Psychology - BSc (Hons)

Our BSc (Hons) in Psychology will equip you with the transferable skills and analytical abilities that top employers are actively looking. 

Embark on a transformative journey with our BSc (Hons) Psychology, designed to furnish you with sought-after transferable skills and analytical ability. Ever wondered about the intricacies of human thought, emotion, and behaviour? Join us to explore the answers to these questions, unlocking a pathway to diverse and fulfilling career opportunities in the dynamic field of psychology.

Our student-centred approach, together with a foundation in engaging real-world research, ensures a rich learning experience studying psychology at QMU. Explore contemporary issues and practical research and alongside our dedicated staff, gaining applied insights that go beyond textbooks.

Throughout the course you will develop a robust skill set extending beyond psychology. You will build your critical thinking, analytical abilities, and problem-solving skills, you will hone effective communication and interpersonal skills, fostering resilience and adaptability. All of these skills will be vital to moving forward in your career.

Our programme expertise in psychology opens doors to a myriad of impactful careers. From clinical psychology, counselling, and human resources to research, marketing, and education, there are many options for you to consider.

Upon graduation*, you will have the required qualifications to become a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). This is an essential attribute to taking the next step in postgraduate training and taking the next step on the path to a rewarding career in Psychology.

*with a 2:2 honours degree or higher.


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Why QMU?

  • Professional accreditation/registration: The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Achieving a degree (with a 2:2 or above), confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Status (GBC), facilitating further training as a Chartered Psychologist. This is essential for undertaking postgraduate training in specialist areas of Psychology (eg clinical, forensic, educational).
  • Stimulating learning environment: We offer a stimulating environment in which students can develop the intellectual and professional skills needed for navigating the complexities of 21st century society. 
  • Staff expertise: Our staff work on outward-facing, innovative and cross-disciplinary research ensuring that your teaching stays abreast of the latest developments in the field.
  • Support for students: Benefit from smaller class sizes, providing an intimate, and less formal learning experience. With dedicated support and guidance from our staff, your academic journey is our priority.  

Psychology - BSc (Hons): The course in brief

On this course you will:

  • develop invaluable skills for critical and scientific thinking;
  • engage in continuous research activities throughout your degree with opportunities for working within staff-led research groups;
  • explore six core areas of psychology: cognitive, biological, historical, developmental, social, and individual differences;
  • gain extensive practical training in research methods in all years of study, with a focus on both qualitative and quantitative methods;
  • learn to apply scientific methods and evidence to understand psychological experiences;
  • acquire essential skills for scientific thinking, writing, and critique, providing a solid foundation for a career in the field; and
  • enhance your broad psychological knowledge by specialising in your choice of dissertation topic and elective modules including Memory, Peer Relations and Sport and Exercise Psychology*.

*Module choices subject to change

How will I be taught?


All students enrol onto the honours degree, but you can choose to exit with an ordinary degree after three years.

 Teaching, learning and assessment

  • Engage in diverse learning formats, including lectures, seminars, practical workshops, and laboratories.
  • Take responsibility for your continuous learning through self-study outside of scheduled sessions.
  • Demonstrate your understanding through various assessment methods, such as essays, case studies, group projects, presentations, and written exams.

Exchange opportunities

Studying abroad through our exchange programme can be one of the most exciting and rewarding challenges for a student to experience. The opportunity to travel and live in another country, learn different customs and traditions, meet new people and future career draws many students into the exchange programme. In Year Two you have the opportunity (subject to availability) to study for one semester at a university overseas. Please visit the Exchanges and Study Abroad pages for more information.

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

You can read more about the teaching staff on this course at the bottom of this page. Please note that teaching staff is subject to change.

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

What will I learn each year?

Year One

You will:

  • acquire a comprehensive understanding of classic and contemporary theories and research in psychology, exploring the historical dimensions of the discipline; and
  • choose from optional classes in related disciplines such as Sociology, Biology, or Education, allowing you to broaden your knowledge base and tailor your academic experience to your interests.


  • Introduction to Psychology 1
  • Foundations of Psychology: Core Concepts and Practices
  • Introduction to Psychology 2
  • plus 60 credits from another topic. Optional modules may be in sociology, biological sciences or education. Please note that optional modules may vary year on year and may not always be available. 

