Psychology

What is psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, brain and behaviour. It focuses on building and testing theories to help explain how people interact with each other and the world around them.

Psychologists are interested in the way biological and social factors influence how we behave, and how interests and abilities differ from person to person. They also study how we perceive, think and learn about the world around us. They examine how we communicate verbally and non-verbally, and how and why our mental abilities change across our lives.

Many of our psychology graduates go on to work in healthcare and social services, charitable organisations, human resources, management, business and finance, consulting and media and advertising.

Why study Psychology at Edinburgh?