Psychology

Choosing a course can be a difficult decision, so we have created some useful resources to help you broaden your knowledge of studying Psychology at university. 

1stin the UK for student satisfaction - BSc (Hons) Psychology **Guardian University Guide 2021
97%overall satisfaction - BSc (Hons) Psychology**National Student Survey 2020

As the scientific study of human thought and behaviour, psychology is a fascinating subject and opens up diverse career avenues. Our students use specialist facilities, gain applied experience through work placements and learn from lecturers at the forefront of psychological research. Our lecturers research a wide range of topics, including experiencing changenature connectedness and healthy lifestyles

You can find out more about studying Psychology at Derby by downloading our Psychology brochure and exploring our Virtual Open Day.

Studying Psychology is an exciting insight into the scientific study of human thought and behaviour. Students use specialist facilities - including our psychological observation suite and eye tracker equipment, EEG for recording brain activity, and Babylab for ethical research with babies and young children - and learn from lecturers at the forefront of psychological research. 

Watch a day in the life of a Psychology student at the University of Derby.

Jane Montague, Head of Psychology at the University of Derby discusses the Psychology of colours. Why do we wear certain colours? Is it because we think it’s ‘nice’ or is it because our subconscious is expressing how we really feel.

Read 'The Psychology of colours' blog.

Why is Game of Thrones so popular? Why did the final season cause lots of anger from some fans? Why are some fans so devastated that the show has ended? Ruth Sims, Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Derby, explores how psychology can shine a light on some of these questions.

Read 'The psychology behind the Game of Thrones phenomenon' blog.

Dr Frances Maratos, Reader in Emotion Science at the University of Derby, explains the psychology behind why people are afraid of clowns.

Read 'Why are people scared of clowns?' blog

"The pleasure in teaching psychology students is that they tend to be highly motivated and open to exploring ideas. A vital part of our role is to help them chart their future career direction as studying psychology opens so many doors to so many different sectors and professions - anywhere that an understanding of people is valued."      

   - Dr Ian Baker, Senior Lecturer in Psychology

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I am so lucky and privileged to have attended this University and be taught by knowledgeable, passionate, hardworking lecturers. The course is definitely value for money and if I could I would do it all again!

Daniel Gaffiero
Graduate of BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc Health Psychology