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Queen mary BSc Psychology. Good or not?

People keep telling me QMUL's psych department (BSc) isn't very good and they place so mch emphasis on biology. I've seen their syllabus and this is true but i didn't know it would be a problem. If anyone has any experiences in this department, please tell me what its like?
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I'm a third year Psychology student at QMUL. I responded thoroughly to this but internet went crazy and lost it all. I don't have time to type all that again but overall it is very much improved since three years ago and worth applying. A lot of animal studies which discourage many but even that is being dealt with. There is a brand new psychology society too which offers fantastic complementary opportunities. Remind me and I will give you more information.
Original post by SilentWolf93
I'm a third year Psychology student at QMUL. I responded thoroughly to this but internet went crazy and lost it all. I don't have time to type all that again but overall it is very much improved since three years ago and worth applying. A lot of animal studies which discourage many but even that is being dealt with. There is a brand new psychology society too which offers fantastic complementary opportunities. Remind me and I will give you more information.


Hey, if you're not busy can you give me more info. They've given me an uncon offer and i'll most likely end up there :smile: thanks in advance!

Can you also expand on the society bit pleasr :biggrin:
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Original post by Secretnerd123
Hey, if you're not busy can you give me more info. They've given me an uncon offer and i'll most likely end up there :smile: thanks in advance!

Can you also expand on the society bit pleasr :biggrin:


The course was set up by biologists and so it's natural that it initially was heavy in bio.

The first year is always overhelming for some people as there's modules like evolution and cog ev and behavior and brain and behavior which does involve a lot of biology. A sognificang number get bothered by this and even consider changing courses or universities. Especially because at times the bio seems impertinent like learning about early humans evolving or continents drifting. Having said that there's still core modules like exploring psychology and research methods and newly introduced occupational and current topics which have actually replaced more biology modules that we previously complained about which make it interesting.

Second year is the bps accredited modules like clinical, social, cognitive, developmental, health. So u get all the core modules and it's a very interesting year. Bit they still also make u do evolutionary psych and pick some biological optionals like neuroscience or others but these will be more interesting and related.

The third year involves a range of interesting modules but once again u find animal cognition mandatory and optional biological modules there. But that is complemented with cool modules like consciousness and causality and personality and individual differences.

Our group has attended various meetings and as a result there's been many positive changes in the course. Three or four new staff members that are specialised in core psychology not biology areas have been recruited and will start teaching from next year, there is a new head who is much more flexible in finding the right balance between the bio and psych content. The current staff also involve beautiful friendly and warm people very different to the goup I originally started with. So there is a beautiful way a head and I would love to start over now and do the course again with the newly imposed changes.

The society was set up by me and a small team of third years. It was built to do several things. Firstly to complement what we missed at lectures since there are also not any seminars. We search the best psychology related events at other unis or venues or run by the bps and offer them at discounted prices. The Freud museum is always very popular.
The second reason is to create a social family between all psychology students and other students and it does so by offering very unique and popular social events which mostly occur during the day and are rarely about going out at night and getting drunk since the uni offers enough options for that. Instead we do a lot of interactive engaging activities which encourage the shyest individuals and the most outgoing ones to get into situations where they have to interact and express themselves creating a beautiful family bond. We also offer a psych buddies program where u will be paired up by a second year student who will be ur mentor whenever u need throughout the three years. Other than that there's a whole lot of career talks that are offered, and we are building a vast volunteering service too which will do the work for u when it comes to expanding ur cv and gaining relevant experience. So ya the society was set up specifically to add to what may be lacking at the course and it has managed to get a very positive reception from students from the entire university.

Let me know if you have more questions. Maybe come around one day and have a look

Regards,
Reza Nasseri.
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Original post by SilentWolf93
The course was set up by biologists and so it's natural that it initially was heavy in bio.

The first year is always overhelming for some people as there's modules like evolution and cog ev and behavior and brain and behavior which does involve a lot of biology. A sognificang number get bothered by this and even consider changing courses or universities. Especially because at times the bio seems impertinent like learning about early humans evolving or continents drifting. Having said that there's still core modules like exploring psychology and research methods and newly introduced occupational and current topics which have actually replaced more biology modules that we previously complained about which make it interesting.

Second year is the bps accredited modules like clinical, social, cognitive, developmental, health. So u get all the core modules and it's a very interesting year. Bit they still also make u do evolutionary psych and pick some biological optionals like neuroscience or others but these will be more interesting and related.

The third year involves a range of interesting modules but once again u find animal cognition mandatory and optional biological modules there. But that is complemented with cool modules like consciousness and causality and personality and individual differences.

Our group has attended various meetings and as a result there's been many positive changes in the course. Three or four new staff members that are specialised in core psychology not biology areas have been recruited and will start teaching from next year, there is a new head who is much more flexible in finding the right balance between the bio and psych content. The current staff also involve beautiful friendly and warm people very different to the goup I originally started with. So there is a beautiful way a head and I would love to start over now and do the course again with the newly imposed changes.

