About City
  1. Schools and departments
  2. Education
  3. Rector and President
  4. Governance and leadership
  5. Working at City
  6. History of City
  7. More about City
  8. Campus map
  9. Contact us
  10. Guidance on Coronavirus
  1. Arts and Social Sciences
  2. Psychology
    1. Department news
About City

Department of Psychology

REF 2014

Department of Psychology celebrates excellent results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Read more below

We are a thriving, research intensive department, conducting world class research across many areas of psychology including autism, memory, decision making and cognitive neuroscience. Students learn from active researchers and expert practitioners in range of innovative degree programmes.

The Department of Psychology was one of only 13 UK universities to make it in to the top 100 of the 2018 Times Higher Education World Rankings (Psychology subject rankings) and ranked top 200 in the world and top 30 in the UK by the QS World University Rankings.

Students learn from and work with leading academics and skilled practitioners, and we have consistently high student satisfaction, achieving 90% overall satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) and 2nd overall in London for Psychology.

The department produces research that is rated as being well within the top third of UK institutions (REF 2014). Investment in recruiting researchers with established, recognised expertise over recent years has allowed the department to expand substantially, fostering a dynamic environment for research and learning.


Excellence in teaching

Dr Stian Reimers has won the Vice-Chancellor’s Award in the category of Excellence in Learning and Teaching within the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Our academics and staff members are often recognised by their excellent teaching. For example, Dr Stian Reimers and Dr Jessica Jones Nielsen have won the Vice-Chancellor’s Award in the category of Excellence in Learning and Teaching within the School of Arts and Social Sciences.  Professor James Hampton was awarded the Research Supervisor of the Year and Dr Andreas Kappes won the Teaching Excellence Award! at the Academic Impact Awards run by the Student's Union and the Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD).

Find recent Psychology news about our staff members.

What is it like to study Psychology at City?

Watch a day in the life of our Psychology student, Aqsa.

Our Research Students organise national events such as Brain Awareness Week, Pint of Science and Heroes of Neurons. These events are celebrated every year at City, University of London.

City teaching and research programmes have unique features to enhance your experience at City. For example, City was one of the first institutions to develop DPsych programmes Counselling Psychology. Also our BSc Psychology degree we provide the opportunity for you to graduate with a BPS accredited BSc Psychology degree in a specialised area of Psychology (see our 4 pathways here - Counselling and Health Psychology, Organisational Psychology and Behavioural Economics, Psychology with Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience and Psychology with Child Development). Our MSc programmes offers clinical internships in clinical settings such as Mind (Hackney) and we have developed international PhD programmes to provide our students with research experience in international laboratories.

See below for all our programmes:


The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 for the Psychology Department show a marked improvement, compared to the last assessment round (Research Assessment Exercise, RAE, 2008). In REF2014 we returned 28 FTE (over 30 individual members of staff) and 67% of our research was rated at the top 4* or 3* categories. In RAE2008, we returned 10.8 FTE and 50% of our research was rated in these categories. Currently, the results of REF2014 show the Psychology Department to have jumped to a ranking of 29 out of 82 relevant departments in the UK, compared to our ranking of 50/76 in RAE2008, according to the research power measure (which is based on both research quality and research volume). These results are encouraging for our effort to continue providing a supporting, vibrant research environment and research-led teaching through internationally recognised experts, across the entire department.

The department is led by Dr Trudi Edginton.

Members of staff

Head of Department

Academic Staff

In alphabetical order:

Professional services staff

Please visit the School of Arts & Social Sciences Professional services staff page for contact details.

Dr Trudi Edginton

Research Participation

Upcoming Events

Interested in taking part in Psychology research?

The Psychology Department at City is a research active department. You can get involved and help with our research by volunteering to participate. All of our research studies have received ethical approval meaning that they fulfil certain criteria and will not harm anyone in any way. Some studies pay for participation, some studies are run by our research students as part of their research training.

Find out more and sign up today

Psychology facilities

City, University of London Department of Psychology Tour

Explore some of our specialist Psychology facilities City, University of London. We have particular strengths in the use of Electroencephalography (EEG), Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and Transcranial Electric Stimulation (a weak current applied to the scalp), in addition to measures of human behaviour (e.g. response times, response errors, and eye movements) and physiological measures (e.g. galvanic skin response and heart rate).