MA Psychology and Economics
UCAS code: CZ81
Duration: 4 years
School: Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Introducing MA Psychology and Economics
It is possible to obtain accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Please contact us for further guidance.
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.
You will also take Economics 1, which will develop your understanding of core economics models and analysis, together with an ability to apply the analysis in different contexts.
You will continue to study core areas of psychology along with abnormal (clinical) psychology. You will practice 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.
You will take Economics 2, which is intended to boost your understanding of microeconomic and macroeconomic models and analysis. You will also develop your skills in applying these analyses.
You will choose advanced courses in psychology, expanding upon and combining the core areas required for British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation. To support your research work, you will complete further specialist courses in research methods and statistics, and practice qualitative as well as quantitative research methods.
You will take Essentials of Econometrics; and Topics in Microeconomics. These courses will provide an introduction to econometric theory, and develop important ideas in microeconomic analysis at an advanced level. You will also take either Applications of Econometrics or Topics in Macroeconomics.
You will also complete a series of option courses that focus on specific areas of psychology. These courses build on and combine the core domains of psychology (biological, developmental, cognitive, social, and individual differences).
Precise course options change each year to reflect emerging topics, staff availability, and student demand.
Examples of courses offered include:
- Social Psychology of Groups
- Introduction to Neural Network Modelling
- Methods and Controversies on Parapsychology
- Psycholinguistics of Language Production
- Clinical Psychological Problems in Context
In economics, options will include:
- Behavioral Economics
- History of Economic Thought
- Monetary Theory and Policy
- Economics of Inequality
- Experimental Economics
You will also undertake a dissertation in either economics or psychology.
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.
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.
There are opportunities to study in Europe through Erasmus or further afield through the University's international exchange programme.
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 group research project and in Year 4 you will complete an independent research project.
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.
Our graduates develop high-level 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, 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).
Standard entry requirement
The standard entry requirement is:
- SQA Highers: AAAA - AABB by end of S5. If you haven’t achieved this by the end of S5 we may consider your application based on a strong performance in S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: AAA - ABB.
- IB: 40 points (grades 766 at HL) - 34 points (grades 655 at HL).
Minimum entry requirement
The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).
The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:
- SQA: Higher: Mathematics at grade B. National 5: English at grade C.
- A Levels: Mathematics at grade B. GCSEs: English at grade C or 4.
- IB: HL: Mathematics at grade 5. SL: English at grade 5. Mathematical Studies is not accepted for any of our Economics programmes.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
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.
We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.
SQA, GCSE and IB
For SQA, GCSE and IB 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
Level 2 Certificate Grade C
IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)
English language tests
We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
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
PTE Academic: Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components
We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.
English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
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