School of Psychology

We share our expertise and enthusiasm for psychology with over 800 students. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, all accredited by the British Psychological Society. As one of the largest and best resourced psychology departments in the UK, we can cover all areas of psychology.

Plymouth is in the top 20 of all UK universities in psychology, neuroscience and psychiatry with 83 per cent of our research output rated world-leading or internationally excellent by REF2014, placing us above Bristol, UCL, Manchester, Southampton, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, and many others. Our research impact was equal to that of Exeter, and we were the top rated modern university overall.

The University of Plymouth holds a Silver Award in the TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework), and was commended for its course design and assessment practices; its institution-wide focus on student employability, work-based learning and entrepreneurship; and the sustained and substantial institutional investment programme to enhance learning resources, both physical and digital.

We take our students' experience at Plymouth very seriously.  See what it is like studying here through the School of Psychology web pages, compare us with other Universities in the region, and find out about some of our recent graduates or about our international exchange year and optional work-placement year.

You'll also like to know that all students enrolling on our BSc and MPsych courses receive the core  textbooks free – worth around £1500.

We've redesigned the way we teach psychology

We have listened to our students' feedback and created a new curriculum, where the focus is on active learning instead of attending lectures.

We are building a brand new learning resource for our students, the Psychology Experiential Learning Lab or PsychEL, where you will get first hand experience of psychology. In PsychEL, and in tutorials, you'll work with other students, collaborating to apply your knowledge to solve problems.

You can read more about our new first year modules here.

Find out more by watching the short video, or get more detail from our web pages.

Full-time and part-time PhD studentships in the School of Psychology - apply now

With over fifty qualified academics we can supervise doctoral research across the breadth of the discipline

A full time three year phd studentship and a part time phd studentship / TARA post are now available - closing date for applications is 11 June 2018

Find out how to apply for a PhD in Psychology

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Psychology at Plymouth – find out what it's like to study with us

Plymouth stood out from the rest. It's got a really good vibe – there's so much going on!

Join Abi for a tour of the School of Psychology.

Find out about the psychology course

Teaching and learning

Your experience will be enriched by a variety of teaching methods and you'll have your own personal tutor who will provide academic and personal support during your time at Plymouth

Teaching and learning in the School of Psychology

Study abroad or visit us from abroad

"I can proudly say that it has been one of the best and wisest choices I could have ever made!" – Simge Engelkiran spent a year in the USA

Psychology has links with universities around the world – we host their students and our students can study abroad.

Find out about our international opportunities

Wide range of careers

Our graduates go on to pursue a wide range of careers after studying their first degree. Whether you continue studying for a further degree or look for employment straight away our emphasis on employability will put you ahead of other graduates.

Successful graduates

If you would like to find out what other psychology graduates are currently doing, please visit the psychology and social sciences interest area.

School of Psychology in the media

Could robots be counsellors? Early research shows positive user experience

Jackie Andrade and Joana Galvão Gomes da Silva have shown for the first time that a social robot can deliver a ‘helpful’ and ‘enjoyable’ motivational interview (MI), a counselling technique designed to support behaviour change.

TOUGH LOVE? The meaner your friends are, the more they care about you, study shows (The Sun)

Research by Belén López-Pérez in the School of Psychology suggests that people who gave 'tough love' to their friends were actually more like to empathise with them and want them to succeed.

Psychology academic navigates Moral Maze on Radio 4

Dr Susan Blackmore, Visiting Professor in the School of Psychology, has appeared on Radio 4’s Moral Maze programme discussing whether religious orthodoxy is able to exist in a world of increasingly liberal values.

EU eyes high-tech cleanup for plastic pollution in rivers - Deutsche Welle

Dr Sabine Pahl, Associate Professor (Reader) in Psychology, urges scientists from different fields to work together to address the cause of the plastic pollution.

Plymouth develop resource to assist health services deliver more personalised care - Care Appointments

A study by Dr Helen Lloyd sees the development of a practical tool to support organisations and practitioners achieve the organisational change which needs to happen if they are to provide personalised and coordinated care for people with multiple long term conditions.

‘Social media culture can encourage risky and inappropriate posting behaviour’ (Telegraph)

A new study by Claire White in the School of Psychology has received national coverage after investigating why young adults might post content on social media that contains sexual or offensive material. 

Research on link between creativity and risk-taking (Guardian)

'The Guardian' invites readers to take a seven-question test, and, according to Vaibav Tyagi, Yaniv Hanoch, Stephen Hall and Sue Denham from the School of Psychology, if you score 6 or 7 out of 7, you count as more risk taking, and therefore more creative, than the average person.

