Edinburgh Napier University Psychology

Edinburgh Napier University Psychology

Investigate human behaviours, interactions and the processes behind them on this fascinating course which will prepare you for a range of career opportunities.

BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons)Psychology

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Course introduction

Psychology is a fascinating social science that gives you insight into individuals and their unique behaviour. It involves learning about memory, language, creativity, personality, social interaction and brain processes.

This course gives you a thorough understanding of both the theory and application of psychology and prepares you for a professional career in psychology or any number of career opportunities.

The applied focus of the course provides you with the opportunity to specialise in the areas which interest you most.


  • What you’ll learn

   You’ll learn about the latest research and professional practice in areas such as forensic, counselling, sport and health psychology.

Before completing your studies, you’ll be able to choose whether to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) qualification. Both awards are accredited by the British Psychological Society and will make you eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartership, the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

You’ll develop a range of practical, intellectual, research and transferable skills including psychological and social research methods, group working, communication, critical thinking and problem solving. You’ll also gain the skills to source, use and interpret information, design experiments and use related software.

This is a full-time course studied over four years. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and through independent study. There may also be some opportunities to study abroad.

This course is also eligible for the Erasmus exchange programme.

Edinburgh Napier University Psychology

What you study

Year 1

  • Researching Psychology 1
  • Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • One optional module

Year 2

  • Researching Psychology 2
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Biological Foundations of Behaviour
  • Psychology of Child Development

An applied psychology option and an employability option, for example from:

  • Volunteering and Employability
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Learning Disabilities and Mental Health
  • Animal Behaviour

Year 3

  • Researching Psychology 3
  • Social Psychology
  • Brain and Cognition
  • Individual Differences

Two applied psychology options, for example from:

  • Counselling Psychology
  • Applied Psychology for Health and Wellbeing
  • Intermediate Sport Psychology
  • Work Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology 1

Year 4

  • Honours project
  • Psychology of Lifespan Development

Three applied psychology options, for example from:

  • Critical Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology 2
  • Health, Lifestyle and Exercise Behaviour
  • Advances in Animal Behaviour
  • Abnormal Psychology

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.


Many employers recognise the value of a degree in psychology for the high level of diverse skills it develops so you can expect many varied job opportunities.

Traditional areas of psychology, requiring further study include:

  • clinical psychology
  • educational psychology
  • occupational psychology
  • health psychology
  • forensic psychology
  • counselling

You’ll be able to use your skills in other careers such as:

  • marketing and market research
  • occupational therapy
  • sales
  • personnel management
  • postgraduate teacher training
  • social work

You could also continue on to postgraduate study, including possible PhD study within the school and a further academic career.

Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,000
Overseas £11,840 £11,950

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