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BSc Psychology

UCAS code: C802

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

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Introducing BSc 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 study:

  • the way biological and social factors influence how we behave

  • how interests and abilities differ from person to person

  • how we perceive, think and learn about the world around us

  • how we communicate verbally and non-verbally

  • 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.

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This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Year 1

Through lectures and tutorials, you will complete a general introduction to psychology, covering:

  • cognitive neuroscience

  • developmental psychology

  • the psychology of memory and perception

  • individual differences

  • language and thinking

  • social psychology

You will be trained in basic concepts in research methods and statistics

You will also have a practical introduction to laboratory-based psychology research.

Year 2

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:

  • literature searching

  • report writing

  • ethical awareness

You will also complete a year-long, intensive grounding in research methods and statistics to prepare you for Year 3.

Year 3

To support your research work, you will complete further specialist courses in research methods.

You will also take the Psychology in Action course where you will be matched with active researchers at the University and provided with structured shadowing and interview opportunities.

Option courses

As well as the compulsory courses, you will choose from a range of advanced option courses in psychology, expanding upon and combining the core areas required for British Psychological Society accreditation, and complete research work in small groups.

Advanced option courses typically include:

  • Human Personality
  • Cognitive Development in Children
  • Psychology of Language
  • Biological Psychology
  • Thinking and Reasoning

Year 4

Option courses

You will continue to choose advanced option courses in psychology according to your interests. These courses are research-led and will allow you to learn about cutting edge topics across the range of psychology sub-disciplines.


As well as this, you will have an opportunity to conduct an experimental research project in psychology, submitted as an 8,000-word dissertation.

Compulsory courses

There are also two additional compulsory courses: General Paper in Psychology and the Psychology Tutorial Course, which will develop your ability to think critically about psychology and integrate your knowledge across a range of psychological topics.

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 (2021/22)

Our facilities

Teaching will take place at the Psychology building at 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

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study in Europe through international exchange programmes.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

Courses are taught through a combination of:

  • lectures

  • tutorials

  • practical classes

  • project work

  • peer-supported group work

  • computer-based exercises

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by various types of coursework and exams.

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

In Year 4, you will complete an independent research project.

Our graduates develop high-level research, statistical, IT, and report-writing skills, which are valued by employers in various sectors.

Many psychology graduates have gone on to work in:

  • 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, or organisational psychology).

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA-AABB by end of S5 or AAAA-AAAB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAA - AAB.
  • IB: 37 points with 666 at HL - 36 points with 665 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 either Mathematics at 6 or Mathematical Studies at 7 (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

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


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
  • SQA Standard Grade at 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 at A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 at C
  • GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate Grade 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 module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition) 92 or above with 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components.

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

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BSc Psychology

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