School of Psychology & Clinical Language Services


Housed in state-of-the-art facilities, the Department of Psychology at the University of Reading has established itself as a leading centre for teaching and research. We have internationally recognised experts working in a diverse range of areas including clinical, developmental, health, cognitive and social psychology and neuroscience.

We were awarded top marks (24/24) for our teaching with an Excellent rating in the most recent Teaching Quality Audit. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 95% of the research produced by academic staff in the department was recognised as of international quality, with over 60% rated as 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading'.

Four Good Reasons to Study Psychology at Reading

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    1. With state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, the School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences houses the award-winnning Charlie Waller Institute for Evidence-Based Therapy, and the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics within a university with excellent sport, social and facilities on an award winning parkland campus setting
    2. Evolving degree programme including student conference, Psychology at Work, Clinical Psychology and Applied Psychology modules in year one, full coverage of all British Psychological Society required areas in Year two and an unparalleled choice of specialist undergraduate third year options taught by leading experts and all degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society
    3. Choice of undergraduate degrees offering 100% Psychology taught by academic staff from day one, or a selection from other modules available across the University, including popular modules in philosophy, and the Institution-Wide Language Programme
    4. Teaching from internationally recognised research-active staff, 95% of research in the department is rated as of International Standard, including 50% rated as Internationally Excellent and a further 10% rated as World-Leading

"When I arrived at Reading I lacked self-confidence and wasn't sure I should even be here. However, my time as a Psychology undergraduate has been an invaluable journey of self-discovery, academic development and hands-on experience. It's been an absolute pleasure to study here, in such a supportive and engaging environment. The course is delivered excellently by dedicated and passionate lecturers, and its content is much more diverse than I'd expected after A-level! I plan to continue my education at Reading after graduating, and know that when I do leave, I'll have the skills and knowledge I need to succeed. My time at Reading has been life-changing and inspiring, and I know that I will never forget it."

The Town and University:

The Oracle - ReadingReading is a vibrant, modern town, with a unique riverside shopping centre and a history dating back to Roman times. The town is home to the Reading festival and is a 20 minute train-ride from London (25 minutes from Oxford). The Department of Psychology is located in a custom-built new building on the University's beautiful campus, a few minutes walk from several halls of residence, the sports hall and the Reading University Student's Union, which is home to the University's numerous student societies.

The Department and Facilities:

neurophysiologyThe history of the department can be traced back to 1929 with the appointment of a single lecturer in Experimental Psychology. Now, over eighty years later, we have expanded to a large and friendly team of over 30 academic staff, 30 research staff, as well a large number of administrative, technical and related support staff. We are located in a purpose built research and teaching facility (completed in 2005) which includes the following:

    1. Individual and group testing rooms
    2. Tutorial and lecture based teaching facilities
    3. Dedicated undergraduate, MSc and PhD computing facilities
    4. Student common room
    5. Large observational laboratories for research in developmental, social and clinical work
    6. Specialised language, speech, vision and haptic laboratories
    7. Neurophysiological laboratories (EEG/ERP, psychophysiology)
    8. Brain-scanning facilities for MRI and fMRI within the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience & Neurodynamics (CINN).

We are also home to a thriving research community of over 60 research postgraduates and 30 MSc students, as well as to the internationally recognised Charlie Waller Institute (CWI), which provides post-graduate clinical training in cognitive behaviour therapy and other evidence-based therapies for mental health professionals.


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