Psychology is an exciting, dynamic field that is broadly concerned with the scientific study of mental life and human behaviour: how people think, feel and behave as individuals and how they interact in groups. This degree introduces you to the various scientific models and methods that help psychologists observe, interpret and explain human behaviour, from monitoring infants as they grow, to brain scanning and studying social networks. It will give you a deep understanding of the key subject areas and specialisms within psychology, including biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology. This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society and will thoroughly prepare you for a career as a professional psychologist, working, for instance, as a clinical, educational, organisational, forensic or sports psychologist. You will be taught by world-leading academics who are undertaking cutting-edge research in a globally recognised department - Psychology at Birkbeck is ranked fifth in the UK. We are renowned for our research in neuroscience, cognition, developmental science - and the links between them. Our research informs real-world policy and practice and is at the forefront of breakthroughs in our understanding of conditions such as autism and ADHD. We also offer excellent research laboratories and facilities, for both general and specialist use. This programme will teach you how to engage critically with psychological literature, identify problems and formulate research questions and hypotheses, find appropriate methods for collecting and analysing data, and draw conclusions and integrate findings. You will learn essential research skills and undertake a research project on a topic that interests you, under the guidance of one of our academic experts. You will also gain a range of transferable skills that are highly sought after across a wide range of careers. If you are interested in continuing your studies, then this programme will give you the foundational knowledge and research skills you need to successfully pursue postgraduate training or research. A key feature of this programme is its specialist pathways, which enable you to focus in your final year on a specialism within psychology. You can choose to take pathways in Psychology, Psychology with Neuroscience, Psychology with Child Development and Psychology in Practice. In your first two years, you will develop a solid understanding of generic and subject-specific knowledge and skills. You then select a pathway in Year 3, choosing from a wide range of specialist option modules to tailor your programme to your interests and careers ambitions. Another distinctive feature of this course is that students who choose the Psychology or the Psychology in Practice pathway can choose to graduate with either a BSc or a BA. A BSc degree will equip you to carry out empirical studies using a range of experimental and qualitative methods and pursue professional training in psychology. BSc/BA Psychology pathway Offers a wide range of option modules, including applied psychology, biopsychology, cognitive science, developmental science and neuroscience. BSc Psychology with Neuroscience pathway Focuses on neuroscience, biopsychology and cognitive science. This pathway is ideal if you are interested in studying the structure and function of the nervous system, how it develops and the role of the brain in cognitive functions and human behaviour. BSc Psychology with Child Development pathway Focuses on developmental sciences. This pathway is ideal if you are interested in studying the physical, psychological and emotional development of children from birth and how children grow and develop from infant dependence to adult independence. BSc/BA Psychology in Practice pathway Focuses on the practical applications of psychology. This pathway gives you the option to undertake a work-based project, as well as a professional learning review.