Undergraduate study - 2021 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 2020 and Complete University Guide 2020).

  • 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.

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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.