Latest publications

Here is a list of some recent papers published by the School of Psychology: you can find a full list from this year and previous years on our research pages

  • Lloyd H & Heath M 2018 'A spotlight on safeguarding in trainee selection: The Plymouth programmes experience of safer recruitment' Clinical Psychology Forum (306) 25-29
  • Lea SEG, Pothos EM, Wills AJ, Leaver LA, Ryan CME & Meier C 2018 'Multiple Feature Use in Pigeons’ Category Discrimination: The Influence of Stimulus Set Structure and the Salience of Stimulus Differences' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition 44, 114-127 PEARL
  • Gunn H, Andrade J, Paul L, Miller L, Creanor S, Stevens K, Green C, Ewings P, Barton A & Berrow M 2018 'Balance Right in Multiple Sclerosis (BRiMS): Preliminary results of a randomised controlled feasibility trial' //0 //0 870-870
  • Stagg BC & Verde MF 2018 'Story of a Seed: educational theatre improves students’ comprehension of plant reproduction and attitudes to plants in primary science education' Research in Science & Technological Education 1-21 , DOI
  • Lopez-Perez B, Deeprose C & Hanoch Y 2018 'Prospective mental imagery as its link with anxiety and depression in prisoners (vol 13, e0191551, 2018)' PLOS ONE 13, (4) Author Site , DOI
  • Jenkin R, Frampton I, White MP & Pahl S 2018 'The relationship between exposure to natural and urban environments and children’s self-regulation' Landscape Research 1-14 , DOI PEARL
  • Lopez-Perez B, Deeprose C & Hanoch Y 2018 'Prospective mental imagery as its link with anxiety and depression in prisoners' PLOS ONE 13, (3) Author Site , DOI PEARL
  • Cracknell DL, Pahl S, White MP & Depledge MH 2018 'Reviewing the role of aquaria as restorative settings: how subaquatic diversity in public aquaria can influence preferences, and human health and well-being' Human Dimensions of Wildlife 1-15 , DOI
  • Melidis C, Denham SL & Hyland ME 2018 'A test of the adaptive network explanation of functional disorders using a machine learning analysis of symptoms' BioSystems 165, 22-30 Author Site , DOI PEARL
  • Bacon AM, Corr PJ & Satchell LP 2018 'A Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory explanation of antisocial behaviour' Personality and Individual Differences , DOI PEARL
  • Floccia C, Sambrook TD, Delle Luche C, Kwok R, Goslin J, White L, Cattani A, Sullivan E, Abbot-Smith K & Krott A 2018 'II: METHODS' Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development 83, (1) 30-42 Author Site , DOI PEARL
  • Floccia C, Sambrook TD, Delle Luche C, Kwok R, Goslin J, White L, Cattani A, Sullivan E, Abbot-Smith K & Krott A 2018 'V: GENERAL DISCUSSION' Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development 83, (1) 68-80 Author Site , DOI PEARL
  • Floccia C, Sambrook TD, Delle Luche C, Kwok R, Goslin J, White L, Cattani A, Sullivan E, Abbot-Smith K & Krott A 2018 'IV: RESULTS FOR STUDIES 2 AND 3: THE UKBTAT MODEL AND ITS APPLICATION TO NONTARGET ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE LEARNERS' Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development 83, (1) 61-67 Author Site , DOI PEARL
  • Floccia C, Sambrook TD, Delle Luche C, Kwok R, Goslin J, White L, Cattani A, Sullivan E, Abbot-Smith K & Krott A 2018 'I: INTRODUCTION' Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development 83, (1) 7-29 Author Site , DOI PEARL
  • Plessas A, Delgado MB, Nasser M, Hanoch Y & Moles DR 2018 'Impact of stress on dentists' clinical performance. A systematic review' COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH 35, (1) 9-15 Author Site , DOI PEARL
  • Floccia C, Sambrook TD, Delle Luche C, Kwok R, Goslin J, White L, Cattani A, Sullivan E, Abbot-Smith K & Krott A 2018 'III: ANALYSES AND RESULTS FOR STUDY 1: ESTIMATING THE EFFECT OF LINGUISTIC DISTANCE ON VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT' Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development 83, (1) 43-60 Author Site , DOI PEARL
  • Thorp N, Stedmon J & Lloyd HF 2018 '“I carry her in my heart”: An exploration of the experience of bereavement for people with learning disability' British Journal of Learning Disabilities , DOI PEARL
  • Ganis G 2018 'Detecting Deception and Concealed Information With Neuroimaging' Detecting Concealed Information and Deception: Recent Developments 145-166 , DOI
  • Richards SH, Anderson L, Jenkinson CE, Whalley B, Rees K, Davies P, Bennett P, Liu Z, West R & Thompson DR 2018 'Psychological interventions for coronary heart disease: Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis' European Journal of Preventive Cardiology 2047487317739978-2047487317739978 Author Site , DOI PEARL
  • Hyland ME, Lanario JW, Pooler J, Masoli M & Jones RC 2018 'How patient participation was used to develop a questionnaire that is fit for purpose for assessing quality of life in severe asthma' Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 16, (1) 24-24 Author Site , DOI PEARL