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Psychology

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Maths and English 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 Also, Maths and English at GCSE grade C or 4.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Maths and English at Standard level.

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

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

Maths and English at O4/H5.

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

DMM

In the areas of Humanities or Social Science - others considered on a case by case basis. Also, Maths and English at GCSE grade C or 4.

Scottish HNC

Pass

HNC Social Sciences or similar subjects with a B in the graded unit. Preferably Maths and English at Nat 5 grade C.

Scottish HND

Pass

HND Social Sciences or similar subjects with CB in the graded units. Preferably Maths and English at Nat 5 grade C.

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C,C

Maths and English at National 5 grade C.

UCAS Tariff

112-123

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Psychology

On this BPS accredited course you’ll learn the skills – and the analytical abilities – that employers in a range of careers are looking for. You’ll learn across six core areas of psychology (cognitive, biological, historical, developmental, social, individual differences) and gain extensive practical training in research methods. You can also focus on a particular area of interest through our module choices.

Why do humans think, feel and behave the way we do? As a psychology student you will find answers to some of the most fundamental and fascinating of questions. When you graduate, you’ll be able to join the British Psychological Society (BPS), an essential step on the ladder to becoming a professional psychologist.

You’ll learn to use scientific methods and evidence to understand, measure and modify behaviour. It’s an incredibly diverse field, and you will enjoy a broad introduction to six core areas of psychology, including cognitive, developmental and social psychology. Later in the course you’ll focus your learning on the specialist areas that interest you. Crucially, you’ll learn how to think, write and critique in a scientific way, giving you the core skills you need to follow a career in the field.

- The course will equip you with the transferable skills that top employers are actively looking for in their graduates.

- You’ll learn the valuable skills needed to think critically and scientifically and will engage in empirical research throughout your degree.

- Enhance your broad psychological knowledge by specialising in your choice of dissertation topic and elective modules.

- Our class sizes are smaller compared with some universities, so you have closer and more personal support and guidance from our staff.

Modules

Year One

- Introduction to Psychology 1
- Foundations of Psychology: Core Concepts and Practice
- Introduction to Psychology 2

(plus 60 credits from another topic - available optional modules may include Sociology, Physiology or Education)

Year Two

- Social and Developmental Psychology
- Exploring Research in Psychology
- Biological and Cognitive Psychology
- Individual Differences, Wellbeing and Ethical Practice

(plus 60 credits from another topic - available optional modules may include Sociology, Physiology or Education)

Year Three

- Social Psychology and Social Justice
- Psychobiology in Context
- Historical Perspectives in Psychology
- The Skilled Researcher
- Developmental Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology Year Four
- Psychology for Contemporary Issues

(plus 60 credits from a range of modules - available optional modules may include: Dissertation Research Project/Community Engagement plus three modules from the following options: Memory: Origins and Structures/ Cognitive Science of Belief/ Evolutionary Psychology in the Modern World/ Eyewitness Psychology/ Happiness and Wellbeing/ Psychology of Pain/ Peer Relations in Childhood and Adolescence/ Political Psychology)

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2020) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2021. Please check back here for any 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. You will be assessed by essays, case studies or group projects and written exams.

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.

73%
low
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.

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
64%
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

61%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
15%
Male students
85%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
18%
First year drop out rate

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.

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.

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.

£14k

£14k

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

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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