• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: Social Sciences
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

What makes us who we are? Is it the way our brains function? Is it how we are brought up? Or is it the society we live in? As a Psychology student you will learn how to use a wide variety of approaches to answer these questions and will have the opportunity to play an active part in furthering our understanding of the human mind and behaviour.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

At Dundee you will be a part of a vibrant School in which teaching and research are carried out at world class standards. We are committed to a teaching environment of the highest possible standard and independent surveys show that both the quality review bodies and our students believe we are achieving it.

All of our lecturers are actively involved in internationally recognised research. We feel that this is very important for your degree. The science of psychology is constantly changing as new discoveries are made and so it is vital that you are taught the latest theories and developments in the subject.

Research apprenticeship scheme

Our great strength at Dundee is human experimental psychology focusing on three core areas: language, cognition and perception; neuroscience and development; and social identity. We have built up one of the strongest visual cognition research groups in the world and are particularly renowned for our work on eye movements and reading. 

At Dundee, you will have the opportunity to become an active member of this research community through our research apprenticeship scheme during Level 4, when you carry out your dissertation. Our research wing houses extensive research facilities and a teaching laboratory, fully equipped for lecture classes and laboratory practical classes.

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Our Psychology Community

Our School is well equipped with dedicated computer labs and a common room for our students to socialise and relax. Students are encouraged to become involved in all aspects of the life of the School with apprenticeship and mentorship schemes, an active School forum, and residential trips for staff and students. We also have a very active and popular undergraduate psychology society (DUPS), run by the students, for the students.

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The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Courses starting 2017
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher.
Please check essential subjects required for other Joint Honours subjects. BSc applicants who wish to choose modules from the School of Life Sciences in Level 1 must ensure that they also satisfy those entry requirements.
AB at Advanced Higher including psychology, plus BB at Higher in different subjects
GCE A-Level BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) at A-Level.
Please check essential subjects required for other Joint Honours subjects. BSc applicants who wish to choose modules from the School of Life Sciences in Level 1 must ensure that they also satisfy those entry requirements.
ABB at A-Level including psychology
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) AABB at Higher.
Please check essential subjects required for other Joint Honours subjects. BSc applicants who wish to choose modules from the School of Life Sciences in Level 1 must ensure that they also satisfy those entry requirements.
Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
Please check essential subjects required for other Joint Honours subjects. BSc applicants who wish to choose modules from the School of Life Sciences in Level 1 must ensure that they also satisfy those entry requirements.
34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5, to include psychology
Graduate Entry
BTEC A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with grade B in the Graded Unit A relevant HND with grade BB in the Graded Units with appropriate Psychology Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher Pass with BB at Advanced Higher in Psychology and another subject
SWAP Access Relevant subjects with ABB grades to include English Literature/Language at SCQF Level 6 and Communication 4 plus Literature 1 Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Level at B Grade A with ASL-A Level at B
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at BB Pass with A Levels at AA
European Baccalaureate 70% overall 75% overall
Other Qualifications

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

This course is based in Psychology.

Find out more about our Psychology staff.

What you will study

Typical Degree Programme

Level 1

Level 1 provides the fundamental grounding that you need to become a psychologist:

PY11001 Introductory Psychology 1 
Semester 1, 20 credits

The module provides an overview over the core areas of contemporary Psychology. Lectures will introduce the student to the history and current questions of Psychology in areas such as Social and Developmental Psychology, Cognition, Abnormal and Biological Psychology. The module also provides an introduction to methods in psychological research.

PY12002 Introductory Psychology 2 
Semester 2, 20 credits

This module provides a further introduction to three areas in Psychology. In the section on Social Psychology the course will explore the ways in which individuals interact with each other and behave in groups. The module will also cover the area of Individual Differences where particular attention will be paid to the aspect of personality. Finally, the section on Cognition and Perception will explore the process of perception, memory and attention. The module will also further develop psychological research skills through participation in practical projects, the study of the principles of experimental design and some basic statistical analyses.

Plus 4 other non-Psychology modules.

Level 2

Armed with the fundamentals, you can now explore more detailed aspects of psychology in number of areas such as Cognition, Biological Psychology, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Language. Concurrently you will learn about research methodology, statistics and critical thinking in workshops and lab classes that run alongside lectures. 

PY21001 Understanding the Mind 
Semester 1, 20 credits

The module provides a grounding in theory and method in contemporary experimental psychology and covers: (1) cognitive neuropsychology; (2) human perception, sensation, cognition and emotion; and (3) psycholinguistics. The aim is to give a broad overview of the structure and functional consequences of the human mind.  Research skills are developed through practical work and study of the principles of experimental design, statistical analysis of data, interpretation of results and scientific reporting. Academic skills such as argument building are also developed via class workshops.

