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Welcome to the Department of Psychology

Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2021, where we are ranked 86th. 

A record 19 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, including 11 in the world top 50 and three in the world top ten.  

We pride ourselves on being a collegiate and welcoming department, committed to success for all who work here. 

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Top 10 Psychology Departments in the UK (QS World University Rankings 2021)
Top 10 in Graduate Prospects by The Times Good University Guide 2021
Top 100
Top 100 Psychology Department in the world (QS World University Rankings 2021)
Athena SWAN Silver Award
Athena SWAN Silver Award winner in 2013 and retained in 2017, for promoting gender equality

Why study Psychology at Durham?

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Undergraduate Study

You will receive a genuinely research-led education. As well as learning the core principles of psychology, you will participate in research through seminars, conferences and research assistantship schemes. You will also have access to our world-leading clinical and experimental facilities, including motion capture, eye tracking and biophysical recording laboratories.

Postgraduate Study

We offer both taught postgraduate and postgraduate research degree programmes. Our MSc programmes provide students with core skills, ideal for continuing on to complete a PhD, taking a research position, or entering the workplace. Our postgraduate students are supervised by academics with expertise in their fields and have the opportunity to engage with the local vibrant research community.


Find out more about our undergraduate courses


Find out more about our postgraduate taught courses and research

What's new?


December 2020 News Bulletin

A round up of news across our department this month.
A child taking part in a Developmental Psychology practical.

New RIOT Science Club seminars

We now have a Durham RIOT Science Club, which is part of a RIOTS network supported by UKRN. This network organises talks and seminars to share Reproducible, Interpretable, Open & Transparent Science practices.
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December 2020 News Bulletin

A round up of news across our department this month.
A child taking part in a Developmental Psychology practical.

Upcoming events

Interpersonal Mechanisms of Social Disability among Autistic Adults

Friday 5 March 2021 - Friday 5 March 2021
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Communicating intentions and emotions: Joint action in great apes

Friday 12 March 2021 - Friday 12 March 2021
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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RIOTS Club Talk: Data Visualization in R

Friday 19 March 2021 - Friday 19 March 2021
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Our facilities

One of our department highlights is the dedicated laboratory space with equipment linked to teaching on our programmes.

We have outstanding facilities for training in eye-movement recording, motion capture and psychophysics. 
Find out more about our facilities

Equality and Diversity

Our department has an "Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee (EDI)" which oversees EDI issues across the department. This committee addresses 5 core issues, namely Raising awareness and supporting members of staff in relation to all protected characteristics; Equality issues; Supporting Diversity and Inclusion; Supporting Wellbeing & the Athena Swan charter.
Find out more about our diversity initiatives
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At Durham we focus on you. We are energised teachers, who love our subject and want to share that passion with you.

'What I think makes Durham's Psychology course truly excellent is the contagious passion and excitement each of the staff have for Psychology.'

Level 1 
Find out more about our staff

Student updates

See what our students get up to during their time at Durham University.

Student blogs

Being an international student studying at Durham University

Psychology student, Alan from Hong Kong tells us what it's like being an international student in Durham.

Day in the life of a second-year Psychology student

Psychology student, Amelia takes us through her day-to-day life at Durham University.
Group of postgraduate students discussing their work in a seminar room

Get in touch

Contact us to find out more about our courses and research. For undergraduate enquiries please use the details on the right, and for postgraduate or general queries select the buttons below.

Department of Psychology

Durham University
South Road
DH1 3LE 

Phone: +44 (0) 191 334 3240  

Fax:  +44 (0) 191 334 3241


For Undergraduate student queries, please contact the appropriate year group email: