Outstanding research


Excellent teaching programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels

Dedicated international student support programme and personnel

MEG experiment

Superb research and teaching facilities

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I‌n our own self contained building

At the University of York, in the top 10 in the UK and the top 100 universities in the world

York, a beautiful and historic English city

Welcome to the Department of Psychology at the University of York, a friendly department with a reputation for excellence in research, teaching and support for students. We are one of the UK's leading psychology departments and one of the top 100 in the World. Our research was ranked fourth in the UK in the most recent assessment of research quality, with 95% being classified as world-leading or internationally excellent.

News and events

Prestigious Award for founding Head of Department

Posted on Friday 8 May 2015

Professor Peter Venables receives his Lifetime Achievement Award at BPS conference

‘Real-life Dr Dolittles’

Posted on Tuesday 28 April 2015

Dr Katie Slocombe takes part in a Nature podcast about animal communication.

Smartphone face recognition improved by copying the brain

Posted on Tuesday 31 March 2015

Face recognition security on smartphones can be significantly improved if users store an ‘average’ photo of themselves.

University of York seeks Professor of Clinical/Forensic Psychology

Posted on Monday 23 March 2015

The Department aims to appoint a leading academic to develop world-class research and extend our teaching excellence in these areas.

‘Face Facts’ say ScienceGrrl Psychologists

Posted on Wednesday 11 March 2015

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Dr Kay Ritchie and Eilidh Noyes challenge visitors’ face perception skills at the Yorkshire Museum

Dr Jonny Smallwood wins €1.8M European Research Council grant

Posted on Wednesday 4 March 2015

Jonny’s project, entitled “Not all minds that wander are lost”, will explore the mechanisms that support our capacity to generate conscious thoughts.

Research Excellence and Awards

The Department is ranked 4th in the UK for Research Quality and we are especially proud of our Athena SWAN Silver Award.



External Seminar: Sleep, circadian rhythms and waking performance in humans

4.00PM, PS/B020

Professor Derk-Jan Dijk - University of Surrey


YNiC Seminar: Internal project proposal presentation

4.00PM, PS/B020

Gary Lewis and Keise Izuma

What's happening in the Department?


See what's being shown on Psychology's laser display board. [swf ~1Mb]

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