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MA Sociology and Psychology

UCAS code: LC38

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Social and Political Science

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

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 graduate from this programme with accreditation from 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

You will also need to:

  • complete a dissertation in Year 4
  • achieve a 2.2 or above in your overall degree classification

Most of our students graduate with BPS accreditation. If you fail to meet the accreditation criteria, you will graduate with an alternative degree in psychology.

Year 1


We will introduce you to key sociological ideas by studying the relationship between individuals and groups through examples such as:

  • social change
  • drug use
  • race
  • ethnicity
  • gender

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 optional 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 course Data Analysis for Psychology in R1. This will provide a foundation for working with:

  • data
  • probability
  • hypothesis testing
  • the R statistical programming environment

Year 2


You will study how sociologists produce and use theory (Sociology 2a) and research evidence (Sociology 2b).

You will also choose four optional 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
  • perception
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • language
  • memory/learning

You will practise and develop your professional and study skills, such as:

  • reviewing scientific literature
  • report writing
  • ethical awareness

Year 3

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.

Year 4

You will complete a project in one discipline and continue to study your honours choices.

If you are interested in getting your British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation, you will need to do your project in psychology.

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 (2024/25)

Our facilities

The School of Social and Political Science is in the University's Central Area, close to the University's library and computer facilities.

Psychology teaching will take place at the psychology building in 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.

Take a virtual tour of the School of Social and Political Science

Study abroad

In Year 3 you may study abroad through the University's international exchange programme or the School's exchange programme with the University of Copenhagen.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

We use a combination of:

  • tutorials
  • lectures
  • online resources
  • class discussions
  • presentations
  • 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
  • short assignments of various kinds
  • take-home papers
  • exams

In Year 3 you will complete a psychology group research project.

In Year 4 you will complete an independent research project.

Sociology and psychology graduates go on to a wide variety of careers in areas such as:

  • the private sector
  • the voluntary sector
  • local or central government
  • media or journalism
  • social or market research
  • healthcare and social services
  • charitable organisations
  • human resources
  • management
  • business and finance
  • consulting
  • 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
  • organisational psychology

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAB by end of S5 or AAAA by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: A*AA.
  • IB: 39 points with 666 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.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

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 Mathematics at 6 (if not at HL).

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

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

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.


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
  • 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.We do not accept IELTS One Skill Retake to meet our English language requirements.
  • 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 65 with at least 54 in each component. We do not accept PTE Academic Online.*

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

Unless you are a national of a majority English speaking country, your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start of the month in which the degree you are applying to study begins. If you are using an IELTS, PTE Academic, TOEFL or Trinity ISE test, it must be no more than two years old on the first of the month in which the degree begins, regardless of your nationality.

English language requirements

(*Revised 24 May 2024 to change PTE Academic requirement from total 62 with at least 54 in each component, and to clarify that we do not accept PTE Academic online.)

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Sociology and Psychology

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