Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour. It is a wide subject that ranges from, on the one hand, a strictly quantitative and scientific approach to, on the other, a more qualitative and personal approach. It also ranges from the strongly theoretical to the eminently practical.

Modern psychologists base their theories on observable and repeatable behavioural data, ranging from counts of simple behaviour in animals to verbal reports of emotions and feelings in humans. Thus, practical work in the laboratory or field is an essential part of an education in psychology.

Areas of study

Psychology is available for postgraduate programmes in Arts, and is taught within the Faculty of Science by the School of Psychology.

The School of Psychology offers a diverse and challenging range of options in both basic research and applied areas. These include: applied behaviour analysis, clinical psychology, cognitive neuroscience, detection theory and psychophysics, developmental psychology, ergonomics, evolutionary psychology, experimental analysis of behaviour, gender and critical psychology, health psychology, industrial and organisational psychology and social psychology.

You can study Psychology in the following programmes:

What you will learn

In Psychology you will study the brain and how it works. You will investigate personality, intelligence, how people respond to everyday and unusual events, and why some people suffer from mental health disorders.

Career opportunities

A qualification in Psychology can lead to careers in mental health, research, industry and marketing, education or counselling. Many areas require skills in assessment and testing and you can acquire these from specialised postgraduate programmes.

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