MSc Psychology of Individual Differences

Develop an in-depth understanding of personality, ability, and positive psychology

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Why study Psychology of Individual Differences at Edinburgh?

  • Our research environment is rated as 100% conducive to world-leading research, and 82% of our research is rated as outstanding in terms of its reach and significance (REF 2014).
  • Home to the largest team of specialist individual differences researchers in the world
  • Our staff are leaders in their fields and will share this expertise, helping you develop in-depth understanding of current research issues and methodology in the psychology of individuals

Programme overview

The MSc Psychology of Individual Differences is an exciting opportunity to gain skills in the two key subdivisions in the study of human individual differences: personality and mental abilities

Programme structure and assessment

This programme comprises two semesters of taught compulsory and optional courses, followed by a dissertation


As a postgraduate student you will have access to a wide range of research resources and state-of-the-art facilities

Learning outcomes and careers

This programme provides you with a range of knowledge and skills to prepare you for a variety of career paths

Help with your application

When applying you should include a personal statement detailing your academic abilities and your reasons for applying for the programme

Programme teaching staff

Staff profiles of those involved in teaching on the programme

Contact us

Please get in touch with us should you have any questions about the programme

Find out more

Fees, funding and how to apply