You can study this online programme from anywhere in the world. The flexible approach to learning enables you to fit your studies around your commitments whilst providing the academic rigour and structure of an on-campus programme.
Alternatively, if you would like to attend classes, you can enrol at one of our approved local teaching centres around the world and benefit from local study support and the facilities of a campus-style environment.
Modules are offered over two 22-week sessions each academic year. You choose which sessions to enter and how many modules to take in each session (subject to module availability).
Assessment deadlines are outlined clearly in advance of the session. You can study up to four modules (or two modules and the Research project) at any one time. You will also receive a variety of highly engaging learning materials and activities.
Your learning experience will be enhanced with an accessible and attractive learning platform; opportunities for self-assessment so you can understand your own progress; enhanced student support.
The programme is delivered online and there is no requirement to come to the UK as part of your studies. Our flexible online programme allows you to work around your own schedule and leads to a globally-recognised qualification.
When you register, we will give you access to the Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources including:
- The Student Guide provides information which is common to all students and gives useful information about your relationship with the University of London through to graduation.
- The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers online learning support, access to the student café and discussion areas, sample past examination questions and other study materials.
- The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library. All registered students have free access to the University of London’s Online Library.
- Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.
Local teaching support
Students may also choose to receive local teaching support from an approved teaching centre that supports the programme. In this way, you benefit from local support and the facilities of a campus-style environment.
Find a local teaching centre for this programme.
Tutor support for independent learners
Independent learners (students not receiving local teaching support from an approved teaching centre) receive online tutor support and feedback while studying this programme. Tutors introduce the modules, respond to queries, monitor discussions and provide guidance on assessments.
All essential resources, activities, videos, discussions and support are provided through the VLE. This allows you to fit your studies around your work commitments. There is no need to purchase additional textbooks.
We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a Recognised Teaching Centre.
You will have access to support through:
- The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
- TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.
- Student Relationship Managers - a team of Student Relationship Managers (SRMs) are here to support and advise you throughout your studies. They aim to ensure that you are fully up-to-date with important and useful information about how best to complete your studies.
The flexible approach to learning allows students to complete the BSc Psychology in a minimum of three years (subject to module availability) to a maximum of six years.
You can study at your own pace, either part-time or full-time, adjusting the intensity of learning to suit your needs.
Each module includes a mix of assessments. During your study period you will undertake formative assessments, which help you to measure your progress but do not count towards your grade, and summative assessments. Summative assessments do count towards the final grade.
Each module, excluding Research skills 1 and 2,Mental health around the world and the Research project modules, is summatively assessed by an element of coursework and either an examination or a further element of coursework. The overall module mark is calculated by weighting the marks achieved for the two elements of assessment in a ratio of 30:70. Written examinations are held twice a year.
Research skills 1 is summatively assessed by two equally weighted elements of coursework. Research skills 2 is summatively assessed by a combination of three elements: one examination and two elements of coursework. The module mark is calculated by weighting the marks achieved for the first and second coursework elements and the examination in a ratio of 30:50:20.
Mental health around the world is summatively assessed by one element of coursework worth 100% of the overall module mark.
The research project aspect runs across two modules: Research project preparation and Research project. Research project preparation is assessed through the completion and submission of a project plan to a satisfactory level which is marked on a Pass/Fail basis. Passing this module allows for progression to the Research project which is assessed by an 8,000-word report of original research.