University of Aberdeen
Anthropology and Psychology MA (Hons)
University of Aberdeen

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Anthropology and Psychology at Aberdeen is a great partnership, adding to your thorough grounding in what it means to ‘be human’ with a closer look at how humans think and behave, including language, perception, personality and intelligence. You will gain the unique insight, perspective and skills to open up a world of exciting career options.

Anthropology – for which we boast 100% student satisfaction – will give you a thorough grounding in humanity, the differences in human cultures and communities and how they have developed. You will gain insight into differing human behaviours, beliefs and attitudes all over the world, exploring connections between aspects of life such as family, economics, politics and religion.

Psychology will deepen your understanding of the processes involved in thinking and behaviour, taught by internationally leading teachers and researchers who are experts in developmental, social and industrial psychology, neuroscience, memory, language and cognition. You will learn in a supportive and stimulating teaching environment that gives you a hands-on approach to gaining the skills and grounding to succeed in any career involving ‘people’.

Aberdeen is the oldest school of psychology in the UK and our facilities are state-of-the-art, including specialised laboratories for brain imaging analysis, eye movement recording, movement analysis and visual neuroscience. You will have many employment opportunities, including those that relate directly to psychology, such as clinical and occupational psychology, the human mind and behaviour such as teaching, marketing and advertising, or the application of your wide skills in a business role.

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 68 graduates of Anthropology and Psychology MA (Hons) at University of Aberdeen for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Anthropology.

Overall student satisfaction
86 /100
68 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

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Salary of Graduates of Anthropology and Psychology MA (Hons) at University of Aberdeen

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Anthropology and Psychology MA (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20000 £22500 £25000
25-75 percentile range £14000 - £25000 £17000 - £25500 £20500 - £30000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Anthropology

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20201 £19683 £23259
25-75 percentile range £17784 - £24306 £14964 - £24467 £17551 - £29311

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Anthropology and Psychology, MA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Anthropology and Psychology MA (Hons) at University of Aberdeen

15% Sales occupations
10% Managers, directors and senior officials
10% Business and public service associate professionals
10% Elementary occupations
10% Therapy professionals
10% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
10% Caring personal services
5% Media Professionals
5% Welfare and housing associate professionals
5% Protective service occupations

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; Written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses. Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

For First Year Entry a minimum of 3 A Levels at BBB or 4 AS at AABB. For Second Year Entry a minimum of an A in the subject selected for Single Honours plus BB, or AB in the subjects selected for Joint Honours plus a further B. GCSE in English or English Language is also required.

Minimum of 4 Highers at AABB obtained at a single sitting or 3 Advanced Highers at BBB. Those seeking to qualify over two sittings will be expected to exceed this minimum. Also required: English at Standard Grade 1, 2 or 3 or National 5 at Grades A, B or C.

Second year entry may be possible in most school based subjects. A minimum of ABB overall in Adv Higher is required. Adv Higher at A in the subject selected for Single Honours or AB in the subject selected for Joint Honours.

For entry into First Year, a minimum of 32 points required, including at least 5,5,5 at HL. For entry into Second Year, a minimum of 36 points, including at 6, 6, 6 at Higher level in subject(s) selected. English at a minimum of Standard level required.

Minimum entry requirement: DDM in related subjects.

A minimum of 5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (The grading within band B must be at B2 or above). Also required: O in English or English Language

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 Listening - 5.5 or above; Reading - 5.5 or above; Speaking - 5.5 or above; Writing - 6.0 or above.
TOEFL (iBT) 78 TOEFL DI code is 0818: Listening - 17 or above; Reading - 18 or above; Speaking - 20 or above; Writing - 21 or above.
PTE Academic 59 Listening - 59 or above; Reading - 59 or above; Speaking - 59 or above; Writing - 59 or above.
Trinity ISE Pass overall at ISE II with a distinction in writing and merit in the other three skills.
Institution's Own Test Academic English Pre-sessional Programmes - Pass (valid for one year) OR Academic English Preparation Programme - Pass at Level Four (valid for one year)

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Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

University of Aberdeen is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2023

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of University of Aberdeen in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Aberdeen in related subject specific rankings.

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #2 
    • #5 
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 11 September, 2021]
    • #2 
    • #8 
    Good University Guide by Subject - The Times
    [Published 17 September, 2021]
    • #3 
    • #18 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #3 
    • #51 
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #68 
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #3 
    • #185 
    Social Sciences
    NTU by Subject
    [Published 20 October, 2021]

See all university rankings of University of Aberdeen

What students say about studying Anthropology in the UK?

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About University of Aberdeen

Dating back to the year 1495 we find the University of Aberdeen, located in the Scottish city of the same name. The main site of this ancient institution is Old Aberdeen, where students in the arts and social sciences as well as the physical sciences carry out their learning. Meanwhile on the significantly more modern campus site Foresterhill, learners in the medical and research fields occupy their own purpose-built buildings, such as Suttie Centre.

Where is this programme taught

Old Aberdeen
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