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BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) Psychology

UCAS Code C801 (BA), C800 (BSc) Part-time study available Fast-track your degree Study abroad opportunities

Our innovative and award-winning psychology course will give you the edge and the skills for your career.

The British Psychological Society accreditation logo for Undergraduate Psychology

Key facts

  • Award BSc (Hons), BA (Hons)
  • Start date September or January
  • Duration 48 months Honours degree or 36 months Honours degree (following direct entry to year two of the programme).
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based
  • Accreditations British Psychological Society

Why do we behave the way we do, and what drives our behaviour? If you’re interested in the mind, and in human (as well as animal) behaviour, then Psychology is for you.

Our award-winning Psychology course sits at the cutting edge of inter-disciplinary scientific research. We focus on important societal problems such as detection of criminals and improvement of health outcomes. After introducing Psychology to you as a biological and social science, we’ll cover topics as diverse as brain functioning, development and social behaviour. You’ll develop a deep knowledge and understanding of mind and behaviour.

Our course was recognised by the British Psychological Society for our innovative, student-led teaching initiatives and commitment to integrating employability. They described our course as being '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’.

The knowledge and practical skills gained from our Psychology degree will offer you a wide and diverse choice of careers.

Absolutely go for it! The courses are amazing, the professors are supportive and the facilities are great, too!

Nicole Engeler, BSc Hons Psychology

Learning in high-end specialist labs

You'll get hands-on experience in designing and conducting a number of experiments, individually or in groups researching:

  • human electrophysiology (EEG/ERPs)
  • health research (including GSR and heart rate monitoring)
  • face research (including eye-tracking)
  • vision research (including stereoscopic displays)

You'll also be working in high-end specialist labs that involve:

  • brain imaging
  • action research
  • visual attention
  • health psychology
  • evolutionary psychology
  • animal research

Pre-school Kindergarten

You will have the opportunity to study aspects of child development through our Pre-School Kindergarten that provides a safe and fun environment for children aged nine months and two years to five years old. You'll gain in-depth experience for designing and running simple experiments with children attending our Psychology Kindergarten.

Placement opportunities

In Year 4 you'll have the opportunity to undertake a placement with a host organisation. You'll enhance your employability by engaging in work-based learning environment spending a day per week over a seven week period. During the course of the placement, you will submit a written report, blog/journal entries and give an oral presentation about your experience in your final year conference.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Professional accreditation

    The Psychology Single Honours, and all Psychology Combined Honours degree courses, are accredited with the British Psychological Society (BPS). They confer eligibility for Graduate Basis for Registration, provided the minimum standard of a Second Class Honours is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

  • Prizes or awards

    The Alan Baddeley Prize: A prize of £100 is awarded to the Psychology student with the best final year project.

    The British Psychological Society Undergraduate Award: This prize is awarded to the Psychology student with the highest overall grade. The prize is free membership of the BPS for one year, a copy of the Society’s Book of the Year and a certificate.

    The George Butterworth Prize: A prize of £100 is awarded to a Psychology Final Year student for outstanding wider achievement.

    The Neville Moray Prize: A prize of £100 is awarded to the best combined Honours Psychology Final Year student.

    The Peter McEwen Prize: A prize of £100 is awarded to the best Single Honours Psychology Final Year student.

    The McCall/Whittaker Prize: A prize of £100 is awarded to the Psychology student for recognition of outstanding demonstration of Psychologically Literate Citizenship.

    Research Based Learning Prize for Outstanding Demonstration of Integrating Research into Learning: a prize of £200 is awarded by the Faculty.


Entry requirements for your country/region

  • Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

    SQA Highers 

    AABB – by the end of S5
    AABBB – by the end of S6

    GCE A-levels

    IB Diploma
    32 points

    BTEC (Level 3)

    Widening access students
    Widening access students may be eligible for an adjusted offer of entry. To find out if this applies to you go to our widening access pages.

    Care-experienced applicants will be guaranteed an offer of a place if they meet the minimum entry requirements.

  • Year 2 entry – Three-year honours

    SQA Advanced Highers
    ABB - one sitting

    GCE A-levels

    IB Diploma
    35 points

    Essential subjects
    To include Psychology

  • Other Scottish qualifications

    Scottish HNC/HND
    Year one minimum entry - Bs in graded units.

