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Psychological Sciences

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Our School of Psychology is one of the largest providers of British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited professional training in the UK. We recognise the importance of professional psychologists being science practitioners when they apply their expertise.
School of Psychology
  • fully accredited

    The vast majority of these courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society and form the major step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist. On completion of one of our professional doctorates, you will be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council for the relevant protected title of Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, Occupational Psychologist or Educational Psychologist.

    Our courses have a strong accent on diversity and community, and have an almost 100 per cent record of employability. Your future career is central to our teaching.
  • cutting-edge research

    The UK Government audits the quality and value of research at regular intervals. In the most recent review (the 2014 Research Excellence Framework), UEL’s School of Psychology was recognised as significantly improving its research profile in comparison to other psychology departments.

Why us?

Psychological sciences enjoy a strong UEL tradition of applied research, integrating expertise across a range of disciplines from theoretical psychology to professional practice. All this takes place in a School that’s one of largest and most successful in the country.

There is a distinctive tone to UEL’s approach which is widely recognised and appreciated. It spans the whole spectrum of the psychological sciences but also takes in relevant input from fields such as education, social policy, sociology and health.

Learning is placed in a social context, in a real setting. And whichever path you choose, you’ll be looking at your subject in a uniquely critical manner.

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Our School of Psychology has been one of UEL’s flagship departments for more than half a century. It has an unparalleled range of teaching expertise and its research continues to make a world-class impact.

Many of the course tutors did their first degree at UEL. They have either stayed or returned to the School because they regard it so highly.

Learning By Doing


Other Psychology Postgraduate Courses

Our School of Psychology offers cutting-edge applied psychology courses focused on wellbeing and resilience. These enable practitioners to improve the quality of life for individuals and group communities who are facing personal or collective challenges in the UK and around the world.

The lecturers on my course are approachable, extremely passionate about their subject areas and enthusiastic for their students to achieve well. I chose UEL for my masters’ as I studied here as an undergraduate and had thoroughly enjoyed my time here. I hope to go on to study for a PhD in Psychology.
Andrew Ungoed , MSc Criminal and Investigative Psychology
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What we’re researching

Psychology at UEL was ranked equal first in the country in terms of the impact of its research, beating Oxford and Cambridge.

The Research Excellence Framework is a six-yearly national review by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. In 2014 it rated 43 per cent of our research as ‘internationally excellent’ and a further 25 per cent as ‘world-leading’ – the highest accolade. It added that UEL’s School of Psychology was one of only four in the country whose research had a ‘100 per cent impact’ at the highest level.

The combined figure of 68 per cent from the top two tiers dwarfs the previous figure of 20 per cent from the previous national review in 2008.

Research subjects in recent years have included electronic cigarettes, infant development and neuropsychology.

Professor Irvine Gersch has produced world-renowned research in the fields of listening to children and pupil involvement, behaviour management, school leadership, systems analysis, management, educational psychology training, conciliation and mediation in special needs and teacher stress.

He is a former recipient of the British Psychological Society’s annual award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology.

Professor Rachel Tribe was awarded the British Psychological Society’s Ethics Committee’s 2013 award for promoting Equality of Opportunity.

Her clinical interests focus on all aspects of trauma, culture and mental health, professional and ethical practice, working with interpreters in mental health, migration and mental health and organisational development.

Dr Lynne Dawkins, leader of the Drugs and Addictive Behaviours Research Group, is one of the UK’s leading authorities on e-cigarettes.

Dr Caroline Edmonds’ research examines the effect of hydration on cognition in children and adults.

Dr Davide Rivolta’s research focuses on the cognitive and neural correlates of face perception, both in normal subjects and in people with congenital prosopagnosia (face blindness).

UEL Research