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 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 2018Find 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.
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.
Our courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society
Psychology eBooks project received the Guardian university award for teaching excellence
We are applying for an Athena SWAN award to recognise our commitment to the advancement of gender equality
The Cognition Institute unites researchers in Psychology, Robotics, Biomedicine and the Arts
- MPsych (Hons) Advanced 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
2018 'Mental imagery in dentistry: Phenomenology and role in dental anxiety' Journal of Anxiety Disorders 58, 33-41 , DOI
2018 'What a discursive understanding of interprofessional team meetings might reveal: an exploration of intellectual (learning) disability managers' performances' J Interprof Care 1-10 , DOI
2018 'Interaction between Musical and Poetic Form Affects Song Popularity: The Case of the Genevan Psalter' Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain PEARL
2018 'Intention insertion: activating an action’s perceptual consequences is sufficient to induce non-willed motor behaviour' Journal of Experimental Psychology: General PEARL
2018 'Auditory icon alarms are more accurately and quickly identified than standard melodic alarms in a simulated clinical setting' Anesthesiology PEARL
2018 'Extinguishing cue-controlled reward choice: Effects of Pavlovian extinction on outcome-selective Pavlovian-instrumental transfer' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition 44, (3) PEARL
2018 'Testing for Depressive Realism in a Clinically Depressed Sample' Behaviour Change 35, (2) 108-122 , DOI
2018 'A spotlight on safeguarding in trainee selection: The Plymouth programmes experience of safer recruitment' Clinical Psychology Forum (306) 25-29
2018 'Model-free and model-based reward prediction errors in EEG' NeuroImage PEARL
2018 'The Impact of Workload on the Ability to Localize Auditory Alarms' Applied Ergonomics PEARL
2018 'Similar but separate systems underlie perceptual bistability in vision and audition' Nature Scientific Reports PEARL
2018 'Balance Right in Multiple Sclerosis (BRiMS): Preliminary results of a randomised controlled feasibility trial' //0 //0 870-870
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
2018 'Correction: Prospective mental imagery as its link with anxiety and depression in prisoners' PLOS ONE 13, (4) e0195929-e0195929 , DOI