Psychology

Why study psychology at Edinburgh?

Psychology at Edinburgh has a reputation for excellence in research, teaching and student support

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  • Psychology at Edinburgh ranks 2nd in the UK and 20th in the world (Times Higher Education – World University Rankings 2018 by subject: psychology).
  • Our Single Honours Psychology degree and most of our joint degrees at Edinburgh are accredited by the British Psychological Society enabling you to go on to further professional training.
  • 100% of our UK-based Psychology graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation (2016/17 DLHE Survey based on UK domiciled, first-degree graduates).

You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities including laboratories for cognitive neuroscience, developmental science, human movement, individual differences and general experimental psychology. You will also have the support of a large panel of volunteer research participants and partnerships with local nurseries. Our teaching facilities include a private psychology library, computer suites, and well-equipped teaching rooms.

At undergraduate level, teaching is mostly conducted in lectures and small group meetings called tutorials during your first two years. Tutorials typically comprise around 10 students and provide you with an opportunity to discuss topics in greater detail. Lectures can comprise up to 200 students. You will typically have around four or five contact hours per week in psychology courses. In years 3 and 4 the emphasis shifts to more specialised, seminar based courses and independent study. 

Our teaching staff are highly research-active, sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge for the subject through a variety of innovative teaching methods.  Our staff regularly deliver public lectures and workshops throughout the year as well as publish articles and books on their research. We also welcome academic staff from institutions across the world during term-time for a variety of events, talks and conferences. This allows our students to connect with staff interested in a range of research areas and get involved in discussions and debates.

With a cohort of over 600 students currently studying psychology and about 40 academic members of staff, our large department is a vibrant, diverse, intellectual and welcoming community offering you a wide choice of courses and a chance to develop your skills in a supportive environment.

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