Find a Degree Undergraduate Psychology and Sociology (LC38)


Degree Structure

A degree in Psychology and Sociology 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 Sociology 1 (SO1005)
  • Introductory Psychology II: Concepts and Theory (PS1509)
  • Introductory Psychology II: Methods and Applications (PS1511)
  • Introductory Sociology 2 (SO1507)

Optional Courses

  • Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice. 

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

  • Studying Social Life 1 - Extended (SO2005) or Studying Social Life 1 (SO2004)
  • Studying Social Life 2 - Extended (SO2505) or Studying Social Life 2 (SO2504)
  • Select further credit points to a total of 120 from courses of choice. Note that a minimum of 45 credit points from level 2 courses in Sociology are required for entry into the Honours and Designated degree programmes. 

Third Year (Honours)

Compulsory Courses

  • Psychological Assessment (PS3011)
  • Methodology A (PS3015)
  • Developmental Psychology (PS3518)
  • Social Psychology (PS3520)
  • Social Research Methods (SO3524)

Optional Courses

  • Thinking Sociologically (SO3066) or Religion and Society (SO3067)

Fourth Year

Compulsory Courses

  • Advances in Biological Psychology (PS4033)
  • Perceptual Processes (PS4037)
  • Research Project (PS4507)
  • Memory and Language Processes (PS4532)

Optional Courses

  • Select a further 60 credit points from level 4 courses in Sociology.

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.

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