University of Aberdeen: School of Psychology

Univeristy of Aberdeen
School of Psychology 

The University of Aberdeen is home to one of the oldest academic psychology units in the UK with a long tradition of high-quality research-led teaching.

From the moment you join our vibrant and friendly community we are committed to ensuring that your experience is excellent. We take pride in the diversity and quality of our teaching and research, which are world renowned.

Cutting-edge Research
Our postgraduate programmes focus on state-of-the-art concepts and theories taught by award-winning teachers and world-class researchers.

The main aims of our research and taught  programmes are to provide more in-depth knowledge of psychological phenomena, experimental design, advance data analysis and systematic approach in all aspects of research.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework audit, the School of Psychology was ranked in the top 20 in the UK for its research.

Research Impact
Research at the School of Psychology ranges from basic, theoretical science to problem-driven projects that are commissioned by government and industry. For over a century, research in the School has demonstrated influence on practice, most notably in clinical, industrial and forensic settings.

To read more about our research impact, visit our website 

Our programmes are delivered in the best possible learning environment with access to world class facilities including:

Psychophysiology Centre – This facility consists of several spacious rooms that house electroencephalographic (EEG) equipment and sound-attenuated, shielded testing booths.

Eye tracking facilities – We have four in-house eye trackers. The Eyelink 1000 system allows the recording of eye gaze at a sampling rate of 1000 Hz.

With the choice of MSc  and MRes  postgraduate degrees, there is a psychology programme to suit those with a psychology background and those who are new to the field. Our  programmes are delivered on campus or via blended learning starting in September and/or January.

MSc Psychological Studies is designed to introduce graduates from other disciplines to the study of psychology, as a first step to pursuing a career in this area. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in an area of psychology best suited to your interests or career aspirations, by choosing from a range of elective courses, some of which can be studied online, including:

  •  Mental Health 
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Applied Developmental Psychology

MRes Psychology is suitable for those with a degree in Psychology or a cognate discipline. The programme provides an excellent platform for those students wishing to pursue a career in psychological research, particularly those wishing to study towards a PhD.

We also offer online short courses in Human Factors and Non-Technical Skills allowing you to gain new skills and build qualifications to progress in your career.

Our MSc Psychological Studies programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Chartered Membership of the BPS opens up career paths in specialised areas of professional psychology such as counselling, health, occupational and clinical psychology.

Our MRes in Psychology is recognised as compliant with the UK Economic and Social Research Council training guidelines, and the school is a member of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science.

Careers and Employability
Our programmes are enhanced with a selection of courses that cover essential transferable skills which are applicable to industrial, health and academic activities.

You will also benefit from the excellent employability programme within the School which aims to provide you with the skills and opportunities to enhance your career prospects and increase your likelihood of securing employment upon graduation. Our previous graduates are now either leading academics in other universities or working in various aspects of psychology in organisations.

For further information, or to apply, contact:
School of Psychology
Telephone +44(0)1224 272090

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