Published: 21 April 2020

Meet the School of Psychology

In the School of Psychology, we have a long-standing history of offering psychology masters courses that meet the needs of both industry and society and are home to the oldest environmental psychology masters course in the world.

Why choose the School of Psychology?

By choosing to complete your postgraduate studies with us, you will become part of a community of research-active staff and students and will benefit from one-to-one support, expertise from leaders in their respective fields, enhanced employability and opportunities to join research groups and societies.

Studying with us

On most of our postgraduate courses, you’ll get to select a range of optional modules to delve into areas of personal interest. These include chronic conditions, the history of social psychology and psychological aspects of healthcare.

Each of our courses have a research dissertation that will allow you to carry out experiments and projects on important topics in the field. We'll match your interests with the expertise of our academic staff, ensuring you get the best support. These collaborations have seen previous students’ work being published in top-tier journals.


Our facilities have recently undergone a £5 million investment, giving you access to the latest equipment, including a six-room virtual reality suite to simulate real-life scenarios, and two observation labs. With our equipment you’ll be able to conduct experiments using electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). You'll also be able to monitor eye tracking and physiological measures such as earlobe temperature, heart rate and galvanic skin response, both in the lab and remotely, using mobile data loggers.

As one of our students, you'll get access to 20 bookable project rooms, a breakout space, equipment lockers and a computer lab.

Tutor support and expertise

In the School of Psychology, we have a research-led focus to our teaching, ensuring everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to employers. You'll be taught by lecturers who are active researchers within their respective fields. These may include Dr Kathrin Cohen Kadosh (an expert on the effects of the gut biome on the brain), Professor Jane Ogden (an expert in eating behaviour and obesity), Dr Harriet Tenenbaum (an expert in the social development of children) and Dr Kayleigh Wyles (an expert on interventions to address marine pollution).

At the beginning of your course, you’ll be assigned a personal tutor, who'll provide you with one-to-one academic and pastoral support. Your tutor will also be your programme leader, meaning their knowledge and experiences are directly relevant to your studies.


A postgraduate degree in psychology opens many doors, with our graduates often starting or continuing careers as clinical psychologists, consultants, environmental planning officers, health advisors and market researchers. Our graduates have also gone on to work in a variety of other positions in education, human resources, social work, teaching and marketing.

Many of our graduates also go on to complete a PhD with us, joining a community of research-active staff and postgraduate researchers.

"We support you to develop a range of transferrable skills that are desirable for employers. This is achieved through research-led modules, use of state-of-the-art facilities and diverse patterns of assessment.”

Dr Alexandra Grandison, Programme Leader, MSc Psychology (Conversion)

Student life

During your time at Surrey, you’ll be invited to join a School of Psychology research group within your chosen area of study. Groups include the Brain and Behaviour Research Group, the Development, Education and Outreach in Psychology Research Group, Environmental Psychology Research Group and Social Emotions and Equality in Relations (SEER) Research Group. Each of our teams meet regularly to discuss research topics, findings and publications. We also have a host of external speakers that visit us and present their work.

As a psychology student, you can join PsychSoc, the University of Surrey Psychology Society, and meet likeminded individuals to take part in group discussions, talks and events. We also recommend you join the British Psychological Society and stay up-to-date with the latest research across the field.

Find out more about our postgraduate psychology courses

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