BSc (Hons) Psychology

The course

Delivery type
4 years
Intake date
September, January



The Psychology BSc (Hons) is suitable for students with a science or commerce background who are interested in the systematic study of cognition, mind and behaviour. Students may wish to take this knowledge into a career in industry or complete further training to become a professional psychologist.

Why study Psychology at Heriot-Watt University's Dubai Campus?

  • Heriot-Watt psychology programmes have been ranked as one of the leading programmes in the UK.
  • Heriot-Watt takes an applied focus, going beyond textbook and theory to explore real-world uses of psychology.
  • Psychology graduates have sought after transferable skills in writing, research and critical evaluation.
  • Honours graduates have career opportunities in psychology and business professions and are eligible for a broad range of postgraduate training programmes internationally that are relevant to psychology.

January entry

January intake is applicable for Year 1 students only.


The Dubai Campus is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and fully licensed to teach its degrees in Dubai.  All graduates receive a British degree that is accredited by Royal Charter in the UK.

Course content

This programme includes courses in psychological science, both theoretical and research based. In years 1-3 this is complemented by a small number of electives taken from the management programmes to broaden the learning experience. The curriculum is based on that recommended by the British Psychological Society.

First year

Students are introduced to psychology from a range of perspectives and begin their studies in research methods, which will continue throughout the programme. Students are also introduced to the specific academic skills required to study and think about psychological contexts.

Second year

Psychology courses cover Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Intelligence alongside more advanced Statistics and Research Design. Students also choose 2 electives in related management subjects, either human resources or marketing.

Third year

Psychology courses cover Social Cognition, Personality, Lifespan Development, Health and Forensic Psychology, and Biological Psychology. These courses take an applied approach, including the discussion of relationships, health and environmental design. Students also take 2 electives in management.

Fourth year

Advanced psychology courses continue the applied focus in a range of areas based on faculty expertise. Currently, this includes topics on consciousness, neuroscience, industrial psychology and psychopathology. In addition, each student undertakes a major independent project. This involves research design, data collection and analysis, and is a chance to learn in depth about a topic of the student’s own choosing.


Honours graduates have a wide range of career opportunities in both psychology and business professions and are eligible for a broad range of postgraduate training prorgrammes relevant to psychology internationally. Heriot-Watt Psychology has a highly active extra-curricular psychology programme to enhance students experience and involvement in the field.

Graduates of this Honours programme (4 years) will be well prepared for many areas of employment, including business management, human resource management, marketing and market research, teaching, counselling and coaching. Students wishing to continue into licensed psychology professions (such as clinical, forensic, health or educational psychology) will be eligible for the relevant postgraduate training at Heriot-Watt and at other UK institutions or internationally implement and maintain secure infrastructures.

Entry requirements

Our normal entry criteria are listed below. However, please note that the final decision remains at the discretion of the course director after evaluating scores of individual relevant subjects.

Students who are eligible to be admitted directly into second year can choose to join the first year, where available. Similarly, students who are eligible to be admitted into the Advanced DEP programme can choose to join the DEP programme instead.

First year entry

  • CBSE or equivalent 70%
  • GCE A-Level CCD
  • AS Level BBBB
  • American High School Diploma + SAT 1s - 1000
  • Tawjihiyya 80%
  • International Baccalaureate 24
  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma MMM
  • Foundation year Successful completion of Heriot-Watt University Degree Entry Programme (Management) with a BBBB.
  • African WAEC / NECO / WASSCE B2s
  • FBISE grade 12 or equivalent 70%
  • Curriculum Russian / Kazakhstan (Attestat) with minimum grade of 5 + IELTS 6.0
  • EmSAT minimum 1400 English and 1200 Maths

Second year

CBSE 80%
American High School 70% + 3 AP at grade 4 OR Minimum 3 SAT 2’s 500 each
International Baccalaureate 27
BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma DDD
Higher National Diploma (HND) PPP

Transfer students from other universities may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To find out more about the entry requirements for this programme, please send an email to

English language requirements

Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 Academic (with no element below 5.5).

Fees and funding

  • AED 61152 per year*

* All tuition fees inclusive of VAT

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