Undergraduate study - 2023 entry
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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 2022 and Complete University Guide 2022).

  • Our Single Honours Psychology degree and most of our joint degrees at Edinburgh are accredited by the British Psychological Society enabling you to go on to further professional training.

  • 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.

  • Our programme has a strong emphasis on developing skills in research methods and statistical analysis, including programming in R, to support our research-led teaching.

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I really appreciate the space we’re given in our tutorials for free intellectual discourse. The tutors are all lovely and provide a wonderful balance of prompting and challenging us and letting us share our ideas freely with each other.

We work heavily with data and statistical analysis as it plays a significant role in psychological research and thus is integral to the degree.

Quinn Muller 3rd Year MA Philosophy and Psychology student
Quinn Muller 3rd Year MA Philosophy and Psychology student

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. It uses evidence from research studies 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.

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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.

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