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BSc/BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology

Who are we, and how do we shape our world? On this course you’ll explore both the nature of the individual and society. You’ll learn the critical thinking skills that discerning employers are looking for in a variety of fields including business, health, media, education, social care and management.

Studying psychology and sociology will allow you to explore a large and fascinating world – the fundamental nature of human beings and how that nature shapes our social environment. You’ll engage with debates about the practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with the use of different methodologies, paradigms and methods of analysis applied in each of the disciplines, and their relevance and value for different communities and publics.

Why QMU?

The course is taught by an experienced and dedicated team who are driven by a student-centred approach to learning and teaching. This is reflected in our consistently excellent NSS results: Psychology and Sociology at QMU has scored 100% student satisfaction in 2018 and 2019. But don’t take our word for it – come and join us at one of the open days and meet some of our current students! 

About the course

Are you fascinated by human nature, by who we are and how we interact? Do you want to understand what impacts the shape of society around us and how it could be changed for the better? Then you will enjoy our joint course in psychology and sociology as it provides a challenging and stimulating environment for exploring these questions around the individual and society.

In this course you will learn to use social scientific methods and evidence to make sense of human behaviour. You’ll learn how to think and write critically, giving you skills that can be valuable in many fields. You’ll be given opportunities to go into communities and apply your skills and knowledge in a real-world context and reflect upon the ways in which psychological and sociological knowledge can effect real change in people’s everyday lives.

The modules in Years One and Two will give you a thorough grounding in the key concepts, theories and schools of thought in both psychology and sociology. You’ll look at the historical development and contemporary applications of psychological and sociological knowledge as well as explore the very latest debates in both disciplines. We know how important it is that you develop a wide range of transferable talents, so you’ll also focus on improving your interpersonal and presentation skills, effective reading and writing, analytical thinking and critical reflection, as well as your research skills.

In Years Three and Four you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of a broad range of substantive debates within the disciplines of psychology and sociology: the psychology of risk, the origins and structure of memory and eyewitness testimony, the sociology of gender and sexuality, sociologies of liberation, and social interaction and social order. Working closely with a member of academic staff, you will conduct your own independent research project in Year Four, in which you will be encouraged to bring together your knowledge of academic theories and concepts, as well as refining your research skills.

Your ability to understand the relationship between complex academic theory and practical research will certainly enhance your employability on completion of this course.


You can opt to study for an honours degree over four years or an ordinary degree over three years. You will complete a range of modules each year as outlined in the following modules section.

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will be taught in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and laboratories. Outside these timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. Your work will be assessed using a number of techniques, including essay writing, presentations, report writing, critical reflections and examinations. 

Please see below for an idea of teaching, learning and assessment for this course for 2020 entry. 2021 information will be added when it is available. 



Year One

  • Introduction to Psychology 1
  • Foundations of Psychology: Core Concepts and Practices
  • Introduction to Academia
  • The Sociological Imagination 1 – Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theories and Concepts
  • Introduction to Psychology 2
  • The Sociological Imagination 2 – Diversity, Identity and Wellbeing

Year Two

  • Social and Psychological Inquiry – Philosophy and Design
  • Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Current Debates in Sociology
  • Sociology of Culture
  • Self and Identity
  • Individual Difference, Wellbeing and Ethical Practice

Year Three

  • Sociology of Knowledge & Science
  • Research Design: Theory and Practice
  • Interaction and Social Order
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology and Social Movements

Year Four

  • Dissertation (in Psychology, Sociology or both)
  • two Sociology option modules
  • two psychology option modules

Sociology option modules: Sociology of Liberation/ European Policy and Politics/ Queer Theory, Gender and Sexual Politics/ Gender Justice and Violence/ Feminist Approaches

Psychology option modules: Eyewitness Testimony/ Evolutionary Psychology/ Volunteering and Community Engagement/ Psychology of Pain

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2020) but are subject to change following revalidation in March 2020. Please check back here for updates. 



Exchange opportunities

In Year Two or Three you have the opportunity (where available) to study for one semester at a university overseas. For more information, see Exchanges and Study Abroad.

Please note that exchange opportunities are subject to availability. In addition, please note that where exchange opportunities are arranged in the EU, Erasmus+ funding is available for 2021/22 only.


You’ll graduate with a wide range of skills, knowledge and aptitudes. You’ll be ready to step out into a wide range of careers, to develop yourself in even greater ways. Our alumni are pursuing careers in social and community work, consumer and social research, public policy development, teaching, academia, marketing and human resource management. 

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard - BBCC, Minimum - BCCC

A Level: CCD

Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5

Required: English required at Nat 5/ GCSE

Mature/Access: Related Access course — see www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications

We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications and/or experience.

Direct Entry:

Year Two

  • HNC in a related subject with B in the graded unit
  • Scottish Higher: BC at Advanced Higher in relevant subjects plus BB at Higher
  • A Level: BBB in relevant subjects

Year Three

  • HND in a related subject with CB in the graded units

For details of related HNC and HND courses, www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/access-to-higher-education/college-leavers-and-mature-students/

Associate student places

You can study this course as an associate student completing your first year at Newbattle Abbey College or West Lothian College. For more information, see Associate Student Scheme.

Professional registration/ accreditation

Successful completion of this degree does not confer Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) which enables access to professional training as a Chartered Psychologist.

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

Please note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2021/22 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate)

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

3/4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2021
On campus
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Fees & Funding