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Why Study Psychology at Gloucestershire University

Giving you a solid grounding in the theories and issues of modern psychology, our diverse course embraces practical and theoretical work.

You’ll gain hands-on experience in conducting research and experimentation, and as part of the Department of Natural and Social Sciences, have the opportunity to meet and study with students on other programmes such as biology and criminology.

A psychology degree is also a firm basis for training in academic or professional psychology, including the areas of educational, occupational, forensic, and clinical psychology. Other career opportunities range from teaching, counselling and community work through to advertising and marketing, personnel and general management.

Introductory modules in our programme offer a broad overview of the subject, and psychological research methods. As you progress, you’ll be able to choose from a range of specialised topics focused around your interests.

The psychology experimental and computing laboratories, which are equipped with a range of specialist resources, will prove invaluable as you pursue your own research.

Our psychology programme received the highest student satisfaction rating of all UK undergraduate psychology programmes in the 2007 National Student Survey.


Some of our modules include:

  • Biological Basis of Behaviour
  • Critical Thinking
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Interpersonal and Group Behaviour
  • Perception, Learning and Memory
  • Psychology and Crime
  • Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Counselling


Coursework, exams, projects, posters and presentations.


The research activity in the Psychology team revolves around four broad themes: cognitive-perceptual processes (especially applied issues), social-cultural issuesoccupational psychology and historical / pedagogical issueswith staff interaction via an active seminar programme and workshops in the Centre for Research in Applied Cognition, Knowledge, Learning and Emotion (CRACKLE)

Psychology staff publish in international journals and attend national and/or international conferences. They have achieved successful bids for research and consultancy funds totalling nearly £600,000 since 2001, including recent attainment of a £247,500 grant from MoD Competition of Ideas. Staff also engage in consultancy activity, such as that conducted via the Centre of Temporary Worker Research. There is an active graduate research programme and extensive laboratory space and equipment. Staff have research links with other UK universities including Oxford, Bristol, Cardiff, Hull, Abertay, Surrey, Southampton, UWE , as well as with overseas universities including Queensland, Pittsburgh, Netherlands and non-academic partners including MoD, NHS (Bristol Royal Infirmary and Gloucestershire Partnership NHS Trust), Bristol Fire Headquarters and Gloucestershire Council. 

Staff also contribute significantly to the overall university research culture through inter-departmental collaborations (eg. with the Centre for Active Learning).

Psychology research groups are as follows:


Career paths for our Psychology students include:

  • Health service
  • Personnel management
  • Professional psychologist