Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology PSYCH1010

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course covers core material in the area of biological and cognitive psychology.


One-hour lectures weekly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the semester.

Requirements of Entry

Entry to the class is offered to students who are visiting from overseas universities.

Excluded Courses



1 degree exam (100%).  

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to introduce students to core material in the areas of biological and cognitive psychology. Appropriate research methods and key theories will be covered throughout. 

The course is intended for students who are visiting from overseas universities. It can serve as an introduction to the field for students taking the course as part of their psychology degree at their home university, or as an outside subject in another degree programme.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Students at the end of this course will be equipped with skills and knowledge to:

■ Describe, explain, and evaluate a broad range of theories and research findings in Psychology which will introduce students to Biological Psychology; Perception and Visual Cognition; Human Memory; and, Language.

■ Discuss and evaluate the methodological bases for psychological research.

■ Summarise and critically evaluate psychological theories and research findings in an examination.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit the course's summative assessment.