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Psychosocial Theory and Practice

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If you want to work with people in the community, and feel that Psychology does not sufficiency address the influences of society, culture and history on the mind, or that Sociology does not reflect enough of the minds that society is composed of, then a Psychosocial degree could be what you're looking for. 
School of Social Sciences
  • pioneering department

      We launched the first Psychosocial Studies undergraduate course in the UK in 1985. We have unrivalled experience in teaching the subject and a fantastic depth of knowledge.   
  • our students love us

    96% of our students were 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied' with our courses, an incredible seal of approval from our very own Psychosocial students. 
  • top-quality research

      Research by our Psychosocial academic team contributed to UEL’s superb results in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework – the six-yearly national review of higher education research. An expert panel rated 59 per cent of our research as either ‘world-leading' or 'internationally excellent’. 

Why us?

The first Psychosocial Studies degree course began at UEL in 1985. It’s the oldest, most established centre for the study of the subject in the UK. 

At UEL, we investigate the area of social psychology by analysing the interaction of personal experience and social and cultural context, seeking new solutions to difficulties facing society today – conflict, racism, loneliness and violence.

We do this by expanding the normal scope of social psychology and sociology to include studies of psychoanalysis, groups, culture and identity.

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We ask questions such as ‘what shapes people?’, ‘what makes people unhappy or anti-social?’, ‘how are we influenced by our families, by our surroundings, by the films we watch and newspapers we read?’ And we also ask, ‘How can we make things better?’

Our teaching is rich, varied and highly personalised, grown over three decades of experience that no other university can match. You can also develop your skills on a placement in east London. This might be as a Samaritans counsellor or a youth worker at a drugs centre, for example.

why us


  • BA (Hons)

    Psychosocial Theory and Practice

  • BA (Hons)

    Psychosocial Theory and Practice with Foundation Year


Psychosocial studies laid the foundation for my career. It provided academic exploration of theories that are fundamental to my job and the quality of the support that I offer my clients. I wouldn’t be where I am without this degree.

Nicky Hill , BA (Hons) Psychosocial Studies, graduate
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What we’re researching

Psychosocial studies is a research-led discipline in terms of the skills you’ll learn and use from your first year onwards, and the compelling insight provided by your tutors.

Dr Heather Price has used psychoanalytical skills to evaluate a therapeutic initiative imported from Brazil and Mexico and introduced to a community in Tottenham, north London, in the aftermath of the 2011 riots.

Dr David W. Jones and Dr Chris Scanlon have been funded to organise an international collaboration of researchers that aims to reach a better understanding of the diagnosis of ‘antisocial personality disorder’, which is strongly associated with criminality. They’ll be considering these disorders in their social, cultural, historical and psychological contexts.

Dr Angie Voela uses art to investigate the relationship between trauma and memory. She’s been funded to incorporate the work of renowned artist Barbara Loftus into the area of psychosocial studies. 

Professor Corinne Squire, who teaches the optional HIV in the World module, has recently written Living with HIV and ARVs: Three Letter Lives, which takes an international perspective on the diseases.

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