BA (Hons) Psychology with Sociology

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Examine, investigate and understand human life and experiences from the perspectives of psychology and sociology.

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  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BA (Hons)

  • Location:

    Sighthill campus

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Course introduction

Combine the study of psychology with sociology. Examine, investigate and understand human life and experiences while developing a detailed understanding of the social world, the complexities of human relationships and social forces.

The courses is made up of around 75 per cent psychology and 25 per cent sociology.

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and provides eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership, the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.


You'll develop a detailed understanding of the social world, the relationships that operate within it at both an individual and a group level, and the social forces that act on us all: knowledge that can be particularly useful to employers across all sectors.

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 an opportunity to study abroad.

What you study

Year 1

  • Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Understanding Social Change
  • Research Methods
  • Individual Differences

Year 2

  • Research Methods
  • Psychology of Child Development
  • Biological Foundations of Behaviour
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Sociological Theory
  • An employability option

Year 3

  • Social Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Brain & Cognition
  • Research Methods
  • Sociology of Organisations
  • Environment, Politics & Society or Sexuality & Gender

Year 4

  • Honours Project in Psychology
  • Psychology of Lifespan Development
  • Forensic Psychology or Critical Psychology
  • Social Identities or Sociology of Design
  • Science, Technology & Society or Surveillance & Society

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.

You’ll find work in social and helping professions with opportunities from personnel manager to youth worker, in areas such as marketing and market research, occupational therapy, sales, and personnel management, or you can progress to postgraduate study.

With a postgraduate qualification, you can enter a specialist area such as:

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

or you may choose specialist training in:

  • counselling
  • careers guidance
  • social work
  • teaching
  • human resource management

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).

Minimum year 2


Social Science with A in the graded unit.

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

A Level

BBB to include Psychology and Sociology

GCSE Grade B/5/6 in Maths.

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

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

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