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.

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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.


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Current students

Welcome to the Psychology undergraduate page.  Here you will find useful information for current students, including the handbook and contacts.  Further information and course materials can be found on Succeed.

The Psychology Academic Advising and Disability Team is:

Senior Adviser Dr Stephen Langton stephen.langton@stir.ac.uk

Adviser of Studies



Dr Stephan Dombrowski

Dr Elena Gheorghiu

Dr Jan Kuipers




Study Abroad Officer Dr Paul Dudchenko p.a.dudchenko@stir.ac.uk

Your support staff contacts are:

Roswitha Lucht - Learning and Teaching Administrator (1st and 2nd year) 
01786 467669

Hazel O'Donnell - Learning and Teaching Administrator (3rd and 4th year)
01786 467665

Room 3A91, Cottrell

Student Prizes

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.
Psychology Society

The Psychology Society is a student-run society with support from the university's Students Union, and we meet up every Tuesday at 6.30pm in the Psychology Common Room (3A94).‌

The society offers an opportunity to broaden your understanding of psychology in an environment which is not competitive, but supportive and relaxed. Most weeks we have speakers coming along to give a talk in a topic of their choice. These talks can be compared to normal lectures; however, they are usually a lot less formal, and can sometimes take the form of workshops rather than lectures. Since all members are interested in different topics in psychology we try to have a wide range of different topics during the year, with people coming to talk about, for example, neuropsychology, animal psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, and more. We also try to have one session each semester where members help each other with lab reports and essays, as well as a few socials each semester (usually once every 3 weeks).

The Psychology Society is a great opportunity to get to know your classmates and also people in other years who are studying psychology, who can give you great insight in what is to come. It is also a great way to get to know the lecturers a little bit better, which can be helpful when you are thinking about your dissertation, and all this for only £5 for the full year! Bargain!

We hope to see you all there, and remember that it's never too late to join, just come along to any meetings that suit you!

Our Schedule.

You can join this club through your Portal, www.stir.ac.uk

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/PsychologySocietyUniversityofStirling



We organise a series of research seminars held on Thursdays throughout semester at 4pm in the Common Room (3A94, accessed via 3A90). These are open to all who are interested and you are encouraged to attend. Notices concerning dates and topics are posted on various Psychology notice boards. Tea and biscuits are served prior to the seminar, at 3.45pm.


RATE Testimonies

The Recognising Achievement in Teaching Excellence (RATE) Award scheme was first introduced by Stirling Students' Union in 2010. RATE allows students to let the teachers they admire and appreciate know how valued they are.

Here are a few of the comments that were mentioned about the Psychology staff at the RATE Awards 2016;

"I believe the School of Natural Sciences truly deserves the School of the Year Award. Throughout my entire University career, the Psychology Department in particular has shown incredible support and organisation which has facilitated my learning and transition into University. The support staff team (ladies in the psychology office), are always on hand to help out and are so friendly and helpful. Further, the department offers an abundance of excellent modules (individual differences, brain and behaviour, developmental- just to name a few), and have fantastic lecturers teaching. There are opportunities to get involved with teaching during later years as well. This School truly understands what students, want but also need to be successful later on outside the University. I've grown tremendously with the help and guidance of the Psychology Department and I owe much of my success and happiness at University to them."

"One of the best schools that I have studied at, the teaching is brilliant, the staff are so well versed in their topic of study, the lectures are engaging, the coursework is aimed at understanding and knowledge, the practical's and labs ensure that the student is equipped with the tools necessary to implement his/ her learning into practice, help is always at hand to assist learning. Everyone in the department is helpful and very encouraging, their door is always open for feedback, guidance or even just a quick chat. The Psychology department is one the best in the Country and now I understand why! Cheers to Psychology!!!"

"Extremely good teaching - lecturers know their field and are very experience and knowledgeable. They are also approachable. In terms of the school itself, it is very inclusive and, in terms of Psychology, very detailed feedback on coursework.

We at the University of Stirling Psychology Faculty thank you for the feedback.

Contact us

Psychology Psychology, Faculty of Natural Sciences
University of Stirling
+ 44 (0) 1786 467640 + 44 (0) 1786 467641

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