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.

The most rewarding aspect about my experience of reading Psychology at Exeter was that the course was unlike anything I expected, particularly in its scientific rigour. I was constantly surprised by the profundity and diversity of the course. It covers vast areas of research and theory, much of it produced by the lecturers themselves, whose insight and enthusiastic, unselfish support added considerably to the intellectual challenges. Regardless of their merit, my questions and concerns were addressed unfailingly with patience and wit, and the eagerness of the staff to encourage and direct study beyond the limits of the prescribed reading ensured that the course never felt anything less than contemporary in its ambition. Psychology at Exeter is unquestionably challenging, but the atmosphere in the department is vibrantly friendly, enthusiastic and communal. I was genuinely sorry to leave it behind.

Matthew,Psychology graduate