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As the study of mental processes and behaviour, Psychology is interested in what makes people tick, why they do the things they do and what happens when it goes wrong?

Psychology covers a wide range of theoretical and applied disciplines; in our degree you will study how we think, perceive, develop and change. Importantly you will also learn how to “do” Psychology and will receive rigorous training in the methods that are used to study human behaviour and the mind.

Our Psychology department provides a supportive and stimulating environment for undergraduate students. All of our degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) guaranteeing an internationally recognised high standard of education.

A Psychology degree can be applied to wide ranging careers. In clinical settings you can determine child protection and support, in adults you can support towards better thinking and quality of life, winning in sport or criminal profiling.

As the study of mental processes and behaviour, Psychology is interested in what makes people tick, why they do the things they do and what happens when it goes wrong? Psychology covers a wide range of theoretical and applied disciplines; in our degree you will study how we think, perceive, develop and change. Importantly you will also learn how to “do” Psychology and...

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Course Content

There is a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Honours degree and a Designated degree in Psychology. Application for entry to Honours occurs at the end of second year, and is based on academic performance achieved during second year.

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Introductory Psychology I: Concepts and Theory (PS1009) - 15 Credit Points

Introductory Psychology I: Methods and Applications (PS1011) - 15 Credit Points

Introductory Psychology II: Concepts and Theory (PS1509) - 15 Credit Points

Introductory Psychology II: Methods and Applications (PS1511) - 15 Credit Points

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Optional Courses

Select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Advanced Psychology A: Concepts and Theory (PS2017) - 15 Credit Points

Advanced Psychology A: Methods and Applications (PS2018) - 15 Credit Points

Advanced Psychology B: Concepts and Theory (PS2517) - 15 Credit Points

Advanced Psychology B: Methods and Applications (PS2518) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Methodology A (PS3015) - 15 Credit Points

Psychological Assessment (PS3011) - 15 Credit Points

Perception (PS3012) - 15 Credit Points

Biological Psychology (PS3014) - 15 Credit Points

Methodology B (PS3522) - 15 Credit Points

Social Psychology (PS3520) - 15 Credit Points

Developmental Psychology (PS3518) - 15 Credit Points

Memory and Language (PS3519) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 4

Compulsory Courses

Psychology Thesis (PS4019) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select one of the following:

  • Senior Honours Psychology A (PS4030) AND Senior Honours Psychology B (PS4530) PLUS 30 credit points from courses of choice
  • Senior Honours Level 4 Psychology A (PS4036) AND Senior Honours Level 4 Psychology B (PS4536) PLUS 30 credit points from courses of choice
  • Senior Honours Psychology A (PS 4030) AND Senior Honours Level 4 Psychology B (PS 4536) PLUS 15 credit points from courses of choice
  • Senior Honours Level 4 Psychology A (PS 4036) AND Senior Honours Psychology B (PS 4530) PLUS 15 credit points from courses of choice.

Senior Honours Psychology A (PS4030) - 45 Credit Points

Senior Honours Level 4 Psychology A (PS4036) - 30 Credit Points

Senior Honours Psychology B (PS4530) - 45 Credit Points

Senior Honours Level 4 Psychology B (PS4536) - 30 Credit Points

There is a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Honours degree and a Designated degree in Psychology. Application for entry to Honours occurs at the end of second year, and is based on academic performance achieved during second year. Year 1 Compulsory Courses Introductory Psychology I: Concepts and...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB*

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB*

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB*

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB*

Minimum: BBC*

Adjusted: CCC*

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL*.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB*, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

 

SQA Highers Standard: AABB* Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB* Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

  • Essays, project reports, examinations via essays and multiple choice questions;
  • Presentations, posters, blogs, wikis, and peer-assessment.

  • Essays, project reports, examinations via essays and multiple choice questions;
  • Presentations, posters, blogs, wikis, and peer-assessment.