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Why choose York?

We know that applicants to our department have to choose from a range of Psychology departments around the country and around the world. What makes York special?

Excellent Education

At York you will get an excellent education: the Department is consistently ranked among the UK's top Psychology departments and we scored 2nd out of the Russell Group universities included in the NSS 2022 survey.


At York you will get choice. In the third year you can choose from a wide range of advanced modules and projects, allowing you to focus on specialist topics in Development, Language, Social Psychology, Vision, Cognitive Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology and many other areas; it’s up to you.

An Active Learning Experience

At York you are not just told about what famous Psychologists have done in the past. You’ll be taught by world-leading experts who are carrying out cutting-edge experiments in Psychology and Neuroscience right now. You’ll hear about the latest developments and progressing through demonstrations, practicals, mini-projects, and full-scale projects, you will learn how to carry out your own experiments in our state-of-the-art facilities. Just as importantly, you’ll learn how to evaluate evidence, analyse your results and present your ideas clearly to other people. 


You will learn to combine:

  • a scientific and analytical approach to problem solving 
  • an understanding of human behaviour
  • the ability to critically evaluate complex ideas and explain them to other people.

This is a powerful combination of skills will open the doors to a wide variety of careers, while our BPS accreditation means that graduates can train as professional Psychologists (e.g., Forensic or Clinical Psychologists)

Under One Roof

In the Psychology department all your lectures, seminars and practicals take place in the same building, meaning you’ll be in constant touch with your teachers and in the midst of a busy research centre. Everything else you need for your studies is on the campus. Our library has just had a £20m refurbishment – it’s not just a place for reading and quiet study but also somewhere groups of students can work together in state-of-the-art study spaces with wireless internet access, plasma screens and computers. At any time around 3500 students are living on the campus, so it is a lively and sociable place to spend your spare time with plenty going on and for sporty types, a £9m Sports Village opened in 2012.

The City of York

York is a fantastic place to live and work. Although best known for its picturesque medieval streets and buildings, it has everything you’d expect of a lively modern city from the huge variety of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants to riverside parks, museums and vibrant nightlife. Yet it is small enough that you’ll regularly bump into friends in the street and it is just a short walk from city centre to countryside. When you want to get away, or if friends and family want to visit, York also has excellent links to the rest of the country; journey times from London, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham or Manchester are all under 2 hours by rail.