    Access courses
    University of Stirling access course - for mature students only. You must pass the course with 50% or above.

    SWAP access course - for mature students only. Please check the SWAP progression routes document for details.

    Email our Admissions Team for advice about other access courses.

    Foundation Apprenticeships
    Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

  • Other qualifications

    English, Welsh and Northern Irish HNC/HND
    Merits and Distinctions

    English, Welsh and Northern Irish access courses
    Access to Higher Education - 60 credits, minimum 45 at QCF Level 3, pass at 60% or above.

  • Advanced entry

    Year 2 entry
    Entry into Year 2 may be possible depending on your HNC/HND course. To find out more go to our articulation pages.

    Other qualifications
    Advanced entry may by possible depending on your qualifications. To find out more go to our advanced entry page.

  • Additional information

    General entrance requirements apply

    If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

  • 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 in each skill
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
    • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
    • Pearson Test of English 54 overall with a minimum of 51 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL 80 with no subtest less than 17
    • Trinity ISE II Pass overall and Pass in each sub-skill, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills

    Last updated: 5 December 2019

    For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

    Pre-sessional English language courses

    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.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

We focus on important societal problems, such as detection of criminals and improvement of health outcomes, so our degree is relevant to real-life issues. We cover topics as diverse as brain functioning, development and social behaviour, ensuring you develop a deep knowledge and understanding of mind and behaviour.

Semesters 1-2 will include an introduction to Psychology as the scientific study of mind and behaviour.

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 – Health Psychology 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. In Semesters 5-8, you’ll take advanced modules in all of the core areas.

Your final year will focus on an individual research project and you’ll be doing cutting edge research, supervised by an academic mentor. You can choose from a wide variety of topics that interest you and build your employability skills for the job market. There’re also opportunities for placements with prospective employers, and for engaging in student-led teaching.

Psychology at Stirling is internationally renowned for our high-quality research and this feeds into our teaching. Our modules will teach you how research furthers our understanding of mind and behaviour.

Members of the department are passionate about making sure students are involved in the learning process.

Heather Branigan, BSc (Hons) Psychology

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

Schacter, D., Gilbert, D., Wegner, D. and Hood, B. (2016). Psychology. (2nd European ed.). London. Palgrave. ISBN 978 1 137 40674 3

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

Beech, J. R. (2009). An interactive approach to writing essays and research reports in Psychology. John Wiley and Sons Australia Ltd.

Forshaw, M. (2012). Critical Thinking For Psychology. Jon Wiley and Sons Ltd.


The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery in the next academic intake of this course. These may be subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes.

Course details

  • Teaching

    We've been awarded five star excellence for our teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2018. Our teaching was also rated as ‘Excellent’ in the last national teaching assessment and has received commendations from both the British Psychology Society and independent external assessors.

    Everything you learn will reflect the latest thinking and developments in Psychology. Our teaching is delivered using lectures, workshops, small discussion groups and practical sessions such as laboratory work or field work.

  • Fieldwork

    There is an opportunity for fieldwork and placements (travel costs may be incurred).

  • Assessment

    Modules on the course are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. Assessment types include essays, individual practical reports, group practical reports, oral presentations, poster presentations and popular science articles.

  • Work placement opportunities

    In Semester 8 you’ll have the opportunity to apply for a Psychology placement. Successful applicants undertake a 50-hour placement with a host organisation. You’ll be assigned a mentor in the organisation who’ll agree the schedule for completion of the placement and discuss the precise roles, responsibilities and expectations of both the student and mentor during the placement. Support is provided by a series of workshops and through review meetings and feedback from the placement coordinator or module coordinator.

  • Study abroad

    Psychology at Stirling offers a wide variety of exchange opportunities during Year 3 of the degree course. We have 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. Student destinations in 2018/19 included universities and institutions in Australia, Czech Republic, Canada, Hong Kong, USA and Malta.

