Psychology

You will gain an excellent foundation in the key areas of psychology – developmental, cognitive, biological, clinical, social, personality – plus statistics, research methods and data analysis. You will explore some of the research fields in which we specialise, such as social psychology, organisational psychology, psychopathology, human cognition, animal behaviour, cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology.

Our research blends theory, experimentation, and observation. Our lecturers take an inclusive approach to education, so you will not only learn directly from them in the classroom, but also work alongside them on their research projects. You will also be invited to attend formal research seminars given by external speakers.

This research-inspired teaching deepens your understanding of psychology, giving you a competitive edge in securing internships and employment.

We provide a friendly, stimulating and supportive environment in which to study. Our programmes are led by academic staff at the forefront of their chosen fields, complemented by state-of-the-art facilities, including well-equipped workshops, specialist laboratories, clinical psychology suites and an audio/visual recording suite.

The staff who supervise your research projects and lead seminars are known both nationally and internationally in their own fields. They place a strong emphasis on theoretical, experimental and observational contributions to the growing field of psychology and as an undergraduate you will be very much part of this process.

All our programmes provide British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation. BPS accreditation confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of a Lower Second Class Honours is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

The MSci Applied Psychology (Clinical) programme has dual accreditation from the BPS – as a psychology degree and for the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) component. The clinical placement enables you to build up clinical hours towards becoming a fully registered PWP with the British Psychological Society after the training.

We place a strong emphasis on your personal and professional development, as well as academic performance. Throughout your degree programme you will be supported by a Personal Tutor who provides pastoral support. Our programmes have been specially designed to help you develop team-building and other transferable skills. You will be expected to develop good skills in personal organisation and time management and we will ensure that you acquire key skills in, for example, communication, presentation and IT that will make you sought after by employers in your future working life.

What our students say

Isabelle, BSc Psychology

I love the variety this course has to offer. It provides an excellent grounding in many aspects of psychology such as clinical, biological, social, cognitive and developmental psychology. In the third year particularly there is lots of flexibility around modules, which allowed me to really tailor the degree to my interests.
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Christopher, MSci Applied Psychology (Clinical)

My favourite thing about this programme is that I’m in control of my own education. With a range of resources open to me and engaging lecturers, I can strike the balance of independent study and being taught. I have also really appreciated the chance to choose some modules outside of psychology, to give myself the choice of what I wish to study.
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Marie, MSci Applied Psychology (Clinical)

As part of the Animal Behaviour module, we went on a week-long field trip to Margam Country Park in South Wales. I loved working directly with the animals and made significant friendships on the trip. My experience at the University of Exeter so far has been really fun, and I would encourage everyone to get involved in student life as much as possible.Read more >>