The School of Psychology is home to over 70 research-active staff and a large cohort of PhD and Doctoral Clinical students working with a range of partners to produce research with significant positive effects across a range of areas of concern to the public. 

Our research spans the full range of psychology and is focused on the application of psychology in the real world with much of this research undertaken in partnership with non-academic organisations.

Our research culture

We have an active research culture with weekly external speaker seminars in term time open to all.

Each research group also has regular lab meetings and there are school research thinking meetings to develop new ideas.

We have a thriving postgraduate research community with an annual PhD student research conference attended by staff and students, which gives our students experience of presenting and debating in a supportive environment. 


Research groups and centres

Our research is organised around research centres and groups that span across the Departments and Sections, drawing on a number of innovative collaborations. We also work across disciplines with other departments in the University, focusing on the university grand challenges and themes. 

Our Research Facilities

The school continues to invest in labs, equipment and software to support teaching and the work of the research groups and individuals and has three dedicated technicians who oversee and maintain the labs. 

On-site we have EEG, tDCS and TMS laboratories, a baby lab, a driving simulator, psycho-physiological and eye-tracking facilities and dedicated off site access to fMRI, as well as an observation lab and extensive editing facilities.

For student project work there are bookable flexible-use experimental cubicles and sound-proof rooms. We also have two dedicated computer labs for teaching data analysis, with the computers loaded with key analysis software, these are also available for use by students outside of teaching times. 

As new equipment becomes available we are investing in portable equipment that can be used off site in real world settings. The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences houses the Surrey Sleep Research Centre with its state-of-the-art sleep laboratories and the new Innovation for Health building with a state of the art gait laboratory.

Research funding

Funding for the work comes from research councils, charities, local government, health authorities and the private sector.