Last Updated on January 3, 2023 by Omoyeni Adeniyi
Top universities in the UK for psychology degrees 2022
|UK Psychology Rank 2022||WUR Psychology Rank 2022||University|
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Rankings and reputation
Our awards, accolades and league table rankings in university guides.
- Ranked 4th overall out of 122 in the THE Student Experience Survey 2018
- Ranked 8th best university in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2022
- Ranked 9th best overall by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
- 86% for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2021
Guides and rankings
|The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide||2022||9||135||National|
|The Guardian University Guide||2022||8||121||National|
|The Complete University Guide||2022||10||130||National|
|Whatuni Student Choice Awards||2019||42||131||National|
|QS World University Rankings||2022||166||1,300||International|
|Times Higher Education World University Rankings||2021||201-250||1,527||International|
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 places us 9th out of 135 institutions.
We’re also ranked 7th for graduate prospects.
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 ranks 17 of our subjects in the top ten, including:
- 1st for Architecture and Criminology
- 2nd for Psychology, Sociology, and Sports Science
- 3rd for Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
The Guardian University Guide
We are 8th in the Guardian University Guide 2022, with 13 subjects in the top ten, including ranking 2nd for Mechanical Engineering, Psychology, and Sports Science.
The guide ranks universities in nine key areas, including course satisfaction, student-to-staff ratio, and graduate prospects.
Complete University Guide
We are ranked 10th out of 130 UK universities in the Complete University Guide 2022.
We’re also ranked 6th for graduate prospects.
The guide uses ten factors to score each university. It also publishes individual subject rankings based on:
- student satisfaction
- research quality
- entry standards
- graduate prospects
The Complete University guide ranks 16 of our 26 subjects in the top ten. We are ranked as the number one place to study Marketing in the UK.
Whatuni Student Choice Awards
We are ranked 9th for job prospects and 16th for student clubs and societies in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019.
These awards are based on reviews submitted by more than 41,000 students across the UK.
QS World University Rankings
In the QS World University Rankings 2022 we have an overall ranking of 166 out of 1,300 universities around the world.
Times Higher Education
In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 we have an overall ranking of 201-250 out of 1,527 universities from around the world.
In the 2019 Leiden Ranking, we are 163rd in the world for the proportion of our publications that were in the top 10% most frequently cited, compared with other publications in the same field and year.
The Leiden Ranking measures the scientific performance of 963 universities worldwide. Using a sophisticated set of bibliometric indicators, the ranking aims to provide highly accurate measurements of the scientific impact of universities and their involvement in scientific collaboration.
The ranking is based on over 25 years’ bibliometric experience at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University.
This year Leiden introduced new indicator on open access. Bath is ranked 15th in the world for 75% of our papers are open access.
Awards and ratings
National Student Survey
Our students continue to be among the most satisfied in the UK, according to the 2021 National Student Survey (NSS). Our overall student satisfaction rate is 86.06%.
Six of our courses received satisfaction ratings of 100% with a further 20 receiving satisfaction ratings of 90% or above.
Our courses that scored 100% were:
- BA (Hons) Sport & Social Sciences
- BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Industrial Placement
- BSc (Hons) Social Sciences with Year long work placement
- MEng (Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering with Year long work placement
- MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
- MPharmacol (Hons) Pharmacology with Year-long work placement
Our departments that scored over 90% for student satisfaction were:
- Architecture & Civil Engineering
- Biology & Biochemistry
- Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey
We are ranked 4th overall out of 122 in the THE Student Experience Survey 2018. Our students scored us highly for our facilities (2nd), the extra-curricular activities and societies on offer (2nd), the campus environment (3rd) and for meeting their personal requirements (3rd).
Around 20,000 full-time undergraduates took part in the survey. They were asked to judge their student experience across 22 categories, including teaching, wellbeing support and campus facilities.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The results of the REF 2014 confirm the excellence of the research carried out at Bath.
32% of our submitted research activity achieved the highest possible REF classification of 4*, defined as world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour. 87% was graded 4*/3*, defined as world-leading and internationally excellent.
See a detailed breakdown of our REF results.
Queen’s Anniversary Prizes
We have been awarded two Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education. This is the country’s most prestigious national recognition for a UK academic or vocational institution.
In 2011, we received the Queen’s award for our Department of Social & Policy Sciences’ ‘Influential research into child poverty and support for vulnerable people‘.
