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BSc (Hons) Psychology and Economics

Key information

The BSc (Hons) Psychology and Economics degree at Heriot-Watt University draws on our well-established undergraduate programmes in economics and psychology. 

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Degree qualification
BSc (Hons)
4 years

The BSc (Hons) Psychology and Economics degree at Heriot-Watt University draws on our well-established undergraduate programmes in economics and psychology. 

This programme is comprised of core courses in both psychology and economics, ensuring that you’ll graduate with a deep understanding of the nature of both disciplines and the many impactful links between them. 

Heriot-Watt University enjoys an established reputation for teaching and research in both psychology and economics, and both disciplines promote a high level of interdisciplinary research. 

Throughout this degree, you will take courses in all core areas of psychology, with an emphasis on social and cognitive psychology, which will equip them you with the necessary tools to understand the links between individual and social behaviour. 

You will also study courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics. You’ll be introduced to the principles of economic analysis, applied to individual decision making within a rational choice framework, and to the behaviour of economic systems. 

At all stages of the programme, there will be opportunities to take optional courses, allowing you to tailor your studies to meet your own interests. The precise choice of courses at each stage will change over time, adapting to your interests and the research specialisms of academic staff. 

You’ll benefit from the industry relevance of the programme, which will set you up for life after graduation. Upon completion, you’ll have the relevant knowledge and skills to start a career in the professional field of psychology or economics.   

Your student experience

Your learning will be informed by the expertise of our research-active academics whose work in the Centre for Applied Behavioural Sciences covers three key areas: 

  • Cognition, brain, and behaviour 

  • Lifespan health and wellbeing 

  • Work, society, and environment 

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Course content

September intake - Edinburgh

Mandatory September

  • Introductory Economics
  • Academic Skills in Psychology
  • Research Methods and Analysis 1
  • Introduction to Psychology 1

Mandatory January

  • Introduction to Psychology 2
  • Becoming a Professional
  • Research Methods and Analysis 2

Optional January

  • Mathematics for Economics and Finance
  • The Economy

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Entry requirements

We have standard entry requirements for all of our courses that you will have to meet.

Standard entry requirements

  • Highers AABB (over two sittings)
  • A-Levels BBC
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points
  • BTEC DDM (Health and Social Sciences preferred)
  • HNC B in graded unit Social Sciences (Psychology, Research Methods/Statistics required modules)
  • HND BB

Minimum entry requirements *

  • Highers BBBC
  • A-Levels BCC

* 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

Why Heriot-Watt

We're the top university in Scotland for graduate outcomes which means that more of our graduates are employed or in postgraduate education than any other institution in the country and we ranked 5th in the UK.

We're also rated number one in the UK for CEO or MD roles, meaning more of our graduates go on to become CEOs or MDs than any other university in the whole of the UK. On top of that, we have beautiful campuses, across the globe, so you'll get a truly international education. Our Edinburgh Campus is home to Oriam, Scotland's National Sports Performance Centre combined with plenty of wellbeing resources, prioritising fitness and mental health for all students. Our Global Research Institutes look at solving real world issues such as climate change and saving our oceans as well as working on the next medical technological breakthrough and the future of AI and robots.


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