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.

We take our students' experience at Plymouth very seriously. Our teaching is rated amongst the best in the country and in the most recent National Student Survey, our courses received an average 90 per cent satisfaction rating. 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 course, 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.

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.

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

PhD studentships in the School of Psychology

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

You can apply to study with us at any time

Find out how to apply for a PhD in Psychology


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.

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

  • Buckley MG, Haselgrove M & Smith AD 2018 'The developmental trajectory of intramaze and extramaze landmark biases in spatial navigation: An unexpected journey' Developmental Psychology 51, (6) 771-791 , DOI PEARL
  • Bacon AM, Corr PJ & Satchell LP 2018 'A Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory explanation of antisocial behaviour' Personality and Individual Differences , DOI PEARL
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Wakabayashi R, Kusunoki Y, Hattori K, Motegi T, Furutate R, Itoh A, Jones RCM, Hyland ME & Kida K 2018 'Effectiveness of home-based exercise in older patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A 3-year cohort study' Geriatrics & Gerontology International , DOI PEARL
  • McCutcheon R, Bloomfield MAP, Dahoun T, Quinlan M, Terbeck S, Mehta M & Howes O 2018 'Amygdala reactivity in ethnic minorities and its relationship to the social environment: an fMRI study' Psychol Med 1-8 Author Site , DOI PEARL
  • Townshend J & Norman AL 2018 'The Secondary Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Experiences of Family and Friends' The Family Journal: counseling and therapy for couples and families PEARL
  • Edmunds CER, Wills AJ & Milton F 2018 'Initial training with difficult items does not facilitate category learning' Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology , DOI PEARL
  • Dallos R & McKenzie R 2017 'It feels like something is coming back to haunt me' clinical child psychology and psychiatry , DOI PEARL
  • Bousquet J, Farrell J, Crooks G, Hellings P, Bel EH, Bewick M, Chavannes NH, de Sousa JC, Cruz AA & Haahtela T 2017 'Erratum to: Scaling up strategies of the chronic respiratory disease programme of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (Action Plan B3: Area 5)' Clinical and Translational Allergy 7, (1) , DOI
  • Berry CJ, Ward EV & Shanks DR 2017 'Does study duration have opposite effects on recognition and repetition priming?' Journal of Memory and Language 97, 154-174 , DOI PEARL
  • Karuza EA, Emberson LL, Roser ME, Cole D, Aslin RN & Fiser J 2017 'Neural Signatures of Spatial Statistical Learning: Characterizing the Extraction of Structure from Complex Visual Scenes' Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 29, (12) 1963-1976 , DOI PEARL
  • Azize PM, Cattani A & Endacott R 2017 'Perceived language proficiency and pain assessment by registered and student nurses in native English-speaking and EAL children aged 4-7 years' Journal of Clinical Nursing , DOI PEARL
  • Thair H, Holloway A, Newport R & Smith AD 2017 'Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS): A Beginner's Guide for Design and Implementation' Frontiers in Neuroscience , DOI PEARL
  • Francis KB, Gummerum M, Ganis G, Howard IS & Terbeck S 2017 'Virtual morality in the helping professions: Simulated action and resilience' Br J Psychol Author Site , DOI PEARL
  • Underwood A, Norman AL, Forrest H, Jackson S & McBride P 2017 'Connected, supported, informed: Experiences and benefits of membership of the Pituitary Foundation' //0 //0 PEARL
  • Norman AL, Forrest H, Jackson S & McBride P 2017 'Understanding the psychosocial needs of pituitary patients: A survey of Pituitary Foundation members' //0 //0 PEARL
  • Bunn LM, Cowie D, Brady D, Cattani A & Marsden J 2017 'Wee-Wii-validation: Investigating the validity and reliability of the Nintendo Wii Balance Board for assessment of standing balance in young children' Physiotherapy UK Congress 2017 10/11/2017 11/11/2017 PEARL