What is Psychology?
Standing at the interface between the biological and social sciences and the humanities, psychology has common ground with subjects like neuropsychology, zoology, computing, sociology and philosophy.
In Stirling, a balance is maintained between these different aspects of the subject. Specialisation occurs at the postgraduate level: the undergraduate programmes aim to provide a sound foundation for further study, or for development of a career as a professional psychologist, in education, social or health services, or in industry.
Psychology at Stirling is renowned for the quality of its research, and many of the staff are known worldwide. Many of the courses involve staff teaching about their own research, and Single Honours students are encouraged to pursue research in their final year within an area of their own choosing, in an experimental or theoretical project under staff supervision.
In the last national teaching assessment, Stirling's Department of Psychology was given the top rating of "Excellent". In our recent accreditation review, the British Psychological Society described us as "at the forefront of the student-led teaching experience ... in psychology across the UK", and commended our staff who "clearly care about the wellbeing and development of their students, and provide a nurturing learning environment". We promote a very hands-on approach to studying. From the very beginning of their first year, students are involved in practical work where they learn how to design experiments, analyse data and produce concise scientific reports.
In addition to practical work, teaching also encompasses integrated programmes of lectures, workshops and seminars, and there are opportunities to become involved in teaching other students. A key aim throughout is to develop individuals who are proactive, who have skills in leadership, teamworking, communication, and organisation; individuals who can use these skills, together with their knowledge of psychological theory and scientific research methods, to make valuable contributions to society.
Honours Degree Programme
Psychology can be studied at Stirling either on its own as a Single Honours degree; or else it can be studied in conjunction with another subject as part of a Combined Honours degree. All of the degree programmes we offer are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which means our Single and Combined Honours students are automatically eligible for graduate registration with the BPS, a necessary condition for most professional psychology training.