Heriot-Watt Department of Psychology

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 the world, think, solve problems and make decisions; and the way we interact with each other.

Understanding individual differences in the ways in which we think and behave provide other important considerations. All of these approaches to the science of mind and behaviour enable theories to be developed and tested within psychology.

We are currently offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Psychology. All of our undergraduate Psychology degrees qualify Honours students for graduate registration with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Psychology Teaching Team

Read more about our Teaching Team.


Our Psychology research is grouped under three main themes:

  • Work, Society and Environment
  • Lifespan Health and Wellbeing
  • Cognition, Brain and Behaviour

Our rankings

The Guardian University Guide 2018

 11th in Scotland

63rd in UK 

The Guardian University Guide 2017

11th in Scotland

84th in UK

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016

9th in Scotland

52nd in UK

The Complete University Guide 2017

9th in Scotland

45th in UK