Psychology is the scientific study of human experience, including behaviour, mental processes, emotions and development.

Why study Psychology?

A Psychology degree provides you with a scientific understanding of mind, brain and behaviour. Alongside the academic content of the programme you will gain transferable skills, including the capacity for self-directed, reflective learning and project management.

Why St Mary's?

The Psychology Degree at St Mary’s provides a BPS accredited route. Graduation through the accredited route confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society (provided the minimum qualification of second class honours is achieved).

St Mary's also provide non-accredited routes, which may be of particular interest to students wishing to read for a Joint Honours Degree.

The staff are research active and their work covers areas such as the psychological effects of brain damage, attentional biases associated with anxiety, intergenerational relationships within the family context, and factors and perceptions in social inequality.

A Student View

Brad Platt
"In addition to psychology-based skills, I also gained a variety of highly relevant skills such as, in data management, team working, report writing and how to professionally work with people, which I have made use of in both my postgraduate studies as well as in my work placements and current employment."


Psychology NSS results 2015

Psychology at St Mary's scored 97% for Organisation and Management in the 2015 National Student Survey.


The programme was also rated 91% for Personal Development and the School of Management and Social Sciences was rated 92% for Overall Satisfaction.