The society was set up by me and a small team of third years. It was built to do several things. Firstly to complement what we missed at lectures since there are also not any seminars. We search the best psychology related events at other unis or venues or run by the bps and offer them at discounted prices. The Freud museum is always very popular.
The second reason is to create a social family between all psychology students and other students and it does so by offering very unique and popular social events which mostly occur during the day and are rarely about going out at night and getting drunk since the uni offers enough options for that. Instead we do a lot of interactive engaging activities which encourage the shyest individuals and the most outgoing ones to get into situations where they have to interact and express themselves creating a beautiful family bond. We also offer a psych buddies program where u will be paired up by a second year student who will be ur mentor whenever u need throughout the three years. Other than that there's a whole lot of career talks that are offered, and we are building a vast volunteering service too which will do the work for u when it comes to expanding ur cv and gaining relevant experience. So ya the society was set up specifically to add to what may be lacking at the course and it has managed to get a very positive reception from students from the entire university.

Let me know if you have more questions. Maybe come around one day and have a look

Regards,
Reza Nasseri.


Thanks so much!!!! I will rep you once i get more rep

I really appreciate you taking the the time to type such a detailed response for me :smile: Yeah they've invited me to an applicant day in two weeks so i will go and see the uni for myself and will also have an opportunity to ask current students and lecturers questions.

The psych society seems really interestig and i will definitely be joining it! Thanks again! :biggrin:
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I really want to apply to QM for Psychology, but I only got CCD for AS and I'm predicted BBB, however I know for QM you need ABB... Would it be worth applying or?
Original post by _lisareid
I really want to apply to QM for Psychology, but I only got CCD for AS and I'm predicted BBB, however I know for QM you need ABB... Would it be worth applying or?


Beg your teachers to push the A up to a B. If they refuse, just apply and see what happens :smile: good luck!
Original post by Secretnerd123
Beg your teachers to push the A up to a B. If they refuse, just apply and see what happens :smile: good luck!


Would it be worth applying though?
I went to the open day and I really liked it...
If I put it as my firm, would they be more lenient on accepting?
Thank you, you too!!!
Original post by _lisareid
Would it be worth applying though?
I went to the open day and I really liked it...
If I put it as my firm, would they be more lenient on accepting?
Thank you, you too!!!


Yeah deffo. I'm a first year and enjoying it so far (well except the bio modules which are extremely boring and confusing).
i think they will but instead of aiming for bbb, I think you should try your absolute hardest to get abb or above so you have a higher chance of them accepting you on results day. Also make your personal statement really interesting and show that you're very passionate about psychology. If you have any questions, feel free to ask :smile:
Original post by Secretnerd123
Yeah deffo. I'm a first year and enjoying it so far (well except the bio modules which are extremely boring and confusing).
i think they will but instead of aiming for bbb, I think you should try your absolute hardest to get abb or above so you have a higher chance of them accepting you on results day. Also make your personal statement really interesting and show that you're very passionate about psychology. If you have any questions, feel free to ask :smile:


Do they ever accept people if they are a grade under the entry requirements or if they just miss them?
Im trying really hard, and I'm resting AS modules too, its just my AS grades that ruin my predictions, but if i actually get the entry requirements on results day would I still be accepted?
Thank you!!! :-)
Original post by _lisareid
Do they ever accept people if they are a grade under the entry requirements or if they just miss them?
Im trying really hard, and I'm resting AS modules too, its just my AS grades that ruin my predictions, but if i actually get the entry requirements on results day would I still be accepted?
Thank you!!! :-)

I'm not too surs but i've heard they are lenient so its worth a shot :smile:
Lol i understand believe me. I got BCDD at AS and then got A*AB after retakes and working hard at a2 so its possible :biggrin: Yeah they will if you actually do! x
Original post by Secretnerd123
I'm not too surs but i've heard they are lenient so its worth a shot :smile:
Lol i understand believe me. I got BCDD at AS and then got A*AB after retakes and working hard at a2 so its possible :biggrin: Yeah they will if you actually do! x


may I ask what subjects you took in AS and A2?
Original post by blinkofaneyee
may I ask what subjects you took in AS and A2?


psyh law n socio
I see!:smile: just wondering if qmul gave you an conditional offer before the A2 results or did you get in by adjustment?x


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Hi I just got a conditional offer for this course at ABB
Hello,
I would like to apply to queen mary psychology bsc course they said they give alternative offers if your do EPQ and are predicted A. I am predicted ABC, I do AQA EPQ and AQA doesn’t allow to do predicted but I have mentioned it in my personal statement. My schools comes under the national average and I have a migrant history do you think queen Mary will give me contextualoffer and be lenient.
Thank you

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