Psychology is the scientific study of the behaviours of individuals and their mental processes. Psychology attempts to unravel what roles genes, biophysical and cultural factors play in behaviour. Sociology is the scientific study of the meaning and central characteristics of society. Sociology attempts to unpack the social relations that underpin human interactions, social inequality and diversity, social change and social welfare.
Combining the study of both the individual and society, you will be well prepared for a wide range of careers. You will find this course particularly suitable if you have an enquiring, questioning mind and you want to understand more about human nature, interactions and experiences.
In Years One and Two you will study a range of modules which will provide you with a thorough grounding in the key concepts, theories and schools of thought in both psychology and sociology. Through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops you will develop a sound understanding of the historical development and contemporary applications of psychological and sociological knowledge, as well as understanding the philosophical debates that underpin psycho-social interpretations of the world around us. In addition, considerable emphasis is placed on enhancing a wide range of transferable skills, paying particular attention to improving your interpersonal and presentation skills, effective reading and writing, analytical thinking and critical reflection, as well as a sustained focus on the development of your research skills.
Years Three and Four are designed to enable you to develop in-depth understanding of a broad range of substantive debates within the disciplines of psychology and sociology. For example, you will have the opportunity to specialise in abnormal psychology, the psychology of religion and spirituality, language and communication, the sociology of gender and sexuality, sociologies of liberation and social policy and politics. Working closely with a member of academic staff, you will conduct your own independent research project in Year Four, in which you will be encouraged to bring together your knowledge of academic theories and concepts, as well as refining your research skills.
Your ability to understand the relationship between complex academic theory and practical research will certainly enhance your employability on completion of this course.
You can opt to study for an Ordinary degree, completing three years of this course or an Honours degree, completing four. You will complete a range of modules, as outlined, each year and a dissertation in Year Four.
You will develop the ability to make sense of complex and challenging psycho-social phenomena.
You will be able to reflect on how psychological and sociological knowledge can effect positive changes in the quality of peoples everyday lives.
There is considerable emphasis on ensuring that you are able to develop, plan and manage independent research projects.
Studying Society: The Sociological Imagination/ Research and Writing Study Skills/ Exploring Psychology/ Skills for Psychologists/ Diversity, Inequality & Identities/ Philosophy of Social Sciences/ Key Studies & Issues in Psychology/ Methods of Psychological Inquiry
Social Movements and Political Change/ Foundations of Social Research/ Core Areas of Psychology/ Data Analysis/ Production and Consumption of Culture/ Health & Welfare/ Enquiries in Psychology/ Psychology in Context
Sociology of Liberation/ Interaction and Social Order/ Poverty and Social Exclusion/ Research Methods/ Current Debates in Sociology/ Psychology Options including: Social Psychology/ Health Psychology/ Developmental Psychology/ Critical, Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology/ Psychobiology/ Individual Differences
Sociology Dissertation/ European Social Policy and Politics/ Sociology Options including: Gender Justice, Masculinities and Violence; Queer Theory, Gender and Sexual Politics;
Sociology of Scotland/ Psychology Options including: Counselling/ Psychology/ Psychology of Pain/ Evolutionary Psychology/ Abnormal Psychology/ Language and Communication/ Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
BBB or 195 UCAS Tariff points BBCC or 230 UCAS Tariff points over 2 sittings
CCD or 220 UCAS Tariff points
Irish Leaving Certificate:
BBCC or 220 UCAS Tariff points
Maths and Eng at S/ Int2/GCSE level
Access to Humanities / Arts / Social Sciences. We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications and /or experience.
Year 2 - HNC Social Sciences . Scottish Higher: BC at Advanced Higher in relevant subjects plus BB at Higher/ A Level: BBB in relevant subjects. Year 3 - HND Social Sciences
Relevant HNCs will be considered for entry into Year 2.
You will develop a wide range of knowledge, skills and aptitudes on the course and this will be reflected in the diverse array of jobs open to you on graduation. Social and community work, consumer and social research, teaching, academia, marketing and human resource management have often been favoured by our graduates in psychology and sociology. This degree is suitable for all kinds of general graduate employment.
BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology
I didnt gain particularly good grades at high school and was not that keen to study further after leaving; I felt I had lost interest in education. However, after working for a number of years in various service sector jobs, I decided that I wanted to broaden my horizons and push myself more. I went to FE college to gain more Highers and I actually began to enjoy the experience of education again, and in particular, the social sciences. I managed to gain the grades necessary to go to university and QMU offered exactly the type of course I wanted to study.
I am now more and more interested in how sociological and psychological theories appeared to offer new ways and means to understand the world. I now feel I have been able to use the skills involved in studying these disciplines, in a practical way, which has allowed me to make better sense of my own experiences of work, education and social groups more broadly. Significantly, studying sociology has also opened my eyes to many other ways of thinking about, understanding and analysing the world from a huge variety of perspectives. For me, that is a skill which I feel has become invaluable not just as a student but in day-to-day life.
Being a student is very enjoyable and I have gained a huge amount both intellectually and personally. I have built strong relations with both my peers and lecturers, coupled with a degree which is extremely stimulating, varied and flexible enough so that students can pursue their own interests in Years Three and Four. This has been invaluable to me, in helping me discover where my skills lie.
When I graduate, I hope to pursue sociology further and would like to study for a Masters in social science research. I hope that from this, I will be able to develop my methodological and analytical skills, and use these to go on and conduct further research into areas of particular interest to me, including the sociology of contemporary Scotland and identity studies more broadly.
BSc (Hons) Psychology & Sociology
I am originally from Sweden and did a degree in physiotherapy. I worked in Sweden for a couple of years but moved to Scotland 16 years ago where I had my three children. When they started school I went back to work as a Physiotherapist, but I decided that I was ready for a career change and applied to QMU. I was interested in health and psychology but I soon realised that I was very interested in sociology too and this course seemed the perfect mix.
Studying at QMU has been very rewarding, but also challenging as I'm having to read and write in a foreign language, however, I can take advantage of my foreign background by looking at issues in society from a different angle. I enjoy the different modules in sociology and find it very exciting to learn about the society I live in, the different theories about how it has developed over the centuries and how globalisation affects nations today. The psychological component of the course complements the knowledge about the overall picture of society and the human beings living in it.
As someone who had been out of education for a while, I decided to use some of the services available to students. I signed up to the mentoring scheme which proved an invaluable experience. Allocated student mentors, in the latter years of the same or similar course to you, will help you through the initial stages of university life. I also found essay writing quite a challenge at the start and I sought help from the Effective Learning Centre who provided advice on how to improve my writing, which has definitely paid off.
I like studying at QMU because there is a wide mix of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, resulting in a positive mix of people with different backgrounds, age and nationalities. I personally have really enjoyed sharing my experience with other mature students and have appreciated the support we have given each other through the highs and lows of academic life.