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Durham University


Department of Psychology

World Rankings

Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2021, where we are ranked 86th.

A record 19 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, including 11 in the world top 50 and three in the world top ten.

We pride ourselves on being a collegiate and welcoming department, committed to success for all who work here. We are ranked in the Top 10 Psychology Departments in the UK, and Top 100 in the world.


Undergraduate Study

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.

Welcome to Psychology at Durham

Welcome to Psychology at Durham

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Teaching at Durham Psychology

Teaching at Durham Psychology

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Postgraduate Study

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 postition, 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.




One of our department highlights is the dedicated laboratory space with equipment linked to teaching on our programmes. We have outstanding facilities for training in eye-movement recording, motion capture and psychophysics.