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About the School of Psychology

The school includes undergraduates, postgraduate and doctoral students alongside highly qualified teaching staff with an extraordinary breadth of knowledge and vast range of specialisms.. The School of Psychology is based at our historic Stratford campus, close to the town centre and the 2012 Olympic park with excellent transport links in and out of London. 

  • Our Staff

    Our staff are passionate and confident about teaching Psychology and we’ve been doing it for over 50 years. Because of the wide range of courses on offer we have a huge range of expertise amongst our staff. This is a huge advantage for students as they have access to experts in all areas of psychology.

  • Innovative

    We are a truly innovative Psychology department. We developed the first A-Level in Psychology and many of our programmes such as the MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology were the first in the country to run.

  • Research

    In the recently published ‘Research Excellence Framework’ (REF 2014) we were so highly rated that in terms of impact our our research we were ranked equal first in the country, ahead of Oxford and Cambridge.

  • 68%

    68% of Psychology research is world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

  • 96%

    Student satisfaction on our Psychology courses (NSS, 2017)

  • 89%

    89% of BSc Counselling students were in work or further study 6 months after graduating


The British Psychological Society is a representative body for psychologists and psychology in the United Kingdom.  All of the psychology degrees within our School of Psychology are fully accredited by the British Psychological Society and this accreditation is a mark of quality that students and employers understand and value. Studying a BPS accredited course will give you the opportunity to gain graduate or chartered membership of the Society.

All our Counselling programmes are accredited by relevant professional bodies. The BSc Counselling and the PG Dip / MA Counselling and Psychotherapy programmes are accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Our Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology Programme is accredited by accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

  • 2nd

    Ranked 2nd modern university in London for 'overall satisfaction' (NSS 2017)

  • 2nd

    Ranked 2nd modern university in London for 'teaching on my course' (NSS 2017)

  • 3rd

    Ranked 3rd modern university in London for 'academic support' (NSS 2017)

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