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Our Psychology courses are informed by the research and professional experience of the academics from the Work, Society and Environment research group within the Centre of Applied Behavioural Sciences.
Our approach has a distinctive practical emphasis, preparing students to apply knowledge of psychological theory and evidence to solving real-world problems and to improving business performance.
We equip our graduates with theoretical knowledge of psychology and related practical skills to enhance effectiveness at individual, team and organisational levels, and within a variety of sectors and roles.
Our psychology graduates have a strong record of employment in clinical practice, business management, marketing, human resources, coaching, counselling, academic research and teaching, to name but a few.
Psychology is the scientific study of the relationship between mind and behaviour. It asks why people, in general, behave as they do and why some people behave in unexpected or atypical ways. Findings from psychological study help us to enhance people’s everyday experiences and improve lives.
Tailored to meet the needs of those aspiring to roles such as business psychology practitioner, human resources manager, organisational development manager, coaching consultant, management consultant or leadership consultant.
All alumni who have studied for at least a year at any Heriot-Watt University campus.
Our Psychology degrees use scientific methods to explore themes such as the influence of biology on behaviour: how we perceive, think and make decisions, and how we interact with each other
We are ranked 2nd in Scotland and 12th in the UK for Applied Psychology in the National Student Survey 2021
Our Edinburgh-based researchers benefit from refurbished research facilities, comprising three expertise-specific research spaces
Class of 2021, BSc Psychology with Management (First Class Honours)
I am a recent graduate of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia. I joined the Psychology programme to understand the human brain, and the different processes in the brain that allows us to feel, think, and learn. In the future, I hope to contribute to the improvement of our society’s mental health and well-being.
I came to know about Heriot-Watt University through my sibling, who also graduated from Heriot-Watt. Through their experience, I learned that the course materials used for the Malaysia campus are the same as those used in the Edinburgh and Dubai campuses, ensuring that the standard of education is maintained throughout all three campuses. This point of Heriot-Watt University was very appealing to me, and the main reason why I signed up for the psychology programme.
Class of 2021, BSc Psychology (First Class Honours)
The Psychology with Management programme was the most appealing aspect that made me choose Heriot-Watt University. Of all the university choices I had researched for my studies, Heriot-Watt University was able to provide me with the Degree choice that suits my desire perfectly to obtain valuable knowledge about psychology whilst gaining useful applications of its theories in the workplace.
The most exceptional aspect about my studies, was the content of the programme and the people surrounding it. Without the amazing supportive environment provided by both my classmates and lecturers, I would not be able to pull through in reaching my full potential during my studies.
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