Students had the chance to learn from an expert at the launch of four new psychology degrees at Edge Hill University.

University Chancellor Professor Tanya Byron, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and writer and broadcaster, met more than 130 sixth form students from across Merseyside and Lancashire. After launching the new undergraduate programmes, she hosted a Q&A session.

The four new courses are single-honours psychology, plus three specialist degrees – health, education and sport. They will each build on Edge Hill’s strong reputation in research and education in this field. The courses will be held in the newly refurbished Social and Psychological Sciences building on the Ormskirk campus, transformed following a £1m refurbishment project. 

The single honours course will give the student everything they wanted to know about the science of mind and behavior, and explore the differences that make each one of us unique.

The health psychology programme offers specialist modules, while giving a good grounding in broader psychological theory. There are a number of influential theoretical approaches to the subject and this programme will allow students to explore them thoroughly.

Those studying for a degree in educational psychology will examine how the speciality has been applied to education, as well as receiving training in the core areas of psychology and

The Sport and Exercise Psychology degree will explore cutting-edge psychological theory and research looking particularly at elite sport performance, motivation and the influence of exercise on psychological well-being. Interest in sport and exercise psychology continues to grow and the discipline is currently one of the fastest developing areas of psychology.

Professor Philip Erwin, Associate Head of the Department of Social and Psychological Sciences, said: “Psychology is not just about spoken and written words, but elements such as statistics, which takes a few undergraduates by surprise. Students also need analytical thinking, listening and people skills. Our students choose psychology for a variety of reasons, and many have a specific career in their sights. Today’s students generally know what is involved, as they may well have studied the subject at A-Level – but it was very useful for the audience to learn first-hand from someone who has worked in this field.”

Professor Byron is well known for her work as a child therapist on the television shows Little Angels and The House of Tiny Tearaways. She completed her first degree in Psychology at University of York, her clinical psychology Masters training at University College London and her doctorate, which looked at the treatment of cocaine, amphetamine and ecstasy misusers, at University College Hospital and the University of Surrey.

In addition, Professor Byron has worked in the NHS for almost 20 years in the drug dependency, HIV/AIDS and sexual health, adult mental health and eating disorders services. She now works as a consultant in child and adolescent mental health.