The course

UCAS code
C8N2
Duration
4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

The psychology component of the course (75% of the curriculum) covers the discipline’s main areas, namely social psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, biological psychology, individual differences, and research methods, and emphasises their application to various employment-related contexts. The management component (25%) of the course introduces (and allows specialism within) marketing, human resource management, finance, and management.

Teaching is mainly via lectures, but large numbers of tutorials mean that staff and students know one another well. Assessment features a mixture of coursework and examination.

Accreditation

The British Psychological Society - Accredited

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide

Year 1

Courses introduce fundamental aspects of Psychology and develop the specific research and academic skills required for psychological research. Management in a Global Context and two optional courses introduce the areas of management and finance which are of interest to you. 

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Psychology 1
  • Research Methods & Analysis 1
  • Academic Skills in Psychology
  • Management in a Global Context

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Psychology 2
  • Research Methods & Analysis 2
  • Business Management Option
  • Business Management Option

Year 2

Psychology courses cover social, cognitive, and developmental psychology, as well as individual differences and research methods. You will select two management courses which introduce the fundamentals of specialist business subjects such as marketing and human resource management.

Semester 1

  • Cognitive Psychology 1
  • Research Methods & Analysis 3
  • Human Development and Intelligence
  • Business Management option

Semester 2

  • Philosophy and History of Psychology
  • Research Methods & Analysis 4
  • Social Psychology
  • Business Management option

Year 3

Psychology courses cover social, cognitive, developmental, and biological psychology, as well as individual differences and research methods. You will also study two management courses with options covering Project Management, Employment Law, Marketing, Enterprise and other specialist areas. 

Semester 1

  • Cognition across the Lifespan
  • Research Methods & Analysis 5
  • Intelligence at Work
  • Business Management option

Semester 2

  • Psychobiology
  • Research Methods & Analysis 6
  • Social Cognition and Personality
  • Business Management option

Year 4

You will work closely with a staff member to devise and conduct a research project in experimental psychology over both semesters. You will also study Psychology of Education and Advanced Social Psychology. You will be offered four options with the choice of approved psychology options and additional specialist management options.

Semester 1

  • Research Project 1
  • Psychology of Education
  • Psychology option
  • Business Management option

Semester 2

  • Research Project 2
  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Psychology option
  • Business Management option

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements 
  • Highers AAABB (over two sittings)
  • A-Levels BBB
  • Int. Baccalaureate 27 points
  • BTEC DDM (Health and Social Sciences preferred)
  • HNC B in graded unit Social Sciences (Psychology, Research Methods/Statistics required modules)

Minimum entry requirements *

  • Highers BBBC
  • A-Levels BBC

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers BB (plus AAABB at Higher preferably including Higher Psychology A)
  • A-Levels ABB
  • Int. Baccalaureate 32 points
  • HNC A in Social Sciences graded unit (Psychology, Research Methods/Statistics required)
  • HND AB in Social Sciences graded units (Psychology, Research Methods/Statistics required)

Additional information

English language requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £14,640

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries (not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales).

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020

In addition to government loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

Merit Awards for international students starting undergraduate degree courses in 2019

If you are an international fee-paying, self-funded applicant and have achieved, or are on course to achieve, the minimum entry requirements for the programme you wish to study you may be eligible for:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.