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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.

Why study here?
  • 91% of our psychology students are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2020). 
  • You have unparalleled access to facilities such as EEG, TMS and eye tracking.
  • Our £2.4m Centre for Brain Science is our purpose-built centre for research and houses many of our labs.
"After graduation, I worked as a Bank Healthcare Assistant in a psychiatric ward in the NHS. After a year, I got my first job as an Assistant Psychologist in the same trust I was in. I started this new role by working in a community mental health team for three months and after that I had the opportunity to work on a new project at the trust headquarters in collaboration with NHS England and NHS Initiative. As an Assistant Psychologist I love that I am able to use my skills from my Essex psychology degree and apply it in real-life situations. In my clinical work, I am able to recognise the symptoms of various mental health issues and try to understand the possible cause of them. Most importantly, I love that I am working as part of team who make a real difference in people’s lives and in bettering their mental health. In all aspects of my role, the theory that I learnt in my degree at Essex always has a part to play in understanding the mental state of the patients I work with."
Zamena Suleiman BSc Psychology, 2018
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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. 

Why study here?
  • Ranked among the top 250 psychology departments in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2020).
  • Use state-of-the-art research equipment including eye-tracking, EEG, neurostimulation (TMS, TDCS, TACS), virtual reality, the Babylab and the Human Sexuality Lab.
  • Benefit from our unique mix of practical based assessment and innovative teaching methods.
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"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."
Elizabeth Blue MSc Cognitive NeurosciencE

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?
  • Ranked among the top 250 psychology departments in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2020).
  • 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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