Psychology BSc (Hons)

UCAS code C800
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

Are you fascinated by the science of the human mind? Do you wonder what leads us to behave in certain ways? If so, then our BSc (Hons) Psychology course could be the path for you.

Research is critical to the practice of answering questions associated with human behaviour. This up-to-date course will enable you to develop the ability to ask research questions and, crucially, you will develop the skills of critical analysis and evaluation to find the answers to these questions.

Your study will cover the core domains of psychology as approved by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Special features

  • The course offers you a wide range of modules, enabling you to tailor your study as your interests develop
  • The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • The study weeks provide opportunities to engage in fascinating exploration of subject areas with fellow students and staff as well as attend seminars delivered by research and applied psychologists
  • The course is delivered by blended learning in which students access interactive materials online throughout the year in addition to face to face sessions during study and induction weeks
  • You can study full time or part time, and online, to suit your personal circumstances
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development (CPD)

This course is currently only validated for delivery to students who reside in Scotland.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • These must include English or any literate subject and you must have a credit pass in Standard Grade Maths, or its equivalent
  • Applicants without traditional entry qualifications but with appropriate experience may be considered for the course
  • You will be required to attend an interview at your enrolling college
  • Non-UK qualifications will be considered.  Please fill in the relevant application form (depending on whether you are an EEA or international applicant), providing the details of your qualifications.  Please enclose/attach a copy of relevant certificates and evidence of your English language skills.  This will enable us to assess your eligibility for the course to which you are applying

Access routes

Access to Higher education

Year 1 - CertHE

  • Introduction to psychology
  • Psychology of Individual Differences and Development
  • Foundations of research
  • Practicals in Psychology 1
  • Option

Year 3 - BSc

  • Biological psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Individual differences
  • Advanced Research Skills
  • Developmental psychology

Year 2 - DipHE

  • Practical Research and Analysis Skills
  • Practicals in Psychology 2
  • Cognition
  • Health psychology
  • Adolescence
  • Option

Year 4 - BSc (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • Dissertation
  • Conceptual and historical issues in psychology

You must also choose five options from:

  • Developmental disorders
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Animal behaviour
  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Later life
  • Managing health
  • Human cognition and computers
  • Food and behaviour

How will I study my course?

  • Full time
  • Part time (structured)
  • Part time (unstructured)
  • You will learn online through the UHI virtual learning environment (VLE) as well as through frequent online discussion groups
  • You will also attend a three-day face-to-face induction at the campus where you enrolled and a one week residential in Inverness every year

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees 2014-15 2015-16
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year
£1,820 £1,820*
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645*
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215*

*subject to change

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

Rest of UK students

For students living in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Year Level 2014-15 2015-16
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 p.a. £9,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 p.a. £9,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £9,000 p.a. £9,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free* free*

*4th year free only for students who have paid for previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2014-15); £1,500 (2015-16)

Online** degree  3 - 4 years

Applies to RUK students studying online without a term-time address in Scotland

2014-15 2015-16
Full-time online per year (120 credits) £5,760 £5,880
Part-time online (per 20 credit module) £960 £980


**note that not all degrees can be studied online


International students

(students not living in the UK or European Union)

3 - 4 year degree 2014-15
On site***
On-site ***
Full-time per year (120 credits) £10,320 £10,560
Part-time (per 20 credit module) £1,720 £1,760

***Students with a term-time address in Scotland

Further information on international course fees

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Once you have successfully completed your BSc (Hons) Psychology course, you will be in a position to consider a wide range of careers
  • Psychological knowledge and its associated research skills are highly regarded by employers and have a range of applications, for example in industry, commerce, health and social studies

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Apply for Psychology BSc (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2015

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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