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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 modules from the undergraduate portfolio. Our postgraduate portfolio also boasts three BPS-accredited professional masters degrees in Health Psychology, Occupational Psychology and Sport & Exercise Psychology, an MRes in Psychology and a Professional Doctorate in Occupational Psychology.

Psychology - observing children  

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 Evolution, Perception and Behaviour group perform investigations into human movement, human mating behaviours and preferences, health and attractiveness, eating disorders, autism, and behaviour modification in healthcare settings. 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. 

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.