The Department of Psychology is located in a modern building with high-quality teaching facilities and state-of-the-art research facilities, which support many different methods of psychological research.
Our brain-imaging research is supported by a new electroencephalography (EEG) system, brain stimulation (tDCS and TMS) devices, and a functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) system. We also have four eye-tracking machines, three systems for recording physiological responses (BioPac), a pain simulator (DS8R Digitimer Constant Current Stimulator), and a Human Tissue Lab. Finally, we have a new Observation suite, a new Virtual Reality suite (Oculus Rift and HTC Vive Pro), a 3D-printing lab (Ultimaker) and a new ‘Bar’ Laboratory, which allows for the simulation of real-life drinking environments.
Our students are encouraged to use our research facilities throughout their course, and particularly in their final year dissertation projects. You can find out more about research laboratories and research equipment in our Psychology Department.
A typical week…
In a typical teaching week as a Psychology student at Edge Hill University you will spend approximately two and a half working days in teaching activities with your tutors and peers. Teaching activities include scheduled sessions, such as lectures, or interactive, small-group seminars and workshops. You will also have one-to-one meetings for additional academic and/or pastoral support.
In the remaining two and a half non-teaching days, it is expected that you will engage in independent or group learning activities, studying topics relevant to your modules or undertaking assessment work.
During your time at Edge Hill, you will have access to other facilities which are available on campus and which support your learning and career development as well as your well-being. For example, the Catalyst building is open on a 24/7 basis and offers bookable meeting and training rooms, multiple study spaces, and social and relaxation areas. A Helpdesk is also available in the Catalyst building and provides services which range from computer support, learning and career-development services to well-being and counselling services.
Our students share their experiences
Who better to explain what life is like at Edge Hill than someone who has studied here? Watch the video below to hear some of our recent Psychology students share their experiences.
Megan Hart, a second year BSc (Hons) Psychology student who is balancing her studies with dance training said:
”I aspire to become a clinical psychologist and the psychology department at Edge Hill University has supported my ambitions – I am currently a psychology intern here. I take my coursework to the studio with me to ensure I stay on top of my work. Dancing is a great stress relief, especially when exams are looming so finding the right balance between university and dancing is highly beneficial.”
Hannah Brothers, a second-year BSc (Hons) Educational Psychology student, describes her feelings about Edge Hill:
“Edge Hill… is amazing because it’s such a community-focused University. Everyone is so friendly and willing to help you with academic or personal issues, you never feel like you’re on your own here.”
Husnain Shah, a third-year BSc (Hons) Psychology student, as well as student representative, explains why Edge Hill was the perfect choice for him:
“I’m glad I chose Edge Hill to study Psychology because of the great campus and how the staff take the extra time to make lectures and seminars more fun for everybody. I’m hoping to do a masters in clinical psychology next year and couldn’t be more grateful for all the help I have received over the last three years.”
Getting further involved in departmental activities
We are always encouraging our students to become more involved our Department’s activities and everyday life. For example, there are many opportunities to be involved in our Psychology Society, become a Peer Mentor to support students who may need extra support, or develop ideas and resources to support fellow students.
A number of students also help out at Open Days and volunteer as student representatives. Being a student representative involves representing the views of fellow students at staff meetings to contribute to improvements in our degree programmes and to our students’ experience.
Our students are also involved in fundraising activities, for example, related to raising awareness about Mental Health.
We are always keen to listen to feedback from our students and work in partnership with them on improving the student experience in Edge Hill University.
We are grateful to our previous students who came up with some excellent suggestions, which have been listened to and implemented in response to their feedback. These included “Welcome events” which have been included in our induction month and a Christmas event for our staff and students.
Studying Psychology in other departments
Studying in the Psychology and Sport Departments
The Psychology of Sports and Exercise programme benefits from a unique collaboration with the Department of Sport and Physical Activity and explores the areas of sport and exercise psychology and physiology. Alongside studying modules in the Department of Psychology, about a third of the Sport and Exercise Psychology programme is provided by modules within the Department of Sport and Physical Activity.
Studying in the Psychology and Criminology Departments
The Psychology and Criminology programme provides the opportunity to complete interdisciplinary studies in the psychological, forensic and criminological fields and complete modules from both the departments of Psychology and Law & Criminology.
Enhancing your employability is one of the key aims of all our courses. Our programmes include many extra-curricular opportunities, which allow our students opportunities to put their learning into practice and enrich their wider personal and professional development.
For example, a specially designed first-year module equips you with the essential academic, personal and interpersonal skills needed for higher education and your future professional development. In the second year, a day-long Mock Assessment Centre (MAC) event has recently been developed for our second year BSc (Hons) Psychology students is run in partnership with Careers. Students taking part in this event have the opportunity to complete job application forms, take part in mock interviews, and receive detailed feedback from our interviewers. Finally, a third-year module offers students the opportunity to reflect on your academic, personal and professional development through their studies and take part in a Dragons Den event, where they have the opportunity to pitch their ideas for the application of psychology to real-world settings to commercial partners.
Gaining research experience
The Department of Psychology is an active and vibrant research environment and our students are strongly encouraged to be involved in it. Students can take part in real research studies through our Research Participation Scheme. Additionally, our highly popular Paid Research Internship Scheme, offers second year students the opportunity to be employed as research assistants in our staff’s research projects.
Study abroad and sandwich year placements
Another opportunity which is available to our students is the Study Abroad or Sandwich Year placement.
One of our final year Educational Psychology students, Lydia, recently completed her Sandwich Year at IBM, and gained fantastic workplace experience which you can read about here.
To find out more about our Sandwich Year and Study Abroad opportunities please visit our website.
Educational Psychology placements
To allow our students an opportunity to put their learning into practice, we embed educational placements and associated work-based learning within our BSc (Hons) Educational Psychology programme. Typically, in the second year, our students undertake a six-week (or equivalent) placement within an educational setting, looking at how psychological theory operates in practice. This forms a strong basis of the programme, in which we aim to promote critical reflection of these issues, preparing our students to apply their course knowledge and skills to the workplace.
We have successful links with excellent placement providers in the North West, including Catalyst Psychology – an educational psychology service in Manchester. Our external partners, and other organisations, have provided very rewarding, intellectually stimulating placement experiences for our students, and support student development by offering many hands-on learning opportunities in practice. Find out more about this here.
You can hear more about placement experiences from two of our recent Educational Psychology students; Elizabeth Haynes and Joanne Clarke, in the video below.
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If you haven’t already visited our campus, or would like to visit again, you can discover everything you need to know about life at Edge Hill by attending one of our Open Days. Student guides will be on hand to take you on a tour of the halls of residence and faculty buildings, you can also attend subject presentations and speak with tutors and current students.
Alternatively, our Campus tours take place each month and provide a great opportunity to see Edge Hill University’s award-winning campus and get a taste of what the student experience here is like.