MA Sociology and Psychology
UCAS code: LC38
Duration: 4 years
School: Social and Political Science
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Introducing MA Sociology and Psychology
Sociology and Psychology offers a thorough training in the major areas of both subjects. Those wishing to understand identity, violence, crime or intimacy tend to draw on both disciplines.
This joint degree allows you to explore the different social norms, interactions, conflicts and networks that constitute everyday life.
The two disciplines are bound together, and the joint degree enables you to understand and address fundamental questions about social life.
It is possible to obtain accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
This programme is accredited when you:
cover all of the core BPS areas:
- Cognitive Psychology
- Biological Psychology
- Social Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Individual Differences
- complete a dissertation in Year 4
- achieve a 2.2 or above in your overall degree classification
We will introduce you to key sociological ideas by studying the relationship between individuals and groups through examining examples such as:
- social change
- drug use
We also help you develop the key skills you need to study sociology and apply your knowledge to life outside the classroom.
You will select from a wide range of option courses, depending on the programme you choose.
Within the psychology element of your programme there is a strong emphasis on research methods and statistical analysis. From the start of the programme, you will be trained in basic concepts in research methods and statistics, as well as programming in R.
You will also have a practical introduction to laboratory-based psychology research.
Through lectures and tutorials, you will complete a general introduction to psychology, covering:
- cognitive psychology
- developmental psychology
- the psychology of memory and perception
- individual differences
- language and thinking
- social psychology
It is also strongly recommended that you take the Data Analysis for Psychology in R1 course which will provide the foundations in working with data, probability, hypothesis testing and the use of R statistical programming environment.
You will study how sociologists produce and use theory (Sociology 2a) and research evidence (Sociology 2b). You will then choose four option courses, depending on your programme.
Within the psychology element you will complete a year-long, intensive grounding in research methods and statistics, as well as R programming, to prepare you for Year 3.
You will continue to study core areas of psychology, developing an integrated understanding of topics such as:
- individual differences
- abnormal, developmental and social psychology
- cognitive neuroscience
You will practise and develop your professional and study skills, such as:
- reviewing scientific literature
- report writing
- ethical awareness
You will study a mix of honours courses offered in sociology and psychology.
To support your research work in psychology, you will complete further specialist courses in research methods, which you will conduct using R.
Alongside your honours choices you will complete a project in one discipline.
Please note that if you are interested in attaining British Psychological Association (BPA) accreditation you will need to do your project in 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.
The School of Social and Political Science is in the University's Central Area with easy access to the University's library and computer facilities.
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:
- specialised laboratories
- the School's own dedicated library
- the University's main library and computer facilities
Take a virtual tour
You can take a closer look at the School of Social and Political Science and explore our facilities and campus on the University's Virtual Visit site.
In Year 3 you may study abroad through the University's international exchange programme or the School's exchange programme with universities in Bremen and Copenhagen.
How will I learn?
We use a combination of:
- tutorials and lectures
- online resources
- class discussions
- practical classes
- project work
- peer-supported group work
- computer-based exercises
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed primarily through coursework including essays and short assignments of various kinds and take-home papers, and exams.
In Year 3, you will complete a psychology group research project.
In Year 4, you will complete an independent research project.
Graduates go on to a wide variety of careers in areas such as:
- the private sector
- voluntary sector
- local or central government
- the media or journalism
- social or market research
- healthcare and social services
- charitable organisations
- human resources
- 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:
- organisational psychology
Standard entry requirement
The standard entry requirement is:
- SQA Highers: AAAAA-AAAA (achievement by end of S5 preferred). BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: AAA - ABB.
- IB: 37 points with 666 at HL - 34 points with 655 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: one from Biology or Human Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science or equivalent, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, or Psychology at B. Higher Applications of Mathematics is not accepted in place of Higher Mathematics. National 5s: English at C. Mathematics at A or Mathematics and Physics both at B or Higher Mathematics at C.
- A Levels: one from Biology or Human Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science or equivalent, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, or Psychology at B. GCSEs: English at C or 4 and Mathematics at A or 7, or Mathematics and Physics both at B or 6, or Mathematics, Science plus Additional Science (or science double award) at BB or 66.
- IB: HL: one of Biology or Human Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science or equivalent, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, or Psychology at 5. SL: English at 5 and either Mathematics at 6 or Mathematical Studies at 7 (if not at HL).
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
- GCSE at C or 4
- Level 2 Certificate at 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: total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.
- TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
- C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 162 in each component.
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
- PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 54 in each component.
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, PTE Academic, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
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