World-leading expertiseWe have wide expertise in multiple fields of research and practice, focusing on ‘real world’ impact, engaging with local communities on issues of global concern, e.g. child development, gambling and addiction, mental health treatments. With this extensive knowledge, our academics lead in teaching our students to become excellent thinkers, responsible citizens, accomplished consumers and producers of psychological knowledge in our diverse, modern societies.
British Psychological Society accreditation
All our psychological sciences programmes are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Accreditation offers a platform to achieve GBC (Graduate Basis for Chartership) with the BPS, enabling our graduates to access further opportunities such as postgraduate study, professional training and employability.
Industry links and workplace learningOur close links with industry, in all its forms, offer students learning opportunities to enhance their employability skills. Through dedicated time in academic lectures, we encourage students to evaluate not only how their learning can help them use psychology in everyday life but also successfully enter the world of work.
We have been pioneering higher education teaching in psychology here in East London since 1962. We are rightly proud of our location and the diversity it brings in ideas, and community, our students and staff. Our School of Psychology is one of the largest in the UK and our highly qualified academics will welcome you to access their wide variety of specialisms in psychology, through teaching and state of the art research.
We offer courses and module combinations with curricula uniquely designed to reflect the lives of our students, and our local communities, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our BSc (Hons) Psychology is accredited by the BPS for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC), as are our BSc in Child Psychology, Clinical and Community Psychology and Forensic Psychology.
We are launching exciting new BScs in Environmental Psychology, Cyberpsychology and Psychology with Positive Education in Sept 2021. Studying a BPS accredited course will give you the opportunity to gain graduate or chartered membership (GBC), an important requirement for becoming a professional psychologist. We also offer Foundation Year courses to ensure your readiness to study for the full BSc.
If you already have a degree in another subject, but would like to move to psychology, the MSc in Psychology is a conversion course also conferring BPS GBC, meaning you can then access the postgraduate courses required for training to become a professional psychologist. You can further develop your studies with postgraduate degrees in our School (MSc and PhD in research).
Whichever course you choose, you will gain a thorough, critical understanding of the theory, research and intellectual history of psychology. You will gain hands-on training in research methods and conduct your own projects. Being a UEL psychology graduate will equip you with the qualification and skills needed to enhance your employability both within and outside of psychology.
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The University's contacts within the local NHS trusts offer a wide variety of work experience and opportunities for research. The programme leaders were innovative in their presentation of lectures and seminars. They gave a first-hand account of the profession and provided a good understanding of what to expect when working in the mental health field.Eileen Ward , Clinical and Community Psychology, BSc (Hons)
Students can 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, including EEG, tCS, fNIRS, eye-tracking and virtual reality systems. We also have extensive equipment for biophysical recording, a library of psychological assessments, and suites for data analysis and for video and audio recordings.
Our Baby Development Lab is led by Dr Sam Wass and works closely with local communities to understand how noisy environments impact early development. It includes facilities for dual EEG (i.e. to record live brain activity at the same time from children and adults), fNIRS, screen-based and mobile eye-tracking systems. We also have miniaturised wearable microphones, cameras and biophysical recording equipment to allow us to record outside the lab, in ‘real-world’ settings. The lab has received funding from the Nuffield Foundation, Economic and Social Research Council, Leverhulme Trust and European Research Council.
The School has recently purchased eight OWL cameras which allow us to ‘live’ broadcast 360 degree video of seminars, to provide an immersive experience for remote students.
Our modern campus includes seminar space, tutorial rooms and lecture theatres specifically designed for engaging in 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 enjoy a full provision of library services, including a dedicated librarian for the School of Psychology.
All of our psychology degrees 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.
We have prioritised research which is relevant to the lives of our students and our local communities. We have developed strong relationships with our local organisations, with a specific focus on at-risk and vulnerable communities, such as children living in difficult environments, individuals experiencing mental ill-health, refugees, and people vulnerable to addictive behaviour.
We have invested in state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for our Research Suite and provide associated training to students and staff. We provide opportunities for students to gain valuable research experience through internships and research placements. This is part of our strong commitment to developing future research leaders. We have a vibrant and growing PhD student community with many alumni going on to secure prestigious post-doctoral positions and academic lectureships.
Our research with local communities delivers impact that is applied globally, leading to wide media coverage and securing major international and national grants (e.g. European Research Council, National Institute for Health Research, Economic and Social Research Council). In REF2014 our research impact was rated 100% 4*, one of only four departments in the UK to receive the highest rating.
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 ocean...how 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!
Please see our Research Group webpages and staff profiles for more details of our impact and research.
As well as being the essential foundation for the psychology professions, our programmes pave the way to a broad range of career pathways. The learning, skills and confidence acquired by students on our programmes reflect the knowledge and competencies required by diverse professions and meet the expectations of the job market.
A third of our graduates become professional psychologists but many others go into different graduate careers - health and 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, counselling or forensic psychology.
Some of our industry partners are the NHS Trusts across the North Thames region, MIND, Terrence Higgins Trust, Centrepoint, Women’s Aid, National Autistic Society, Young Gamblers and Gamers Education Trust (YGAM), and many others where our students gain experience alongside professionals.At UEL, you’ll have access to:
- Employability skills training such as interview techniques and CV writing.
- Career Assessment, giving you the opportunity to learn about yourself. Our Career Coach tool will help you to discover career suggestions based on your interests.
- 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 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 tool 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!