Psychology BSc (Hons)

Course code C800

What is special about this course?

On this BSc (Hons) Psychology, accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), you will learn the skills and analytical abilities that employers in a range of careers are looking for.

Choosing a psychology degree opens the door to a diverse range of topics, all of which are concerned with understanding behaviour and exploring the mind. Psychology is not just about the study of mental health and you will not be able to read minds by the end of the degree.  It does, however, deal with the understanding and explanation of human behaviour and how this changes and develops throughout our lives.

Psychology is a science which allows us to understand the mind and behaviour through experimentation and observation.  You will not only learn how to ask research questions but, importantly, you will develop the skills and understanding to know how to find the answers to these questions.

You will graduate with a rounded understanding of the key domains in psychology and with specific knowledge of specialist areas.  You will also have developed critical skills of analysis and evaluation; you will be able to communicate effectively and solve problems efficiently. 

The degree is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society, allowing graduates who complete with at least second-class honours to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Special features

  • The course offers you a wide range of modules, enabling you to tailor your study as your interests develop
  • One-week residentials provide opportunities to engage in fascinating exploration of topic areas with fellow students and staff as well as attend seminars delivered by research and applied psychologists
  • You can study online, full time or part time, to suit your personal circumstances
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development (CPD)

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, including a pass in National 5 Maths or equivalent (National 5 Applications of Mathematics (formerly Life Skills Maths) is not accepted for entry) OR
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above, including a pass in GCSE Maths
  • Both of the above must also include English or any literate subject, for example: History; Geography; Modern studies; Politics; Sociology; Psychology; Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies; or Modern Languages 
  • Applicants without standard entry qualifications but with appropriate experience may be considered for the course on an individual basis
  • 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

Please note:

  • You must be resident in Scotland during term-time
  • This course is not open to international students

Access routes

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.

The British Psychological Society

Year 1 - CertHE

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Subjects include:
Semester 1

  • Introduction to psychology
  • Evidence based psychology
  • Questions in psychology 

Semester 2

  • Psychology of individual differences and development
  • Practicals in psychology 1
  • One option module

Year 2 - DipHE

Subjects include:
Semester 1

  • Practicals in psychology 2
  • Adolescence 
  • Research, analysis and methods

Semester 2

  • Personality project
  • Cognition
  • Health

Year 3 - BSc

Subjects include:
Semester 1

  • Social and evolutionary psychology
  • Advanced research, analysis and methods
  • Developmental psychology: birth to death

Semester 2

  • Behavioural neuroscience
  • Intelligence and cognition
  • Conceptual and historical issues in psychology

Year 4 - BSc (Hons)

Core subjects are:

  • Dissertation

You must also choose two additional modules in both semesters 1 and 2, which may include:

Semester 1

  • Neurodiversity: dyslexia, ASD and ADHD
  • Food and behaviour
  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Psychological literacies: applying theory to the real world

Semester 2

  • Psychopathology: mental health and wellbeing
  • Psychology of middle adulthood and later life
  • Managing health
  • Communication, learning and technology

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will learn online via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE) as well as through frequent online discussion groups with your tutors and classmates and synchronous virtual classrooms
  • You must attend a one- or two-day induction in year 1 at the Inverness campus, plus a one-week residential held in Inverness each year. This is compulsory for eligibility for BPS registration on graduation

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.

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness
  • North, West and Hebrides
  • Orkney
  • Perth
  • Shetland

Start date

  • September


Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

Additional costs

You must attend a one- or two-day induction in year 1 at the Inverness campus, plus a one-week residential held in Inverness each year. This is compulsory for eligibility for BPS registration on graduation. You will be responsible for any travel and accommodation costs.

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, marketing, research, and human resource management.

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Distance learning suited me – just like the Open University but with the comfort of lecturers close at hand. I have been able to earn my degree and fit studying around work and home commitments. The highlights have been the state-of-the-art facilities and the annual course residential. I now hope to study an MSc in occupational psychology with a view to become a psychology practitioner.

Andrew Smith is studying in his fourth year of the BSc (Hons) Psychology.

I chose this course as it covers a wide range of topics; and my studies have given me the right foundation to pursue various career options. With help from the careers team, I've decided to complete a masters with a view to pursuing a career as an educational psychologist.

Although the course is wholly online, I had the opportunity to attend the annual residential in Inverness. It was a great experience being able to meet my lecturers and fellow students and to attend the workshops and lectures.

Yussra Mumtaz is studying in her fourth year of the BSc (Hons) Psychology.

I won the Citation for Excellence Award from the British Psychological Society for my dissertation which explored positive psychology and tourism at an outdoor winter festival. By continuing with my PhD studies here, I’m helping to shape this young university’s reputation and contribute to changes that may benefit residents. For the next three years, I will be working on the project: ‘Physical Activity in Older Adults with Visual Impairment.’ The Studentship is funded by the European Social Fund and Scottish Funding Council as part of developing Scotland’s workforce in the Scotland 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Fund Programme with additional part funding from the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Aniéle Viljoen-Steele graduated with a firstclass honours from the BSc (Hons) Psychology at our UHI Inverness campus and is now undertaking her PhD with the university.

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