Research course

Applied Psychology

Heriot-Watt University · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are a first or upper second class degree (or equivalent) involving psychology, or a similar subject area that will be involved in your research (e.g. computer science, criminology, management, communication studies, healthcare, music, and education to name but a few). Students who do not have a degree in psychology will be invited to attend selected undergraduate lectures in psychology and research methods.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Applied Psychology at Heriot-Watt University bridges the gaps that are often found between theory and real-world application. Our research activities are focused on two research groups concerning:

  • Lifespan Cognitive and Social Development.
  • Attention, Perception and Action.

In addition to the research that has been funded by research councils, much of our research is carried out in collaboration with external bodies from the public and private sectors such as the NHS, the Scottish Executive, the Health and Safety Executive, and the Transport and Road Research Laboratory.

Department specialisms

Relationships and Well-Being; Applied Cognition and Vision; and Cognitive Development and Education.

Information for international students

English language requirement IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please refer to the website
International students
Please refer to the website

Research council, University, Industry

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
48 months


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Dorothy Haston
0131 451 3456
0131 451 3009