Psychology and Counselling | Abertay University

Psychology and Counselling
BSc (Hons)

Join the only programme in Scotland that combines a BPS-accredited psychology degree with counselling and mental health modules.

Course detail

Start Date



4 years (full-time)

Degree Classification

BSc (Hons)



Why Study Psychology and Counselling?

This Psychology and Counselling BSc is truly unique – it’s the only programme in Scotland that combines a BPS-accredited psychology degree with counselling and mental health modules. Learn from research-active staff at the best modern university in Scotland for psychology research.

Why do people behave in the way they do? What makes people react in certain ways? How can mental health issues be treated? This innovative degree allows you to develop a scientific understanding of human behaviour and combine it with a knowledge of mental health and counselling skills.

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes, and the relation between the two. It explores how we act and interact, both as individuals and in groups, and the thoughts and feelings that motivate our behaviour.

Counselling is concerned with the integration of psychological theory with interventions and therapeutic practice. As a student on this course, you will develop a scientific understanding of psychology as a discipline and practical skills in counselling and therapy.


Your Journey Starts Here

You can take a range of options during this degree, including:

  • Cognitive psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Counselling theories and interventions
  • Therapeutic skills and approaches

These options and more will provide you with a broad knowledge base across all areas of psychology and counselling.

With a close-knit community and plenty of one-on-one time with staff, a Psychology and Counselling degree from Abertay equips you with a range of transferable skills, ensuring you’re highly sought-after upon graduation.

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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. Lifeskill Maths is not accepted in lieu of Maths.

Below are the literate subjects we accept for entry on this course:

  • Business Management
  • Classical Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • English for speakers of other languages
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Sociology

If there is a subject that does not appear, please contact our Admissions Office ( who will be able to confirm whether or not it would be considered for entry.

Please visit our Entry from College pages for suitable College courses.

Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher ABBB Literate subject
A-Level BCC Literate subject
Irish Highers H2H3H3H3 Literate subject
International Baccalaureate 29 Points Literate subject
BTEC Extended Diploma DMM Health & Social Care
SWAP ABB Humanities, Arts, Humanities and Primary Education, Nursing
HNC/HND - Our Entry 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 (2017/18)

Introductory Psychology (PSY101)

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

Introduction to Pluralistic Approaches to Mental Health (CNS001)

This module introduces students to a pluralistic approach to mental health work. It has a specif

Introductory Psychology 2 (PSY102)

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

Introduction to Mental Health Work (CNS002)

This module will introduce students to common mental health conditions, and treatment approaches.

Cognitive Psychology and Research Methods (PSY204)

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

Interpersonal Skills and Helping Conversations (CNS003)

This module will provide the practical and theoretical skills training needed to effectively com

Social Psychology and Research Methods (PSY201)

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

Therapeutic Skills and Approaches (CNS004)

This module builds on CNS003, and develops the conceptual ability of students to recognise the t

Biological Psychology and PID (BPS Core) (PSY301)

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

Counselling Theories and Interventions (CNS005)

This module teaches students to conceptualise their practice within a pluralistic model of couns

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

Introduction to Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CNS017)

This module provides an introduction to the principles and methods of cognitive-behavioural therap

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

Working with Different Client Groups (CNS006)

This module allows student to understand the care and services provided for different client groups,

Critical Thinking in Mental Health (MHN023)

The focus of this module is on the critical analysis of key issues in mental health policy and pra

How the Course Works

Learning and Assessment 

Teaching is delivered through a variety of lectures, practical laboratory classes, tutorials and independent study. Counselling skills are developed through small group work and reflective practice.

Assessments are designed to test a breadth of skills. This includes examinations and class tests, laboratory reports, reflective portfolios, essays, presentations (both oral and posters), research projects, and scientific articles and case studies.

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


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.

Please note: As well as Key Modules outlined above, you may also be required to choose Elective Modules.

Career Opportunities

The degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society, which is a requirement if you want to pursue postgraduate psychology training and qualifications in areas such as clinical, educational or forensics.

As well as psychology training, you’ll also develop knowledge and skills in counselling, allowing you to pursue postgraduate training as a counselling psychologist or practitioner.

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Psychology and Counselling graduates have transferable skills which are in high demand in the general graduate job market. These skills include communication, numeracy and statistics, information technology skills, research evaluation and analytical thinking.

This degree provides a good starting point for a number of careers beyond psychology and counselling, including teaching, research, social work, marketing, human resources, civil service, management and many more.

Industry Links

Abertay staff have strong research links and many are members of professional societies. There are good links between psychology staff and industry, and most counselling staff are also current practitioners.

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Rest of UK Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

International Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from international countries (outside of the EU) to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

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 for 2018

Scottish & EU students


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

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and 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 Fees and Funding page for further details. 


International Students


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

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 


Programme Leader - Psychology and Counselling

Dr Christopher Watkins

Dr Christopher Watkins

School of Social and Health Sciences | Senior Lecturer

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