c8c1 - Psychology and Biology BSc Joint Honours

Psychology and Biology BSc Joint Honours

UCAS Code: C8C1 (full time: 3 Years)

Course Overview

This BPS-accredited degree allows you to combine the study of animal, plant and human biology with the study of human and animal behaviour.


At a Glance


UCAS Institution Name and Code

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Degree Awarded
BSc Joint Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAA-AAB
IB: 35 points

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In Biology, you will study all forms of life, from micro-organisms to mammals, with topics including:

  • ecology and biodiversity
  • evolution and genetics

In Psychology, you will explore why humans and animals think and behave as they do, through topics like:

  • cognitive psychology
  • evolutionary psychology and medicine

You will enjoy a high level of laboratory work in this degree: taking part in experiments, running your own, and analysing the results.

Highlights of this degree

Meet Natalie from the UK

Joint honours allows me to choose the aspects of each subject I enjoy the most and tailor my degree exactly to my interests. I loved that I was able to meet so many more people, and have two completely different friendship groups.

Natalie, Psychology and Biology BSc Honours
Photograph of student that studied this course

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Course Details

Modules for 2019 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2019 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose one of the following: 

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take 40 credits from the following list:

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. Find out more about Work Placements.

Professional Placement

Careers Placement

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take at least 20 credits (and a maximum of 40 credits) from the following list:

You take at least 40 credits (and a maximum of 60 credits) from the following list:

*If you select PSY3001 you can't select BIO3044 as an optional module. 

Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).

See further policies related to admission.


Psychology and Biology careers

As a joint honours graduate, you will have:

  • acquired the ability to research, evaluate and communicate information
  • developed specialist subject knowledge, and practical and technical skills in two subject areas
  • demonstrated your ability to study intellectually rigorous subjects and manage your workload effectively

These are all attractive traits to a range of graduate employers and are a strong foundation for a variety of educational and career opportunities.

Your employability will be further enhanced if you have taken advantage of work experience opportunities whilst at university.

Depending on subject combinations, joint honours in science graduates have very broad career options.

Some graduates enter careers or advanced training related to one or both of their subject specialisms, such as further study in psychology.

Those graduates who enter employment outside their discipline find a flexible degree of this nature is highly valued in professions such as management, commerce and the civil service. Many employers look favourably on students who can demonstrate their abilities in more than one field.

Graduates who wish to pursue a career in teaching will find that they are suitably qualified to study for a PGCE in either discipline.

Find out more about the career options for Biology and Psychology from Prospects: The UK’s Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding



Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

UCAS buzzword

Ask your teacher or adviser from your school or college for the UCAS buzzword. You need the buzzword when you register on the Apply system. This makes it clear which school or college you are applying from.

All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international establishments are registered with UCAS.

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

Making your application

On the UCAS website you can also find out more about:

Application decisions and enquiries

Find out more about our admissions process and who to contact if you need help with your application.