Ask an expert in psychology

Psychology courses at the University of Stirling give you an in-depth knowledge of human (and animal) behaviour while developing research and analytical skills that employers highly value.

Paul Dudchenko, Head of the Division of Psychology, answers questions on the subject and discusses the benefits of studying Psychology at Stirling. 

Paul Dudchenko

Professor Paul Dudchenko

Paul is a behavioral neuroscientist interested in the brain areas necessary for memory and spatial cognition. His book, Why People Get Lost, provides an overview of what is known about how people and animals navigate, and what brain regions are critical for this ability.

Why do you think the study of psychology has become so important in recent years?

"When we think about the challenges we face today – public health, the environment, and societal cohesion – the solutions lie
in changing human behavior. It is true, of course, the technology can and does help us. However, many solutions require us to make different choices. This is psychology. This field also seeks to understand the minds of other animals, in particular how evolutionary pressure shape cognitive development."

Several courses within the psychology division at Stirling are accredited by The British Psychological Society. What does this mean and how does it benefit students?

“Our Psychology courses are accredited by The British Psychological Society, the main professional body for psychologists in the UK. This accreditation ensures that you will receive a high-quality, research-based education, and that you will be equipped to pursue further professional study (e.g. a PhD) in the field should you so desire."

What are the benefits of studying a psychology degree at Stirling?

“At Stirling, you will conduct a research project which is guided by staff members who are active researchers. We have dedicated facilities for studying child development, health psychology, perception and brain activity. You will also have the opportunity to develop your skills in data analysis.”

Stirling has its own Psychology Kindergarten on site. How does this help Masters students in their study?

“One of the unique features of Stirling is its on-site Kindergarten. This facility, within the Psychology Division, allows Masters students interested in cognitive development to work with children directly.”

What are the main career pathways for psychology graduates?

“Psychology is a broad field and its study will prepare you to think critically about human and animal behavior, conduct research and analyse data. These skills are well suited for careers in health-care, research and counselling settings.”

What advice would you give to students thinking about pursuing a degree, and future career, in Psychology?

“My advice is to be curious. You should ask yourself what areas of psychology are of particular interest to you. For me, it was the brain, but for others it could be social interactions or child development, for example. I’d then suggest reading biographies and first-person accounts of those working in your area of interest. In your studies, if you maintain your curiosity you will do well.”

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