Studying Psychology

In the School of Psychology, students are partners in everything we do. We emphasise your development as a scientist: interpreting phenomena, developing theories, testing hypotheses and understanding behaviour. You'll study modules covering the British Psychological Society's core curriculum as well as additional modules applying your knowledge in practical and employment-related situations.

Our students have given us outstanding ratings of over 90 per cent in all of the National Student Surveys conducted so far. Find out why by exploring the information on this page.

School of Psychology – ask a student!

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What is the School of Psychology like?

It is important that you know what you'll be getting when you choose a University course. How much teaching will you get? How will you be assessed? What do current students think of the course?

See how the School measures up against with others in the South West using data from the government's UNISTATS website

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Free e-Books

To give you a great start, if you are studying psychology as your only or major subject, we'll give you a free set of eBooks when you start your first year.

The complete set of eBooks is worth over £1500 – your main recommended reading for your core psychology lectures covered at no cost to you!

Free eBooks from the School of Psychology

Study abroad year in the USA

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 Nebraska

A challenge year in​ the USA

A wide range of final year options

We make things simple by giving you choice of topics within modules rather than making you choose between different modules

You choose two thirds of the topics that you study in your final year, so can make the course fit your interests.

Find out about the wide range of optional topics you can choose from

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

Psychology Research Apprenticeship Scheme

One of the experiments I was helping with got published in the scientific journal and... my name got mentioned!

Every year around 60-70 first and second year students volunteer to work with a member of staff as a 'Research Apprentice'

School of Psychology Research Apprentice Scheme

Facilities in the School of Psychology

Make the most of our specialist facilities – we’re a well equipped department ready to support your research.

Read more about our facilities

Psychology Student Council

Psychology Councillors are students working in partnership with staff in the School of Psychology to ensure students’ views are heard, to make the School and our courses as vibrant and exciting as possible.

The Council includes the School rep, course reps, PsySoc chairs, and student councillors working on specific aspects of the Psychology programme.

Find out who the councillors are here

Staff insight - Dr Caroline Floccia

...I was in my twenties, and I went to a party and I met somebody who told me for the first time about the existence of a field called cognitive psychology… a field in which people study how the brain and mind work… it was a revelation…

Find out why Dr Caroline Floccia is passionate about cognitive psychology.

Read more about Dr Caroline Floccia’s teaching and research interests

Sporting Excellence Scholars

Learn how Plymouth University is inspiring and enabling BSc (Hons) Psychology student and Team GB Olympic Swimmer Antony James to achieve his sporting and academic goals

Sporting Excellence Scholars

Learn how Plymouth University is inspiring and enabling BSc (Hons) Psychology student and Welsh rugby player Molly Humphreys to achieve her sporting and academic goals