Psychology | Abertay University

BSc (Hons)

Our BPS-accredited degree takes you on a journey to uncover the reasons behind human actions and interactions.

Course detail

Start Date



4 years (full-time)

Degree Classification

BSc (Hons)



Why Study Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of the most complex machine imaginable: the human mind. This BPS-accredited degree takes you on a journey to uncover the reasons behind human actions and interactions, digging deeper into the thoughts and feelings that trigger our behaviour.

How do we learn and remember? What do our actions and interactions tell us about our behaviour? How do we communicate verbally and non-verbally? Satisfy your inquisitive mind and find answers to these questions and more during this fascinating psychology degree.

The discipline of psychology is continually evolving, with many exciting new developments occurring across a number of core areas (Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Biological Psychology). The use of neural imaging techniques is one significant advancement, which helps us to understand the links between brain and behaviour.

At Abertay, new developments in the field are readily incorporated into the core curriculum, with this programme offering a comprehensive selection of topics on human behaviour. The core areas follow the curriculum set out by the British Psychological Society.

Your Journey Starts Here

Alongside the core curriculum, you'll also have the opportunity to explore your interests across more specialist areas of psychology, such as language development, mental health and aging, psychology and technology, forensic psychology, brain and behaviour and evolutionary psychology.

In addition, you'll learn how to design your own psychology experiments and analyse a variety of data. This culminates in creating a supervised, student-led research project in the final year of your degree.

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Entry Requirements

Please note:  All applicants must have passes in English and Maths in one of the following - National 5 grade C and GCSE grade C/4.

Qualification TypeGrade RequirementsEssential Subjects
Irish HighersH2H3H3H3-
International Baccalaureate29 PointsTo include literate subject at S5 or H4
BTec Extended DiplomaDMM-
AHEAD-Successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP-Our Coming from College pages list approved SWAP courses
HNC-Our Coming from College pages list approved HNC courses
Qualification TypeGrade RequirementsEssential Subjects
Advanced HigherAABPsychology
HNC/HND-Our Coming from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses

Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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Not sure if you're eligible for entry?

If you have the potential and motivation to study at university, regardless of your background or personal circumstances, we welcome your application.

We understand some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university, which is why we consider the background in which your academic grades have been achieved when making an offer.

If you expect to receive passes in three Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have either ...

  • been in care
  • participated in a targeted aspiration-raising programme such as LIFT OFF, LEAPS, FOCUS West, or Aspire North
  • no family background of going to university
  • attended a school or lived in an area where not many people go to university

... we encourage you to submit an application.

Key Modules (subject to change)

Introductory Psychology (PSY101)

This module introduces key areas of psychology that align with the BPS curriculum (conceptual and hi

Introductory Psychology 2 (PSY102)

This module introduces key areas of psychology that align with the BPS curriculum (individual differ

Cognitive Psychology and Research Methods (PSY204)

This module will introduce the cognitive aspects of the BPS curriculum. Cognitive psychology is

Social Psychology and Research Methods (PSY201)

This module introduces the social psychology content of the BPS curriculum. Social psychology is

Biological Psychology and PID (BPS Core) (PSY301)

This module covers core BPS curriculum and examines the links between biology and psychology. It w

Developmental Psychology (BPS Core) (PSY302)

This is a BPS core psychology module that examines theories, methods and empirical data relevant

Research Methods on Psychology (BPS core) (PSY303)

This module will build upon the psychological research methods techniques and analyses covered i

Psychology Honours Project (PSY410)

This module requires students to design, conduct and analyse their own independent piece of re

Advanced Social and Cognitive Psychology (PSY408)

This module is designed to develop students' understanding of social psychology and cognition, build

How the Course Works

Learning and Assessment

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, practical laboratory classes, seminars/tutorials and independent study.

The practical laboratory classes offer the chance to learn relevant scientific techniques first hand, and an opportunity to engage in research by designing experiments and collecting and analysing data.

You're assessed using a variety of methods. These include examinations and class tests, practical laboratory reports, essays, presentations (both oral and posters), research projects and writing scientific articles and case studies.

For more information on the course content, please download the Programme Information - BSc (Honours) Psychology


About Your Modules

The module information shown here describes the modules our students are taking this year. The modules do change over time to keep our programmes up-to-date and relevant. This means the exact modules you take could be different. If you receive an offer to study with us, you will receive a Programme Information document that sets out exactly which modules you can expect to take as part of your Abertay degree programme.

Career Opportunities

A BPS-accredited psychology degree is crucial for becoming a chartered psychologist. This is essential if you're keen to practice in areas such as clinical, counselling, educational, forensics, health, occupational or sport psychology.

Psychology graduates gain a number of transferable skills, which are in high demand in the general graduate job market. These skills include numeracy, statistics and IT skills, communication and analytical thinking.


Occupations that a psychology degree will also provide a very good basis for include:

  • Police
  • Occupational therapist
  • Drug rehabilitation worker
  • Primary or secondary school teacher
  • College or university lecturer
  • Research assistant
  • Social worker
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Industry Links

Abertay has strong links with the Scottish Institute for Policing Research and many of the lecturing staff are members of professional societies. We also have good links with local health services, the games industry and local education authorities.

The Workplace Psychology module gives you the opportunity to consider how psychology can be applied in your own workplace.

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All students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland will automatically receive a scholarship which has a maximum award of £9,200 over four years.  An annual amount of £2,300 is paid directly to students to support their living & travel costs. 

In addition, we offer a range of Corporate/Philanthropic Scholarships shown below, which are available to all students to support your studies with us. 

The Lothian Family

A £5,000 award for undergraduate students with financial or social difficulties which may prevent them from studying at Abertay.

The Robert Reid Bursary

Two £500 awards for students who have overcome challenges to attend university.

Programme Fees

Scottish & EU students


Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Funding page for further details. 

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students


Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Funding page for further details. 

International Students


Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Funding page for further details. 

Programme Leader - Psychology

Dr Lynn Wright

Dr Lynn Wright

School of Social and Health Sciences | Senior Lecturer

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