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Understanding Our Place In The World

It’s an exciting time to be studying human behaviour! Across the globe, people are confronted daily with new technologies, unfamiliar cultures, and ongoing challenges that affect all facets of how we live. Studying psychology at Essex allows you to embark on a journey into the thoughts, feelings, and actions of those individuals.

Whether you join as an undergraduate or a postgraduate student, your journey will be guided by the University’s founding set of principles of breaking new ground, of challenging existing expectations and conventions, and – ultimately – of making a meaningful difference in the world. All while developing friendships and professional networks to set you up for life!

To achieve these goals, we organise our research and our teaching across three distinct areas of concentration: thinking about the world, interacting with the world, and experiencing the world. Using state-of-the-art facilities, and learning alongside world-renown experts in the field, you can pursue your intellectual passion at Essex, as we work together to help you ‘TIE’ it all together.

Our department is proud of the multicultural mosaic that makes up our community. Our staff and students come from over 40 countries around the world, bringing their own unique perspectives and experiences which enrich our teaching, learning, and research. Understanding Our Place In The World starts with us, and whether we're from near or far, We Are Essex.

Psychology at Essex: Your Place In The World.

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Why choose us?

90% of our Department of Psychology UG graduates are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023)
21st in the UK for overall student satisfaction for Psychology (National Student Survey 2022)
Exceptional research labs and facilities including our Centre for Brain Science
20th in UK for research outputs in psychology (Grade Point Average, REF 2021)
Courses accredited by the British Psychological Society
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Can't visit our Department of Psychology in person? We know it can be hard to visit Colchester campus. That's why we've brought our department to the digital world, letting you see our facilities with our virtual 360 tour.

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Graduate stories

Our graduates have gone on to a broad range of careers, from Clinical Psychology and medical imaging, to therapy and academic research.

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Never has it been more important to learn about the way we think about the world, interact with the world, and experience the world. Our departmental mission is to foster world-leading research on understanding our place in the world. Join us in our endeavours and contribute to exciting discoveries about the human mind.
Professor Silke Paulmann Head of department

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Colchester Campus Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ
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