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Psychology

Psychology impacts on every aspect of human behaviour.

Psychology

It's an exciting time to be studying human behaviour. 

Across the globe, people are confronted daily with new technologies, unfamiliar cultures, and ongoing challenges that affect all facets of how we live. Studying psychology at Essex allows you to embark on a journey into the thoughts, feelings, and actions of those individuals.

You will learn from internationally recognised experts, on diverse topics including brain and behaviour, child development and ageing, relationships and sexuality, personality and perception, culture and identity, memory, emotion and psychopathology. We will also help you develop important skills to think critically, analyse evidence, build complex arguments, and communicate effectively with others.

Learning isn’t just about sitting in a classroom. At Essex, we pride ourselves on providing a research-led education with award-winning lecturers who are also world leaders in their research fields. As an undergraduate student, you can get real research experience by working alongside researchers through our Research Experience Scheme (RES). During a RES placement, you can gain experience developing all kinds of skills used by researchers from all areas of psychology, including experiment set-up and design, literature reviews, recruiting and testing participants, and even coding and data analysis.

A degree in psychology prepares you for a wide range of career pathways. While many students go on to become trained psychologists, counsellors and therapists, others pursue fulfilling careers in education, forensic sciences, data analysis, health, marketing, advertising, public policy, organisational development and human resources.

Our department is proud of the multicultural mosaic that makes up our community. Our staff and students come from over 40 countries around the world, bringing their own unique perspectives and experiences, which enrich our teaching, learning, and research.

Why study here?
  • We have employability modules integrated throughout our degrees and you'll have the opportunity meet professional psychologists.
  • We have a vibrant Psychology Society offering student-led social events and activities.
  • We are committed to diversity, inclusion, representation, and providing students with a curriculum that reflects the complexity of human behaviour world-wide.
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"After graduating I volunteered with Circles, a charity aiming to reduce the instances of sexual abuse and assisting those impacted in their recovery. The range of theories I studied at Essex gave me strong underpinning knowledge which I instantly put into practice in this role. I then began working at HMP Winchester facilitating offenders’ engagement with learning programmes, setting goals and supporting their progression in this rehabilitative step. The social focus of my Essex degree has been instrumental in both my choosing this career path and my success. I will be undertaking an MSc in order to train to be a forensic psychologist with the hope of continuing to instigate positive change."
Kyra Deasy BSc Psychology, 2020
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We provide a stimulating and vibrant research environment that allows both our students and staff to shape the future of our expanding research-intensive department.

It’s an exciting time to be studying human behaviour. Across the globe, people are confronted daily with new technologies, unfamiliar cultures, and ongoing challenges that affect all facets of how we live. Studying psychology at Essex allows you to embark on a journey into the thoughts, feelings, and actions of those individuals.

Further study in our Department of Psychology gives you the freedom and the facilities to study, experiment, explore and research why we think, feel and act the way we do. You will learn from and work alongside internationally recognised experts, on advanced psychological topics including the neurocognition of language, brain and behaviour, child development, culture, identity, research methods and statistics.

At Essex, we pride ourselves on providing a research-led education with award-winning lecturers  who are also world leaders in their research fields. As well as your research project, you can work alongside researchers through our Research Experience Scheme (RES).  During a RES placement, you can gain experience developing all kinds of skills used by researchers from all areas of psychology, including experiment set-up and design, literature reviews, recruiting and testing participants, coding and data analysis.

Career opportunities expand much further than becoming a psychologist, prospects also include working in research, education, forensic sciences, data analysis, health, marketing, advertising, public policy, organisational development and human resources.

Why study here?
  • We have excellent research facilities including well-equipped, purpose-built laboratories in the Centre for Brain Science.
  • You have unparalleled access to state-of-the-art research equipment including eye-tracking, EEG, neurostimulation (TMS, TDCS, TACS), virtual reality, the Babylab and the Human Sexuality Lab. 
  • We are committed to diversity, inclusion, representation, and providing students with a curriculum that reflects the complexity of human behaviour world-wide. 
"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
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Essex is a university with an international outlook. We have students and staff from over 130 countries around the world. Be part of our global community.

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We provide a stimulating and vibrant research environment that allows both our students and staff 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?
  • Use state-of-the-art research equipment including eye-tracking, EEG, neurostimulation (TMS, TDCS, TACS), virtual reality, the Babylab and the Human Sexuality Lab.
  • 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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Disclaimer

Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed on each course page show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.