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Psychology

Why choose Psychology at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK for psychology (Complete University Guide 2015).
  • In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we were rated first in Scotland and third in the UK as part of a joint submission for psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience.
  • We offer you hands-on experience with our Volunteer Research Assistant scheme and research-focused dissertations.
  • Our state-of-the-art facilities include a private psychology library, well-equipped labs, computer suites, neuroimaging facilities, eye tracking equipment, and brand new developmental research labs with partnerships with local nurseries.
I have been able to make valuable contacts with people from industry thanks to courses that have focused on projects for actual companies.
Snezhana Savova
4th year MA (Hons) Psychology & Business

Overview

Psychology is the scientific study of the brain, mind, and behaviour in humans and animals. It focuses on building theoretical models of thinking and behaviour, which help to explain how people interact with each other and the world around them.

Psychologists are interested in the way biological and social factors influence the way we behave and how our interests and abilities differ from person to person.

They also study how we perceive our environment – how we think, learn and remember; how we communicate, both through language and non-verbally; how we differ from one another in personality and abilities; as well as how and why that changes throughout our lives.

Psychology is an experimental and observational science, in which evidence from research studies is used to develop and evaluate theories. Our programme therefore has a strong emphasis on developing skills in research and statistical analysis. You will explore how we perceive our environment, how we communicate, and how we think, learn and remember.

Applying for MA (Hons) or BSc (Hons)

The MA Psychology (C801) and the BSc Psychology (C800) programmes are both British Psychology Society accredited. They only differ in the pre-honours courses taken alongside psychology in Years 1 and 2. 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, you will be required to take some pre-honours courses from the College of Science & Engineering. Entry to certain courses may have prerequisites and there is no guaranteed access.

On the Psychology MA, you 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 science background may be advised to transfer their application to the Psychology MA.

Career opportunities

Our graduates develop research, statistical, IT and report-writing skills, which are valued by employers in various sectors.

Many Psychology graduates have gone on to work in healthcare and social services, 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.

Why choose Psychology at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK for psychology (Complete University Guide 2015).
  • In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we were rated first in Scotland and third in the UK as part of a joint submission for psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience.
  • We offer you hands-on experience with our Volunteer Research Assistant scheme and research-focused dissertations.
  • Our state-of-the-art facilities include a private psychology library, well-equipped labs, computer suites, neuroimaging facilities, eye tracking equipment, and brand new developmental research labs with partnerships with local nurseries.
I have been able to make valuable contacts with people from industry thanks to courses that have focused on projects for actual companies.
Snezhana Savova
4th year MA (Hons) Psychology & Business

Overview

Psychology is the scientific study of the brain, mind, and behaviour in humans and animals. It focuses on building theoretical models of thinking and behaviour, which help to explain how people interact with each other and the world around them.

Psychologists are interested in the way biological and social factors influence the way we behave and how our interests and abilities differ from person to person.

They also study how we perceive our environment – how we think, learn and remember; how we communicate, both through language and non-verbally; how we differ from one another in personality and abilities; as well as how and why that changes throughout our lives.

Psychology is an experimental and observational science, in which evidence from research studies is used to develop and evaluate theories. Our programme therefore has a strong emphasis on developing skills in research and statistical analysis. You will explore how we perceive our environment, how we communicate, and how we think, learn and remember.

Applying for MA (Hons) or BSc (Hons)

The MA Psychology (C801) and the BSc Psychology (C800) programmes are both British Psychology Society accredited. They only differ in the pre-honours courses taken alongside psychology in Years 1 and 2. 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, you will be required to take some pre-honours courses from the College of Science & Engineering. Entry to certain courses may have prerequisites and there is no guaranteed access.

On the Psychology MA, you 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 science background may be advised to transfer their application to the Psychology MA.

Career opportunities

Our graduates develop research, statistical, IT and report-writing skills, which are valued by employers in various sectors.

Many Psychology graduates have gone on to work in healthcare and social services, 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.

What you will study

Year 1

You will receive a general introduction to psychology, covering biological, social and developmental psychology, the psychology of memory and perception, individual differences and language and thinking. You will also learn about research methods and statistics, and you will have a practical introduction to laboratory-based psychology research. the opportunity to practice some ‘real world’ psychology.

Year 2

You will continue to study the core areas of psychology, along with neuropsychology, abnormal, and historical psychology, and you will develop your research skills by practising statistics further, running practical experiments and learning to write scientific psychology reports.

Year 3

You will take an advanced tutorial course to help you critically analyse psychology research papers. You will choose advanced courses in the core areas required for British Psychology Society accreditation (social, developmental, biological, cognitive and differential psychology) and carry out a literature review and a group research project in one of these core areas.

Year 4

Most students can choose from a range of specialised, research-led options. These include Clinical Neuropsychology, Human Cognitive Abilities, Memory, Ageing and the Brain, Causes and Consequences of Personality, Children with Language Impairments and many others.

For one-third of your time, you will carry out a personal research project of your choosing.

How will I be taught?

Courses are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical classes, project work, peer-supported group work, and computer-based exercises.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by various types of coursework and exams. In your third year you will complete a literature review and group project, and in your fourth year you will complete an independent research project.

Where will I be taught?

Our facilities

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.

Study abroad

In Year 3, there are opportunities to study at a European or North American university. We have particular links with Grenoble in France, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and Copenhagen in Denmark. You will devise your study abroad with your Personal Tutor and the University’s International Office.

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