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About the School of Psychology

About the School

Head: Professor Andy Guppy profile


We now offer a wide range of courses from Foundation degree level up to PhD. 

Apart from the main undergraduate BSc (Hons) Psychology course, we offer courses covering specific topics in psychology for those wishing to focus on applied areas such as health psychology, forensic psychology and counselling psychology, all of which are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confer the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership

For those wishing to continue beyond the undergraduate level, we offer several MSc level courses two of which are also accredited by the BPS – the MSc Health Psychology and the MSc Forensic Psychology.

We also offer an innovative and popular Masters course in Psychological Approaches in Health and Management

The above course provides a range of skills for students with little or no psychology in their undergraduate degree, but who have an interest in the role of psychology in areas such as health promotion and wellbeing at work, management and psychological assessment.


Our specialist facilities provide first-class psychology laboratories and computing environments for all our students. They include a Biological and Cognitive Psychology Lab, a Cognitive Neuropsychology Lab as well as a suite of research cubicles with a range of specialist equipment.


Our ethos is to ensure that psychology is not taught purely as a theoretical subject, but rather the emphasis is on how it applies to real life situations, for example

  • eating disorders
  • how to teach mathematics to children
  • problems with eye-witness testimony
  • the origins of prejudice and stereotypes
  • how to enhance wellbeing at work
  • how to study


We are committed to underpinning undergraduate and postgraduate teaching with research conducted by our own academic staff - all of whom are members of the Research Centre for Applied Psychology

Our research and consultancy has had an impact nationally in areas such as workplace stress, cyberstalking, and our work for the Highways Agency and the Children's Commissioner.

Students are encouraged to work on staff members' research as well as conducting their own.

Junior Research Institute

Our students have had considerable success in presenting their research at national or international conferences and some have published in leading journals. 

To help students engage in the research process we have set up a Junior Research Institute and all students take part in a final year conference where they have the opportunity to present their own research.


We have an international staff body with expertise and teaching interests in all aspects of psychology, but with a particular emphasis on the new and more dynamic aspects of this exciting and rewarding subject such as counselling, coaching and forensic psychology.

All these factors combine to create a friendly, student-oriented and vibrant team supporting students pursuing high-quality accredited courses.

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