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Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Psychology and Sociology

UCAS Code: CL83

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D

English required and Maths preferred at GCSE grade C or 4.

Various Access courses are considered, such as: Access to Community, Education & Humanities Access to University Study Access to Arts, Social Sciences & Primary Teaching Access to Languages, Arts and Social Sciences Access to Languages with Business Access to Humanities/Primary Education Access to Degree Studies Access to Arts & Social Science Access to Humanities Access to Social Sciences Access to Teaching

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

English required and Maths preferred at Standard level

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3

English required and Maths preferred at Ordinary level O4 or Higher level H5.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

Suitable subject areas include Humanities or Social Science).

Scottish HNC

Pass

HNC Social Science HNC Social Services HNC in Child Care (Early Education & Child Care) Pass at grade C in the graded unit

Scottish HND

Pass

Preferably HND Social Sciences or HND Social Services with CB in the graded units

Scottish Higher

B,B,C,C

English required and Maths preferred at National 5 grade C.

UCAS Tariff

88-96

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Sociology

Psychology

Who are we, and how do we shape our world? On this course you’ll explore both the nature of the individual and society. You’ll learn the critical thinking skills that discerning employers are looking for in a variety of fields including business, health, media, education, social care and management.

Studying psychology and sociology will allow you to explore a large and fascinating world – the fundamental nature of human beings and how that nature shapes our social environment. You’ll engage with debates about the practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with the use of different methodologies, paradigms and methods of analysis applied in each of the disciplines, and their relevance and value for different communities and publics.

Are you fascinated by human nature, by who we are and how we interact? Do you want to understand what impacts the shape of society around us and how it could be changed for the better? Then you will enjoy our joint course in psychology and sociology as it provides a challenging and stimulating environment for exploring these questions around the individual and society.

In this course you will learn to use social scientific methods and evidence to make sense of human behaviour. You’ll learn how to think and write critically, giving you skills that can be valuable in many fields. You’ll be given opportunities to go into communities and apply your skills and knowledge in a real-world context and reflect upon the ways in which psychological and sociological knowledge can effect real change in people’s everyday lives.

This course is being revalidated for 2020 and therefore there may be some changes to the programme.

Modules

Year One

Introduction to Psychology 1
Foundations of Psychology: Core Concepts and Practices
Introduction to Academia
The Sociological Imagination 1 – Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theories and Concepts
Introduction to Psychology 2
The Sociological Imagination 2 – Diversity, Identity and Wellbeing
Year Two

Social and Psychological Inquiry – Philosophy and Design
Developmental and Social Psychology
Current Debates in Sociology
Sociology of Culture
Self and Identity
Individual Difference, Wellbeing and Ethical Practice
Year Three

Sociology of Knowledge & Science
Research Design: Theory and Practice
Interaction and Social Order
Developmental Psychology
Social Psychology and Social Movements
Year Four

Dissertation (in Psychology, Sociology or both)
two Sociology option modules
two psychology option modules
Sociology option modules: Sociology of Liberation/ European Policy and Politics/ Queer Theory, Gender and Sexual Politics/ Gender Justice and Violence/ Feminist Approaches

Psychology option modules: Eyewitness Testimony/ Evolutionary Psychology/ Volunteering and Community Engagement/ Psychology of Pain

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2020) but are subject to change following revalidation in March 2020. Please check back here for updates.

Assessment methods

You will be taught in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and laboratories. Outside these timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. Your work will be assessed using a number of techniques, including essay writing, presentations, report writing, critical reflections and examinations.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,000
per year
International
£15,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Queen Margaret University

Department:

School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

91%
high
Sociology
76%
med
Psychology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

Teaching and learning

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
34%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
66%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

72%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
16%
Male students
84%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
E
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

91%
low
Employed or in further education
23%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
11%
Welfare professionals
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

Psychology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
35%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
13%
Childcare and related personal services
10%
Health professionals

20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Social studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£21k

£21k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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