What you study
The course offers a comprehensive selection of topics on human behaviour. The core areas follow the curriculum set out by the British Psychological Society. These include biological and evolutionary psychology; cognitive psychology; developmental psychology; social psychology; personality and individual differences; research methods and conceptual and historical issues in psychology.
These core areas are covered in-depth over the four years of the programme, but a number of option modules are also available in Years 3 and 4. For example, applied psychology, forensic psychology, evolutionary psychology and workplace psychology.
You will also have the opportunity to study theme-based, interdisciplinary elective modules.
For more information on the course content, download the Programme information - BSc with Honours in Psychology
How you learn and are assessed
The programme is a mixture 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 are assessed using a variety of assessment types. These include examinations and class tests, laboratory reports, essays, presentations (both oral and posters), research projects and writing scientific articles and case studies.
Assessment is through a range of methods including exams, tests, practical laboratory reports and student presentations.
"The course is a great introduction to the field of psychology, with so many lecturers making each topic uniquely interesting. I found the experience to be greatly enriching and enjoyable." Jack, Fife
"The psychology teaching team make the entire course interesting and fun. Staff explain content in a way which students are able to easily understand. Detailed feedback is given for coursework assignments which can be used as a guideline to improve work in the future. There is also a good variety of subject areas, which are taught throughout the years, to cater for every student's interests." Gareth, Edinburgh