Our research

The most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) confirms the status of Psychology at the University of Exeter as one of the foremost centres of research in the country. 85% of our research is classified as world-leading or internationally excellent1, and we have active programmes of research in a variety of human and animal behaviour, with strengths in visual perception, social psychology, organisational psychology, psychopathology, human and animal cognition, cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology.

Our reputation for high quality research has helped us recruit staff with excellent records, who are engaged in international collaborative research. This has ensured that we have an exceptional breadth and depth of expertise across all psychological disciplines.

Our leading academics are at the forefront of their chosen fields and are responsible for delivering the very latest knowledge and expertise to help shape social and economic policy, enhance business practice and improve the health and well-being of the population. From playing a central role in creating new professional guidelines for treating depression, to working with large organisations such as the Ministry of Defence and National Health Service, our globally-renowned academics ensure the impact of our research is far reaching.

Each year we attract around £3 million in external research funding from UK Research Councils, the EU and charities. In addition, our research is supported by links with government organisations (including the MET office, NHS, and the armed forces) and the commercial sector (including IBM, Microsoft, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).

Our research groups

Our research is organised around four coherent and highly productive research groups, which are at the cutting edge of research in Animal Behaviour, Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology and Mood Disorders, and Social, Environmental and Organisational Psychology. Each group provides not only breadth, but depth of the very latest, insightful knowledge at the very foundations of Psychology.

Find out more about our research groups and research centres.

Research degrees and facilities

An MPhil/PhD offers an exciting opportunity to work with internationally leading researchers at the cutting-edge of research, within a close-knit and supportive environment. Find out more about our research programmes and facilities.

Our research seminars

There is a strong research culture in the Psychology at the University of Exeter, which is reflected in our regular seminars and workshops and visits from internationally renowned scholars. These are run over the course of the academic year, cover a wide range of topics and provide students and academics from across the University with a platform to meet and discuss the latest topics in psychology.

1 Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*