Teaching and learning in 2020/21

In order to prioritise the safety of students and staff, we are planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and onsite learning. For more details on changes to this course, see our undergraduate course changes page or postgraduate course changes page.

Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 3 or 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This exciting interdisciplinary degree considers how the structure and function of the brain gives rise to mental processes while it interacts with its physical, social, and cultural environment.

Cognitive and clinical neuroscience blends theoretical, experimental and applied aspects of psychology with neuroscience, and overlaps with other psychological disciplines including physiological, cognitive and clinical psychology, developmental science, psychopharmacology and neuroanthropology.

Our unique course places a particular focus on brain-behaviour relationships, by bringing together evidence from molecular and cellular neuroscience, brain injury studies, neurological illness, and also looks at developmental and cognitive aspects. It explores a wide range of research-based and clinically relevant methodologies including brain imaging, computational modelling and comparative cognition (considering evolutionary and developmental approaches).

During your degree, you’ll consider all aspects of cognitive functioning, from learning, memory and language through to concepts such as intelligence, decision-making, creativity and consciousness.

Our course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to develop a career across a vast range of highly sought-after employment areas, including academic research, clinical psychology, experimental research, IT and neuropsychology. You’ll also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

In your first year Credit Level 4, you’ll gain core skills in psychology, as identified by the British Psychological Association for chartered membership. In your second and third years Credit Levels 5 and 6, you’ll enrol on core and option modules from a range of cognitive and clinical disciplines.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Our course provides a unique blend of psychology and neuroscience in a suite of tailored modules exploring the mind-body link
  • Assessments are designed to be rich, varied and authentic to real-world research and practice
  • The breadth of this degree allows students to pursue careers in a wide range of jobs in a variety of sectors

Course structure

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, practical classes and laboratory work, supported by online material and periods of independent study.

Assessment methods may include exams, in-class tests, essays, oral and poster presentations, debates, case studies, and laboratory, practical and technical reports.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Introduction to Psychological Research Methods
  • Social Psychology

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Brain and Cognition
  • Mechanisms of Mind-Body Therapies
  • Cognitive and Clinical Research Methods
  • Lifespan Development
  • Systems Neuroscience
  • Work Experience

Credit Level 5

You may take an additional work placement year between Years 2 and 3. On successful completion you gain a Certificate in Work-Based Learning in Psychology. Your work placement will be reflected in your degree title (Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience with Professional Placement BSc).

Students have recently worked with external researchers carrying out brain activation studies using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and EEG technology. Other students have become co-researchers in projects ranging from developing artificial intelligence programmes to investigating the cognitive performance of individuals with traumatic brain injury, and looking at very early development in infancy.

Subjects of study include:

  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Evolution of Language, Communication and Consciousness
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Music and the Mind
  • Neuropharmacology of Cognition
  • Occupational and Work Psychology
  • Project in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience
  • Psychology of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Psychology of Education

Credit Level 6

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of a Lower Second Class Honours is achieved and the empirical project has been passed. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

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Transferable skills

You'll gain the knowledge and experience to work in a wide range of areas including clinical psychology, counselling, forensic psychology, human resources, teaching and speech therapy.

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Get ahead before you graduate

You’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable experience during an optional work placement year.

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Career development

Our Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience BSc Honours course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), the professional body that oversees psychology in the United Kingdom.

Providing you meet the minimum standard of a Lower Second Class Honours level and pass the empirical project, you are eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered (GBC) membership of the BPS. GBC is the first stage necessary for becoming a chartered practitioner in the areas of clinical, counselling, forensic, sport and exercise, educational, health and occupational psychology.

Some of our graduates also go on to pursue a career in research (via an MSc/PhD) and teaching, as well as working in clinical institutions, human resources, law, marketing and business.

Job roles

This course will prepare you for roles and areas such as:

  • Academia (eg anorexia, dyslexia, face perception, neuroscience of hearing, rehabilitation in dementia, robotics and more )
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Counselling
  • Forensic psychology
  • Human resources
  • School/further education teacher
  • Speech therapist

Graduate employment

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • Market research companies
  • NHS
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Police Service
  • Prison Service

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International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

Why study this course?

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Fantastic central London location

Based in our Cavendish Campus in central London, you’ll enjoy the benefits of studying in a major global city.

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Professional accreditation

Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

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A supportive environment

We provide our students with the right environment, support and guidance throughout their studies to keep them motivated.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BCC to ABB (to include one science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology)
  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points including a minimum of 5 in one Higher Level science subject (can include Maths and Psychology). We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM in Applied Science
  • BTEC Diploma – D*D to D*D* to include one science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology
  • Access – 104 to 128  UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points including a minimum of 5 in one Higher Level science subject (can include Maths and Psychology)

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements.

Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course. 

Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

Learn new skills

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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3
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Scheduled hours Independent study

How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Data from the academic year 2019/20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Location

With state-of-the-art science and psychology labs and refurbished computer suites, our Cavendish Campus offers our science and technology students a range of learning spaces that are both dynamic and inspiring,

Located in central London, our Cavendish Campus is just a five-minute walk from Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.

For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.
 

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