Courses and Programmes

The difference between Experimental Psychology and Psychology

You will study experimental psychology wherever you study psychology. And our students graduate with a degree in Psychology, not “Experimental Psychology”.

We retained the name Experimental Psychology in order to:

  1. Acknowledge the proud tradition of experimental psychology at the University of Bristol, which stretches back to 1901, with the appointment of Conwy Lloyd Morgan, the first UK Professor of Psychology, and an influential figure in the development of the new science of experimental psychology.
  2. Reflect our scientific approach to answering questions. Psychology at Bristol is regarded and taught as a biological science, and we pride ourselves in training our students both to understand and to conduct scientific research.

Research-led teaching

Our students develop a wide range of research skills, including how to:

  • conduct literature reviews
  • identify research questions and design scientific methods to answer them
  • analyse data
  • communicate the results of research in a clear, accessible way

These research skills are highly valued by employers, and a degree in Psychology can lead to a broad range of career destinations.

Research skills are particularly important for those who go on to practice as psychologists (whether Clinical, Educational, Forensic, Vocational, etc.). Our teaching staff are active researchers, and our research-led teaching consistently receives very positive student feedback.

There are many opportunities for students to become actively involved in research:

  • Year 1 - Research Apprenticeship scheme
  • Year 2 - research internships
  • Year 3 (and Year 4 for MSci students) - independent research projects

It is really exciting to be investigating a part of psychology that has never been explored before, amongst a group of some of the best researchers and lecturers in the world.

Tim Jones, 2nd year PhD student

Highly rated graduates

We have information on the wide range of interesting and rewarding careers of almost all our graduates of the last 15 years.