Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Psychology

Why choose Psychology at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We consistently rank as one of the world's top 30 universities for psychology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 and Complete University Guide 2020).

  • We offer you a wide choice of courses in Years 1 and 2 from across the humanities and the sciences. This means you can decide on a humanities- or science-focused pathway as you progress through your first two years of study, rather than before you apply.

  • You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities including laboratories for cognitive neuroscience, developmental science, human movement, individual differences and general experimental psychology.

  • You will have the support of a large panel of volunteer research participants and partnerships with local nurseries. Our teaching facilities include a private psychology library, computer suites and well-equipped teaching rooms.

  • Our BSc (Hons) Psychology programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

  • Our teaching is both practical and innovative. We were one of the joint winners of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Award for Innovation in Psychology Programmes in 2016.

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Psychology is all about understanding people. As well a developing logical and methodological skills, studying psychology helps you learn what can drive, inspire, and motivate people.

Stephen Jones Psychology graduate
Stephen Jones Psychology graduate

Introducing Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, brain, and behaviour. It focuses on building and testing theories to help explain how people interact with each other and the world around them.

Psychologists are interested in the way biological and social factors influence how we behave, and how interests and abilities differ from person to person. They also study how we perceive, think, and learn about the world around us. They examine how we communicate verbally and non-verbally, and 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 programme has a strong emphasis on developing skills in research methods and statistical analysis, to support our research-led teaching.


The four-year BSc Psychology (C802) programme is accredited by the British Psychology Society, as are most of our psychology joint honours. Please contact us for further information regarding joint programmes.