Department of Psychology

Undergraduate study

Professor Silke Paulmann with a psychology student

Unravel the complexities of human behaviour

The greatest understanding we can have is of ourselves and others.


With society facing unprecedented challenges, the role of psychological science becomes crucial, offering insights into social inequality, climate change, romantic relationships, and healthy living.

Studying Psychology at the University of Essex is a deep dive into human thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. Our curriculum covers three key areas: cognitive processes, social interactions, and personal experiences, integrating these themes across various modules. Topics include memory, emotional behaviour, cultural impacts on individual and group behaviour, and more.

Join the Psychology Department to gain insights from globally recognised experts and develop the skills to thrive in an ever-changing world. Learn how we think about, experience and interact with the world.


Explore our undergraduate courses
Why choose us?
  • 90% of our Department of Psychology UG graduates are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023)
  • Top 30 in UK for Psychology in THE World University Rankings by Subject 2024
  • Our Research Experience Scheme lets students assist with academic research projects, enhancing research skills and giving an insight in to how academic research is carried out.
"I have been an Intervention Co-ordinator for the past 5 years. I support children with autism and associated learning difficulties, who also have specific sensory, behavioural, medical, social or emotional needs. In Psychology, I learned about memory and different learning styles. This helped me recognise different learners and allowed me to adapt teaching strategies as a result. It has been rewarding to see the progress children have made, from being able to communicate better to being able to play with others."
Luis Salinas Herrera BSc Psychology 2015

What can we offer you?

Alice Sherlock, Department of Psychology graduate, standing outside with a city in the background.
"I work for the Chatteris Educational Foundation, a registered charity in Hong Kong. We work in collaboration with local schools by placing native-English tutors into underprivileged schools to develop the proficiency, confidence, and soft skills in Hong Kong students. Hong Kong has a big gap in English proficiency and students attending lower banding schools will often struggle to get a job or into university with little to no English. It’s great to see the students develop and pick up on your accent and idioms. I also absolutely love managing the tutors and seeing their progression and development throughout their time with us!"
Alice Sherlock BSc Psychology 2016
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