• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Award: MA (Hons) / BSc (Hons)
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

In this course, you will learn how the human mind works from infancy to old age and acquire essential skills for employment in the public and private sectors. You will have the opportunity to take part in a research apprenticeship scheme, learning research skills through participating in real research projects being carried out by staff in our department.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

You will learn about the very diverse range of topics that together form the subject of psychology.

Amongst others, you will learn about how babies learn, what happens to people’s mental skills when they get old, how people’s personalities differ, how social group dynamics work, how we remember, see and hear things and how we talk to each other, and about different psychological disorders.

You will be taught by international experts about the latest developments in each of these areas. Your understanding of these psychological aspects of human nature will be supported by learning how to think critically, how to solve problems, analyse data, write clearly and effectively, and be a confident communicator of science; these are skills that are highly valued by employers. You will learn about the scientific method, eventually planning and implementing and analysing your own research project.

In contrast to degrees in England, our Psychology degree is four years, meaning that you will learn about a wider breadth of topics in your first two years. The degree will also give you the opportunity to do apprenticeships and study abroad, giving you the flexibility to personalise your study experience.

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Our Psychology Community

Psychology in Dundee is small and friendly, with a supportive environment, a strong student society, and lots of interaction between staff and students. From day one, you will be assigned a mentor from the final year students to help guide you through the degree and a personal academic tutor to answer your questions and help you make good study choices. You will be taught primarily by expert researchers and skilled teachers, not by postgraduate students. Teaching at Dundee is not just a professor talking at students: in a traditional lecture setting, we work to engage you in our teaching – incorporating activities, questions, and discussions. In addition, you will take part in hands-on practical exercises in workshop settings, and small group discussions. You can also join our Psychology Society (DUPS), which organizes both social events, such as the annual Psychology Ball, and academic events, including presentations about job interviews and CV writing. Support from both staff and current students will help you make feel at home in Dundee.


The MA/BSc in Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), meaning that if you receive a 2.2 degree or higher, you will be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society, which is a necessary step for those who wish to undertake postgraduate or professional study accredited by the Society.

You will benefit from our ability to explain complex concepts in an accessible way, our enthusiasm for psychology, the stimulating nature of the degree, the support we provide during your study, and our excellent library and computing facilities.

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

Courses starting 2018 and 2019
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
BTEC A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDD
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
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) H2H2H3H3 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
Graduate Entry
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

Our teaching is delivered in the form of:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • tutorials with debates and discussions about various topics in psychology
  • practical classes during which you design, carry out and analyse experiments


My time studying at the University of Dundee has been a great learning experience, which has shaped my goals and desires for my future after graduation.

I would say the last year has been the best in my course because we get some say in what modules we would like to take and also get to design our own research studies for dissertation. I also feel that the staff in the psychology department is one of the best things in the course. Majority is extremely helpful and interested in the wellbeing of their students.

Julia Oosi, BSc in Psychology Hons

What you will study

All modules in Levels 1-3 are core modules:

Level 1

Introduces students to core topics of Psychology and its scientific foundations, including evolutionary, social, cognitive, and biological psychology, and research methods.

Promotes understanding of three core topics (Developmental, Social and Cognitive Psychology) in experimental psychology and research skills in conducting, analyzing, and interpreting psychological experiments.

Level 2

Provides the foundations for understanding the core approaches taken by psychologists to understand the mind (e.g. biological and cognitive)

Provides an in-depth coverage of how the human mind develops and diverges to create unique individuals, and allows students to continue to develop an understanding of the science of psychology. Includes child development, personality, health and old age.

Level 3

Covers the core theories and principles of cognition, including high level perception, attention, memory, consciousness, executive function, and thinking.

Provides knowledge in the core theories and principles of biological psychology including neurological function, low level perception, movement, and motor control, biology of behaviour, and cognitive neuropsychology.

Engages students in the core theories and principles of social psychology including theories of the self, attitudes, social relationships, helping and pro-social behaviour, social influence, social categorisation and social identity, group processes, social identification and inter-group behaviour, social perception and stereotyping, prejudice and intergroup contact, and applications of social psychology (e.g. to health settings).

Provides knowledge of the core research methodologies and analyses used in psychological research, and training in critical analysis of psychological research. Provides an understanding of how to integrate the different aspects of the research process into a written report. Includes analysis of variance, planned and post hoc comparisons, understanding interactions, analysis of covariance, and introduction to qualitative methods in psychological research.

Covers the core theories and principles of individual differences and abnormal psychology and the historical context and contemporary issues. Includes intelligence, personality, abnormal psychology such as mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, and disorders of personality.

Provides knowledge regarding the core theories and principles of language, including language structure and processing architectures, visual and spoken word recognition, word meaning and production, sentence comprehension and production, discourse, and bilingualism.

Provides knowledge regarding the core theories and principles of developmental psychology, including temperament and personality, communication, language acquisition, conceptual development, causal reasoning, memory and executive function, social cognition, attachment and social relationships.

Builds on students' understanding of core research methodologies used in psychological research, including regression, advanced correlation analyses, multiple and hierarchical regression, mediation analysis, and criticising published research and analyses.

In Level 4, you will do your Dissertation and choose three additional modules, for example (Modules vary slightly from year to year)

Level 4

The module provides an introduction to cognitive development in human infants.

