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Psychology

Psychology impacts on every aspect of human behaviour.

Psychology

What drives people to act, respond, remember and recognise things in the way they do? How do we understand relationships and interpret the actions of others?

Are you curious about how our minds work and what drives human behaviour? Psychology is all around us, and affects every aspect of life. From what makes people tick, to the underlying psychology of choice, emotion, motivations and beliefs. 

Psychology is not limited to the study of the brain, by exploring the science behind the mind you will gain the skills to build complex arguments, critically analyse evidence and understand how therapy can make a positive impact on people’s lives.

At Essex, undergraduate students can take part in our Research Experience Scheme, giving you the opportunity to work alongside our academics on an ongoing research project. Placements last for one term, and you will assist a researcher with tasks including library research, experiment set-up and design, and collecting, organising and analysing the data. 

Career opportunities expand much further than becoming a psychologist, prospects also include working in education, forensic sciences, data analysis, health and marketing.

Frida Torgersen, BSc Psychology
"I chose to study at Essex as it is well known for its great facilities and research in the Department of Psychology... I was fortunate enough to be part of the Research Experience Scheme in my first year which was a great opportunity to learn more on my course."
Why study here?
  • Benefit from our unique mix of practical based assessment and innovative teaching methods.
  • You have unparalleled access to facilities such as EEG, TMS and eye tracking.
  • 91% of our psychology students expressed overall satisfaction with their course (NSS 2018).

We provide a stimulating and vibrant research environment that allows both our staff and students to successfully shape the future of our expanding research-intensive department.

We give you the freedom and the facilities to study, experiment, explore and research why we think, feel and act the way we do. Psychology is linked to many other fields including biology, linguistics, medicine, sociology and economics. All branches of psychology seek to explain people’s behaviour.

Psychology is not limited to the study of the brain, by exploring the science behind the mind you will gain the skills to build complex arguments, critically analyse evidence and understand how therapy can make a positive impact on people’s lives.

At Essex, postgraduate taught students can take part in our Research Experience Scheme, giving you the opportunity to work alongside our academics on an ongoing research project. Placements last for one term, and you will assist a researcher with tasks including library research, experiment set-up and design, and collecting, organising and analysing the data. 

Career opportunities expand much further than becoming a psychologist, prospects also include working in education, forensic sciences, data analysis, health and marketing. 


Elizabeth Blue, MSc Cognitive Neuroscience
"Essex was an easy choice for me based on its excellent research... I am now employed as a Treatment Consultant for drug and alcohol rehab, which is a rewarding career helping people to understand their addictions."
Why study here?
  • The University of Essex is ranked 25th in the UK for research quality (TGUG 2018)
  • Use state-of-the-art research equipment including eye-tracking, EEG, neurostimulation (TMS, TDCS, TACS), virtual reality, the Babylab and the Human Sexuality Lab.
  • 88% of our postgraduate psychology graduates are in professional employment or further postgraduate study within six months of graduating from Essex (DLHE 2017)

We provide a stimulating and vibrant research environment that allows both our staff and students to successfully shape the future of our expanding research-intensive department.

We give you the freedom and the facilities to study, experiment, explore and research why we think, feel and act the way we do. Psychology is linked to many other fields including biology, linguistics, medicine, sociology and economics. All branches of psychology seek to explain people’s behaviour.

Psychology is not limited to the study of the brain, by exploring the science behind the mind you will gain the skills to build complex arguments, critically analyse evidence and understand how therapy can make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Career opportunities expand much further than becoming a psychologist, prospects also include working in education, forensic sciences, data analysis, health and marketing. 

Why study here?
  • 25th in the UK for research quality (TGUG 2018)
  • We have excellent research facilities including well-equipped, purpose-built laboratories in the Centre for Brain Science.
  • We offer a range of PhD studentships and funding opportunities.
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