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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 2022, where we are ranked 86th. 

16 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021, including 8 in the world top 50 and two 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 (Complete University Guide 2023)
Top 10 in Graduate Prospects by The Times Good University Guide 2021
Top 100 QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
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.

Undergraduate

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Postgraduate

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Bonobos make “baby-like” signals to seek consolation from others

Pioneering academics from our top-rated Psychology Department have found in their study that bonobos produce a variety of signals including “baby-like” signals to strategically display distress when they are attacked by other bonobos.
Bonobos

Psychology experts launch training tool to help support neurodivergent and autistic pupils in schools

We are delighted to announce the launch of a free evidenced-based online Triple-A training tool for teachers, developed by our team in the Centre for Neurodiversity and Development. Triple-A refers to a set of ‘hidden’ challenges with attention, arousal (sensory processing), and anxiety, which are experienced by many autistic and neurodivergent pupils at school
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Increasing awareness of neurodiversity

We are really pleased that the Centre for Neurodiversity & Development has been awarded funding for this new project from the institutional EDI fund for increasing awareness of the needs and requirements of neurodiverse students within our community.
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Helping the rehabilitation of people with partial visual loss

Award-winning research by our psychologists has led to the development of an app to help with the rehabilitation of people with partial visual loss following brain injury. Called DREX - Durham Reading and Exploration - the free app increases general vision-related functioning and thereby confidence, independence, and quality of life.
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Apes show similar interaction patterns to humans

A new study led by experts from our Psychology Department has revealed that apes such as chimps and bonobos show striking similarities to humans in how they interact using signals.
An ape scratching its nose

Ups and downs in mood may affect performance in ultramarathons

Many long-distance runners will know how it feels for that little voice in your head to make you feel good one minute and terrible the next. Now a new study carried out with ultrarunners shows how beneficial it may be to try and keep your mood as stable as you can during a race as it could help to achieve a faster time.
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  • March 2021 News Bulletin

    We’ve made it to the end of Epiphany Term! We know that Year 3s will be working furiously on their dissertations, and everyone will be revising for exams soon, but take a minute to congratulate yourself on all that you’ve accomplished during this unique academic year.
  • Celebrating International Women's Day 2021

    International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women's achievements or rally for women's equality.
  • 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.
    RIOT Science Club Durham logo

Celebrating International Women's Day 2021

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women's achievements or rally for women's equality.

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.
RIOT Science Club Durham logo

Bonobos make “baby-like” signals to seek consolation from others

Pioneering academics from our top-rated Psychology Department have found in their study that bonobos produce a variety of signals including “baby-like” signals to strategically display distress when they are attacked by other bonobos.
Bonobos

Need help tackling your procrastination? This could be the book for you!

Professor Fuschia Sirois, a globally renowned expert in the psychology of procrastination in our Department of Psychology, has distilled her game-changing insights into a new book to help procrastinators understand the issue, and how to tackle it.
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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. 
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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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Staff

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.'

Liam
Level 1 
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Blogs and social media

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Highlights

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.
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Day in the life of a second-year Psychology student

Psychology student, Amelia takes us through her day-to-day life at Durham University.
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Contact us to find out more about our courses and research. For current student enquiries please use "All other enquiries" button below

Department of Psychology

Durham University
South Road
Durham
DH1 3LE 


Phone: +44 (0) 191 334 3240  

Fax:  +44 (0) 191 334 3241

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