Abertay University Psychology
What you study
The course offers a comprehensive selection of topics on human behaviour. The core areas follow the curriculum set out by the British Psychological Society. These include biological and evolutionary psychology; cognitive psychology; developmental psychology; social psychology; personality and individual differences; research methods and conceptual and historical issues in psychology.
These core areas are covered in-depth over the four years of the programme, but a number of option modules are also available in Years 3 and 4. For example, applied psychology, forensic psychology, evolutionary psychology and workplace psychology.
You will also have the opportunity to study theme-based, interdisciplinary elective modules.
For more information on the course content, download the Programme information – BSc with Honours in Psychology
How you learn and are assessed
The programme is a mixture of lectures, practical laboratory classes, seminars/tutorials and independent study.
The practical laboratory classes offer the chance to learn relevant scientific techniques first hand, and an opportunity to engage in research by designing experiments and collecting and analysing data.
You are assessed using a variety of assessment types. These include examinations and class tests, laboratory reports, essays, presentations (both oral and posters), research projects and writing scientific articles and case studies.
A BPS accredited psychology degree, conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis Chartership, is essential for becoming a professional psychologist, working, for example, in clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, health, occupational or sport psychology.
Occupations that a psychology degree – in some cases following additional postgraduate training – will provide a good basis for include primary or secondary school teacher, college or university lecturer, research assistant, social worker, personnel officer, market research executive, social researcher, psychotherapist, speech therapist, occupational therapist and drug rehabilitation worker.
Psychology graduates have transferable skills which are in high demand in the general graduate job market, such as numeracy, statistics and IT skills, communication and analytical thinking.
Abertay has strong links with the Scottish Institute for Policing Research, and many of the lecturing staff are members of professional societies. We also have good links with local health services, the games industry and local education authorities.
The Workplace Psychology module gives you the opportunity to consider how psychology can be applied in your own workplace.