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Applied Psychology

BA (Hons)
Model of a brain

The Applied Psychology degree from Robert Gordon University covers the scientific study of the brain and behaviour, and will explore how we interact with the world around us. Social science encompasses a range of fascinating disciplines. Psychology is one that is well-known and topical with a practical application.

This course is delivered by a small, friendly, research-active staff group.

In your first two years you will study a range of social science modules. This initial grounding will be invaluable for exploring the real-world applications of psychology, before you specialise in psychology-based modules and tailoring your degree according to your interests. Additionally, you will be developing a series of transferable skills that will be vital for your future career. 

This course is subject to validation

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

4 years

Year 1

Completed via BA (Hons) Applied Social Sciences

The first year of this course is an opportunity to explore introductory social science theories and applications including elements of psychology, sociology, research methods and politics. Additionally you will develop generic academic skills such as writing reports, presenting and study skills.

Year 2

Completed via BA (Hons) Applied Social Sciences

You will build upon the skills developed in year one, by exploring the topics in greater depth and introducing specialist modules. Academic skills will also be developed further.

Year 3

In year three you can specialise in psychology-based modules. Through the completion of a number of core topics, you will advance your knowledge and experience of psychology, psychology-based research and how these can be applied to contemporary, real-world issues.

Year 4

In your final year, you will again be able to choose modules that reflect your interest in various areas of psychology. This year also includes a core Dissertation module, which will allow you to study, in-depth, an area of relevant interest.



Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.


Learning Methods

You will be taught through a wide-variety of teaching methods including formal lectures, seminar activities, group work, project work and directed reading.

In Years 1 and 2 everyone studies the same modules via the BA (Hons) Applied Social Sciences route, however in Years 3 and 4 you will specialise in psychology.

Activity Summary

The activity depends on the module and includes:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • e-Learning activities
  • Directed and private study.
  • Student led seminars.
  • Practical work
  • Class discussions

How long is a BA (Hons) Applied Psychology course?

The duration of an Applied Psychology degree is 4 years.

Independent Study

We encourage you to be an independent learner from the start of your course. Each module involves two to three hours of timetabled teaching each week, but you will have considerably more follow-up work beyond this.

Staff Delivering on This Course

Our class sizes are small and this, along with a high level of contact time with staff, enables us to provide a friendly and supportive learning environment.

Our team of academic staff are actively engaged in applied research which underpins the teaching in areas such as drug abuse, homelessness, Alzheimer’s disease, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, forensic psychology, the body and political violence. Such research activity ensures that our course is kept current and relevant.


Assessment is through a combination of exams and coursework which may be a mix of essays, reports and presentations including:

  • Written coursework
  • Portfolios
  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Oral presentations
  • Case Studies
  • Dissertation


We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on campus or by online learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.



While there is no formal placement opportunity on this course, one of the elective modules has a placement element. If this module is chosen, you will be able to either work for a local social sciences-based organisation or carry out relevant research for them.

Study Abroad

There will be the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Year 2 of the course. We currently have study abroad links with Cyprus, Austria, Germany, Malta, Poland and Belgium. We also have the opportunity for a student exchange with Montana State University Billings.

Job Prospects

Psychology is useful for a number of careers in a variety of areas, such as education, the criminal justice system and social care. Throughout the course you will also be learning important transferable skills that will be needed in the changing workplace. There is also the opportunity to pursue a higher degree, such as a Masters or PhD.


What are the entry requirements for a BA (Hons) Applied Psychology degree?

Standard Entry Requirements

  • SQA Higher: BBBB to include a written subject requiring the use of English.
  • GCE A Level Year 1 entry: BCC to include a written subject requiring the use of English.
  • GCE A Level Year 2 entry: BBC to include a written subject requiring the use of English.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H2H3H3 to include a written subject requiring the use of English.
  • IB Diploma Year 1 entry: 28 to include a Higher Level written subject requiring the use of English.
  • IB Diploma Year 2 entry: 29 to include a Higher Level written subject requiring the use of English.

Minimum Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for widening access applicants are:

  • SQA Higher: BBC/BCCC to include a written subject requiring the use of English

Alternative Qualifications

We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants from Partner Colleges

A relevant HNC or HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3.

Advanced Entry

All other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


The Applied Psychology course has the following tuition fees:

For Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Scottish Students: £1,820 per academic year
  • EU Students: £5,000 per academic year
  • Rest of UK Students: £5,000 per academic year
  • International Students: £14,000 per academic year

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

Widening Access Accommodation and Welcome Pack Offer

If you are applying to RGU for September 2022 and meet widening access criteria, you may qualify for free accommodation in your first year of study, along with our welcome pack to support your transition to university. Find out if you are eligible:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


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