BA (Hons), BSc (Hons)


This course achieved 91% 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 broad subject, covering such diverse areas as brain function, perceiving the world and even the social interactions in a football crowd.

With its focus on behaviour and mind, 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.

Key information

  • UCAS: C800; C801
  • Degree type: BA (Hons), BSc (Hons)
  • Study methods: Campus based, Full-time
  • School: School of Natural Sciences

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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.

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What makes us different?

We recently received the inaugural Award for Innovation in Psychology Programmes from the British Psychological Society for our innovative student-led teaching initiatives and commitment to integrating employability throughout our degree programmes.

In the most recent National Student Survey, 91 percent of student respondents were satisfied with the quality of the Stirling Psychology course. This places us highly within Scotland and the UK for student satisfaction.

In our last 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".

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Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Four-year Honours degree

SQA Higher:
ABBB - one sitting.
AABB - two sittings.

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
32 points.

Three-year Honours degree

SQA Advanced Higher:
ABB - one sitting.

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
35 points.

Essential subjects:
To include Psychology

Other qualifications

Year one minimum entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.
Advanced entry
Year 2 entry may be possible with an HND in Social Sciences with specific units. Please consult our Advanced Entry pages for more details.

Access courses:
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

Additional information

General entrance requirements apply.
Mathematics Standard Grade (3), National 5 (C), Intermediate 2 (C), GCSE (C) or equivalent required.

If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.

Further information is available in our Admissions Policy.

INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. This course offers a route to study at University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Science, Computing and Engineering to the required standard provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

More information on our English language requirements

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Alternative routes

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.

Fees and finance

Fees Bachelor of Science in Psychology 2016/7

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 13,760.00
Scottish and EU students TBC
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years

Fees Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 2016/7

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 13,760.00
Scottish and EU students TBC
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years


Fees Bachelor of Science in Psychology 2015/6

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 13,425.00
Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years

Fees Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 2015/6

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 13,425.00
Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years

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. 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.

You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies. View more information

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

You will take Psychology plus two other subjects in Year 1.

Semesters 1 - 2 (Year 1)

Semesters 1 – 2 comprise an introduction to psychology as a biological and social science including: Developmental Psychology; Brain and Behaviour; Language and Thinking; Animal Behaviour; Clinical and Abnormal Psychology; Social Psychology and Cognitive Psychology.

Semesters 3 - 4 (Year 2)

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 (Years 3 and 4)

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. 

Here at Stirling you will become an active learner and work with staff as collaborators. Our programme is designed to ensure you are attractive to employers and to enhance and develop your potential in the competitive job market.

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.

Delivery and assessment

Psychology at Stirling is delivered by qualified employees of the University as well as appointed Recognised Teachers. Further details about staff in Psychology is available in Staff Profiles.

Teaching takes place on the Stirling Campus and is delivered using workshops, small discussion groups and practical sessions such as laboratory work or field work. There is an opportunity for fieldwork and placements (travel costs may incur). At the end of your final year, you will do an independent research project based in the real world and often with a practical value.

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.


Combined degrees

Psychology can be studied with:
CourseUCAS Code
Biology CC18
Business Studies CN81
English Studies QC38
European Language (French or Spanish) CR89
Film and Media CP83
Human Resource Management NC68
Marketing CN85
Mathematics CG81
Philosophy CV85
Politics LC28
Sociology CL83
Sports Studies CC68

(For a Combined Honours degree the higher entrance requirements of the subjects usually apply.)

Related degrees

Biology; Computing Science; Philosophy; Sociology and Social Policy.

Recommended reading

The essential text for Year 1 of the course, is:

  • Gleitman, H., Gross, J., and Reisberg, D. (2010). Psychology. (8th ed.). New York. W.W. Norton & Company Ltd. ISBN 978 0 393 11682 3

Non-essential reading to support written assessments (also used in 3rd & 4th semester psychology modules):

  • Beech, J. R. (2009). An interactive approach to writing essays and research reports in Psychology. John Wiley & Sons Australia Ltd.
  • Forshaw, M. (2012). Critical Thinking For Psychology. Jon Wiley and Sons Ltd.


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

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Why Stirling?


In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.


Teaching provision in Psychology was rated by the Scottish Funding Council as ‘excellent’.

Psychology at Stirling is one of the leading psychology departments in the UK. It ranked in the top 20 in the recent research assessment (REF 2014) and is one of only seven non-Russell group universities to do so (Birkbeck, Royal Holloway, Sussex, Essex, St Andrews and Bangor; source Times Higher Education magazine). Its quality of research publications ranked third in Scotland after Aberdeen and Glasgow. Furthermore, the relevance of its research activity to society received the highest possible rating which only four other psychology departments in the UK achieved (REF 2014 results).

Study abroad opportunities

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. 


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.

Academic strengths

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.

Our students

Studying at Stirling gave me a comprehensive understanding of psychology and the confidence and ability to use this knowledge in real life situations. I would recommend Stirling University to anyone who is looking to get the best out of their studies. I did.

Dawn Gerrard, BSc Hons Psychology, graduated 2013.

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.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

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.

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