Help to create a better society by studying psychology at Heriot-Watt

Welcome to Social Sciences

We are part of the wider School of Social Sciences at Heriot-Watt.

Professor Umit Bititci introduces the School of Social Sciences.

About our psychology programmes

Dr Maria Garraffa gives an overview of the structure and content of Psychology programmes at Heriot-Watt University.

Meet our students

Meet one of our graduates

Alexander Cairns

Alexander Cairns

BSc (Hons) Psychology 2019
Winner of the British Psychological Society Award

Alexander's profile

Heriot-Watt opened up a great deal of opportunity for me to develop into the person I am today.

Before starting university, I was nervous and shied away from anything new. Heriot-Watt allowed me to meet some wonderful people who really expanded my horizons and gave me strong role models within the academic community to aspire to. The sense of passion that the lecturers have for their work is humbling and perhaps the aspect of Heriot-Watt life I will miss most.

Being a student at Heriot-Watt allowed me to study away from the stress of the city, without preventing me from engaging with the wider Edinburgh student community. I hope to continue my studies by completing a diploma in counselling so that I might help people reach their goals like I have reached mine.