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Why Study Psychology at Glasgow University

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Today we are a broad-based, research intensive institution with a global reach. The University of Glasgow provides one of the widest ranges of subjects in the UK.

Our School of Psychology brings together world-leading expertise in experimental psychology, cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience in order to advance the understanding of behaviour. Psychology at the University of Glasgow is rated in the UK’s top 10 for research and teaching.

If you study with us, our supportive learning environment can help you to gain an in-depth knowledge of psychology, while developing skills that can be transferred to the workplace.

Our range of undergraduate degree programmes is wide and varied, and our flexible entry system provides you with the opportunity to explore a range of subjects in addition to psychology before specialising.

All our Single and Joint Honours programmes are accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Registration, providing the minimum standard of qualification of second class Honours in the Psychology component is achieved. This is a first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Each year a number of our students choose to study abroad through our exchange programmes with North American and Australian universities. This mostly occurs in the third year of study for Honours.


We offer four-year BSc (Hons), MA (Hons), and MA (SocSci) (Hons) in Psychology.

Psychology can be taken as a single Honours degree or joint Honours with other arts/science/social science subjects including English, Business & Management, Languages, Mathematics, Statistics and Computing Science.

In first and second year you will study a combination of subjects including psychology, and from third year onwards you will specialise in your degree subject(s) exclusively.

In your first year, your curriculum will be made up of lectures, laboratories, and tutorials. A typical weekly timetable will involve:

Each of your subjects will usually have between 3-5 one hour lectures per week.

You can expect to attend a three-hour practical class most weeks for each of your practical subjects.

There will normally be a one-hour tutorial weekly. Tutorials provide an opportunity for you to meet in smaller groups (up to ten or twelve) with a member of staff.

This means that you will have specific commitments for approximately twenty hours every week. You should aim to spend a further fifteen to twenty hours in private study. When you are not in a scheduled class, you are likely to be undertaking private study to go over lecture notes, read the course literature, or to prepare assignments which will be handed in and will often contribute to your final grade.


We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities, and we’re striving to change the world with our expertise. Our annual research contract income totals more than £116m, which puts us in the UK’s top 10 earners for research.

Psychologists at the University of Glasgow maintain a global reputation for excellence. Our research attempts to advance our understanding of behaviour and the underlying mental processes and brain functions at multiple levels of analysis.

This effort entails the integration of diverse approaches and paradigms from experimental psychology, cognitive science and the cognitive neurosciences. We are committed to producing basic and applied research of the highest quality with a focus on three main areas: perception and cognition, communication, and cognitive and behavioural neuroscience.

The Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging provides state-of-the-art functional neuroimaging facilities for researchers in cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology, neuropsychology and cognitive science.

The University Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Europe. It is open 18 hours a day with online access 24/7. Among our 2.5 million books and journals and over 30,000 electronic journals, you’ll be sure to find all the background material you need for your studies. Whether you need a desk to read in peace or a room to discuss your ideas, there’s plenty in supply throughout our 12 Wi-Fi-enabled floors.


Psychologists are probably best known for their work in the health and education services, but psychology graduates can be found in almost any area of life. A psychology degree opens up a wide range of career opportunities, and new areas such as sports psychology and environmental psychology are being developed all the time.

The main career areas are:

clinical psychologists, working in health and care settings; counselling psychologists, in private practice and commercial settings; educational psychologists, in local education authorities, schools and special schools; forensic psychologists, working in penal establishments, special hospitals and with young offenders; health psychologists, working in hospitals, health authorities and health research departments; neuropsychologists, helping people with brain injury; occupational psychologists, in management, personnel, training, selection and careers services; research and teaching in institutions of higher education.

A third of our graduates who go into permanent employment as psychologists enter public services such as the health service, education, the civil service and the armed forces. A third go into industry or commerce to work on market research and personnel management. Of the remainder, about a tenth will teach and research in schools, colleges and universities.

Our recent Psychology graduates have been employed by:

CTC Psychological Services, assistant psychologist; Maudsley Institute, psychologist; NHS Ayrshire and Arran, assistant clinical psychologist; NHS, assistant psychologist; National Health Centre Local Office, health consultant; North Bristol Trust, NHS, assistant psychologist; and Strathclyde Police, analysis researcher.