Psychology is the science of behaviour and the mind. It uses a variety of scientific methods to explore major aspects of: the influence that our biology has on behaviour; the ways in which we develop from early infancy to adulthood; the ways in which we perceive, think, solve problems and make decisions; and the way we interact with each other. All of these approaches enable theories to be developed and tested within psychology.

At Heriot-Watt, we begin with a problem in the world and consider how psychology can help us to address it. Psychologists work in settings such as education, organisations, health and mental ill-health, sport and exercise, systems design, the environment, and forensic and criminological analysis, where theory and practice come together.

All of our Psychology degrees qualify honours students for graduate registration with the British Psychological Society (BPS), which is important for those wanting to become professional psychologists (e.g. clinical, forensic or educational psychologists).