Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

MA Philosophy and Psychology

UCAS code: VC58

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

It is possible to obtain accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Please contact us for further guidance.

Year 1

You will study Greats: From Plato to the Enlightenment; Morality and Value; and Logic 1. These courses introduce you to key topics in the history of philosophy, morality and ethics, and the nature of argument. You will also study Psychology 1A and 1B, which cover core areas and research methodologies in psychology.

Year 2

You will take two courses: Mind, Matter and Language; and Knowledge and Reality. In psychology, you will take Psychology 2A, and 2B, as well as Research Methods and Statistics. These courses will build on the core knowledge developed from your first year courses, as well as covering more in depth statistical knowledge required for psychology.

Year 3

You will start to specialise. You must take Research Methods and Statistics 2 and 3. Beyond this, you will choose a selection of courses from a range linked to our areas of expertise.

In philosophy, these include: Philosophy of Time; Free Will and Moral Responsibility; Metaphysics of Mind; Themes in Epistemology; and Ancient Theories of Existence.

In psychology, these include: Individual Differences; Development; Biological and Cognitive Psychology; and Social Psychology.

Year 4

You will choose several courses from a wide variety available. You will also complete either an independent dissertation or a coursework dissertation via two extended essays on philosophy or psychology topics of your choice.

Programme structure

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.

Programme structure (2017/18)

Our facilities

The majority of teaching takes place at facilities located within the University's Central Area. You can use all the University libraries and computing facilities.

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad in Year 3 through the Erasmus programme or the University's international exchange programme.

Guaranteed study abroad funding for students required to complete a year abroad

How will I learn?

Courses are taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials. All option courses in Years 3 and 4 are taught through seminars.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by coursework and exams and in your honours years you will also complete an independent dissertation, or a coursework dissertation via two extended essays.

Programme details

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.

Programme details (2017/18)

The philosophy courses you study throughout your programme provide you with the analytical and critical-thinking skills that are highly valued in the workplace.

Previous graduates have gone on to work in education, commerce, journalism, finance, law and computing.

Some graduates also choose to continue with their studies and pursue a research or academic career.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAAA.
  • A Levels: AAB.
  • IB: 43 points (grades 776 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6, including one Higher from Mathematics, Psychology or an approved science. National 5: English at Grade C and Mathematics at Grade A or Mathematics and Physics both at Grade B or Higher Mathematics at Grade C.
  • A Levels: ABB including one of Mathematics, Psychology or an approved science. GCSEs: English at Grade C or 4 and Mathematics at Grade A or 7 OR Mathematics and Physics both at Grade B or 6 OR Mathematics, Science plus Additional Science (OR science double award) at grade B or 6.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects including one of Mathematics, Psychology or an approved science. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics at 6 or Maths Studies at 7 (if not at Higher Level).

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

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.

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.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

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:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Philosophy and Psychology

Additional costs

None.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding