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Psychology

Our courses emphasise the real-world application of psychological theory.

Our academics are passionate about applied research. The curriculum benefits from their expertise in addictive and health behaviours, applied developmental cognition, investigative forensic psychology and lived experiences in mental health and distress.

Our graduates go on to pursue careers in clinical, forensic and counselling psychology, teaching, the probation service, court services, human resources and business. Psychology graduates are generally highly regarded by employers for their communication, numeracy, teamwork and critical thinking.

Rewarding voluntary work placements

The Division runs a successful voluntary work placement schemes that help students find and prepare for part-time voluntary work at organisations including:

  • Addiction rehabilitation units
  • Brain damage units
  • Charitable organisations working with stroke patients
  • NHS clinics and hospital units (psychosexual, forensic and clinical psychology units)
  • Children with disabilities
  • Clinical psychologists at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
  • Young offenders

Leading career services and advice

We provide careers support and advice throughout the time that students study with us and beyond. We organise various careers activities such as work placements, talks and seminars in collaboration with many organisations, including the Metropolitan Police, the NHS and the British Psychological Society (BPS). We hold an annual careers fair for second and third year students and work closely with our alumni who have gone on to build successful careers in psychology.

Undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in psychology that cover a wide range of specialisms including: child development psychology; clinical psychology; social psychology; investigative forensic psychology; addiction, addictive behaviours and therapies; and mental health and cognitive behavioural therapy.

PhD research degrees are available and are supported by a supervisor, an expert in the field.

A broad range of specialist Continuing Professional Development CPD short courses are also available for up-skilling professionals working in psychology-related fields.

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Gain the theoretical and practical knowledge required to become a counsellor. Study full-time or part-time.

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Undergraduate BSc (Hons) Psychology degree; the first step to becoming a psychologist. Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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Addiction psychology is a fascinating specialist area of psychology focused on both substance dependence and other forms of behavioural dependence such as gambling.

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Undergraduate BSc (Hons) Psychology (Child Development) degree course; the first steps to becoming a psychologist. Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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Undergraduate BSc (Hons) Psychology (Clinical Psychology) degree course; the first steps to becoming a psychologist. Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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Explore forensic and investigative psychology including offender profiling, witness interview techniques, detecting deception and research.

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Undergraduate BSc (Hons) Psychology (Sport Psychology) degree course; the first steps to becoming a psychologist. Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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How do our brains work? Is our behaviour affected by our genes, our environment or both? Psychology gives you a fascinating insight into the factors that influence how people think, feel and behave.

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Not to be confused with a Foundation degree, this Applied Sciences qualification is designed for the mature applicant. It offers a route into science professions for those who have not followed the traditional route of A Levels.

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A member of staff, expert in the chosen field, is directly responsible for guiding and supporting your research programme. Offered full-time and part-time.

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Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), Masters (MSc) Addiction Psychology and Counselling course; a route to counselling accreditation.

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The Psychology MSc is a conversion course for individuals already possessing an undergraduate degree in another field, but who wish to develop a professional career in Psychology.

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This course offers the chance to gain expertise and theoretical understanding of psychology, supported by the development of practical skills and a relevant clinical placement.

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A member of staff, expert in the chosen field, is directly responsible for guiding and supporting your research programme. Offered full-time and part-time.

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Psychology students benefit from strong practical facilities to conduct scientific testing. The division's laboratory complex contains the latest computer and experimental equipment and has its own dedicated reference library.

Cutting edge technology

The Psychology laboratory is located on the fifth floor of the Joseph Lancaster Building and has the following features:

Observation room with a one-way mirror
This pair of large rooms has been set up to provide a comfortable environment for conducting observational work with the option of discrete observations via a large one-way mirror. The mirror allows the whole room to be clearly seen from the adjoining observation area and is ideal for research in areas such as developmental psychology where the presence of the experimenter may influence a child's behaviour.
Bio-psychological recording equipment (BIOPAC)
The division currently possesses three Biopac base units and a range of different specialist modules or the collection of psycho-physiological data. The apparatus allows collection of a wide range of physiological data including: Impedance cardiography (ICG); Electro dermal activity (EDA); Electro myogram (EMG); Skin conductance response (SCR); Continuous blood pressure monitoring; Electro cardiography (ECG); Respiratory rate, etc.
Eye tracking facility
The laboratory currently has a desk mounted SR eye tracker and is shortly acquiring a head mounted portable eye tracker for dynamic data collection. We are able to support a wide range of experimental paradigms with the apparatus including incorporation of other physiological data from apparatus such as Biopac.
Psychometric library
The laboratory currently carries around 1500 different psychometric tests across a wide range of application areas including clinical assessment, personality, neuro-psychological testing, cognitive performance and diagnostic screening.
Computer labs with experiment generator software
We currently have three dedicated psychology computer labs and a large number of testing cubicles all equipped with PCs running a range of experimental applications. These include: Super Lab, E-prime, Experiment builder, Nudist, The Observer, Acqknowledge, In vivo, SPSS, Cog Lab and MPlus.
SPSS
SPSS is an industry-strength software package for the statistical analysis of data. It is used by market researchers, health researchers, survey companies, government, education researchers, marketing organisations and academia.
Bar-lab
This facility has been set up to examine various aspects of drinking behaviour in an ecologically sensitive environment.

