About the school

The School of Experimental Psychology is a vibrant, friendly, and exciting place to work and study in.  We offer accredited undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses, and have a lively and productive community of PhD students and research staff.

Reflecting the international focus of the University as a whole, our staff and students come from many countries, and we have numerous successful international research collaborations. 

We are committed to ensuring equality and diversity within the School, and currently hold a Bronze Athena SWAN award.

We seek to provide an excellent educational experience to our students, supporting their development, and working alongside them to continually review and improve our teaching.

Our students benefit from being taught and supervised in an intellectually rich environment by staff who are working at the forefront of the discipline.  Members of the School have won a number of awards for their research, highlighting their contribution to Psychology nationally and internationally.

Our research spans developmental, social, cognitive and biological psychology, neuropsychology, and vision science.  It has applications in areas ranging from human performance, memory, and communication to addiction and neurological disease.

Members of the School engage actively with the public and other potential audiences to share our passion for Psychology and the findings of our work.

The School houses state of the art equipment for measuring eye movements, electrical brain activity, and locomotion, and we have access to further brain imaging facilities at the Clinical Research and Imaging Centre (CRIC-Bristol). 

Our newly formed External Advisory Board will ensure that our teaching and research continues to stay up-to-date and has real-world relevance.

Information for prospective students: Films of Science faculty students, including psychology students, talking about studying at Bristol. Information about scholarships and bursaries.

Did you know?

Experimental Psychology is one of seven schools in the Faculty of Science, whose current strength in research and teaching places it in the elite group of science faculties in the UK.

Psychology at the University of Bristol was established in 1901 with the appointment of Conwy Lloyd Morgan, the first UK Professor of Psychology (and Ethics).

Professor Conwy Lloyd Morgan

Professor Conwy Lloyd Morgan

History of the school

From its early 20th century origins in the Faculty of Arts, to a Science that touches on far-reaching themes across the discipline, the history of experimental psychology at the University of Bristol (PDF, 308kB) can be traced back through the accomplishments of many renowned academics and their fascinating discoveries.