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.
Find out more by watching the short video, or get more detail from our web pages.
Full-time ESRC studentships in the School of Psychology - apply now
With over fifty qualified academics we can supervise doctoral research across the breadth of the discipline
You can start a PhD with the school in October, January or April, so you can start talking to us about your plans at any time.Find out how to apply for a PhD in Psychology
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 PlymouthTeaching 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
Could it be the £1500 of ebooks, the chance to spend your second year abroad, or is it our optional year on placement to gain work experience and boost your career prospects? Perhaps it is the Research Apprentice Scheme, where you work on real research projects, or the Student Council that helps to run the School.
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.
If you would like to find out what other psychology graduates are currently doing, please visit the psychology and social sciences interest area.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Our staff and students form a diverse learning community and we are proud to support them in being themselves by celebrating how diversity enriches all of our lives.
In line with University policy, we do not tolerate bullying or harassment and we are continually working on how best to support everyone in being the best they can be.
School of Psychology in the media
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
- MPsych (Hons) Advanced Psychology (Full-time)
- MPsych (Hons) Clinical Psychology (Full-time)
- BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies (Full-time)
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (Full-time)
- BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies (Full-time)
- BSc (Hons) Psychology with Human Biology (Full-time)
- BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sociology (Full-time)
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
2019 'Learning from failure: Errorful generation improves memory for items, not associations' Journal of Memory and Language PEARL
2018 'Children's scale errors are a natural consequence of learning to associate objects with actions: A computational model' Dev Sci , DOI
2018 'Dissecting the politics of “Obamacare”: The role of distributive justice, deservingness, and affect' Journal of Applied Social Psychology PEARL
2018 'Getting Better Hospital Alarm Sounds Into a Global Standard' Ergonomics in Design 26, (4) 4-13 , DOI
2018 'Functional Imagery Training versus Motivational Interviewing for Weight Loss: A randomised controlled trial of brief individual interventions for overweight and obesity' International Journal of Obesity PEARL
2018 'Inducing difference in search behaviour: Right parietal stimulation modulates efficiency but not learning' //0 //0 S31-S32
2018 'Individual differences in spatial components of search and foraging' //0 //0 S31-S31
2018 'Using immersive virtual environments to explore the blocking of geometric information during spatial learning' //0 //0 S57-S57
2018 'Children’s scale errors: A by-product of lexical development?' Developmental Science PEARL