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Legal Studies and Psychology at Aberdeen is a great combination, bringing together close examination of the world of law – including topical and controversial issues. You will explore how we think and behave as humans, in a stimulating and highly-rated teaching and research environment that gives you a hands-on approach to gaining the skills and grounding to succeed in any career involving ‘people’. Legal Studies at Aberdeen gives you the benefit of studying a range of subjects in our highly-regarded Law School, established in the year 1495, now ranked 12th in the UK out of more than 90 law schools, and scoring an impressive 95% for student satisfaction.

Although you won’t be accredited to enter the legal profession in Scotland (or England), you will gain valuable knowledge of legal systems and important academic qualities that are greatly sought by employers. Topics you can study include commercial law, Government and law, legal theory, European and international law, human rights, EU law, environmental law, criminology and criminal justice and Scottish legal history. You’ll combine this with our special strength in Psychology, rated in the latest UK assessment of university research as third top in the UK. Psychology deals with the understanding and explanation of behaviour and experience, and how these change and develop throughout our lives.

You’ll learn from our internationally-recognised researchers in neuroscience, perception, language and cognition and occupational/industrial psychology, and use specialised laboratories including those for analysing brain scans. The skills you’ll gain will open up career opportunities in legal and/or psychology-related fields, including human resources, social work, counselling and teaching, and areas benefiting from an understanding of the human mind and behaviour such careers in business, marketing and advertising.

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University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the UK's fifth oldest university. William Elphinstone established King's College to train doctors, teachers and clergy for the...

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