BSc (Hons)/BA (Hons) in Psychology

General

Program Description

Overview

Why do we behave the way we do, and what drives our behaviour? If you’re interested in the mind, and in human (as well as animal) behaviour, then Psychology is for you.

Our award-winning Psychology course sits at the cutting edge of inter-disciplinary scientific research. We focus on important societal problems such as detection of criminals and improvement of health outcomes. After introducing Psychology to you as a biological and social science, we’ll cover topics as diverse as brain functioning, development and social behaviour. You’ll develop a deep knowledge and understanding of mind and behaviour.

Our course was recognised by the British Psychological Society for our innovative, student-led teaching initiatives and commitment to integrating employability. They described our course as being 'at the forefront of the student-led teaching experience in Psychology across the UK', and commended our staff, who ‘clearly care about the wellbeing and development of their students, and provide a nurturing learning environment’.

The knowledge and practical skills gained from our Psychology degree will offer you a wide and diverse choice of careers.

Absolutely go for it! The courses are amazing, the professors are supportive and the facilities are great, too!

Nicole Engeler, BSc Hons Psychology, 2017

Learning in high-end specialist labs

You'll get hands-on experience in designing and conducting a number of experiments, individually or in groups researching:

  • human electrophysiology (EEG/ERPs)
  • health research (including GSR and heart rate monitoring)
  • face research (including eye-tracking)
  • vision research (including stereoscopic displays)

You'll also be working in high-end specialist labs that involve:

  • brain imaging
  • action research
  • visual attention
  • health psychology
  • evolutionary psychology
  • animal research

Pre-school Kindergarten

You will have the opportunity to study aspects of child development through our Pre-School Kindergarten that provides a safe and fun environment for children aged nine months and two years to five years old. You'll gain in-depth experience for designing and running simple experiments with children attending our Kindergarten and parent and toddler group.

Placement opportunities

In Year 4 you'll have the opportunity to undertake a placement with a host organisation. You'll enhance your employability by engaging in work-based learning environment spending a day per week over a seven-week period. During the course of the placement, you will submit a written report, blog/journal entries and give an oral presentation about your experience in your final year conference.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 94% of BSc (Hons) students were satisfied overall with their course. (National Student Survey 2020)

#2 We’re in the UK's top 20 leading psychology departments in the recent research assessment (REF2014)

#3 Our teaching was rated “Excellent” in the last national teaching assessment

Professional accreditation

The Psychology Single Honours, and all Psychology Combined Honours degree courses are accredited with the British Psychological Society (BPS). They confer eligibility for Graduate Basis for Registration, provided the minimum standard of a Second Class Honours is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Prizes or awards

The Alan Baddeley Prize: A prize of £100 is awarded to the Psychology student with the best final year project.

The British Psychological Society Undergraduate Award: This prize is awarded to the Psychology student with the highest overall grade. The prize is free membership of the BPS for one year, a copy of the Society’s Book of the Year and a certificate.

The George Butterworth Prize: A prize of £100 is awarded to a Psychology Final Year student for outstanding wider achievement.

The Neville Moray Prize: A prize of £100 is awarded to the best-combined Honours Psychology Final Year student.

The Peter McEwen Prize: A prize of £100 is awarded to the best Single Honours Psychology Final Year student.

The McCall/Whittaker Prize: A prize of £100 is awarded to the Psychology student for recognition of an outstanding demonstration of Psychologically Literate Citizenship.

Course details

We focus on important societal problems, such as detection of criminals and improvement of health outcomes, so our degree is relevant to real-life issues. We cover topics as diverse as brain functioning, development and social behaviour, ensuring you develop a deep knowledge and understanding of mind and behaviour.

Semesters 1-2 will include an introduction to Psychology as the scientific study of mind and behaviour.

In Semesters 3 and 4, the taught modules are designed to emphasise the links between different parts of the subject. A module on The Social Mind explores the psychology of human and non-human communication; a module on the Brain and Behaviour – Clinical Perspectives explores abnormal psychology from the perspectives of Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology. Also included in Semesters 3 and 4 is an introduction to Psychological Research Methods. In Semesters 5-8, you’ll take advanced modules in all of the core areas.

Your final year will focus on an individual research project and you’ll be doing cutting-edge research, supervised by an academic mentor. You can choose from a wide variety of topics that interest you and build your employability skills for the job market. There’re also opportunities for placements with prospective employers, and for engaging in student-led teaching.

Psychology at Stirling is internationally renowned for our high-quality research and this feeds into our teaching. Our modules will teach you how research furthers our understanding of mind and behaviour.

Teaching

The University of Stirling have been awarded five star excellence for teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2020. Our teaching was also rated as ‘Excellent’ in the last national teaching assessment and has received commendations from both the British Psychology Society and independent external assessors.

Everything you learn will reflect the latest thinking and developments in Psychology. Our teaching is delivered using lectures, workshops, small discussion groups and practical sessions such as laboratory work or field work.

Fieldwork

There is an opportunity for fieldwork and placements (travel costs may be incurred).

Assessment

Modules on the course are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. Assessment types include essays, individual practical reports, group practical reports, oral presentations, poster presentations and popular science articles.

Work placement opportunities

In Semester 8 you’ll have the opportunity to apply for a Psychology placement. Successful applicants undertake a 50-hour placement with a host organisation. You’ll be assigned a mentor in the organisation who’ll agree on the schedule for completion of the placement and discuss the precise roles, responsibilities and expectations of both the student and mentor during the placement. Support is provided by a series of workshops and through review meetings and feedback from the placement coordinator or module coordinator.

Study abroad

Psychology at Stirling offers a wide variety of exchange opportunities during Year 3 of the degree course. We have established links with universities in North America and Australia, allowing students to continue their studies while gaining valuable experience of different cultures and education systems.Student destinations in 2018/19 included universities and institutions in Australia, Czech Republic, Canada, Hong Kong, USA and Malta.

Contact

+44 01786 467640

psych-enquiries@stir.ac.uk

Fees - 2021/22

  • Overseas students (non-EU): £17,900
  • Scottish students: £ 1,820
  • Students from the rest of the UK: £9,250
  • EU Students: £17,900*

*For EU students starting studies in academic year 2021/22, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

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