UCAS code: C801
Duration: 4 years
School: Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
Through lectures and tutorials, you will complete a general introduction to psychology, covering cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, the psychology of memory and perception, individual differences, language and thinking, and social psychology. You will also discover basic concepts in research methods and statistics, and you will have a practical introduction to laboratory-based psychology research.
You will continue to study core areas of psychology, along with clinical psychology. You will practise and develop your professional and study skills, such as literature searching, report writing, and ethical awareness. You will also complete a year-long, intensive grounding in research methods and statistics to prepare you for Year 3.
You will take an advanced tutorial course to help you critically analyse psychology research papers.
To support your research work, you will complete further specialist courses in research methods. You will choose advanced courses in psychology, expanding upon and combining the core areas required for British Psychological Society accreditation, and complete research work in small groups.
Alongside a small-group tutorial course and a major, original research dissertation, you will undertake further advanced psychology courses. These courses are research-led and will allow you to learn about cutting edge topics across the range of psychology sub-disciplines.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Teaching will take place at the Psychology building at George Square, and at other locations within the University's Central Area. You will have use of the specialised laboratories and the University's library and computer facilities.
There are opportunities to study in Europe through Erasmus or further afield through the University's international exchange programme.
Courses are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical classes, project work, peer-supported group work, and computer-based exercises.
You will be assessed by various types of coursework and exams. In Year 3 will complete a literature review and group project, and in Year 4 you will complete an independent research project.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Our graduates develop high-level research, statistical, IT and report-writing skills, valued by employers in various sectors.
Many psychology graduates have gone on to work in healthcare and social services, charitable organisations, human resources, management, business and finance, consulting, and media and advertising. Some students continue their studies to enter a research or teaching career, or to train as a professional psychologist in a specific field (such as clinical, educational, forensic, health, or organisational psychology).
The typical offer is likely to be:
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
The MA Psychology (C801) and the BSc Psychology (C800) programmes only differ in the pre-honours courses taken alongside Psychology in years one and two. The Psychology content of the two programmes is identical.
In Scotland, MA and BSc both specify a four-year programme. On the Psychology BSc programme, students are required to take some biological sciences pre-honours courses with a strong chemistry content and their access to such courses is guaranteed.
On the Psychology MA, students may choose from the whole range of pre-honours courses, but with no guaranteed access to particular courses.
Applicants to the Psychology BSc who do not have a strong Chemistry background may be asked to transfer their application to the Psychology MA.
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There is an optional weekend trip away in Year 3. The student contribution for this is typically £20.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.