Psychology BSc (Hons)

UCAS code C800

What is special about this course?

Are you fascinated by the science of the human mind? Do you wonder what leads us to behave in certain ways? If so, then our BSc (Hons) Psychology degree could be the path for you.

Choosing a psychology degree opens the door to a diverse range of topics, all of which are concerned with understanding behaviour and exploring the mind. You will explore such questions as: how do children think?; what leads us to take risks?; why does that aeroplane look very small?; why are we attracted to some people and repelled by others?; how can psychology help us to understand political and social issues?

You will not only learn how to ask research questions but importantly, you will develop the skills and understanding to know how to find the answers to these questions. You will complete a piece of independent but supported research, as your final year dissertation.

You will graduate with a rounded understanding of the key domains in psychology and with specific knowledge of specialist areas.  You will also have developed critical skills of analysis and evaluation, and be able to communicate effectively and solve problems efficiently.  All of these skills are in demand by employers across employment sectors.

The degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Graduates who complete with at least second class honours will achieve the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Special features

  • The course offers you a wide range of modules, enabling you to tailor your study as your interests develop
  • One-week residentials provide opportunities to engage in fascinating exploration of topic areas with fellow students and staff as well as attend seminars delivered by research and applied psychologists
  • You can study online, full time or part time, to suit your personal circumstances
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development (CPD)

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, including a pass in National 5 Maths or equivalent OR
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above, including a pass in GCSE Maths
  • Both of the above must also include English or any literate subject 
  • Applicants without traditional entry qualifications but with appropriate experience may be considered for the course on an individual basis
  • You will be required to attend an interview at your enrolling college
  • Non-UK qualifications will be considered.  Please fill in the relevant application form (depending on whether you are an EEA or international applicant), providing the details of your qualifications.  Please enclose/attach a copy of relevant certificates and evidence of your English language skills. This will enable us to assess your eligibility for the course to which you are applying

Please note:

  • You must be resident in Scotland during term-time
  • This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in Scotland.

Access routes

Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BSc (Hons) Psychology with a grade profile of BBC in one of the below courses, 8 units passed at SCQF level 6 and Maths/Numeracy at SCQF level 5:

  • Access to: Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (North East Scotland College)
  • Access to: Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Community, Education and Humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to: Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Perth College UHI)
  • Access to: Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: University Study (Dundee & Angus College)
  • NQ Access to: Social Sciences (West Lothian College)
  • NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)

The British Psychological Society

Year 1 - CertHE

View our interactive introduction to the course

Subjects include:

  • Introduction to psychology
  • Psychology of Individual differences and development
  • Evidence based psychology
  • Practicals in psychology 1
  • Questions i psychology
  • One option module

Year 2 - DipHE

Subjects include:

  • Practicals in psychology 2
  • Health psychology
  • Adolescence
  • Personality
  • Research and analysis methods
  • One option module

Year 3 - BSc

Subjects include:

  • Biological psychology
  • Cognitive psychology and intelligence
  • Social and evolutionary psychology
  • Advanced research and analysis
  • Developmental psychology
  • One option module

Year 4 - BSc (Hons)

Core subjects are:

  • Dissertation
  • Conceptual and historical issues in psychology

You must also choose three option modules which may include: 

  • Developmental disorders
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Animal behaviour
  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Middle and later adulthood
  • Managing health
  • Human cognition and computers
  • Food and behaviour

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn online via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE) as well as through frequent online discussion groups with your tutors and classmates
  • You must attend a one or two-day induction in years 1 and 3, at your campus, plus a one-week residential held in Inverness each year. This is compulsory for eligibility for BPS registration on graduation. 

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI

Start date



For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term-time address in Scotland studying this course full-time, the following fees apply:

  Level Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free* free*

*4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BSc (Hons) Psychology course, you will be in a position to consider a wide range of careers. Psychological knowledge and its associated research skills are highly regarded by employers and have a range of applications, for example in industry, commerce, health and social studies

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What our students, graduates and staff say

Distance learning suited me – just like the Open University but with the comfort of lecturers close at hand. I have been able to earn my degree and fit studying around work and home commitments. The highlights have been the state-of-the-art facilities and the annual course residential. I now hope to study an MSc in occupational psychology with a view to become a psychology practitioner.

Andrew Smith is studying in his fourth year of the BSc (Hons) Psychology.

I chose this course as it covers a wide range of topics; and my studies have given me the right foundation to pursue various career options. With help from the careers team, I've decided to complete a masters with a view to pursuing a career as an educational psychologist.

Although the course is wholly online, I had the opportunity to attend the annual residential in Inverness. It was a great experience being able to meet my lecturers and fellow students and to attend the workshops and lectures.

Yussra Mumtaz is studying in her fourth year of the BSc (Hons) Psychology.

Online learning gave me control of when and how I studied, and allowed me to comfortably fit a job around my learning as well. The fantastic thing about a psychology degree is you can take it almost anywhere – business, marketing, the arts, further academia – the options are limitless.

Josie Maltinsky Gaitens graduated in 2015 from the BSc (Hons) Psychology at our Inverness College UHI campus. Because of the flexibility of the online course delivery Josie was able to live and work in Glasgow while studying.

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