We are one of the UK's leading Psychology departments, providing high-quality undergraduate programmes that offer opportunity for multiple career choices following successful completion of your degree.
Our teaching is informed by cutting-edge research conducted in the following primary domains: Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Developmental Science, Social and Applied Sciences and is accredited by the British Psychological Society. The School attained the highest possible rating in the latest Teaching Quality Assessment.
As a School, our aim is to give you a thorough and comprehensive grounding in the subject of psychology, preparing you both for professional career options following completion of your degree, as well as opportunity for specialist postgraduate training. Our courses are broad-based and cover all main areas of Psychology, with opportunities to specialise in the final year through the choice of specialist topics, research and training.
The following courses are available:
- BSc Psychology
- BSc Psychology with Sociology
- BSc Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience
- BSc Applied Psychology
Frequently Asked Questions
After reading this page, you might also find it helpful to consult the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions from applicants for Psychology.
The School of Psychology welcomes applications from international students and we make every effort to support them throughout their studies at the University of Leicester. See here for more details.
We have good research and teaching facilities based in the Henry Wellcome Building and Maurice Shock Building which include two large computer laboratories and a psychometric test library. For more specialised research we have a virtual reality laboratory, three laboratories for visual perception and tracking of eye movement, a judgement and decision making room and an EEG laboratory.
Our degrees are accredited for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (the professional body for psychologists) which is also situated in Leicester and maintains close links with the School of Psychology. Students will get the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS on all the courses we offer provided they obtain at least a lower second class (2.2) honours degree.
Active Research Ethos
The School of Psychology is very active in research, much of its work enjoying a national and international reputation. Much of our current research is applied in nature and includes studies of cognitive biases and heuristics in human judgement and decision making; spatial learning in domesticated dogs; experience of art and the influence of expertise; effects of "burn out" in the medical profession; reading development; eyewitness testimony; criminal profiling; interviewing techniques and expert evidence in court; sex differences in children's use of computers and the role of visual attention in word recognition, using functioning brain imaging. All students taking psychology for three years have an opportunity to participate in departmental research programmes during their final year.
Student Psychology Society
We have an active student Psychology Society which organises lectures and visits, and has a lively social programme. We also have a programme of weekly talks presented by well-known psychologists from other Departments and Research Units.