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  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (Fees are different for each course)

      2019/20 2020/21

    Scottish/EU Students

    Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland or the EU will be able to apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government on their behalf. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility online.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    Important note for EU students

    The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2019 and 2020 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. The future fee status of EU students enrolling in UK universities will depend on the timing and terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union. The University will make decisions on fee levels for EU students enrolling in 2021 when further guidance is available from the Scottish and UK governments, and will publicise information about fee levels and financial support available on our University and Europe information pages.

    While students should be aware this may mean a change from the current position where EU students are treated with equivalence to Scottish students, it is also important to note that any changes would also require changes to existing UK and Scottish legislation. Current indications are that the UK would leave the EU at the earliest in 2020, so any changes would not take effect before the academic year 2020/21.


    *This tuition fee is set by the Scottish Government, and may be subject to change.


    Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    If you’re domiciled in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you’ll be able to apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    If you successfully complete Years 1-3 of your course, you will also be eligible to receive an Honours Year Scholarship valued at £9,250 to cover the tuition fee costs of your fourth and final year of study. Learn more about the Honours Year Scholarship.

    There is additional funding available for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland – please see Funding opportunities below.


    *This tuition fee may be subject to change depending on guidance provided by the UK Government.


    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    You will be liable to pay fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    £14,820 £15,600

    You should expect to pay fees for every year you attend. 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.

  • Funding opportunities

    See what funding opportunities and loans are available to help you with tuition and living costs.

    Students domiciled in Scotland and the EU

    The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland or the EU. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK)

    The Undergraduate Choice Scholarship provides a £1,000 cash award to all students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland who meet the conditions of their offer and select the University of Stirling as their Firm or Insurance choice on UCAS.

    The University also offers the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, which is awarded to selected students and provides a £1,000 cash award per year for years 1-3 of study. To be considered for the Merit Scholarship, students require a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.

    In addition, students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland who enter in year 1 and progress successfully through years 2 and 3 will receive our Honours Year Scholarship, which covers the cost of undergraduate tuition fees in the Honours year of study.

    You don’t need to apply for the awards listed above - we'll automatically identify your eligibility as part of the admissions process.

    To explore other scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled overseas

    The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you're eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

What jobs can you get with a Psychology degree?

An estimated 15-20% of Psychology graduates eventually become professional psychologists. Graduates can specialise in

  • clinical psychology
  • forensic psychology
  • counselling
  • educational psychology
  • occupational psychology
  • mental health
  • therapy
  • sport
  • health and wellbeing
  • crime

Many other careers will see psychology as a useful degree, such as:

  • psychotherapy
  • advice worker
  • market research
  • counsellor
  • life coach
  • human resources
  • play therapy
  • any job that requires insight into human behaviour

We help and encourage students to be active learners, working with academic staff as collaborators, and developing a portfolio of skills and practical experiences that are attractive to prospective employers. The knowledge and skills you’ll get from our Psychology degree will offer you a wide and diverse choice of careers.

  • Our psychology research is ranked third in Scotland and 100% of our Psychology impact case studies received the highest possible rating of world-leading (REF 2014).
  • We consistently earn five QS Stars for employability, with more than 97% of our students in employment or further education within six months of graduating. (HESA DLHE 2016/17)
  • Employability skills

    In studying psychology you’ll develop key skills that are highly valued by employers, such as interpersonal and communication skills, numeracy and computer literacy, presentation skills, time management and critical thinking.

    By the end of the course, you’ll have enhanced:

    • communication skills
    • confidence
    • interpersonal skills
    • network/future opportunities
    • independent, flexible working
    • problem solving/creativity
    • effective self-reflection on personal and work practice
  • Companies we work with

    We have links with many local businesses and organisations in both the public and private sectors who have provided placement opportunities for our students in areas such as education, social care, healthcare and counselling.

Friederike Schubert
I chose Stirling because it gave me the opportunity to study exactly what I wanted, and to study English to prepare me for an international world. I would not have had this amazing chance at home.
Friederike Schubert
BSc (Hons) Psychology
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Studying at Stirling has been a defining time in my life. I now know what direction I want to take my career, I have made great friendships and built a strong connection to Scotland.
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What I really like about my course is that we've got the flexibility to choose our own research. Stirling has given me the confidence and skills to get into my dream career.
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