Are you interested in how the human mind develops over a lifetime? Do you wonder how we perceive the world around us? Or would you like to delve into the inner workings of the brain?
In psychology you'll explore the inner workings of the world's most complex machine: the human brain. You'll also leave with a wide range of transferable skills including data handling, scientific analysis, problem solving and communication.
You will be taught by experts who are passionate about the study of the human mind. Our clinical psychology modules give you a direct insight into professional practice through our on-site NHS clinics. We have a longstanding reputation for research excellence; for example, the hazard perception component of the UK driving theory test was developed at Reading. 99% of our research is of international standing (REF 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience) and 100% of our research impact has been classed ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ (REF 2021, combining 4* and 3* submissions – Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience).
As well as mastering the core areas of psychology, required for accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS), you will also be able to take additional modules to suit your specific interests, including modules from other subjects. You can also apply to spend a term abroad at one of our overseas partner institutions.
During the final year, you will carry out an original piece of research on a topic of your choice; these are exceptionally well resourced and you may even have the opportunity to present your work at conferences or in publications. Past projects have included the effects of emotion on cognition, the effects of Huntingtonʼs disease on quality of life, and using puppets to investigate children’s cognitive abilities.