Heriot-Watt University Psychology

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Heriot-Watt University Psychology

Psychology is the science of behaviour and the mind. It uses a variety of scientific methods to explore key areas, including: the influence that our biology has on behaviour; the ways in which we develop from early infancy to adulthood; the ways in which we perceive, think, solve problems and make decisions; and the way we interact with each other. All of these approaches enable theories to be developed and tested within psychology. Our programmes focus on problems in the real world and consider how psychology can help us to address it.

Psychologists work in settings such as education, health and mental ill-health, sport and exercise, systems design, the environment, and forensic and criminological analysis, where theory and practice come together.

Professional recognition and exemptions

All of our Psychology degrees qualify Honours students for graduate registration with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Heriot-Watt University Psychology

Skills gained

  • Analytical and conceptual
  • Report and essay writing
  • Data gathering and interpersonal
  • IT and group-working
  • Information gathering and presentation
  • A combination of general and transferable skills that all employers value.

Teaching and assessment

Learning methods include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical experimental classes,
  • web-based and computer-based work.

‚ÄčAssessment is by short examination and by continuous assessment. Project work is assessed by written reports and supported by presentations.

Our programmes equip graduates with theoretical knowledge of psychology and related practical skills to enhance effectiveness at individual, team and organisational levels, and within a variety of sectors and roles including organisational development, marketing, management, human resource management and consultancy.

Our approach has a distinctive practical emphasis, preparing students to apply knowledge of psychological theory and evidence to solving real-world problems and to improving business performance in a number of areas.

Shona Barrie (Admissions Manager)


The programme covers the main areas of social psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, biological psychology, individual differences, and research methods. Teaching is mainly via lectures, but large numbers of tutorials mean that staff and students know one another well. Assessment features a mixture of coursework and examination.


Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).