Key facts


About the School of Psychology

At the School of Psychology we produce impactful world-leading research and offer high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate training.

Over 100 academic staff deliver research and education across our core areas of expertise:

  • social and personality psychology
  • child and adolescent development and developmental psychopathology
  • cognitive psychology and perception
  • mental health, physical health and wellbeing

We are home to over 700 undergraduate BSc students, 150 postgraduate taught and 150 postgraduate research students. Our 3 BPS accredited BSc programmes offer high quality research-led training in psychological sciences with pathways to our extensive portfolio of research and practitioner postgraduate programmes. We provide an environment in which our students can flourish as they develop into independent, creative and critical thinkers who make positive, varied and meaningful contributions to society.

Psychology at Southampton are one of the largest providers of accredited postgraduate research and practitioner training in the UK, offering:

  • MSc programmes (clinical, health, psychology)
  • research doctorates (PhD)
  • doctoral programmes in Clinical Psychology (DClin) and Educational Psychology (DEdPsy)
  • cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) training

Our suite of cognitive behavioural therapy courses includes:

We also run individual CBT modules.

Our school partners with communities and collaborators in the public and private sectors to share knowledge and best practice. We carry out social enterprise initiatives and work with other disciplines to develop psychological interventions, many of which have been adopted nationally and internationally. See the work of the Centre for Homelessness Research and Practice and the Digital Interventions Group.

Professor Nick Maguire speaks at a community research impact event. A group of 6 adults sit around desks, listening, as Nick talks animatedly
Professor Nick Maguire speaks at a community research impact event.

Our priorities


We aim to:

  • provide the highest quality academic training in psychology
  • provide a stimulating and engaging learning environment that enthuses students to develop their knowledge, skills and expertise
  • embed our excellence in research, impact, knowledge exchange and practitioner training to enrich education and graduate prospects
  • combine our excellence in innovation and research infrastructure to best teach, assess, supervise and support students to achieve their academic potential
  • provide inclusive, ambitious, high quality courses that our students value and are rightly proud of
A small group of undergraduate students sit around a table, working on a project together. One of them is annotating a sketch of a human brain.
Students working together in our Psychology Student Hub.


We aim to develop programmatic research that:

  • asks the most important research questions to develop our models of understanding
  • is sustained through grant funding and our large multidisciplinary postgraduate research community
  • uses the latest advanced methods and technologies
  • develops clear pathways to achieve impact through partnership and interdisciplinary approaches
  • creates an environment and culture that embeds equality, diversity and inclusion, and promotes well-being and success for our postgraduate researchers and staff
  • attracts talented postgraduate researchers and academics to join us through the School of Psychology studentship and national and international fellowship schemes
A study participant is prepared for a facial electromyography experiment
A researcher prepares a participant for facial electromyography.

Research culture

World-class research feeds into everything we do.

The most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) rates 100% of our research impact case studies as world leading (4 star). Our research environment is rated world leading and internationally excellent. The scientific research we carry out across our 4 research centres examines the brain and behaviour in health and disease. We investigate perception and cognition, mental health, self and identity, and health psychology.

We have long-standing and successful collaborations with University research groups in:

  • medicine (psychiatry, primary care and public health)
  • biological sciences (neuroscience)
  • health sciences
  • education
  • social sciences
  • engineering
  • computer science

The Institute for Life Sciences supports further cross-disciplinary collaboration. We have established strategic partnerships with schools, NHS trusts, government, charities and industry. These collaborations result in research with real-world impact and attract significant grant income from major research funders, including National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Facilities and expertise

The 2021 Research Excellence Framework recognises us for the quality, scale and impact of our research.

Underpinning this are our research facilities, including purpose-built laboratories for:

  • neuropsychological and cognitive testing
  • social interaction and behavioural observation
  • therapeutic intervention and psychopharmacology
  • child and family studies
  • functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
  • electroencephalography (EEG)
  • neurostimulation (TMS/tDCS)
  • psychophysiology
  • pain research including quantitative sensory testing (QST)
  • eye-tracking
  • virtual reality and multi-sensory processing

Our academic teams work from Shackleton (building 44) on our Highfield campus. This enables research-led education, extensive research collaboration and translational research with our students and stakeholders.

A University researcher uses an eye-tracker device to record and analyse eye movements of a research participant
Our eye-tracking recording suite is one example of our psychology facilities.


We welcome applications from researchers interested in applying for funding for independent fellowships.

Eligible schemes

Our support package helps researchers develop competitive fellowship applications to a wide range of schemes, including the following. Contact us for advice about schemes not listed here:

  • British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • UKRI Future Leader Fellowships
  • MRC Career Development Awards
  • EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • BBSRC Postdoctoral Fellowships 
  • NIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship 
  • Wellcome Trust Early Career Awards or Career Development Awards
  • ERC Starter, Consolidator or Advanced Grants

Support for applicants

We match applicants with a departmental host, who will provide:

  • help with applications, including support letters and costings
  • introductions to potential collaborators
  • introductions to existing fellows
  • a tour of our department and facilities

Support for research fellows

Successful applicants enter our formal fellowship scheme, which offers:

  • training
  • access to the latest equipment
  • protected time away from teaching and administrative duties
  • opportunities to enter PhD studentship and research grant competitions
  • opportunities to move into a permanent academic role

Moving into a permanent role when a fellowship ends (proleptic appointments)

Sometimes a research fellow will wish to move into a permanent academic role with us when their fellowship ends. This is called a proleptic appointment.

How research fellows move to a permanent role

During the fellowship, we'll set the objectives the research fellow must meet to move to a permanent role.

  1. After 18 months, the school will review progress against objectives.
  2. If the research fellow meets their objectives, they can apply for a permanent role.
  3. As part of the application process, we'll ask them to give a research talk to colleagues, complete a teaching exercise and undergo a panel interview

Get in touch to discuss a fellowship application

Whatever stage you're at with your application, we'd love to hear from you.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We are a collegiate, collaborative and professional team that values diversity and equality. As a school we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, demonstrating our commitment to equal opportunities and gender balance in the workplace.

We work hard to highlight areas to improve our inclusivity. We've implemented a range of actions, including:

  • supporting the progression of female staff to professorial and leadership positions
  • recruiting more men into undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, particularly in health, clinical and educational psychology

Learn more about our commitment to equality.

Athena Swan bronze award logo
Our Athena SWAN Award shows our commitment to gender equality.

Our courses

Research and knowledge exchange

Explore our psychology research and the groups we host or work closely with. Learn about the services we offer, from psychological support for homeless people to training for outreach workers.

Our research community

We host a number of our own research groups and centres.

It’s a privilege to work alongside such a talented staff team and with our students who care so passionately about psychology – the science and its impact.
Head of School
We are fortunate to work with hard-working and ambitious students in our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and take pride in their many achievements.
Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School (Education)
Getting to know and support the diverse research and enterprise activities our colleagues excel in is one of the most satisfying parts of my job.
Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School (Research and Enterprise)
Supporting my colleagues to translate their research and make a difference beyond the university is a real pleasure.
Director of Enterprise and Associate Professor in Psychology
It is important to me to work in a School that prioritises, and takes meaningful actions, to ensure Equality, Diversion and Inclusion is a priority.
School EDI Lead

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