This course achieved 92% student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Survey
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. During this course you’ll investigate how and why humans (and other animals) behave in the ways they do, and learn about the mental processes driving these behaviours. As you’ll discover, Psychology is a very broadly based subject covering everything between what is happening in a person's brain to what happens in a football crowd.
With its focus on individual and social behaviour, Psychology links naturally with other disciplines such as Biology, Philosophy and Sociology. It also integrates with subjects valued in the workplace, such as Business Studies, Marketing and Human Resource Management.
Psychology at Stirling is internationally renowned for research, and this feeds into teaching. In our taught modules, you learn of the importance of research in furthering the understanding of behaviour and, in practical work, develop research skills of your own.
British Psychological Society
The Psychology Single Honours and all Psychology Combined Honours degree courses are accredited as conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis for Registration with the British Psychological Society, provided the minimum standard of a Second Class Honours is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
BBBB - one sitting.
ABBB - two sittings.
SQA Advanced Higher:
ABB - one sitting.
To include Psychology
Modes of study
Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester) is available.
January entry also available - see semester dates
We encourage applications from those with ‘non-traditional’ entry qualifications such as HNC and access courses. It is always worth contacting us to find out the best option for you.
We also offer direct entry into the Year 2 of the course for those with appropriate A-levels or Advanced Highers (to include Psychology) and also those who’ve completed an HND in Social Sciences (to include four Psychology units with Bs in graded units.
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You will take Psychology plus two other subjects in Year 1.
Semesters 1 - 2
Semesters 1 – 2 comprise an introduction to psychology as a biological and social science including: Child Development; Brain and Behaviour; Language and Thinking; Animal Behaviour; Clinical and Abnormal Psychology; Social Psychology and Cognitive Psychology.
Semesters 3 - 4
In Semesters 3 and 4, the taught modules are designed to emphasise the links between different parts of the subject: a module on The Social Mind explores the psychology of human and non-human communication; a module on the Brain and Behaviour – Clinical Perspectives explores abnormal psychology from the perspectives of Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology. Also included in Semesters 3 and 4 is an introduction to Psychological Research Methods.
Semesters 5 - 8
The remainder of the degree course is spent learning the core of the subject in depth. You will take advanced modules in all of the core areas: Social Psychology, Biological Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical and Health Psychology, Individual Differences (including personality differences) and also Cognition and Neuroscience.
In the final year of our Single Honours Programme, as well as an individual research project, you will choose from a wide variety of electives that allow you to explore topics that interest you in great depth.
Entrance to Honours is dependent on your satisfactory progress in Years 1 and 2.
Other degree options are the Bachelor’s degree (BA or BSc in Psychology) and the General degree of BSc, which can be completed in three years.
- PSY911 Introductory Psychology 1
- PSY912 Introductory Psychology 2
- PSY9A3 The Social Mind
- PSY9A4 Brain and Behaviour - Clinical Perspectives
- PSY914 Research Methods
- PSY9AC Cognition
- PSY9ID Individual Differences
- PSY9AO Developmental Psychology
- PSY9AJ Social Psychology
- PSY9AK Animal Behaviour
- PSY9AL Clinical and Health Psychology
- PSY9A7 Psychology in Context
- PSY917 Honours Research Project or
- PSY918 (Joint Honours) Research Project
- PSY9Y7/Y8/X8/Y8 Elective Choices
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Teaching and assessment
Teaching is by lectures, small discussion groups and laboratory work. There is an opportunity for fieldwork in the study of animal behaviour.
All modules combine continuous assessment with examinations at the end of semester. You are expected to act as a participant in a small number of research studies which are carried out here at Stirling.
The essential text for Year 1 of the course, is:
- Psychology (8th edition 2010), £40.99, Gleitman, H., Gross, J., and Reisberg, D., W.W. Norton & Company Ltd. ISBN 978 0 393 11682 3
Further Reading: Students wishing an overview of academic and applied psychology or who might be contemplating a career in psychology are directed to the British Psychology Society website at – www.bps.org.uk.
Psychology can be studied with:
|European Language (French or Spanish)
|Film and Media
|Human Resource Management
(For a Combined Honours degree the higher entrance requirements of the subjects usually apply.)
Psychology at Stirling was rated 27th out of 107 UK Psychology departments in the 2014 Guardian University Rankings.
In the most recent National Student Survey, 92 percent of student respondents were satisfied with the quality of the Stirling Psychology course. For comparison, across the whole of the UK, 88 percent were satisfied with their Psychology courses.
Psychology at Stirling offers a wide variety of exchange opportunities during Year 3 of the degree course. We have well established links with universities in North America and Australia allowing students to continue their studies while gaining valuable experience of different cultures and education systems.
Teaching provision in Psychology was rated by the Scottish Funding Council as ‘excellent’.
70 percent of Psychology research at Stirling was recognised as being of a quality that is internationally recognised in terms of originality, significance and rigour in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
Psychology at Stirling has an international reputation for research and maintains strong collaborative links with local schools, social services and regional health boards.
Psychology research facilities benefit from purpose-built testing cubicles for running experiments and a research resources room for final-year project students.
Teaching and research in Developmental Psychology at Stirling is also enriched through our on-site playgroup facility.
Our research activities fall under three main themes - Health and Behaviour Change, Behaviour and Evolution, and Cognition in Complex Environments (Cognitive Neuroscience, Perception and Developmental), with many individuals’ interests naturally crossing these boundaries. A common thread across our research projects is a theoretical understanding of behaviour in complex real-world settings.
It’s a really good team of staff here at Stirling and the degree was really well structured; you get a wide range of different disciplines and elements to the course. It was really enjoyable!
Becky Leonardi Year 1 PhD student, previously undergraduate on the Psychology course.
Studying psychology at Stirling has not only given me a sound understanding of psychology, but has also shown me how these skills are useful in the 'real' world. Members of the department are passionate about making sure students are involved in the learning process, meaning there are many opportunities to conduct your own experiments, turn your weaknesses into strengths, and to develop your interests. To top it all off, the psychology department is nested within the beautiful Stirling campus, meaning that all facilities you need are right on your doorstep!
Heather Brannigan, BSc Hons Psychology, graduated 2013.
94% of University of Stirling 2012 graduates have found work, or are in a
further programme of study within 6 months of graduation. The Telegraph
ranks Stirling in the top 12 UK universities for getting a job.
The breadth of Psychology provides an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers. Studying Psychology develops skills that are highly valued by employers, such as interpersonal and communication skills, numeracy and computer literacy, presentation and time management skills and critical thinking.
An estimated 15-20% of Psychology graduates eventually become professional Psychologists employed in a range of specialisms such as Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, and Forensic Psychology in the Criminal Justice System.
Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Please note: Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.