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
This combined programme enables you to study the scientific study of the mind, brain, and behaviour while also gaining an in-depth knowledge of economics.
the way biological and social factors influence how we behave
how interests and abilities differ from person to person
how we perceive, think and learn about the world around us
how we communicate verbally and non-verbally
how and why our mental abilities change across our lives
Psychology is an experimental and observational science, in which evidence from research studies is used to develop and evaluate theories.
Our psychology courses have a strong emphasis on developing skills in research methods and statistical analysis, to support our research-led teaching.
Economics is the study of the incentives that shape and reconcile the decisions that individuals, businesses, governments and societies make, and the macroeconomic outcomes that may arise from those decisions, such as:
unemployment and crises
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:
the psychology of memory and perception
language and thinking
You will be trained in basic concepts in research methods and statistics
You will also have a practical introduction to laboratory-based psychology research.
You will 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 practise and develop your professional and study skills, such as:
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
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 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 could include subjects such as:
- Development Economics
- Economics of the Family
- International Economics
- Economics of Sport
- The Economics of Cities and Regions
You will also undertake a dissertation in either economics or psychology.
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 School's own dedicated library
the University's main library and computer facilities
There are opportunities to study in Europe through international exchange programmes.
How will I learn?
Courses are taught through a combination of:
peer-supported group work
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed by various types of coursework and exams.
In Year 3, you will complete a group research project.
In Year 4, you will complete an independent research proje
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
business and finance
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).
The skills you develop studying economics will also equip you for careers in accountancy, business and management, or for work in:
Standard entry requirement
The standard entry requirement is:
- SQA Highers: AAAA-AABB by end of S5 or AAAA-AAAB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: AAA - AAB.
- IB: 37 points with 666 at HL - 36 points with 665 at HL.
Minimum entry requirement
The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.
The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:
- SQA: Highers: Mathematics at B. Higher Applications of Mathematics is not accepted in place of Higher Mathematics. National 5s: English at C.
- A Levels: Mathematics at B. GCSEs: English at C or 4.
- IB: HL: Mathematics at 5. SL: English at 5. Mathematical Studies is not accepted for any of our Economics degrees.
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 at C
- SQA Standard Grade at 3
- SQA Intermediate 1 at A
- SQA Intermediate 2 at C
- GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4
- Level 2 Certificate Grade C
- IB Standard Level at 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 (including Special Home Edition) 92 or above with 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
- Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component.
- 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 degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
As this degree is very popular, we strongly recommend that international students apply by 15 January 2022 as we can't guarantee to consider all applications after this date.
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Economics textbooks are required for Years 1 and 2, which cost about £100.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.