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Department of Psychology

REF 2014

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

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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. The awards have been designed to reward individuals and teams going above and beyond their nominative roles to support City's vision and strategy; showing dedication, passion and commitment.

What is it like to study Psychology at City?

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

Find out more about Brain Awareness Week 2016 and celebrating the brain at City, University of London

City was one of the first institutions to develop MSc and DPsych programmes in Health Psychology and Counselling Psychology.


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 Professor Emmanuel Pothos, an expert in decision making.

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Research Participation

Upcoming Events

A forthcoming event, in partnership with Cass Business School, will look at how Behavioural Economics can help shape, transform and create opportunities in a changing insurance industry landscape.  The event is supported by the Higher Education Innovation Fund.

Insurance Industry Transformation: Evolution or Revolution?
Thursday 17th May 2018
Cass Business School

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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.

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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).