Behavioural Studies at Aberdeen is a fascinating exploration of what ‘makes us tick’ as humans, learning from international experts in developmental, social and industrial psychology, neuroscience, memory, language and cognition. You will enjoy a supportive and stimulating teaching environment that gives you a hands-on approach to gaining the skills and grounding to succeed in any career involving ‘people’.

Behavioural Studies can be done as an MA or a BSc degree. For the MA course you will typically have done arts and humanities subjects at school.

You will benefit from our long tradition and special strength in psychology research, for which the most recent UK assessment placed Aberdeen as third top in the UK. Psychology is a fascinating subject, helping us to understand and explain behaviour and experience, and how these change and develop throughout our lives.

The skills you will gain will open up a wealth of potential career opportunities in psychology-related fields, including human resources, social work, counselling and teaching. Other areas benefiting from an understanding of the human mind and behaviour include careers in business, marketing and advertising.

You will enjoy a special, warm welcome at the University of Aberdeen, benefit from excellent teaching, research with international impact, and a truly global experience as part of our friendly and vibrant international community. You will love our beautiful campuses at Old Aberdeen and Foresterhill, great facilities for learning, sports and leisure, and the many opportunities to develop the skills, attributes and broader horizons to give you a competitive advantage in the career path you choose.

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Why Study Behavioural Studies at Aberdeen?

  • The oldest School of Psychology in the UK, highly-rated and with a reputation gained over 100 years of developments in this field.
  • Researchers who are leaders in their fields, regularly revealing new findings about human behaviour, including new insight on how we ‘place’ faces, how children learn empathy, and how eye movements may help identify mental illness.
  • A strong focus on 'learning by doing', with experimental and practical work throughout your programme.
  • State-of-the-art equipment in our specialised laboratories, including technology for analysing brain images, recording eye movements and other neuroscience techniques that shed light on the workings of the human brain.
  • The spectacular, award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library with its top-class study environment, state-of-the-art technology and extensive collection of psychology publications and resources.
  • A packed campus programme of events, lectures, café discussions, exhibitions, seminars, the annual May Festival, British Science Week, and Being Human Festival all regularly featuring Aberdeen research on human behaviour.
  • A great track record for employment, with our graduates sought after by a wide range of employers for the quality of their degree and skills.

What You'll Study

Single Honours Degrees

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