Year Two

You will:

  • progress towards the evaluation of core domains such as social, developmental, individual, cognitive, and biological psychology using diverse teaching methods, including group work, skills practice, and problem-based learning;
  • actively participate in and reflect on current research conducted within the Division of Psychology, Sociology, and Education at QMU, providing you with an immersive and up-to-date understanding of ongoing advancements in the field;
  • continue to study your additional chosen subject for the first semester of Year Two; and
  • have the opportunity (where available) to study for one semester at a university overseas. Learn more about exchanges and studying abroad.


  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Exploring Research in Psychology
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Individual Differences, Wellbeing and Ethical Practice
  • Enquiries in Psychology
  • plus 20 credits from another topic. Optional modules may be in sociology, biological sciences or education. Please note that optional modules may vary year on year and may not always be available. 

Year Three

You will:

  • engage in continuous critical reflection on the historical foundations of psychology, fostering an in-depth understanding and critical awareness within the core areas;
  • further hone your research skills through hands-on experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies; and
  • develop expertise in the critical appraisal of research ethics, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the ethical considerations inherent in psychological research.


  • Social Psychology and Social Justice
  • Psychobiology in Context
  • Historical Perspectives in Psychology
  • The Skilled Researcher
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology

Year Four

You will:

  • tailor your academic journey by selecting modules aligned with your interests, emphasizing real-world applications of psychology;
  • participate in modules like "Psychology for Contemporary Issues," where you'll explore the practical use of psychological knowledge in addressing current societal problems; and
  • undertake a research-based dissertation, allowing you to delve deeply into a specific area and contribute meaningfully to the field.


  • Psychology for Contemporary Issues (core module for all students)
  • 40 credits from dissertation research
  • plus three modules from a range of options.
    Provision varies on a year-by-year basis but examples include: Memory: Origins and Structures/Cognitive Science of Belief
    Evolutionary Psychology in the Modern World/Psychology of Pain/ Peer Relations in Childhood and Adolescence/ Sport and Exercise Psychology  Community Psychology and Engagement

NB The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2024) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2025. Please check back here for any updates.


Psychologists study human behaviour and mental processes in various specialties, from diagnosing mental health issues and guiding individuals to improving workplace dynamics and contributing to research. They work in diverse settings, including private practices, schools, hospitals, and research institutions, contributing to the understanding and enhancement of mental health and behaviour.  Further study will be required in order to specialise in any particular field however this course will give you the basis to embark on the career of your choosing.

Psychology - BSc (Hons): Entry requirements and application information

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard - BBBCC, Minimum - BCCCC

A Level: BBC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 30 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5

Required subjects: Maths and English at Nat 5/GCSE at grade C/4 or above. We can also accept National 5 Application of Maths or Lifeskills at the same grade.

Am I a Widening Access student?: We apply the minimum entry criteria to applicants who meet one or more contextual factor. To see if this would apply to you, please refer to the access and application page.

Mature/Access: We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications and/or experience. Visit our College Leavers and Mature Students Advice page for more information. 

Direct Entry:

Year Two

  • HNC in Social Sciences with A in the graded unit or HND Social Sciences with CB in the graded units may be considered

For details of related HNC and HND courses, visit our College Leavers and Mature Students Advice page

Other requirements

A satisfactory criminal records check from the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme may be required if you chose to engage in work experience/community engagement opportunities.

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Disability/health conditions

If you have a disability, long-term physical or mental health condition, or learning disability, it should not stand in the way of your studying at QMU. However, if you are not sure whether your disability might be a barrier in your studies or in relation to the professional standards, please contact the disability service who will be able to have a conversation with you about reasonable adjustments and supports available to you.

Terms and Conditions

  • The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2025/26 Entry Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).
  • The course information on this page is correct at the time of posting (Feb 2024) but may differ slightly for 2025 entry. Please check back here for updates.

Associate student places

You can study this course as an associate student, completing the first year at Newbattle Abbey College. 

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Course Overview

4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2025
On campus at QMU
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
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Matthew Gibson - MRes psychology "Studying psychology and the MRes at QMU has enabled me to develop knowledge in a number of areas and acquire a range of skills, including critical thinking & research skills as well as an awareness of issues like ethical practice, all of which are relevant to a number of graduate careers."

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