Taught course

Psychology of Individual Differences

University of Edinburgh · School of Philosophy, Psychology and Languages Science

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from psychological, biological and social scientists with a bachelor's degree of at least 2:1 honours standard (UK) or equivalent, for example, at least high average B or 3.4 out of 4 (North American). Students whose first degree is in another subject area may be considered for admission: such applicants must have achieved a high standard in their undergraduate work and provide evidence that they are capable of converting to study in psychology. In addition to the supporting documents requested on the application form, candidates are asked to submit a personal statement.

Months of entry


Course content

This one-year taught MSc programme provides an exciting opportunity to gain intensive training in the psychology of individual differences. It can be taken either as a free-standing MSc or lead into a PhD programme. There are two key subdivisions in the study of human individual differences: personality and mental abilities. Psychology at Edinburgh has a uniquely large team of world-class researchers in both fields.

The programme provides advanced graduate-level study in the field of the psychology of individual differences and psychological research skills, and forms a strong basis for further (typically PhD) study.

The programme covers psychometric research methods, the foundations and correlates of human individual differences (including approaches involving information processing, brain-imaging, molecular genetics and biometric models), and the application of individual differences i

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


part time
24 months

Course contact details

PPLS Postgraduate Office
+44 (0)131 651 5002