PY22002 Individual Development 
Semester 2, 20 credits

The module develops the study of theory and method in contemporary experimental psychology by discussing: (1) cognitive, social and linguistic development throughout the lifespan; (2) personality; and (3) mental health.  The aim is to give students a sense of how the human mind develops and diverges to create unique individuals. Students undertake related practical projects and apply their research skills in the design and interpretation of experiments and the statistical analysis and reporting of data. Academic writing and critical evaluation skills continued to be developed in class workshops.

Plus 3 other non-Psychology modules.

Level 3

The knowledge and skills gained from the first two years can now be consolidated and extended. You will study eight 15-credit modules covering the latest developments in:

  • PY31001 - Cognition (Semester 1)
  • PY31002 - Biological Psychology (Semester 1)
  • PY31003 - Social Psychology (Semester 1)
  • PY32001 - Individual Differences and Abnormal Psychology (Semester 2)
  • PY32002 - Language (Semester 2)
  • PY32003 - Developmental Psychology (Semester 2)
  • PY31004/PY32004 - Psychological Research Skills 3a (Semester 1) and 3b (Semester 2)

Level 4

At this last stage in your training as a psychologist you will not only learn about topics at the forefront of current psychological knowledge, but also be able to contribute to this fast-moving research community. You will be able to choose three advanced and specialised courses taught in small group seminars, which address topics at the frontiers of contemporary psychological research.

You will also carry out an investigation of a topic of your own choice under the guidance of a member of staff, which you will write up as a dissertation.

Modules available typically include:

  • PY40004  Reading Development and Disability
  • PY40008  Infant Development
  • PY40010  Social Cognitive Development
  • PY40014  Cognitive Science and Psycholinguistics
  • PY40018  Developmental Psychopathology
  • PY40024  Decision Making
  • PY40025  Second Language Processing
  • PY40028  Gesture, Cognition and Communication
  • PY40029 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • PY40030  Majorities and Minorities
  • PY40034  Evolution and Behaviour
  • PY40036  Health in Groups
  • PY40037  Executive Function across the Lifespan
  • PY40039  Comparative Communication and Cognition
  • PY40015 - Dissertation

How you will be taught

In addition to attending lectures throughout your degree, you will have the opportunity to:

  • take part in small group discussions in seminar sessions led by members of staff
  • gain research skills during practical classes
  • develop your communication skills through essays, technical report writing and oral presentations

How you will be assessed

Although examinations, written and online, are the principal form of assessment, coursework also forms an important part of your degree.

The balance between coursework and exams varies over the four levels of our degree.

Level 1

Assessment in both modules is based on 49% coursework, 3% experiment participation and 48% examination.

Level 2

The 'Understanding the Mind’ and Individual Development' modules are both 50% coursework, 3% experiment participation and 47% examination. The Research Skills for Psychologists module is 50% coursework and 50% examination.

Level 3

The two 'Research Skills' modules are 50% coursework and 50% exam. The remaining 6 modules are all 20% coursework and 80% examination.

Level 4

Assessment of Advanced Modules takes two formats: some are 100% examination and others are 33% coursework and 67% examination. The dissertation module is 100% coursework.


Our psychology degree gives you fantastic preparation for a wide range of careers. So whether you want to pursue a career in psychology or not, our degree offers an unrivalled set of transferable skills. Psychology graduates are valued by employers for their ability to think critically, handle data and present information. The communication skills you will learn will also be invaluable in any walk of life.

We also run a successful research apprenticeship scheme in which students are trained to be a research assistant and will conduct psychology research with a member of staff. The aim of the scheme is to provide students with valuable work and research experience. The transferrable skills you will gain from this will improve your CV and help your job prospects.

Psychology Careers

There are a wide range of careers within psychology that you can follow after your degree including:

Clinical psychology, Counselling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Neuropsychology, Occupational Psychology and Sports and Exercise Psychology.

For most of these professional psychology careers you will need to do a postgraduate degree. Entry into these programmes requires that your degree is recognised by the British Psychological Society. Our degrees have this recognition.

Careers outside of Psychology

Our graduates have also entered into a wide range of careers outside of psychology including nursing, marketing, teaching, sales and advertising, human resources, the civil service, management consulting and clinical trial management.

Professional Accreditation

Courses cover all of the major areas of human experimental psychology and our degrees are recognised by the British Psychological Society.

This recognition means that when you graduate you will be eligible for Graduate Basis for Registration, which is crucial for moving into careers in psychology or postgraduate study. 

Satisfying the BPS Graduate Basis for Recognition requires that you meet two criteria: first you must achieve at least a 2.2 in your degree and pass your dissertation; second, if you are taking a joint Honours degree, you must take all four of the Level 3 modules over your final two years and must also complete a dissertation.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fees for students starting 2017/18

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2016 entry). Fees for September 2017 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2017.
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £14,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.

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