Division of Psychology and Sociology

The Division of Psychology and Sociology was formed in 2011 as part of the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management. Together with Media, Communication and Performing Arts; and Business, Enterprise and Management, this school offers students a dynamic, research-active environment in which to equip themselves with the skills and knowledge essential for forging a career in their chosen area.

We offer three innovative, outward-facing and research-informed undergraduate courses: the BSc/BSc (Hons) Psychology, BSc/BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology and BSc/BSc (Hons) Public Sociology. Our BSc Single Hons Psychology degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society and confers graduate basis for registration as a chartered psychologist (GBC). Each course offers students the opportunity  to work closely with our team of psychologists,  sociologists and public sociologists on contemporary, real-world projects and collaborations.

We also offer a rigorous and flexible postgraduate programme. New for 2018 we are offering Britain’s first MSc Public Sociology. This will enable students to draw on sociological analysis in working with a range of communities, voluntary organisations and social movements. This programme is suitable for people working, active in community work, public engagement, popular education and campaigning, as well as graduates with an interest in research and public scholarship in these areas. The sociology team have a track record in combining the rigours of academic sociology with participation in, and accountability to groups trying to make society a better place. We also offer a Masters of Research (MRes). This multidisciplinary programme provides a strong foundational research training for researchers across a wide range of disciplines and professions seeking to continue on to doctoral studies or to develop careers in academic research. The Division of Psychology & Sociology also has a number of PhD studentship opportunities. Students on either of these programmes are supported to undertake research with a focus on a sociological or combined psychological / sociological topic. A range of methodological approaches are taught and supported enabling new researchers to explore, develop and succeed in their chosen dissertation area.

Enquiries regarding admission to our courses should be directed to the admissions department in the first instance. Further information about our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes can be found via the focus panels below.

From 2019, the division of Psychology and Sociology will be running teacher education courses.  Our teaching education courses will offer a fresh new approach to teaching, grounded in the social social sciences and designed for people who want to make a real difference in the world.

Head of Division

Dr Olivia Sagan
Tel: 0131 474 0000

New for 2019 - teacher education courses

Teacher education courses will commence at QMU in September 2019. We will be a new provider of primary teacher education courses in Edinburgh and the surrounding area from 2019 onwards. We will also provide a postgraduate degree in home economics. Find out more
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