Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our World Top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings, where we are ranked 78.
We pride ourselves on being a collegiate and welcoming department, committed to success for all who work here.
You will receive a genuinely research-led education. As well as learning the core principles of psychology, you will participate in research through seminars, conferences and research assistantship schemes. You will also have access to our world-leading clinical and experimental facilities, including motion capture, eye tracking and biophysical recording laboratories.
We offer both taught postgraduate and postgraduate research degree programmes. Our MSc programmes provide students with core skills, ideal for continuing on to complete a PhD, taking a research position, or entering the workplace. Our postgraduate students are supervised by academics with expertise in their fields and have the opportunity to engage with the local vibrant research community.
Our closest living relatives could help us better understand how communication evolved in humans and how our own language skills emerge.
Research Associate Jake Brooker from our Department of Psychology studies the social and emotional behaviour of great apes. He explains that social media needs to recognise that putting exotic animals in a human context isn't cute and reflects animal abuse.
A psychological phenomenon where people see meaningful forms in random patterns, such as seeing faces in clouds, may have stimulated early humans to make cave art.
One of our department highlights is the dedicated laboratory space with equipment linked to teaching on our programmes.
At Durham we focus on you. We are energised teachers, who love our subject and want to share that passion with you.
Head of Department
'What I think makes Durham's Psychology course truly excellent is the contagious passion and excitement each of the staff have for Psychology.'
See what our staff and students get up to during their time at Durham University.
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