Psychology BSc/MA/MA(SocSci)

Professional Skills 3H/4H PSYCH4011

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The course seeks to support students in identifying and reflecting on existing skills to enhance opportunities in line with future career goals.


10 hours over a 5 week block

Excluded Courses



Students will collate an individual portfolio of work demonstrating their acquisition of professional skills and the course ILOs. The portfolio consisting of these three exercises will comprise 100% of the course grade. 

The composition of this portfolio will include three exercises comprising:

■ Two exercises from a choice of four employability areas: CV and application development; volunteer/intern experience (written reflection); science communication (online blog writing/poster/infographic/multi-media); graduate attributes and goal setting (written reflection) [each worth 40%].

■ Written exercise reflecting on their rationale for their choice of exercises for the portfolio and a reflection on how the activities developed their professional skills [worth 20%].

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

To provide the opportunity for students to assess and reflect on their existing skills and experiences, across the programme to date, and to support students in identifying further development needs.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate an understanding of the range of professional skills required for graduate careers.

■ Identify the career options and/or post graduate study opportunities available to psychology graduates.

■ Develop and reflect on graduate attributes and employability.

■ Present their professional skills in appropriate forms such as CV and application/online blog writing/infographic/reflective writing.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment