Plymouth is a centre of excellence in psychological research. In the last Research Excellence Framework assessment over 80% of our research outputs were rated as either international (3*) or world-leading (4*) quality. This puts us in the top 20 nationally on this measure, and above institutions such as Bristol, UCL, Manchester, Southampton, Bournemouth, and Portsmouth. Our research impact was equal to that of Exeter, and we were the top rated modern university overall.
The School holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to improving gender equality.
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.
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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.
The Brain Research & Imaging Centre (BRIC), the most advanced multi-modal brain imaging facility in the Southwest, provides the sea-change to enhance the quality of our research in human neuroscience.
With seven cutting-edge human research laboratories, including an MRI suite with the most advanced 3-Tesla scanner in the region, it will critically advance our enquiry, toward the most advanced brain research, improved radiological diagnostics and better patient care.
The partnership of University of Plymouth, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and DDRC Healthcare is central to our wider aims of delivering rapid improvements to health and well-being in the region and beyond, supporting commercial development and integrating research into education at the highest levels.
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.
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
2021 'How do women with a history of gestational diabetes mellitus use mHealth during and after pregnancy? Qualitative exploration of women's views and experiences' Midwifery 98, 102995-102995 , DOI
2021 Living Your Life with Cancer: An ACT Approach Flying Over Thunderstorms. Routledge
2021 'Secondary analysis of loot box data: Are high-spending “whales” wealthy gamers or problem gamblers?' Addictive Behaviors 117, 106851-106851 , DOI
2021 'Communicating the absence of evidence for microplastics risk: Balancing sensation and reflection' Environment International 150, 106116-106116 , DOI
2021 'The value of subsequent memory paradigms in uncovering neural mechanisms of early social learning' NeuroImage 117978-117978 , DOI
2021 'Engaging People with Energy Efficiency: A Randomised Controlled Trial Testing the Effects of Thermal Imaging Visuals in a Letter Communication' Sustainability 13, (6) 3543-3543 , DOI
2021 'Trait evaluations of faces and voices: Comparing within- and between-person variability' Journal of Experimental Psychology: General Open access
2021 '“I can’t skip it”: does free report improve accuracy in false memories?' Memory 29, (3) 353-361 , DOI
2021 'On stopping yourself: Self-relevance facilitates response inhibition' Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics , DOI
2021 'Experiences of completed and withdrawn unspecified kidney donor candidates in the United Kingdom: An inductive thematic analysis from the BOUnD study' British Journal of Health Psychology , DOI
2021 'Virtually renovating the Trauma Film Paradigm: Comparing virtual reality with on-screen presentation of an analogue trauma' Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace , DOI
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.
- MPsych (Hons) Advanced Psychology (Full-time)
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- BSc (Hons) Psychology with Integrated Foundation Year (Full-time)
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- MSc Advanced Psychology (Full-time, Part-time route available)
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- PgCert Clinical Psychology (Part-time)
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- MSc Human Neuroscience (Full-time)
- MSc Human Neuroscience (Part-time)
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