Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes. It includes a range of disciplines that share a common interest in understanding how humans and other animals interpret and respond to the external world.

Bristol's School of Experimental Psychology has a friendly atmosphere and is the perfect environment to share our aptitude and passion for psychological science.

We are a highly rated research school with a long tradition of supporting some of the most brilliant minds in psychological research.

Why study Psychology at Bristol?

Bristol is a fantastic place to live and study. The School of Experimental Psychology is a friendly environment in which staff get to know students personally. Our course has a fundamental emphasis on the experimental study of the mind and we want our students to share a sense of fun and adventure in psychological science.

Our staff are world-leading experts who are enthusiastic about teaching students about the latest developments in the field based on the cutting-edge research that they and their colleagues are conducting.

Over the course of the degree students become independent learners who can think for themselves. In the third year you can tailor the course to your interests with a choice from around 20 seminar courses. You will also undertake a major research project of your choice. There is an active undergraduate Psychology Society which runs regular events and produces its own magazine.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

We look for students who are bright, motivated and who show a genuine enthusiasm for psychology. While many of our students will hold a psychology A-level, this is not a pre-requisite. Like most other psychology courses, ours includes statistics so some aptitude for mathematics is useful. However, you do not need to be a maths whiz. Our course is centred around scientific enquiry and the final-year research project forms a major part of our degree. If you are scientifically minded and want to know about psychology as it is currently understood then our course would suit you.

Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

Our teaching is based on a combination of lectures, seminars, small-group tutorials, participation in research experiments and laboratory classes.

Close working relationships between students and staff are built through staff-led academic tutorials during the first year, and developed through a combination of taught lectures and seminar-based discussion in the second year. This leads to individual project work in the third year.

We have diverse methods of assessment including coursework, oral presentation and examination, in addition to the final-year project dissertation.

What are my career prospects?

Our degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is a pathway to professional training in psychology. Our graduate destinations include a broad range of other sectors including health, education, marketing, scientific and legal consultancy, banking and finance, human resources, media and the public sector. The multidisciplinary and scientific nature of psychology means that you will develop an impressive range of transferable skills in quantitative analytical research, data handling and interpretation, critical evaluation, report writing, presentation, and IT literacy.

Read more about what graduates from the department go on to do.

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

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Download the Psychology leaflet 2017 (PDF, 286kB)

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