BSc/BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology

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.

This course combines the study of both the individual and society, preparing you for a wide range of careers. If you want to understand more about human nature, interaction and experiences, this course is perfect for you.

QMU is ranked top in Scotland and 14th in the UK for Sociology (out of 91 institutions) in the Guardian University League Table 2019.


Why QMU?

  • 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 the everyday lives of individuals.
  • There is considerable emphasis on ensuring that you are able to develop, plan and manage independent research projects.
  • QMU is ranked top in Scotland and 14th in the UK for Sociology (out of 91 institutions) in the Guardian University League Table 2019.


About the course

Combining the study of both the individual and society, you will be well prepared for a wide range of careers. If you have an enquiring, questioning mind and you want to understand more about human nature, interactions and experiences, this course is perfect.

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 psychosocial 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 an 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 areas such as the psychology of risk, the origins and structure of memory and eyewitness testimony, the sociology of gender and sexuality, sociologies of liberation, and European 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 honours degree over four years or an ordinary degree over three years. You will complete a range of modules each year as outlined.



Year One modules

  • Introduction to Academia & The Sociological Imagination
  • Diversity, Identity & Wellbeing
  • Introduction to Psychology 1 & 2
  • Foundations of Psychology
  • Methods of Psychological Inquiry

Year Two modules

  • Social Inquiry–Philosophy & Design
  • Production & Consumption of Culture
  • Social & Developmental Psychology
  • Data Analysis
  • Psychological Literacy
  • Biological & Cognitive Psychology
  • Enquiries in Psychology
  • Individual Difference & Historical Perspectives in Psychology

Year Three modules

  • Current Debates in Sociology
  • Social Research: Theory & Practice
  • Sociology Options including: Poverty & Social Exclusion
  • Sociology of Liberation
  • Interaction & Social Order
  • Changing World: Social Movements & Global Change
  • Psychology Options including: Social Psychology
  • Literature Review/ Developmental Psychology
  • Psychobiology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Critical, Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology

Year Four modules

  • Sociology Dissertation
  • Sociology options including: Sociology of Scotland
  • European Social Policy & Politics
  • Queer Theory, Gender & Sexual Politics
  • Gender Justice & Violence: Feminist Approaches
  • Psychology options including: Origins and Structure
  • Eyewitness Testimony
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Volunteering & Community Engagement
  • Risk Behaviours

The modules listed here are correct at time of print (Feb 2018) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2019. Please check the website for any updates.




Exchange opportunities*

In Years Two or Three, you have the opportunity to study for one semester at a university overseas. For more information, see www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/international-students/exchanges-and-study-abroad/

*Subject to availability


The wide range of knowledge, skills and aptitudes which you will develop opens up a diverse array of job options. Graduates often enter careers in social and community work, consumer and social research, teaching, academia, marketing and human resource management.


Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: BBCC

A Level: CCD

Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5

Required subjects: Maths and English at S/Int2/N5/GCSE.

Mature/Access: See related Access courses. We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications and /or experience.

Direct Entry:

Year Two

  • HNC: HNC in a related subject with B in the graded unit
  • Scottish Higher: BC at Advanced Higher in relevant subjects plus BB at Higher
  • A Level: BBB in relevant subjects

Year Three

  • HND in a related subject with CB in the graded units

 For details of related HNC and HND courses, see www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications.



Associate student places

You can study this course as an associate student completing your first year at Newbattle Abbey College or West Lothian College. For more information, see www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/access-to-higher-education/associate-student-scheme/

Professional registration/ accreditation

Successful completion of this degree does not confer Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) which enables access to professional training as a Chartered Psychologist.


Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

 Special Information for EU Applicants The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2019/20 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website


Course Overview

3/4 years
Start Date
September 2019
On campus
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Fees & Funding

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Peter Jacobs - BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology "Overall, it’s been a great journey for me. Working for a company that saves lives has really opened my eyes to the world of pharmaceuticals. It has given me a lot to think about for the future and what career path I would like to follow. The internship has allowed me to learn new transferrable skills and make new connections." Read my story...