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University of Edinburgh

Psychology and Linguistics

UCAS Code: CQ81
MA (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128-144

% applicants receiving offers

32%

Subjects
  • Psychology
  • Linguistics
Student score
72% LOW
82% MED
% employed or in further study
90% LOW
89% LOW
Average graduate salary
£20k HIGH
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAA-ABB

ABB including one of Mathematics, Psychology or an approved science.

Scottish Highers
ABBB-AAAA

Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6. One Higher from Mathematics, Psychology or an approved science required.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
34

Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects, including one of Mathematics, Psychology or an approved science. SL: English at 4 and Mathematics at 6 or Maths Studies at 7 (if not at Higher Level).

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-144 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

32%

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

Not available

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 and behaviour in humans and animals. It looks at behaviour and experience and tries to understand and explain how these change throughout our lives. â?¢ Psychologists are interested in the way biological and social factors influence the way we behave and how our interests and abilities differ from person to person. â?¢ Psychology is an experimental and observational science and so the degree programme has a strong emphasis on developing research skills. You will explore how we perceive our environment, how we communicate and how we think, learn and remember. â?¢ The MA Psychology (C801) and the BSc Psychology (C800) degree programmes only differ in the pre-honours courses taken alongside Psychology in years one and two. The Psychology content of the two degrees is identical. â?¢ In Scotland, MA and BSc both specify a four-year degree. On the Psychology BSc programme, students are required to take some biological sciences pre-honours courses with a strong chemistry content and their access to such courses is guaranteed. â?¢ On the Psychology MA, students may choose from the whole range of pre-honours courses, but with no guaranteed access to particular courses. â?¢ Most of our degree programmes are accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS). â?¢ In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 45 per cent of our research in Psychology was rated 3* internationally excellent, with a further 15 percent rated 4* world-leading, placing the University in the top 10 for psychology in the UK.

Modules

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How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
23%
77%

Year 1

26%
74%

Year 2

13%
87%

Year 3

7%
93%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
61%
34%
5%

Year 1

55%
45%

Year 2

48%
52%

Year 3

29%
71%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 77%
Student score 72% LOW
Able to access IT resources

92%

Staff made the subject interesting

78%

Library resources are satisfactory

93%

Feedback on work has been helpful

47%

Feedback on work has been prompt

45%

Staff are good at explaining things

93%

Received sufficient advice and support

57%

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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 90% LOW
Average graduate salary £20k HIGH
Graduates who are welfare and housing associate professionals

7%

Graduates who are customer service occupations

6%

Graduates who are caring personal services

11%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the fourth most popular subject overall, one in 24 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) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates – far more than there are jobs in psychology – this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business. With a mix of good people skills and with 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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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 86%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

92%

Staff made the subject interesting

91%

Library resources are satisfactory

98%

Feedback on work has been helpful

51%

Feedback on work has been prompt

57%

Staff are good at explaining things

93%

Received sufficient advice and support

67%

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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
49% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
72% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
7% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
486 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
92% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
11% 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 89% LOW
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

9%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

8%

Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations

8%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Linguists are in demand across the economy, from marketing to IT, so this type of degree has a better than average employment rate. Graduates from language subjects are, not surprisingly, more likely than most others to get jobs working overseas, with Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) a popular option. Linguists are particularly likely to get jobs in marketing, finance, education and in management, but remember – whilst employers say they rate language skills, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills.
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