BSc (Hons) Psychology and Economics is based in the Department of Psychology at Heriot-Watt University and draws on our well-established undergraduate programmes in economics and psychology.
This programme is comprised of core courses in both psychology and economics, ensuring that students graduate with a deep understanding of the nature of both disciplines and the many impactful links between them.
On this degree, students will take courses in all core areas of psychology with an emphasis on social and cognitive psychology, which will equip them with the tools necessary to understand the links between individual and social behaviour.
They will also study courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics, introducing them to the principles of economic analysis, applied to individual decision making within a rational choice framework, and to the behaviour of economic systems.
In Level 3 and Level 4, students will take courses at the intersection of psychology and economics, studying axiomatic analysis of decision making and observationally based models of choice, so that they can explore the implications of these distinct, but complementary, explanations of (human) behaviour.
Finally, they will undergo training in research methods and statistical analysis, culminating in a dissertation, which will run across both semesters of their final year.
2023 entry requirements
Standard entry: 4 Highers at AABB (two sittings) plus English and Maths at National 5
Widening access entry: 4 Highers at BBBC (two sittings) plus English and Maths at National 5.
For entry to year 2 you would require 2 Advanced Highers at BB plus 4 Highers at AABB, preferably including Psychology at A.
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