BSc Psychological and Behavioural Science FAQs

Answers to your questions

One of the real benefits of an LSE education is that the School is committed to inter-disciplinary study and our programme is no different


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Is the programme accedited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)?

Yes, our programme received accreditation from the British Psychological Society (BPS) in early 2020. You can see our accreditation listing here

Our accreditation means that all students who graduate with be eligible for BPS Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). Graduate membership of the BPS is often the starting point for a career as a psychologist, and is a prerequisite for many accredited post-graduate and Doctoral programmes. 

Pursuing an LSE degree, that fully meets the programme standards of the BPS, means that you will receive an excellent quality education. Whilst studying you will also be able to join the BPS as a student member which brings additional benefits. 

The BPS acts as the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK, and is responsible for the promotion of excellence and ethical practice in the science, education, and application of the discipline. They support and enhance the development and application of psychology for the greater public good, setting high standards for research, education, and knowledge, and disseminating knowledge to increase public awareness.

What can I read to find out more about the subject?

The following text books will give you a good introduction to the areas you will be studying:

  • Peter Gray & Daniel Bjorklund: Psychology. Worth. (2018)
  • Michael Hogg & Graham Vaughan: Social Psychology. Prentice Hall. (2013)

The following books are more specific but are very accessible: 

  • Paul Dolan: Happiness By Design. Penguin. (2015)
  • Joseph Henrick: The Secret of Our Success: How Culture is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter. Princeton University Press. (2016)
  • Richard Thaler & Cass Sunstein: Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness. Penguin. (2008)

Is it possible to study a language?

  • LSE has a very successful Language Centre that offers a range of options to learn languages. You can take language courses as either part of your degree or in addition to your degree. 
  • If you want to take a language as part of a degree then you can do so in the second and third year by choosing Language Centre courses as your outside option. Find out more about courses as part of an undergraduate degree.
  • If you want to study a language in addition to your degree you can find out about costs, languages and timetables at non-degree language courses

Can I take a year abroad?

Yes there are two main opportunities to study abroad.

  • LSE is part of the Erasmus+ programme which allows you take part in a year-long exchange with Sciences Po in France. Whilst Brexit may impact on Erasmus+, at present, the UK's participation in Erasmus is expected to continue until 2020. You can find out more about the impact of Brexit on Erasmus+ from the British Council.
  • We run a popular year-long exchange programme with Berkeley, University of California.  

In both cases, this year will not be part of your programme but will be in addition to it. You will pause your studies at LSE whilst following the year abroad. If you do not want to take an additional year, you may also want to consider one of LSE’s summer schools in South Africa and China.  

Can I study courses outside the Department of Psychological & Behavioural Science

Absolutely. One of the real benefits of an LSE education is that the School is committed to inter-disciplinary study and our programme is no different. Indeed, we strongly encourage you to take courses from outside the department so that you can see how the theories you are learning can be applied in the real world. 

  • In the first year you will be able to take one full unit course outside of the department – you can choose from options in Anthropology, Economics, Government, Philosophy, Social Policy and Sociology. The courses available are those which we think most closely align with your degree.
  • In the second year you will be able to take one half unit course outside the department. Here you will have free choice of any course available in the outside options list. You may choose to pursue something you started in the first year or investigate something new. You can also take a language.
  • In the third year you can take one full unit course or two half-unit courses outside of the department. Again, you may want to develop a specialism, explore something new or do a combination of both. 

In addition you will follow LSE100 – LSE's flagship interdisciplinary course for all undergraduate students, designed to bring you into the heart of the LSE tradition of engaging with big questions.

You can see more details about when you can study outside the department in the Programme Regulations.

Where can I find out more about the people who will be teaching/supporting me?

You can find out more about all of the staff in the Department at PBS People.

Where can I find out more about the structure of the programme?

You can see how the programme fits together and what you will be studying in the Programme Regulations

Where can I find out more about the content of each course?

You can access a description of each course along with information about teachers, teaching arrangements, assessment and indicative readings in the course guides for each course. These are available from the Programme Regulations.

How many contact hours will I get each week?

The exact number of contact hours will vary depending on the year of study and courses that you choose. However, we offer more contact hours than typical programmes because of the nature of the subjects. In your first year you should expect to have at least 9.5 hours of formal teaching time each week. In addition to formal teaching hours we will also have fairly intensive academic mentoring programme in place. You will meet with your mentor around four times in Michaelmas term, four times in Lent term and once in the summer. 

What sort of support is available for students with disabilities?

The Disability and Wellbeing Service is a central hub for all students who are disabled, have a  long-term medical condition, have a mental health condition or have a specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia or dyspraxia). LSE is committed to making your time at the School as rewarding as possible.  LSE provides a range of services aimed at making sure that you can get everything you need to study effectively, live comfortably, and access the School's resources. A key part of their work is working with you to create an Inclusion Plan. As part of this you will need to think about disclosing your condition and providing documents and evidence.

Will I be allocated a mentor/tutor/advisor?

Yes, at LSE we call these people Academic Mentors. We are very excited about our plans for Academic Mentoring and hope that it will provide with lots of high quality support. Some of our mentoring will be provided as part of a small group and some will be provided on a one-to-one basis. This person will be available to support you with academic progress and wellbeing. There will be much more information about how this will work in practise in your programme handbook which you’ll get given just before teaching starts. 

How can I stay up to date with what is happening in the Department?

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