BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) Psychology

Undergraduate, Full-time

Psychology BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons)

Gain a thorough understanding of the theory and application of psychology on this course, accredited by the British Psychological Society


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Psychology is a fascinating science that gives you an 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.

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4 years

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Course details

You'll learn about the latest research and professional practice in areas such as forensic, counselling, sport and work 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.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    You'll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and through independent study.

  • briefcase Work placement

    Students can apply to take part in the Getting Inside Programme, a Napier University programme that allows students to shadow professionals over a five-day period, possibly contributing to an industry-based project.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    Students can do an optional Trimester abroad in Year 2. (Trimester 2)

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Researching Psychology 1
  • Introduction to 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

Two options, including:

  • Introduction to Educational Psychology
  • Volunteering and Employability
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Animal Behaviour

Year 3

  • Psychology of Lifespan Development
  • Social Psychology
  • Brain and Cognition
  • Individual Differences

One applied psychology option, for example from:

  • Counselling Psychology
  • Intermediate Sport Psychology
  • Work Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology 1

Year 4

  • Honours project

Four applied psychology options, for example from:

  • Forensic Psychology 2
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Advances in Animal Behaviour
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Social Psychology of Immigration



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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and 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.

Advanced entry

Advanced entry into Year 2 is possible for students with suitable qualifications.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement

BBBB including English or literary subject*

National 5 grade B in Maths (excluding Lifeskills).

Minimum 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 Offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy.  For further information see 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 (6 points in SL Maths Studies).


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

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

Literary subjects accepted

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

Minimum year 2


Pass HND in Social Science with BB in the graded units for year 2 entry

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

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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by 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 admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2019/20 2020/21
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,250 £9,250
Overseas £12,845 £13,360
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.
Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


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Career opportunities include:

  • Professional psychologist (e.g., clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, health, occupational); postgraduate study is usually required for a career as a professional psychologist
  • Public sector (government agencies, local councils)
  • Third sector (charities and social enterprise)
  • Retail and finance
  • Postgraduate studies to enter professional careers such as social work, teaching or social research
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