Find a Degree Undergraduate Psychology (C802)

Degree Structure

A degree in Psychology (MA) is taught via a selection of compulsory and optional courses to enhance your learning, preparing you for a future career or further study. In each year you will take courses adding up to 120 credits. Depending on the number of compulsory and optional courses offered by your degree, you can also choose other eligible courses which fit your timetable.


The Course Catalogue provides more information about the range of courses we offer. Aberdeen's curriculum can offer you further benefits to support your learning. Find out more information at The Difference.

First Year

Compulsory Courses

  • Introductory Psychology I: Concepts and Theory (PS1009)
  • Introductory Psychology I: Methods and Applications (PS1011)
  • Introductory Psychology II: Concepts and Theory (PS1509)
  • Introductory Psychology II: Methods and Applications (PS1511)

Optional Courses

  • Select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice, including 30 credits from Sustained Study, Discipline Breadth or Sixth Century courses.

Second Year

Compulsory Courses

  • Advanced Psychology A: Concepts and Theory (PS2017)
  • Advanced Psychology A: Methods and Applications (PS2018)
  • Advanced Psychology B: Concepts and Theory (PS2517)
  • Advanced Psychology B: Methods and Applications (PS2518)

 Optional Courses

  • Select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice, including 30 credits from Sustained Study, Discipline Breadth or Sixth Century courses.

Third Years

  • Methodology A (PS3015)
  • Psychological Assessment (PS3011)
  • Perception (PS3012)
  • Biological Psychology (PS3014)
  • Methodology B (PS3522)
  • Social Psychology (PS3520)
  • Developmental Psychology (PS3518)
  • Memory and Language (PS3519)

Fourth Years

Compulsory Courses

  • Psychology Thesis (PS4019)
  • Senior Honours Level 4 Psychology A (PS4036)
  • Senior Honours Level 4 Psychology B (PS4536)

Optional Courses

  • Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice from Enhanced Study courses.
  • A graduating curriculum for the Honours programme must include 90 credit points from level 4 courses.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses. Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Psychology graduates have many employment opportunities (usually after postgraduate training) including clinical psychology, counselling, educational psychology, ergonomics, forensic psychology, health psychology and occupational psychology. Many of our graduates will opt for a specialist career pathway that involves studying for further postgraduate qualifications (eg MSc and PhD). 

At the University of Aberdeen, we give you every opportunity to broaden your horizons and develop the professional and personal skills and attributes you will need to build a successful career. The high quality of our degrees combined with our strong focus on employability opens up a wide range of career options, which is demonstrated by our consistently low rate of unemployment (2% below the national average in 2010/11).

Career options with your degree

Many graduate jobs are open to students studying any subject area.

Our graduates have found employment with

  • Care UK
  • H1 Healthcare
  • Thorpe Molloy Recruitment
  • Scottish Association for Mental Health
  • Aberdeen Foyer
  • Amec
  • Fedea School and Centre for Autism
  • McLaren Automotive
  • Royal Bank of Scotland

More information on career prospects in Psychology, including graduate destinations.

General Information

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