Provides an introduction to research and practical elements in infant mental health, fetal- and, neonatal psychology, child and adolescent developmental psychopathology.

Enables students to gain a detailed understanding of the theoretical issues and research methodologies within the field of decision making, including choice under uncertainty, social judgement theory, probabilistic models, heuristics and biases, covariation, causation and counterfactuals, utility and prospect theories, behavioural game theory, decisions across time, decision in groups, emotion/affect in decision making, and risk.

The module investigates the psychological processes in understanding and producing a second language.  In this module, you will learn about theories of how people understand and comprehend words in their second language and how they process the syntax of a second language.

Introduces students to the ubiquitous phenomenon of gesture. Asks the question 'Why do we gesture?' by exploring both the communicative and the cognitive functions that gestures can play. Compares typical and atypical trajectories for gesture development. Promotes a detailed understanding of the theoretical issues within the field of gesture and familiarity with the common methodologies and paradigms in the area. Encourages critical thinking by exploring the methodological challenges that gesture researchers face. Includes communicative function of gesture, relationship between gestures and cognitive processing, relationship between gestures and development, gesture’s role in education, and the link between language and gesture.

Covers basic aspects of clinical psychology, from assessment and formulation to therapeutic approaches and areas of controversy. Attention will be paid to issues regarding forging a career in the profession, although much of the content will be aimed at models and pathology. Includes introduction to psychopathology, diagnosis, classification and epidemiology, cognitive and cognitive behavioural approaches, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychosis, developmental disorders, and eating disorders.

This module provides an in-depth look at research concerning the early development and experience of self-awareness. Discussion of a variety of methodological perspectives (social, cognitive, comparative, cross-cultural) will allow you to develop critical thinking skills concerning research methodology.

Topics usually include:

  • agency
  • objective self-recognition
  • the self in time
  • self-conscious emotion
  • social self-regulation
  • comparative self-awareness

Situates behaviour and psychology in the context of evolutionary history, allowing students to develop an understanding of the evolutionary processes that shape behaviour and of the methods employed in such research. Includes evolutionary processes including natural and sexual selection, evolution of sociality, altruism and kin selection, mate choice, evolution of intelligence, mating, and evolutionary medicine.

Introduces students to the interplay between group life and health, an interdisciplinary field of investigation that has produced very important findings over the last four decades. The dimensions of group life that will be discussed span from subjective group identification to extent of participation into group related activities. Includes social integration, actual and perceived social support, loneliness, stress, the dark side of social ties, and social identity.

Allows students to better understand the nature of communication and cognition from a comparative psychology viewpoint, developing understanding of a variety of contemporary topics in behaviours of domestic cats (Felis catus) and dogs (Canis familiaris) (e.g., perception, action, cognition, communication). Includes situating human communication and cognition within a comparative psychology framework, and contemporary approaches to cat and dog behaviours (e.g., perception, action, cognition, communication).

Students will gain a broad understanding of classic and current research on social, emotional and moral development in children and adolescents. They will learn about theories of development, and gain experience in their critical evaluation. They will develop their awareness of a variety of methodologies and experimental techniques. Finally, students will gain experience in developing their communication skills. Includes the expression of emotions in infants, social referencing, attachment, social interaction, theory of mind, peer relationships, prosocial and antisocial behaviour, and morality. The impact of atypical development will also be explored throughout the course

Students will develop critical understanding of how the mechanisms of key cognitive skills (e.g. inhibition, action understanding, learning) emerge during childhood, gain awareness of how these abilities mature into adulthood in both typical and non-typical development, and learn to evaluate cognitive development research in terms of both methodology and theory. Includes action understanding from infancy to adulthood, mechanisms and functions of imitation, executive function development, and metacognition and learning.

How you will be assessed

All of our assessments include both a written exam and coursework, including essays, posters, oral presentations, and carrying out and reporting psychological experiments.

The MA/BSc degree in Psychology provides you with a Graduate Basis for Chartered membership with the British Psychological Society. This is an essential requirement for pursuing a career in any of the professional arms of psychology in the UK (including Sport, Forensic, Health, Educational, Therapy, Counselling and Clinical Psychology). It is also a requirement for most psychological research opportunities (e.g., research assistant posts, or PhD research).

The Psychology degree in Dundee is very versatile, and on completion of the degree, you will have a set of skills that make you very attractive to a wide range of employers, including problem-solving, critical and analytical thinking skills, data analysis and statistical skills, presentation and communication skills. These skills are very attractive to employers, both in the private and public sectors. Students from Dundee go on to have careers both within and outside psychology. Within psychology, they often get jobs in education, research, counselling, clinical and organisational psychology. Outside psychology, there is a wide range of careers including in human resources, marketing, recruitment, management jobs and data analysis.

"I would highly recommend the psychology undergrad at UoD which provides graduates with the necessary skills and experience to start a career in applied psychology. Since graduating in 2016 I have used the solid foundation in theory and research provided by my undergraduate studies in order to complete a Masters in clinical psychology whilst studying abroad and then secure a job as a clinical psychologist. In my daily work life I often refer back to theories and authors discussed during my undergraduate at the University of Dundee."

Leona Thomson
Psychology graduate

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.

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Fees for students starting 2019-20

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
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) £17,275 per year of study

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 not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

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