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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

Accreditation
Study abroad

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:

  • 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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Accreditation

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

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

Year 1

There is a strong emphasis on research methods and statistical analysis throughout this programme. You will:

  • 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

Year 2

To prepare you for Year 3, you will complete a year-long, intensive grounding in:

  • research methods
  • statistics
  • 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
  • perception
  • cognitive psychology
  • language
  • memory/learning

You will practise and develop your professional and study skills, such as:

  • reviewing scientific literature
  • report writing
  • ethical awareness

Year 3

To support your research work, you will complete further specialist courses in research methods, which you will conduct using R.

Option courses

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
  • Parapsychology
  • Science of close relationships
  • Colour Perception

Year 4

Option courses

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.

Dissertation

As well as this, you will conduct an experimental research project in psychology, submitted as a dissertation.

Compulsory courses

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.

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

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.

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Study abroad

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

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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.

You will develop high-level skills in:

  • research
  • statistics
  • information technology
  • report-writing

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
  • management
  • business and finance
  • consulting
  • 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-AAAA (achievement by end of S5 preferred). BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: A*AA - AAA.
  • IB: 39 points with 666 at HL - 37 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.

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).

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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.

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
  • SQA Standard Grade at 3
  • 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.

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.

English language requirements

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BSc Psychology

Additional costs

None.

Funding

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Fees and funding