Department of Psychology

Undergraduate study

Professor Silke Paulmann with a psychology student

Pushing boundaries is at the heart of what we do

Founded in 1991, we are a friendly department with a vibrant staff body.  

A department where everyone goes the extra mile, we have gone on to rapidly expand to become a leading centre for research and teaching in Psychology, with much of our research even supported by some of the most prestigious funding bodies, including the European Commission and the Leverhulme Trust.

We are also a hugely diverse department, and attract a large number of students from around the world. Because of this, you are part of a supportive and stimulating environment in which to study and conduct research, guaranteeing you an education that supports you to become the best you can be.

What's more, our courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), giving you professional status and allowing you the flexibility to determine your own academic and career paths, whether that’s as a child psychologist, clinical psychologist, or forensic psychologist, for example, or something that lies entirely outside of the discipline.

Studying with us allows you to develop the knowledge, skills, friendships, and professional networks to set you up for life.


Explore our Undergraduate courses
Why choose us?
  • Our £2.4m Centre for Brain Science is our purpose-built centre for research and houses many of our labs.
  • Ranked 13th in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
  • 90% of our research is rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'. (REF 2014)

So, what do we have to offer?

Flexible course structure

We offer a range of undergraduate courses, and our BA/BSc Psychology is modular. Plus, we offer you increasing choice of optional modules as you progress through each year, which enables you to build a programme of study that matches your interests.

You can also choose to spend a year studying abroad and all Essex students have the opportunity to learn a language alongside their course through our award-winning Languages for All programme.

Research Skills

We emphasise the teaching of research skills. You will learn how to design effective studies of your own, and to appraise and critically evaluate those of others. During your final year you will conduct your own research project and by the time you graduate you will have a deep understanding of how psychology is used in the world.

Getting you ready for life after graduation

Once you complete your course, your knowledge and practical skills will have prepared you for a career within psychology and beyond.

We place an emphasis on learning key skills that will be valuable even if you decide to move away from the sciences. By studying with us you will also be prepared for postgraduate study in the future.

"I wanted to study at Essex because I knew the University had a strong focus on research, particularly cognitive and neuropsychology. I also liked the fact that the University was close to London and had a very diverse student body, with representatives from many different countries and cultures. I am currently in the process of completing my Master degree in Chicago, in the USA. After that I am planning to return to Essex to undertake my PhD Psychology."
Monica Berntsen BSC PSYCHOLOGY