Psychology is the scientific study of the most complex machine imaginable: the human mind. This fascinating psychology degree gives you a deep insight into the actions, interactions, thoughts and feelings that trigger our behaviour. Our academic experts will give you a real-world understanding of how psychology impacts everyday life, so you will learn: How we understand, think and learn about the world around us. How everyone uses verbal and non-verbal forms of communication. How biological and social factors influence behaviour. How mental abilities change as we age. Psychology is both an experimental and observational science. This means you will observe and measure human behaviour, tackle literature research, and develop, test, and evaluate theories. This culminates in conducting your own supervised research project in your final year, which is one of the corner stones of your degree. Our leading academic experts aim to help you develop a wide breadth of expertise. This means you’ll use many different types of techniques that demonstrate the links between brain and behaviour as part of the psychology core curriculum. You can switch to another Psychology pathway if you develop an interest in a particular topic later on. See 'How the course works' below for full details. This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and its core areas follow the curriculum set out by the BPS. This accreditation is essential for students who want to become a Chartered Psychologist and means that successful graduates are eligible to apply for further professional psychology training. This course scored an impressive 95% for Overall Student Satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS). Abertay is widely regarded as THE place to come for high quality teaching. But don't just take our word for it: Sunday Times UK University of the Year 2021 for Teaching Quality. Guardian University Guide 2020 Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction with Teaching, Course and Feedback. National Student Survey 2020 Top 10 UK Universities for Student Satisfaction.
Year 1 core modules (subject to change over time) - PSY101 Introductory Psychology; PSY104 Comparative Psychology; PSY105 Introduction to Psychological Research Methods; Abertay 101 Being Successful at Abertay. You will also be required to select two option modules, one in Term 1 and one in Term 2. In Term 2 you must study and pass three MySuccess modules of your choosing. For detailed module information please check our website.
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. Assessment is through a range of methods including exams, tests, practical laboratory reports and student presentations.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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Standard Qualification Requirements
Applicants should have National 5/GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or equivalent - Lifeskill Maths and Application of Maths NOT accepted in lieu of Maths
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Minimum Qualification Requirements
We may make you an offer at the minimum entry grades if you meet the criteria.
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English language requirements
We look for applicants to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual test lower than 5.5. Some degrees have higher requirements - refer to the 'entry routes' tab of each degree for more detail.
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|