BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) Psychology

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Investigate human behaviours, interactions and the processes behind them on this fascinating course which will prepare you for a range of career opportunities.

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  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons)

  • Location:

    Sighthill campus

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Course introduction

Psychology is a fascinating social science that gives you insight into individuals and their unique behaviour. It involves learning about memory, language, creativity, personality, social interaction and brain processes.

This course gives you a thorough understanding of both the theory and application of psychology and prepares you for a professional career in psychology or any number of career opportunities.

The applied focus of the course provides you with the opportunity to specialise in the areas which interest you most.


You’ll learn about the latest research and professional practice in areas such as forensic, counselling, sport and health psychology.

Before completing your studies, you’ll be able to choose whether to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) qualification. Both awards are accredited by the British Psychological Society and will make you eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartership, the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

You’ll develop a range of practical, intellectual, research and transferable skills including psychological and social research methods, group working, communication, critical thinking and problem solving. You'll also gain the skills to source, use and interpret information, design experiments and use related software.

This is a full-time course studied over four years. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and through independent study. There may also be some opportunities to study abroad.

This course is also eligible for the Erasmus exchange programme.

What you study

Year 1

  • Researching Psychology 1
  • Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • One optional module

Year 2

  • Researching Psychology 2
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Biological Foundations of Behaviour
  • Psychology of Child Development

An applied psychology option and an employability option, for example from:

  • Volunteering and Employability
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Learning Disabilities and Mental Health
  • Animal Behaviour

Year 3

  • Researching Psychology 3
  • Social Psychology
  • Brain and Cognition
  • Individual Differences

Two applied psychology options, for example from:

  • Counselling Psychology
  • Applied Psychology for Health and Wellbeing
  • Intermediate Sport Psychology
  • Work Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology 1

Year 4

  • Honours project
  • Psychology of Lifespan Development

Three applied psychology options, for example from:

  • Critical Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology 2
  • Health, Lifestyle and Exercise Behaviour
  • Advances in Animal Behaviour
  • Abnormal Psychology

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Many employers recognise the value of a degree in psychology for the high level of diverse skills it develops so you can expect many varied job opportunities.

Traditional areas of psychology, requiring further study include:

  • clinical psychology
  • educational psychology
  • occupational psychology
  • health psychology
  • forensic psychology
  • counselling

You’ll be able to use your skills in other careers such as:

  • marketing and market research
  • occupational therapy
  • sales
  • personnel management
  • postgraduate teacher training
  • social work

You could also continue on to postgraduate study, including possible PhD study within the school and a further academic career.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement

BBBB including English or literary subject*.

National 5 grade B in Maths (excluding Lifeskills).

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC including English or literary subject* at grade B.

National 5 grade B in Maths (excluding Lifeskills).

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

BCC including English or literary subject*.

GCSE Grade B/5/6 in Maths.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System

B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level including English or a literary subject*

B3 at Ordinary Level in Maths.

New Grading System 

Grades H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level to include a Literary subject*

Grade O3 at Ordinary Level in Maths.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE Grade B/5/6 in Maths.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including English at minimum grade 5.

5 points in SL Maths (excluding Maths Studies).


Social Science with B in the graded unit for Year 1 entry.

National 5 Grade B in Maths (excluding Lifeskills) also required.

* Modern Studies, History, Geography, Psychology or Sociology.

Minimum year 2

A Level

BBB to include Psychology

GCSE Grade B/5/6 in Maths.

English Language Requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.


Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,250 tba
Overseas £12,350 tba

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

In addition to the core areas of psychology, you can study optional modules as varied as forensic psychology, volunteering and employability, and music psychology.

Dr Rory MacLean

Lecturer in Psychology, School of Life, Sport & Social Sciences

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Head on over to our blog, PsyNaps, to find out about our latest news, events, information about our staff and research students, and details of the ground breaking research projects that members of our team are working on.

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