Postgraduate study


The popularity of our psychology courses reflects our fascination with how we live our lives. Psychologists aim to develop an understanding of why people think, act, react and interact in certain ways, both as individuals and within groups. Our courses build on our academic expertise and practical insight.

Psychology facilities

Studying Psychology at the School of Social Sciences, Business & Law gives you access to outstanding facilities, including eye-trackers, EEG and Near-infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS). You also get to use specialist interviewing labs and our replica courtroom.


  Course title Qualification Full-time Part-time  
Counselling Psychology Doctorate Yes No View course
Forensic Psychology MSc Yes Yes View course
Health Psychology and Clinical Skills MSc Yes Yes View course
Psychology (Graduate Conversion) Diploma in Yes Yes View course
Psychology (Top-up) Doctorate No Yes View course

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Quality teaching

We are committed to providing a stimulating and supportive environment. Our personal tutoring system and student-centred approaches to learning and teaching have been praised in student feedback. Modules are supported by electronic materials and a variety of teaching and learning techniques are used across the programmes to ensure your learning is exciting, challenging and interesting.

First-class facilities

As a psychology student you have access to state-of-the-art computer suites; dedicated laboratories for interview and interaction, cognition and biopsychology and a relaxation room for student research. These allow you to develop practical skills in the investigation of human behaviour. Additionally, the psychological therapies clinic is home to three private interview rooms, a family therapy room and a cognitive behavioural therapy training room.

Psychology is based in the Clarendon building with specialist teaching facilities with interactive white boards, an open-access computing laboratory and a student centre. You have access to the University’s replica courtroom. All modules are supported with dedicated online materials allowing you to develop your knowledge, research skills and critical thinking.

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Teaching in psychology is underpinned by a strong research culture. We contribute extensively to national and international conferences and top-level peer-reviewed journals. Staff have a variety of research interests and are members of a wide range of collaborative research groups and institutes.

We offer full-time or part-time research degree opportunities at master of philosophy (MPhil) and doctor of philosophy (PhD) level in a wide range of subject areas. There are also opportunities to study for a work-based master's in professional studies (MProf) or doctorate in professional studies (DProf).

Areas of expertise include:

  • Attribution and judgements
  • Working memory
  • Visual perception
  • Visual imagery
  • Problem solving
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Aggression
  • Network analysis
  • Social psychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Clinical and counselling psychology
  • Addiction


  • Our courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society and cover all of its stipulated core topics. The Doctorate in Counselling Psychology is also approved by the Health and Care Professions Council
  • We have a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship in Psychology
  • Benefit from our strong links with HM Prison Service, the National Probation Service, Cleveland Police, youth offender teams, psychological services and Victim Support Teesside
  • Our research involves close collaboration with local communities and organisations in criminal justice, health and domestic violence