School of Human and Social Sciences


  • No. 1 modern University in London for Psychology, according to the National Student Survey 2017*
  • No. 2 in London for student satisfaction - The Complete University Guide 2018

our UG are BPS accreditedPsychology courses at the University of West London, place an emphasis on applying theory to practise by linking learning, to the world of work.

In our Experiential Learning module in year 3 of our undergraduate courses, students' undertake a short work based learning placement, giving them the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained during their degree to the work place. Importantly, this affords our students the chance to make connections with people in areas where they are likely to seek employment. Initiatives such as this, give our students valuable and relevant work experience opportunities and contributes to the high employment rates across the University - 98% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating**.

We are student-focussed and pride ourselves on delivering an excellent student experience. Students' develop a range of skills with varied assessment methods. Alongside traditional assessments such as essays and exams, we also have poster style reports, information packs, presentations and book reviews. The option modules in year three, are based on staff research and students' benefit from the first-hand knowledge of up-to-date, research from academic staff.  

If you're interested in studying with us, why not book yourself onto the next open day - we'll look forward to seeing you there.

Number 1 modern university in London for Psychology

Undergraduate courses

Our undergraduate courses have been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) since 1986, and provide the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC). Gaining GBC is the first step towards becoming a professional psychologist. We have continually updated and changed the BSc Psychology with new pathways. Take a look at our portfolio below.

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Psychology staff who are interested in researching a wide range of topics, areas and questions across all fields of psychology. We produce research which influences social policy, contributes to academic fields, and makes a real difference to peoples' lives. Our researchers also present their work at international conferences, write for prestigious journals, and engage in global academic discussion within their areas. This provides a supportive research environment for students.

Psychology is based at our Brentford site, part of our West London campus.

See a full list of our undergraduate psychology courses.


National Student Survey 2017

Our BA (Hons) Psychology course received a 98% rating for overall satisfaction. We are top 20 in the UK for our psychology courses.

National Student Survey 2017



Postgraduate courses

Accreditation by the British Psychological Society means that graduates who achieve at least Second Class Honours are eligible to progress to postgraduate training in one of the specialist professional areas of psychology or a related discipline, such as:

  • health psychology
  • criminology and criminal justice
  • psychosocial interventions for psychosis
  • substance use and misuse studies.

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Graduate Diploma Psychology

This course offers a fast route for graduates wanting to gain eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society - the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. Strong connections with the British Psychological Society (BPS), research-experienced staff with a wealth of knowledge, and an excellent learning environment and facilities.

The Pyramid Scheme

Pyramid is an early intervention for quiet, shy, withdrawn or anxious children aged 7 to 14 that is now managed here at University of West London. The 3-stage Pyramid model has run in hundreds of schools across the UK and has been extensively evaluated over the past 20 years.

Pyramid provides the opportunity for Psychology students to train and take part in a school-based intervention which is excellent experience for those who are considering either Clinical or Educational Psychology career paths. Undergraduates can also use data gathered at Pyramid clubs in their dissertations.

Learn more about Pyramid.

What our students say

Scarlet Sarksan I had a really good time at UWL. I worked full-time and studied, and successfully juggled both. The University has excellent facilities and the staff were amazing - very supportive and motivating.

I especially liked the mental health part of my course, so much so that I hope to study further and specialise in this area.

Scarlet Sarksan - Graduate Diploma Psychology


*(*) Modern universities are defined as those higher education institutions that were granted university status in, and subsequent to, 1992. UWL was ranked number one in Psychology when compared to all other modern universities ranked in the National Student Survey 2017.

**These are the latest figures according to Employment Performance Indicators (EPI) released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency HESA in 2018.