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  • fully accredited

    All our undergraduate courses, and a majority of our postgraduate courses, are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), a mark of outstanding quality in our teaching and confers eligibility to Graduate/Chartered membership of the society.

    Our School of Psychology is one of the largest in the UK in terms of academics, researchers and students. We have a significant amount of expertise within our ranks with excellent employment connections in our local area, only possible due to our size and influence.

  • 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 came 1st in UK for our research impact.

About us

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 (1st in UK for impact of research, REF 2014).

We offer some of the most fascinating and unique course and module combinations than anywhere else. In addition to our BSc (Hons) Psychology course, we offer 4 other unique courses that are bespoke and distinct disciplines of psychology - Business; Child; Clinical and Community; and Forensic Psychology. These are courses in their own right - not joint degrees or a BSc Psychology with a theme tagged on. For postgraduate, some of the courses are the first and only of their kind in the country - such as the leading MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology programme.

We offer courses throughout the entire journey of your Psychology career, as we offer world-leading BSc, MSc and Professional Doctorate programmes. For example, if you want to pursue a career as a Clinical Psychologist, you could study everything you need at UEL, all in-house, which many of our students do.

We have been teaching Psychology for more than 50 years. Our highly qualified teaching staff have decades of experience working in the field and have honed their practices in countries from all over the world, giving you incredible access to experts in all areas of Psychology. For example, Professor John Read, worked for over 20 years in UK and USA as a clinical psychologist, and Professor Rachel Tribe, who is a fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a registered HCPC psychologist.

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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 at Google)
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Our facilities

Specialist facilities

Students have the opportunity to access a range of specialist facilities with their research project supervisor and supported by a team of technicians.  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, and suites for data analysis and for video and audio recordings. 

Baby lab

Our family friendly Baby Lab with infant and child EEG, fNIRS and eye-tracking systems enables us to conduct comprehensive studies of early brain development during this critical period. We also have mobile eye-tracking equipment so that we can investigate child development outside the lab in ‘real-world’ settings.

To find out more and experience our facilities first-hand, visit us at an Open Day.

Modern campus

Our modern campus includes seminar space, tutorial rooms and lecture theatres specifically designed for engaging and active learning. We encourage independent learning by providing student and staff access to specialised research and laboratory facilities, computer networks and databases, within both the School and the university library, with specialist facilities for our professional courses. Students are supported by a full array of library services, including a dedicated librarian for psychology students.



The British Psychological Society is a representative body for psychologists and psychology in the United Kingdom. All of our undergraduate psychology degrees, our MSc Psychology, MSc Occupational and Organisational Psychology, and our three Doctorates, within our School of Psychology are fully accredited by the British Psychological Society. 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.

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).


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.


Dr Sam Wass, lecturer in Developmental Psychology and star of Channel 4 show 'The Secret Life of 4 and 5 Year olds', is running a project looking at stress, concentration and learning in children from mixed socio-economic status backgrounds, growing up in local communities around University of East London. The biggest question this research will examine is whether some children are more sensitive to changes in their external environment than others. Read more about his research on his website

Dr. Tim Lomas, a lecturer in Positive Psychology, has been researching the area of untranslatable words - words from other languages that have no direct translation in English. His website houses his Positive Lexicography project - an evolving index of 'untranslatable' words related to wellbeing from across the world's languages, to which members of the public can contribute. Tim says: "I feel like I'm only scratching the surface of a deep and mystifying fascinating the list is!"

Dr John Read was published in the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing and featured in a sold-out event organised by the Mental Health and Social Change research group and highlights the need for routine enquiry of all mental health users about abuse and neglect. It found that the rates of abused or neglected people referred for therapy are actually lower than indicated because most users of adult mental health services are not asked about abuse or neglect in the first place. Read more about John Read's research on his staff profile.

Do you believe in the Loch Ness Monster, despite evidence that it was a myth? Dr Anna Stone and Professor Mark McDermott published new research with five UEL alumni which measures differences between people in the degree to which they believe in phenomena which have not or cannot be substantiated scientifically. The new questionnaire is a psychometrically robust measure and comprises a comprehensive framework which can be used to systematically investigate the psychological and social concomitants of such beliefs.

Dr Kirstie Soar, a lecturer, researches the cognitive and psychobiological effects associated with drug use. Kirstie was part of the first research team to report details around the profiles and preferences of e-cigarette users within the UK, and the effects of e-cigarettes on smoking-related behaviours such as craving and withdrawal, and the role of e-cigarettes in smoking cessation. Currently, she is one of the first known researchers in the UK to focus on cannabis vaping.

Of course, this isn't an exhaustive list of the research our school undertakes and is only a small selection!


A third of our graduates become professional psychologists but many others also go into different graduate careers — social welfare, sport and leisure, education, human resource management, consumer research and advertising, media, market research and community work. If you choose to continue your studies, your degree in psychology will be the first step towards becoming a professional psychologist, whether it is in the field of clinical, educational, occupational, counselling, health or forensic psychology.

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.

At UEL, you’ll also have access to:

  • Employability skills training such as interview techniques and CV writing.
  • Gradscore, a groundbreaking electronic tool that allows you to complete a mock application and find out if you’d be shortlisted for interview. It has been created exclusively for UEL with help from leading employers and employability experts.
  • UEL Skills Academy, where external professionals deliver sessions on the competencies most prized by graduate employers.
  • Internships, placements and volunteering opportunities from our work placements team.
  • Professional mentoring scheme, matching students with staff from major companies.
  • Networking opportunities and annual careers fair.
  • Support with setting up your own business.

Our location in one of Europe’s largest regeneration areas and our extensive links to local employers will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements. From heavy industry to high-tech, health and social care to the arts, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.

Our online Career Coach shows you the different career paths that your chosen subject area can lead you to. It gives you information on specific careers, job roles, potential wages and available jobs in the sector. You can also take a quick quiz to find a career to match your personality type!

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