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About us

"Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. It is one of the most interesting and challenging fields of science with the potential to benefit both individuals and society. Psychology seeks not only to understand the processes that underpin thought and action but apply that understanding to solve practical problems.

Here at Exeter, we aim to deliver world-leading psychology research and education, underpinned by robust methods, high-quality facilities, and strategic partnerships, to improve our understanding of mind and behaviour across the lifespan and across species, and to positively impact individual, societal, and environmental health and wellbeing. Our goal is to provide a stimulating, inspirational, and interdisciplinary environment that brings out the very best in our students and staff.

Members of our department study a diverse range of topics in psychology and animal behaviour. Our research strengths focus on understanding brain and behaviour across the lifespan, social determinants of health and well-being, and treatment innovations in mental health and addiction. We are 11th in the UK in terms of internationally excellent research (REF 2021).

Our undergraduate courses not only communicate contemporary knowledge but also develop general skills in research design, critical thinking, statistical analysis, and written and oral communication. Our postgraduate courses provide advanced training in areas such as animal behaviour, clinical psychology, psychological research methods, and social and organisational psychology. Our PhD programs, which include professional doctorates in clinical and applied psychology, offer the opportunity for advanced study in a range of specialised fields. We are one of the UK’s largest providers of training in evidence-based psychological practice and therapies.

We are fully committed to being an inclusive environment that supports equality of opportunity and fairness for all, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, disability, or other personal circumstances and we currently hold an Athena Swan Silver award in recognition of our actions to support gender equality."

Professor Joanne Smith - Head of Department