Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

MA Psychology

UCAS code: C801

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Accreditation
Study abroad

Accreditation

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Year 1

Through lectures and tutorials, you will complete a general introduction to psychology, covering cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, the psychology of memory and perception, individual differences, language and thinking, and social psychology. You will also discover basic concepts in research methods and statistics, and you will have a practical introduction to laboratory-based psychology research.

Year 2

You will continue to study core areas of psychology, along with clinical psychology. You will practise and develop your professional and study skills, such as literature searching, report writing, and ethical awareness. You will also complete a year-long, intensive grounding in research methods and statistics to prepare you for Year 3.

Year 3

You will take an advanced tutorial course to help you critically analyse psychology research papers.

To support your research work, you will complete further specialist courses in research methods. You will choose advanced courses in psychology, expanding upon and combining the core areas required for British Psychological Society accreditation, and complete research work in small groups.

Year 4

Alongside a small-group tutorial course and a major, original research dissertation, you will undertake further advanced psychology courses. These courses are research-led and will allow you to learn about cutting edge topics across the range of psychology sub-disciplines.

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

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

There are opportunities to study in Europe through Erasmus or further afield through 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, 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 Year 3 will complete a literature review and group project, and in Year 4 you will complete an independent research project.

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)

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

Many psychology graduates have gone on to work in healthcare and social services, charitable organisations, 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 (such as clinical, educational, forensic, health, or organisational psychology).

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAB.
  • A Levels: AAB.
  • IB: 38 points (666 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. One Higher from Mathematics, Psychology or an approved science required. 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

Applying for MA or BSc

The MA Psychology (C801) and the BSc Psychology (C800) programmes only differ in the pre-honours courses taken alongside Psychology in years one and two. 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, students are required to take some biological sciences pre-honours courses with a strong chemistry content and their access to such courses is guaranteed.

On the Psychology MA, students 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 Chemistry background may be asked to transfer their application to the Psychology MA.

This information is part of a government initiative to enhance the material that higher education institutions provide about their degree programmes.

It is one of many sources of information which will enable you to make an informed decision on what and where to study.

Please note that some programmes do not have Unistats data available.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Psychology

Additional costs

There is an optional weekend trip away in Year 3. The student contribution for this is typically £20.

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