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Department of Psychology
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We are amongst the Top 10 Psychology Departments in the UK with an outstanding academic staff highly rated for both teaching and research and are consistently ranked as one of the best Psychology departments for employability. We were rated 24th out of 81 Departments in the Times Higher 'Intensity' 2014 REF ranking for Psychology, Neuroscience and Psychiatry with 77% of our research being recognised as world leading. We are a collegiate and welcoming department committed to success for all who work here. One mark of our commitment is our Athena Swan Silver Award which the department has received in 2013.


Dr Sophie Hodgetts (Ustinov College) has successfully completed her PhD in Psychology. The title of her thesis: "The neuromodulatory properties of gonadal steroid hormones with regard to individual differences in cognition and brain organisation." Sophie has also completed a BSc Hons Psychology (Applied) and MSc Cognitive Neuroscience in our department. Recently, she has accepted a new post at the University of Sunderland, where she will continue her academic career as a Lecturer in the Psychology Department.


Miss Jasmin Amber Strickland (Hatfield College), has successfully completed her Masters of Science by Thesis (MRES) in Psychology. The title of her thesis: “Multiple processes in the short-term reduction of palatability in mice”. Jasmin will continue to study for her PhD in the Department.

Rising Stars Research Symposium.

Harriet Welch (left), Naina Kant (middle) and Lauren Jeffers (right) presented research from their undergraduate dissertation projects at the Faculty of Science's research symposium. The event showcases the success and breadth of research within the faculty at undergraduate level.

1.1 Million Euro Multi -Site Project.

Dr Dan Smith (Centre) was the lead applicant for a consortium that was awarded 1.1m euros for the multi-site project "A motor bias theory of attention" funded by ESRC (Durham, UK), DFG (Munich, Germany) and NWO (Utrecht, Netherlands).

Outstanding Academic Support.

David Sanderson won the Durham Students' Union prize for Outstanding Academic Support in the Science faculty, nominated by students.

Hector Fellow Academy Prize.

Maria Olkkonen won the Hector Fellow Academy prize for the best talk at the Colour in Mind Conference held at Tübingen University.

PsyPAG Annual Conference

Our 2017 Annual Conference will be hosted at Northumbria University on 26th-28th July 2017.

Our conference aims to bring postgraduates from across the UK together and allow invaluable presentation experience in a relaxed and friendly environment. Our keynotes this year are Dr Vincent Deary (Northumbria University), Dr Katie Milnes (Leeds Beckett University), Prof Merim Bilalic (Northumbria University) and Dr Lynda Boothroyd (Durham University). In addition to this, the BPS Trainee Conference will also be joining us at this event. We are offering 10 x £100 competitive Conference bursaries to help students attend.

Deadlines for abstract submissions are Wednesday 29th March for workshops and Wednesday 24th May for posters and oral presentations. Early bird registration rates close on Friday 24th March and general registration closes on Friday 7th July. Find more information, submit abstracts and register on our conference website:

Contact Details

Durham City
Psychology Department
Durham University
Science Laboratories
South Road
Tel:+44(0)191 3343240

Queen's Campus
Psychology Department
Durham University
Queen's Campus
University Boulevard
TS17 6BH
Tel:+44(0)191 3340101

Durham subjects in QS World Subject Rankings Top 100

We're recruiting

In September 2013 the Department of Psychology was delighted to achieve the 'Athena Swan Silver Award' recognising our commitment to advancing women's careers in STEMM academia. For more information please follow link.

World leading research across all Durham University subjects

Durham University REF results