We were also awarded the prize in 2000 to recognise the ‘invaluable services to industrial and scientific communities’ of the Centre for Power Transmission & Motion Control.
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Best universities for psychology degrees in the UK 2022
Explore the best universities the UK for psychology degrees using data from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022
In the UK, psychology is one of the most popular subjects for students to take at degree level. Often, psychology courses at UK universities are accredited and follow guidelines set out by the British Psychological Society, which is key for students who wish to pursue a career as a practising psychologist with chartered status.
There are no strict criteria for studying psychology in the UK, but it is important to have an analytical mind and an interest in human behaviour. Certain grades will be expected depending on the university, as well as a clear interest in the subject.
As for post-graduation prospects, psychology graduates are well equipped to join many industries given the course’s transferable skills.
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1. University of Cambridge
The psychological and behavioural sciences tripos at the University of Cambridge covers teaching in cognitive, social, developmental and biological psychology within the broader context of the behavioural sciences.
Undergraduates are able to conduct laboratory work from their second year onwards to supplement their coursework and seminar learning. As students progress through the course there are are opportunities to specialise further.
Potential study areas include statistics, neuroanatomy, neurotransmitters, neuroimaging, developmental psychology, psychopathology, cognitive psychology, language, gender, family relationships and influences, personality and group social behaviour.
UCL was founded in 1826 with the aim of bringing higher education to those who were typically excluded from it.
The first year of the psychology undergraduate course offers students both compulsory and optional modules. Compulsory modules include experimental design in psychology, behaviour, individual differences, and social psychology. There are no optional modules in the second year, but students will learn across modules in health and clinical psychology, and language and cognition.
In the final year, students will carry out semi-independent research while taking other compulsory modules.
UCL offers a couple of taught psychology master’s programmes, including psychological sciences and psychology of education. There are also research master’s degrees available in psychiatry and human development and psychiatry.
3. King’s College London
Psychology courses at King’s College London are taken through the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, which is Europe’s largest centre for research and education in these combined fields. It’s also home to the to the UK’s oldest clinical psychology training programme.
There are a range of undergraduate and postgraduate psychology courses that cover neuroscience, health psychology and clinical psychology. The course curricula are regularly updated with the latest research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.
King’s College London has partnerships with the South London and Maudsley Hospital, and clinician-scientists will often offer placements and voluntary work to psychology students to help develop their real-world experience.
There is also the opportunity to undertake a year abroad or a year in professional development. Partner professional organisations for this initiative include HM Prison Wandsworth, the Priory Clinic and Community Clinical teams. Partner universities are located in New York, Melbourne, New Zealand, Canada and South Korea.
King’s is also home to the Institute of Psychiatry Library, the largest psychiatric library in western Europe, with a range of specialised resources covering psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, neurology, genetics and psychotherapy.
4. University of Edinburgh
The department of psychology at the University of Edinburgh was established in 1906 before being incorporated into the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences in 2003.
It offers both undergraduate and postgraduate training, including several taught and research master’s, and doctoral programmes.
The single honours psychology degree and most of the joint undergraduate psychology degrees at the University of Edinburgh are accredited by the British Psychological Society, enabling students to go on to further professional training.
At undergraduate level, teaching is mostly conducted in lectures and small group meetings called tutorials during your first two years. Tutorials, which typically comprise about 10 students, provide an opportunity to discuss topics in greater detail. In years three and four, the emphasis shifts to more specialised, seminar-based courses and independent study.
The department’s teaching facilities include a private psychology library, computer suites and well-equipped teaching rooms.
It has about 40 members of academic staff spanning all major areas of academic psychology: cognition, development, individual differences, neuroscience and social psychology.
5. London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
The LSE’s department of psychological and behavioural science offers both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including several taught and research master’s, and doctoral programmes, all from its central London location.
The undergraduate course focuses on developing core knowledge in the subject as well as developing research and statistical analysis skills.
There are a range of postgraduate courses available in areas including social psychology, psychology of economic life and behavioural science. The LSE also has a dedicated library – the Himmelweit Library for Social Psychology.
The psychology department at the LSE hosts a variety of academic and social events, talks, trips, competitions and parties. It also teams up with LSE services, including careers advisers.
Top universities in the UK for psychology degrees 2022
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