The School of Psychology is proud of its reputation for delivering British Psychological Society accredited courses. Teaching is delivered by researchers and practitioners, ensuring that students gain knowledge of the subject theory and its application in different settings. Our staff conduct cutting-edge research so that courses are contemporary and relevant to the future employment of our students. Research and teaching are underpinned by an excellent learning environment, including over forty state-of-the-art laboratories. Collaborations are in place with NHS Trusts, patient groups, healthcare professionals, Prison Service, police forces, Local Education Authorities and schools, athletic clubs and charities.
The 2015 visit by the British Psychological Society (BPS) was once again successful. BPS commended the school for its excellent facilities, outstanding support from teaching staff, and the embedded nature of the teaching of skills, as well as the provision of free BPS membership for all undergraduate students – a great resource to keep up-to-date with the latest developments and career opportunities.
Much of our psychological research was rated ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world-leading’ in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF), whilst 100 per cent was rated as having ‘real-world’ impact. Students are immersed in this research-led culture through research internships, participation to research conferences, research publications and research grants – they regularly publish alongside academics in peer-review journals.
Among our practical application techniques, observations of real situations are included. In our state-of-the-art Child Observation Suite students complete a hands-on replication of Mary Ainsworth’s Strange Situation, exploring differences between children in their levels of parental attachment and their nurtured behaviour via their exploration of the play room. Such student learning experiences make us a stand out choice.
Undergraduate Psychology offers accredited courses with the BPS providing Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). You’ll learn about the core areas of psychology before specialising in an area of psychology. Alternatively you may continue to study the full range of psychological topics and research. This flexibility allows you to move between the courses, as your career goals and aspirations evolve.
You can specialise in Health, Forensic, Social, Neuropsychology, Child Psychology or, to follow a joint honours programme: Psychology and Criminology; Psychology with Psychotherapy and Counselling.
BSc (Hons) Neuroscience covers pharmacology, biochemistry as well as cognitive and physiological psychology – one of a handful of courses that offers a multidisciplinary approach.
Superb facilities include: the Health Psychology Suite; Cognitive Psychology Complex; Brain Imaging Lab; Mirrored Observation Suite; and Sport & Exercise Psychology Laboratories. Outside the classroom you can get involved in educational trips, professional conferences, work experience schemes or publish your research. There are opportunities for international study and travel through various schemes including the Travel Bursary, Worldwise Learning Centre and Erasmus.