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The Department of Psychology at Edge Hill University provides a supportive and engaging learning experience that equips our students with the skills and knowledge for the 21st Century.


The Department of Psychology is dedicated to supporting cutting-edge research and has a number of purpose-built laboratories, housing many pieces of technical equipment. The Department also provides appropriate training for students to access these advanced research methods.


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As part of our dedication to providing meaningful student experiences, we integrate a number of key employability strategies both within our core curriculum as well as extracurricular provision.

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Leading psychologist releases new book Doubt: A Psychological Exploration

An internationally acclaimed psychologist from Edge Hill University has released a new book exploring the psychological basis for self-doubt and how it has impacted on people, history and the world.

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Researchers develop new tool to measure how social media behaviour can impact wellbeing

Screen time in itself is not an accurate reflection of the impact social media can have on wellbeing, new research has found.

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Edge Hill psychologist joins effort to help UKRI hit net zero

An Edge Hill University psychologist is helping UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to set out a plan to deliver carbon neutral computing by 2040 or sooner.

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Press attitudes towards autism are “stereotypically negative” says new study

Representations of autism in the national British press remain skewed towards stereotypically negative views, a comprehensive new study has found.

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Professor Geoff Beattie is appointed Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford

Leading psychologist Professor Geoff Beattie from Edge Hill University has been appointed Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW) and a member of Wolfson College in recognition of his literary scholarship.

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New research shows that pet ownership can improve the lives of people with autism

New research led by psychologists at Edge Hill University has shown that animal ownership has multiple benefits for adults diagnosed with autism.

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Edge Hill academics shortlisted for supporting PhD students

Two Edge Hill University academics have been shortlisted for their support as supervisors with PhD students.

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Edge Hill University professor commended for research into psychology of cancer

An Edge Hill University professor has been recognised by North West Cancer Research for his work in the psychology of cancer and end of life care.

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Public invited to take part in the first-ever Great Community Climate Change Experiment

Two psychologists from Edge Hill University are launching the first-of-its-kind experiment to discover whether children are the best people to convince adults to live more sustainably.

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New research raises questions about sexist attitudes in the gaming world

New research by psychologists at Edge Hill University suggests that gendered violence in video games does not increase sexist attitudes in male gamers.

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Psychology student rewarded for key role in Virtual Reality research

A psychology student has been awarded an Edge Hill Excellence Scholarship for advancing the department’s research in Virtual Reality (VR). 

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Psychology of trophy hunting: why some people kill animals for sport

In an article for The Conversation Professor Geoff Beattie looks at the psychology behind trophy hunters, examining what makes them want to kill for sport.

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Student success

What do clinical psychologists do?

Think you might be interested in a career in clinical psychology? Looking to find out more about what the job might involve, and how to get there? This blog is here to help.

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PsychSoc – Edge Hill’s student psychology society

In 2018, three students formed Edge Hill University’s We Are Psychology Society. We speak to Hannah, Grace and Millie, members of the society.

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Understanding autism

Autism, otherwise known as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is experienced differently by every autistic person. We speak to Dr Gray Atherton to understand her research surrounding autism and the autistic spectrum.

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Nothing happens until a neuron fires

In the Department of Psychology, our lecturers are experts in what they teach. Dr Derek Larkin, one of our Senior Lecturers, specialises his research in the area of Clinical and Abnormal Psychology.

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Get your head in the game

Dr Linda Kaye, Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Cyberpsychology Section and Reader in Psychology at Edge Hill explains how online settings have become even more valuable to our psychological wellbeing during the recent unprecedented events and how this will continue in the future.

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Paid psychology internship scheme

New ideas, a fresh perspective, and a passion for psychology are just a few of the attributes that make students the perfect research interns.

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PhD graduate praised for exceptional public health work during pandemic

An Edge Hill PhD graduate has been praised for her exceptional work in public health during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Our successes

BPS accredited degrees

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Four of our undergraduate courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and our MSc Conversion course allows graduates to obtain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS.


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We were ranked as “world-leading” by the Times Higher in the World University Rankings 2020.

Gender equality: Athena SWAN

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The Department of Psychology is committed to promoting equality and diversity for all staff and students. In October 2018, we successfully obtained our Bronze Award.

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Achieve your potential

We have a consistent track record of supporting our students to gain good degree outcomes. In 2018, we celebrated 87% of our final year students receiving “good-class honours” (2:1 classification or above), with 37% of overall awards gaining a First Class Honours degree. 

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Psychology Society

PsychSoc is a society “by students, for students” to help provide a supportive community for students studying in our Department. If you are a current student, you can join by visiting the Student Union website and logging in with your university details.