Psychology is an experimental science that is concerned with the explanation of human and animal behaviour. It is a broad and rapidly-growing biological discipline, and Psychology at Newcastle reflects this.


The School of Psychology has excellent facilities for psychological research in:

• the Institute of Neuroscience  (comparative and neuroscience approaches)
• the Institute of Health and Society (health psychology, and development and disability)
• Culture Lab (human–computer interaction)
• the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences (disorders of language)

Research Degrees

We have established research groups and MPhil and PhD supervision is typically available in the following areas:

• animal behaviour and the evolution of human behaviour
• cognitive and visual neuroscience
• clinical psychology
• speech and language sciences

Developmental psychology is also well represented and we are developing links with other regional universities in this area.

Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.

As a PhD student you will be supervised by research-active academics.

The MRes programmes in Neuroscience, Animal Behaviour and Evolution in Human Behaviour combine the structure of a taught programme with the flexibility of a research degree. Taught modules enable you to develop research skills and build on your subject knowledge, before undertaking a substantial research project in a topic of your choice.

The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is delivered in conjunction with the NHS and provides the formal training for Trainee Clinical Psychologists.

Taught Programmes

Our training programmes in Low and High Intensity Psychological Therapies, delivered in conjunction with the NHS, form part of the government initiative for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).

The PGDip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy that aims to produce psychological therapists who are competent in the practice of CBT.

Our MSc in Psychology (Foundations in Clinical and Health Psychology) aims to equip graduates who have had little exposure to clinical and health psychology in their first degree, with the knowledge and skills required to obtain employment, or to be accepted on to a vocational training course.

Your Study Experience

We have a full calendar of psychology research seminars and lectures delivered by visiting speakers and hosted by the School of Psychology, the Institute of Neuroscience and other nearby institutions. These seminars, along with attendance at conferences, enable you to meet students and academics at other universities to discuss your work.

Postgraduate degrees in this subject area: