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
It is possible to obtain accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Please contact us for further guidance.
You will study compulsory sociology and psychology modules and will choose a further two options.
You continue with compulsory sociology and psychology modules and will choose a further two options.
You will study a mix of honours courses offered in sociology and psychology.
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 & Political Science is in the University's Central Area with easy access to the University's library and computer facilities.
In Year 3 you may study abroad through the University's international exchange programme or the School's Erasmus exchange programme with universities in Bremen and Copenhagen.
How will I learn?
We use a combination of tutorials and lectures, online resources, class discussions and presentations.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed primarily through coursework including essays and short assignments of various kinds, take-home papers and in Year 4 you will complete an individual 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.
Graduates go on to a wide variety of careers in the private sector, voluntary sector, local or central government, the media or journalism, or use their practical and research skills to work in social or market research.
Many graduates go on to postgraduate study and an academic career or teaching.
Typical offer range
The typical offer is likely to be:
- SQA Highers: AAAA - ABBB.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 40 points (grades 766 at HL) - 34 points (grades 655 at HL).
The access threshold for a contextual offer is:
- SQA Highers: ABBB.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).
Detailed requirements for all applicants
To be considered for an offer of a place all applicants must meet the following 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 Biology or Human Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science or equivalent, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, or Psychology required. National 5: English at Grade C. Mathematics at Grade A or Mathematics and Physics both at Grade B or Higher Mathematics at Grade C. (Revised 12/9/2018 to provide more accurate information).
- A Levels: ABB including one from Biology or Human Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science or equivalent, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, or Psychology required. 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 BB or 66. (Revised 01/08/18 to provide more comprehensive information).
- IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects including one of Biology or Human Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science or equivalent, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, or Psychology required. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics at 6 or Maths Studies at 7 (if not at Higher Level).
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 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
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)
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