UCAS code: C802
Duration: 4 years
School: Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
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.
- how we perceive, think and learn about the world around us
- the way biological and social factors influence how we behave
- how interests and abilities differ from person to person
- how we communicate verbally and non-verbally
- 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 using R programming. This supports our research-led teaching.
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This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), provided that 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
The vast majority of students graduate with BPS accreditation, however, if you fail to meet the accreditation criteria, you will graduate with an alternative degree in Psychology.
There is a strong emphasis on research methods and statistical analysis throughout this programme.
- be trained in basic concepts in research methods and statistics
- learn how to programme in the R language
- have a practical introduction to laboratory-based psychology research
Through lectures and tutorials, you will complete a general introduction to psychology, covering:
- cognitive psychology
- developmental psychology
- the psychology of memory and perception
- individual differences
- language and thinking
- social psychology
To prepare you for Year 3, you will complete a year-long, intensive grounding in:
- research methods
- R programming
You will continue to study core areas of psychology, developing an integrated understanding of topics such as:
- individual differences
- abnormal, developmental and social psychology
- cognitive psychology
You will practise and develop your professional and study skills, such as:
- reviewing scientific literature
- report writing
- ethical awareness
To support your research work, you will complete further specialist courses in research methods, which you will conduct using R.
In addition, you will choose from a range of advanced option courses in psychology.
These courses expand upon and combine the core areas required for British Psychological Society accreditation. You will also complete group work in small groups.
Advanced option courses typically include:
- Human Personality
- Cognitive Development in Children
- Psychology of Language
- Biological Psychology
- Thinking and Reasoning
- Science of close relationships
- Colour Perception
You will continue to choose advanced option courses in psychology according to your interests. These courses are research-led. They will allow you to learn about cutting-edge topics across the range of psychology sub-disciplines.
As well as this, you will conduct an experimental research project in psychology and submit it as a dissertation.
You will take two compulsory courses:
- the Psychology Tutorial Course
- General Paper in Psychology
These courses will develop your ability to think critically about psychology. They will also integrate your knowledge across a range of psychological topics.
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.
Teaching will take place at the Psychology building at George Square, and at other locations within the University's Central Area.
You will have access to:
- specialised laboratories
- the School's own dedicated library
- the University's Main Library and computer facilities
Take a virtual tour
You can take a closer look at the Psychology building and explore our facilities and campus on the University's Virtual Visit site.
There are opportunities to study in Europe through international exchange programmes.
How will I learn?
Courses are taught through a combination of:
- 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 (dissertation).
You will develop high-level skills in:
- information technology
These skills are valued by employers in various sectors.
Many psychology graduates have gone on to work in:
- healthcare and social services
- charitable organisations
- human resources
- business and finance
- media and advertising
Some students continue their studies to enter a research or teaching career. Others go on to train as a professional psychologist in a specific field, such as:
- clinical psychology
- educational psychology
- forensic psychology
- health psychology
- organisational psychology
Standard entry requirement
The standard entry requirement is:
- SQA Highers: AAAAA (achievement by end of S5 preferred). BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: A*AA.
- IB: 39 points with 666 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.
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 Mathematics at 6 (if not at HL).
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.
Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
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 at C
- GCSE at C or 4
- Level 2 Certificate at 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: total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.
- TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
- C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 162 in each component.
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
- PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 54 in each component.
(Revised 29 August 2023 to remove PTE Academic Online)
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, PTE Academic, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
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