Psychology

Psychology at Exeter has over 60 academic staff, many research staff, and over 200 postgraduate students, including nearly 100 postgraduate research students. Our staff are recognised internationally for their academic excellence, high quality research and applied output. They actively research the areas of psychology they teach, so their expertise feeds directly into our research-led programmes.

Members of staff have strong research links with universities in other countries and there is a flourishing international community. We work in partnership with a variety of public and private sector organisations to ensure our research has policy relevance.

Unlike most other leading departments, we provide postgraduate training and continuing professional development (CPD) courses for Clinical Psychology professionals on the same site as our PhD and Masters degrees.

We place a strong emphasis on your personal and professional development, as well as academic performance, and are committed to providing a friendly and stimulating intellectual environment. You will benefit from state-of-the-art learning, teaching and research facilities, including well-equipped workshops, specialist laboratories, an audio/visual recording suite and a dedicated postgraduate computer laboratory.

For me, there were many reasons for choosing to study at Exeter. Even with paying international fees and living costs, one year in the UK was cheaper than a two-year MSc programme in the US for an equally reputable programme. Psychology at the University of Exeter, in particular, has an excellent reputation for giving students an opportunity to work with world-renowned researchers.  

Many people in the US go to university, so it is important to have a Masters degree as well as a Bachelors degree in order to compete. In the US we are required to take the Psychology GRE; not having to complete that gave me the courage to get back into Psychology again after a five year absence from academia. Furthermore, studying in the UK in general will set the student apart from others who may have never been abroad. To say that you have studied in another country shows that you are flexible and can adapt to new situations – something that is always valued by potential employers.  

The fact that the MSc at Exeter focuses on both social and organisational psychology was another key reason I chose to study here. I am more employable because the work I have done is applicable in a variety of fields. I also had the opportunity to give two talks at the Met Office which gave me valuable experience in public speaking.

The particular focus on research has prepared me for a career in psychology research. I particularly enjoyed writing proposals and essays which helped me to learn to think creatively and explore current literature. The dissertation was like a step-by-step guide to the research process.

As an international student, I think that Exeter offers the opportunity to travel within the UK and is a good start point for travelling around Europe. You have everything you need nearby yet it is cheaper than living in a major city, I also love being surrounded by countryside. I think that I get the best of both worlds.

Since graduating I have started a PhD in Social Psychology at Exeter.

Megan Birney, MSc Social and Organisational Psychology graduate