The labs also include seminar rooms, a workshop, storage areas, a preparation area and a laboratory office. There are two drop-in sessions per day for students to access technical and learning support from our highly professional technicians who are on hand to help.

Psychology Research Participation Scheme (RPS)

We use a web-based software package to advertise experiments and issue credit(s) for the departmental Research Participation Scheme (RPS). The experiment management system offers an easy way for participants from across the University to sign up for studies. This software helps to increase awareness and participation in our studies, therefore increasing the reliability of our experiments.

Prof. Ian Albery

Job title: Professor of Psychology; Director of Research and Enterprise for the School of Applied Sciences
Telephone: 020 7815 5856

Ian Albery is Professor of Psychology and Director of Research and Enterprise for the School of Applied Sciences.


James Binnie

Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director, BSc Psychological Counselling
Telephone: 020 7815 5430

James Binnie is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Course Director of the BSc Psychological Counselling.


Dr Janice Brown

Job title: Associate Professor; Course Director, Undergraduate Psychology
Telephone: 020 7815 5789

Janice Brown is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Course Director of Undergraduate Psychology.


Dr Elisa Carrus

Job title: Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 5758

Elisa Carrus is a Lecturer in Psychology.


Dr Claudia Civai

Job title: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 5454

Claudia Civai is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology.


Prof. Lynne Dawkins

Job title: Professor of Nicotine and Tobacco Studies
Telephone: 020 7815 5422

Lynne Dawkins is a Professor of Nicotine and Tobacco Studies.


Dr Rachael Elward

Job title: Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 5429

Rachael Elward is a Lecturer in Psychology.


Prof. Daniel Frings

Job title: Professor of Social Psychology; Course Director, MSc in Addiction Psychology and Counselling
Telephone: 020 7815 5888

Daniel Frings is Professor of Social Psychology and Course Director of the MSc Addiction Psychology and Counselling.


Dr Daniel Kolubinski

Job title: Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 5814

Dan Kolubinski is a Lecturer in Psychology.


Dr Elisa Lewis

Job title: Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 5857

Elisa Lewis is a Lecturer in Psychology.


Jaimee Mallion

Job title: Lecturer in Psychology

Jaimee Mallion is a Lecturer in Psychology.


Dr Alex Marchant

Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director, MSc Psychology
Telephone: 020 7815 5435

Alex Marchant is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Course Director of the MSc Psychology.


Nick McCubbin

Job title: Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 5467

Nick McCubbin is a Lecturer in Psychology.


Prof. Antony Moss

Job title: Professor of Addictive Behaviour Science; Director of Education and Student Experience for the School of Applied Sciences
Telephone: 020 7815 5777

Antony Moss is Professor of Addictive Behaviour Science and Director of Education and Student Experience for the School of Applied Sciences.


Dr Elizabeth Newton

Job title: Associate Professor
Telephone: 020 7815 5889

Elizabeth Newton is an Associate Professor of Psychology.


Dr Preethi Premkumar

Job title: Senior Lecturer

Preethi Premkumar specialises in studying the biosocial vulnerability model of psychosis, notably schizotypy and family stress. She is the module leader for the Year 1 module, Introduction to Psychology.


Prof. Paula Reavey

Job title: Professor of Psychology and Mental Health; Course Director MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology
Telephone: 020 7815 6177

Paula Reavey is Professor of Psychology and Mental Health, and Course Director of the MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology.


Dr Nicola Rycroft

Job title: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 8047

Nicky Rycroft is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology.


Dr James Smith-Spark

Job title: Associate Professor; Head of Psychology
Telephone: 020 7815 5884

Jamie Smith-Spark is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Head of the Division of Psychology.


Prof. Marcantonio Spada

Job title: Professor of Addictive Behaviours and Mental Health; Director of Student Recruitment for the School of Applied Sciences
Telephone: 020 7815 5760

Marcantonio Spada is Professor of Addictive Behaviours and Mental Health, and Director of Student Recruitment for the School of Applied Sciences.


Dr Serra Tekin Eriksson

Job title: Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 5894

Serra Tekin Eriksson is a Lecturer in Psychology.


Dr Allan Tyler

Job title: Lecturer in Psychology
Telephone: 020 7815 5727

Dr Allan Tyler is a Lecturer in Psychology. He is Admissions Tutor and co-Academic Integrity Co-ordinator (Psychology). Allan specialises in qualitative research methods and liminal populations.


Dr Eleni Vangeli

Job title: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 5806

Eleni Vangeli is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology.