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Master of Arts (with Honours) - MA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Psychology
Student score
71% LOW
% employed or in further study
92% LOW
Average graduate salary
£18.7k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Minimum entry requirement: ABB including one of Mathematics, Psychology or an approved science. GCSEs: English at Grade C or 4 and Mathematics at Grade A or 7 OR Mathematics and Physics both at Grade B or 6 OR Mathematics, Science plus Additional Science (OR science double award) at grade B or 6.

Scottish Highers

Minimum entry requirement: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. One Higher from Mathematics, Psychology or an approved science required. National 5: English at Grade C and Mathematics at Grade A or Mathematics and Physics both at Grade B or Higher Mathematics at Grade C.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate

Award of Diploma with 38 points overall and grades 666 at HL - 34 points overall and grades 655 at HL, including one of Mathematics, Psychology or an approved science. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics at 6 or Maths Studies at 7 (if not at HL).

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 114-136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, brain, and behaviour. It focuses on building and testing theories to help explain how people interact with each other and the world around them. Psychologists are interested in the way biological and social factors influence how we behave, and how interests and abilities differ from person to person. They also study how we perceive, think, and learn about the world around us. They examine how we communicate verbally and non-verbally, and how and why our mental abilities change across our lives. Psychology is an experimental and observational science, in which evidence from research studies is used to develop and evaluate theories. Our programme has a strong emphasis on developing skills in research methods and statistical analysis, to support our research-led teaching. The University of Edinburgh consistently ranks as one of the top 50 universities in the world for psychology (QS World University Rankings and Complete University Guide). In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we were rated first in Scotland and third in the UK as part of a joint submission for psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience.


University of Edinburgh

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Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities. We are globally recognised for our research and innovation and we've provided our students with world-class teaching for more than 425 years. Edinburgh itself has something for everyone - pubs, clubs, theatres, museums, galleries and parks. And, of course, the world famous Edinburgh Festival.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 79%
Student score 71% LOW
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
36% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
81% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
9% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
514 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
96% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 92% LOW
Average graduate salary £18.7k HIGH
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals


Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.
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