Psychology With Sociology BA (Hons)

Examine, investigate and understand human life and experiences on this degree course, accredited by the British Psychological Society

We are a top 5 UK modern university for Sociology in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Our course allows you to 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 course is made up of around 75% psychology and 25% 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.

Short work placements are available on this course on a competitive basis through the 'Microplacements' scheme.

We have a 91% satisfaction rate for our Sociology and 89% for our Psychology courses (National Student Survey, 2022).

Third Year BA Criminolgy students studying together in the Learning Resource Centre

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4 years

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Course details

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.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

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

  • note and pen Assessments

    You will be assessed in a wide variety of ways including examinations, essays, reports, oral presentations, learning logs and reaction pieces.

  • briefcase Work placement

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

    Placement and Study Abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

  • library Facilities

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

Popular modules

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
  • Option

Year 3

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

Year 4

  • Honours Project in Psychology
  • Psychology of Lifespan Development
  • Forensic Psychology, Organisational Psychology or Counselling Psychology
  • Social Identities or Sociology of Media & Culture
  • Science, Technology & Society, Surveillance & Society or Music 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 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 into Year 2 is possible for students with suitable qualifications.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement

BBBC including English or Literary subject* at grade B.

National 5 grade C in Maths (excluding Lifeskills and Applications of Maths).

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC including English or Literary subject* at grade B

National 5 grade C in Maths (excluding Lifeskills and Applications of Maths).

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and 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 C/4 in Maths.

Irish Leaving Certificate

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

Grade O4 at Ordinary Level in Maths.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

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

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths.

BTEC (QCF) National Diploma Level 3 plus A Level

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

A Level grade C.

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including English at minimum grade 5.

4 points in SL Maths (5 points in SL Maths Studies).

T Level

Grade M 

T Level must be completed in a Literary subject or A Level Literary subject may be required. Please contact to check if you meet the subject specific requirements.

GCSE Maths at C/4

Literary subjects accepted

* Modern Studies, History, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, RMPS or A Level Government and Politics. 

Minimum year 2


Social Science with A in the graded unit.

National 5 Grade C in Mathematics (excluding Lifeskills and Applications of Maths).

A Level

BBB to include Psychology and 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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

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 2022/23 2023/24
Scotland £1,820 £1,820
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £9,250 £9,250
Overseas and EU £14,170 £15,160
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.

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.
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.

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Career and further study opportunities

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.