Department profile

School of Psychology

University of Sussex
2024/25 edition

About School of Psychology

Join one of the UK’s largest schools of psychology and gain knowledge from experts to help you prepare for your future career. From child development to cognitive neuroscience, we will support you to pursue your passion.

We represent one of the UK’s most diverse and influential communities of psychologists, spanning various academic disciplines including biological, cognitive, developmental, clinical, and social psychology.

Explore our postgraduate courses

We offer a great range of Masters courses at the University of Sussex. You will gain valuable industry knowledge from experts in the field and work alongside world-class researchers to develop the key knowledge and skills needed to launch and further your career in psychology.

The postgraduate courses we offer in the School of Psychology are:

Applied Child Psychology MSc

Cognitive Neuroscience MSc

Foundations of Clinical Psychology and Mental Health MSc

Psychology (Conversion) MSc

Psychological Methods MRes

Research in the School of Psychology

We are one of the largest research-intensive psychology schools in the UK and have been pushing the boundaries of biological, developmental, clinical, cognitive and social psychology since the 1960’s. We are ranked top 20 in the UK for our research overall in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience in REF 2021 (Times Higher Education).

Our faculty is composed of both active researchers and lecturers dedicated solely to teaching and our students’ academic development. We provide high-quality teaching while integrating current research into our courses.

Our research strengths span a range of areas, such as:

• addiction

• ageing and dementia

• child development

• cognitive and behavioural neuroscience

• consciousness

• mental health and resilience

• health psychology.

We are home to two major research centres:

Sussex Addiction Research and Intervention Centre

Sussex Centre for Research on Kindness

Teaching and learning in the School of Psychology

We deliver exceptional teaching across all areas of psychology in a supportive and inclusive environment.

You’ll work under the supervision of a world-class researcher while you undertake your MSc research project. During your course, you will gain the hands-on experience you need to apply for a PhD or work in a range of different roles.

Prepare for your future career

Our Masters' courses equip you with a diverse set of transferable skills, advanced knowledge, and research experience to boost your employment prospects and prepare you for a high-level career.

Our graduates have gone on to pursue PhDs and careers in areas ranging from mental health and clinical psychology, to research and education. Here at Sussex, you will receive support and advice for taking your career to the next step.

Our campus

Our beautiful, green campus is home to a welcoming, international community. You’ll find us close to the south coast city of Brighton and the South Downs in the UK, within a UNESCO Living Coast Biosphere Reserve. We’re near to Gatwick airport and just over an hour from London.

As well as being beautiful, our campus is like a large village, with everything you need for day-to-day life. The spacious Student Centre is a hub for student life, with support and information services, social areas and retail outlets.

Take a look around our campus and local area.

Brighton: A vibrant city

A sunny seaside city famous for its sense of inclusivity – there can be few better places to be a student than Brighton. It offers everything students could want for an enjoyable university experience – culture, entertainment and an abundance of shops and restaurants. The city centre Is just a few minutes train ride from our campus.

How to apply

Explore our Masters courses, and apply through our postgraduate application system.

Contact details


Contact details

+44 (0)1273 876638
School of Psychology
Pevensey 1 Building
University of Sussex
East Sussex
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