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How does your mind affect behaviour in specific situations, and why? Study of the human mind, brain and behaviour is a fascinating and constantly evolving field. Abertay is the best modern university in Scotland for psychology research.

Next Start Date: September

Degree type: BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code: C800 BSc/Psy

Duration: 4 years (full-time)


Why choose this course?   

  • Abertay was the highest rated modern University in Scotland for psychology research in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014.
  • The programme is professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), and we have been commended by the Society for our unique approach to research methods training and support given during the Honours year project.
  • The programme's translational approach to psychology focuses on training you to apply knowledge gained to real-world problems to enhance employability.
  • We encourage student engagement with psychology research through research-active staff and links with potential employers.
  • 95% of students said they were ‘very satisfied overall’ with the BSc Psychology programme at Abertay University in the 2015 National Student Survey.

Psychology explores how we act and interact, both as individuals and in groups, and the thoughts and feelings that underlie our behaviour.

Alongside the core curriculum, students also have the opportunity to foster your interests across more specialist areas of psychology, such as applied, clinical, performance or forensic psychology, or biological and evolutionary psychology.  Studenst also learn how to design your own psychology experiments and analyse a variety of data. This culminates in designing a supervised, student-led research project in the final year.

Abertay is committed to teaching and research that applies psychology to real-world problems, and has been recognised for producing high quality science that has impact on society. 


British Psychological Society Accredited

What you study

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.

Examination techniques
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 

Entry routes

Minimum Entrance Requirements

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

 ABBB; A Level BCC; Irish Highers H2H3H3H3; BTEC Extended Diploma DMM; International Baccalaureate 29 Points to include literate subject at S5 or H4
Essential subjectsliterate subject
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

Advanced Higher: AAB (to include Psychology)
A Level: AAB (to include Psychology)
HNC/HND - our Coming from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses

Not sure if you are 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 know that some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university and that 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 3 Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have:

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

We encourage you to submit an application.

International Applicants
You must provide certified proof of your English language level (minimum requirements are listed here).  Our British Council accredited International English Foundation Course can help you reach that level or, if you would like further develop your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your full potential.

EU applicants:  Entry requirements can be found on our Europe pages.  Overseas (non-EU) applicants:  We're currently developing your country pages, so please email us details of your entry requirements.

Alternative Entrance Requirements
Please email us if you have other qualifications/experience not listed here.

Fees and scholarships

Fee Category Tuition Fees
Scholarships & Bursaries
Scottish and other EU students

Current fees

Other forms of support
English, Welsh and Northern Irish

Current fees

Bursaries & Scholarships
Overseas (non EU) students

Current fees

Overseas Scholarships

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

Further info

Career prospects

A BPS accredited psychology degree, conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis Chartership, is essential for becoming a professional psychologist, working, for example, in clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, health, occupational or sport psychology.

Occupations that a psychology degree - in some cases following additional postgraduate training - will provide a good basis for include primary or secondary school teacher, college or university lecturer, research assistant, social worker, personnel officer, market research executive, social researcher, psychotherapist, speech therapist, occupational therapist and drug rehabilitation worker.

Psychology graduates have transferable skills which are in high demand in the general graduate job market, such as numeracy, statistics and IT skills, communication and analytical thinking.

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.

Want to know more?
Student Recruitment Office
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"The psychology teaching team make the entire course interesting and fun. Staff explain content in a way which students are able to easily understand."

Gareth, Edinburgh

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