Department of Psychology
The Department of Psychology aims:
- to provide an outstanding and vibrant environment for both study and research;
- to deliver stimulating and challenging programmes to high calibre students;
- to nurture highly employable, academically accomplished graduates possessed with the skills to succeed in the 21st century.
We offer an exciting undergraduate portfolio consisting of three BSc (Hons) degrees in Psychology, Psychology with Sport Sciences and Psychology with Criminology, all of which are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) to provide GBC (Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership) a necessary qualification for entry into professional training programmes. For non-psychology graduates we offer an MSc in Psychology which also provides GBC. We are proud to boast that this latter programme has been designed for, and is delivered exclusively to the MSc Psychology cohort and does not rely on or borrow modules from the undergraduate portfolio.
Our postgraduate portfolio includes three BPS-accredited professional masters degrees in Health Psychology, Occupational Psychology and Sport & Exercise Psychology, three MScs in The Psychology of Health and Wellbeing, Organisational Psychology, Psychology of Sport & Exercise Behaviour, an MRes in Psychology and a Professional Doctorate in Occupational Psychology.
A particular strength of the department is the integration of staff research and consultancy into the taught programmes. We have an established research reputation with 90% of research in Psychology found to be of international quality in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008.
Our two research centres - the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre (BPNRC) and Cognition and Communication Research Centre (CoCo) - hold international reputations for outstanding publications and collaborations. The Health in Action research group includes the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research and delivers research employing a range of approaches to further our understanding of the pathogenesis and natural history of different illnesses, diseases, and disorders. Our findings and publications are often reported in the media and international conferences.
As a department we focus on applications of psychology based on sound psychological theory and evidence, and emphasis is placed on collaboration with industry and external research partners from around the globe.