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PsychologyStudy abroad

As a Strathclyde psychology student, you’ll have the opportunity to study abroad through a student exchange programme or summer work placement.  Not only is this an excellent addition to your CV, but it's an enriching personal experience.

Erasmus exchange scheme

2nd year exam marks must be at least 55%

During your third year of study, you’ll can take equivalent classes at an international university. To qualify for student exchange, you must have 2nd year psychology exam marks of 55% or above.

If you take classes at a European university, through the Erasmus scheme you’ll qualify for a grant to subsidise your studies.

Studying outside Europe

You can study outside Europe but you won’t qualify for an Erasmus grant. You can apply to go on exchange to a university that has a formal agreement with the University of Strathclyde.

Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS

The governing body for Psychology in the United Kingdom is the British Psychological Society (BPS). Completion of your degree may make you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

However, the criteria means you must earn all your course credits at Strathclyde, which means if you want to qualify for GBC, then you cannot take classes abroad. An alternative to student exchange is the Erasmus International Work Placement. This international opportunity does not affect eligibility for GBC.

How to apply for student exchange

If you’re interested in studying abroad, then you should first contact the Recruitment and International Office (4th floor, Graham Hill’s building).

You must then contact Kellyanne Findlay to discuss your chosen curriculum.

If you want to take a dissertation in Psychology during the Honours year you must complete C8302: Research Methods in Psychology or an alternative that is approved by Kellyanne.

Applications for study abroad take place online through Mobility Online.

Erasmus summer placement

You'll spend 3 months with a research team

You’ll spend three summer months (June-August or July-September) undertaking a work placement in a European partner university, working with an experienced research team.



What you'll gain

  • hands-on experience in designing, conducting and analysing research
  • an in-depth understanding of a specific area of psychology
  • you'll meet new people and gather new contacts
  • future job opportunities
  • you'll benefit from the experience of a different university and culture
  • the opportunity to gain experience in using equipment that you would not normally have access to at Strathclyde (eg fMRI scanner)

Partner universities


The work placement forms the basis of a 20 credit level 4 class, C8425:Erasmus International Work Placement.

You must achieve a minimum of 65% in 1st semester kevel 3 exams to be eligible for participation in this scheme.

Kellyanne will provide further information about this opportunity at the 3rd year induction lecture.

Find out more about the Erasmus exchange scheme