Department of Psychology

Masters study

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A truly diverse academic community

In the Department of Psychology, you are a part of a truly diverse academic community, where different levels of experience and expertise are brought together by shared passions and interests.

Some of our courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), giving you professional status. 

The variety of our Masters level courses allow you the flexibility to determine your own academic and career path, whether that’s as a child psychologist, clinical psychologist, or forensic psychologist, for example, or something that lies entirely outside of the discipline.

Explore our Masters courses
Why choose us?
  • We offer scholarships and bursaries to talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University of Essex scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations.
  • We have an outstanding range of specialist labs and facilities, suitable for a wide variety of psychological experimentation.
  • We are an accredited Doctoral Training Centre, offering several studentships.

So, why study with us?

Outstanding research facilities

We have a variety of specialist labs and facilities for experimental psychology, visual and auditory perception, developmental psychology and social psychology.

Our facilities include our purpose-built Centre for Brain Science, which provides extensive laboratory space for neuroscientific studies. This state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to the study of brain activity in relation to psychological processes.

ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centre

We are recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as providing excellent postgraduate training and are an accredited Doctoral Training Centre, offering several studentships.

You will be joining a Department with a strong commitment to research, covering many areas of empirical psychology. The research community includes academic staff, research fellows, research officers and postgraduates engaged on many research projects.

'I completed both my Bachelors and Masters degrees at Essex before starting my PhD. I developed an excellent working relationship with the staff and I found my Department to be an innovative and stimulating environment.'
Annelie Harvey BSc Psychology '10, MSc Research Methods in Psychology '11, PhD Psychology '14