Professional Recognition

The School offers robust training in professional psychology, preparing our graduates for a variety of careers.

High Impact Quality Research

Our research changes people's lives, impacts communities and influences policy at all levels.

Industry links

We are well-connected with employers in the health and business industries. Our graduates run numerous services within local authorities, charities and NHS trusts.

Who we are

Since 1965, the School of Psychology at the University of East London has built a strong reputation for psychology education, professional training and research. Our courses are delivered by industry experts and we ensure our students have plenty of opportunities to engage with community projects and get hands-on, real world experience through placements.

The School is one of the largest in the country and we are recognised as an international hub for professional training, theory development and research activity. 

    • Overall student satisfaction on the range of BSc Psychology courses in the School:  87% (NSS, 2019)
    • Our BSc Counselling (a professional training course accredited by BACP): scored 88% for its learning resources (NSS, 2019)
    • We were ranked first nationally for Research Impact at the last Research Excellence Framework (REF, 2014). 
    • We have a significant amount of expertise within our ranks with excellent employment connections in our local area – made possible due to our size, range of expertise and well-established influence.
    • We have three, long-running, community embedded Professional Doctorate courses: Clinical Psychology (NHS Contract); Educational Psychology (Government Contract); and Counselling Psychology. Each is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

    Every course is geared towards helping you build professional skills. Whether you end up working in the NHS, in charities or social enterprises, in private healthcare or with businesses, you'll be confident tackling the challenges you face.

    Many of our courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society. Other courses are accredited by other relevant bodies, such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. This means employers will recognise the value of your qualification.

    We'll help you find placements within the NHS, private organisations and the third sector. Past students have gained experience alongside professionals at:

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    Counselling and wellbeing

    Our team of tutors are highly respected across different fields and are engaged in work at a number of levels including policy development.

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    Our School of Psychology is one of the largest in the UK. Our highly qualified academics will welcome you to access their wide variety of specialisms

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    Our modern campus includes seminar space, tutorial rooms and lecture theatres. Students are supported by a full array of library services, including a dedicated librarian for psychology students. 

    We have dedicated research facilities offering state-of-the-art neuroimaging:  EEG, TMS, tDCS, fNIRS, EyeLink 1000 eye-tracking and virtual reality systems. 

    We have equipment for biophysical recording, an extensive library of psychological assessments as well as suites for data analysis including video and audio recordings. Our dedicated audio-visual multimedia equipment enables both self and peer review for trainee skills practice sessions. We also have interview rooms so you can practice your skills in real-life situations and scenarios.


    Psychology at UEL was ranked equal first in the country in terms of the impact of its research, higher than Oxford and Cambridge (REF, 2014).

    The Research Excellence Framework is a six-yearly national review by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. At the latest round in 2014, the School secured 100% 4* rating for Research Impact (scoring above Oxford and Cambridge Universities on this REF section of assessment). 25% of our research in the School of Psychology was recognised with the highest accolade of being "world leading" and 43% of our research is "internationally excellent". The School was one of only four in the country whose research had a '100 per cent impact' at the highest level.

    There are four main research groups in the School:

    For more information on our research interests and groups, and research degrees, visit our Research page.

    Hear from our graduates

    I really liked the variety of people who were in my class - it meant I could learn from them whilst studying theory and understand how different psychological theories would impact different cultures and countries. This made it feel like a richer learning experience.

    Freda Cunningham MSc Occupational and Organisational Psychology , (Now working in Google)