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About us

Psychology is a diverse, vibrant and exciting field that involves a multitude of methods and topics.

Strong professional pathways

Traditionally, the field integrates approaches from:

  • the humanities
  • social sciences
  • the natural sciences

At Newcastle, our expertise reflects this diversity of approaches. We focus on the scientific and experimental study of mind and behaviour.

We have strong professional psychology pathways, for example, in clinical psychology and forensic psychology. We have distinct biological, evolutionary and neuroscience components in our undergraduate programmes.


Our main aim is to provide excellent, global-leading education in undergraduate and postgraduate psychology. Our School encourages students to draw from and contribute to the evidence-base. For applied fields of psychology (clinical and forensic), we teach students theory and practice.


Our educational philosophy is research–led. All our teaching staff generate new knowledge for the discipline through research. They share a passion for their work with their students.

87% of our research is world leading or internationally excellent. We rank fifth in the UK on the social, economic and cultural impact of this research beyond academia.


Many staff teaching on our programmes are leading their fields.

Students on our programmes are taught by those at the cutting edge of the discipline.

We take great pride in the quality of our teaching, we engage in educational development and research.

Our graduates gain a diverse set of transferable skills.

They achieve a psychological literacy leading to successful careers and further study.

Students working inside the University.


We work with research schools/institutes/projects around the University, including:

Newcastle University Business School has a range of multidisciplinary research centres and projects. These include psychological perspectives on such areas as consumer and organisational behaviour.

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Global significance

We also collaborate with the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group. This is an international network of professionals committed to improving investigative interviewing of:

  • victims
  • witnesses
  • suspected offenders