.

The amount of tuition fees you will need to pay, and any financial support you are eligible for, will depend on whether you are classified as a home (UK/EU) or overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

Scholarships, bursaries and loans

The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country. LSE provides generous financial support, in the form of bursaries and scholarships to UK, EU and overseas students. 

In addition, UK Government support, in the form of loans, is available to UK and some EU students. Some overseas governments also offer funding.

Further information on tuition fees, cost of living, loans and scholarships.

Please note that for students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. The OfS will start publishing providers on its Register from July 2018. We have made an application to register and expect a decision by September 2018. No provider will be able to confirm whether student support is available until it has a decision from the OfS. Visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information.

Key Information Set

From September 2012, every undergraduate programme of more than one year's duration will have a Key Information Set (KIS). The KIS allows you to compare 17 pieces of information about individual programmes at different higher education institutions.

Please note that programmes offered by different institutions with similar names can vary quite significantly. We recommend researching the programmes you are interested in and taking into account the programme structure, teaching and assessment methods, and support services available.

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