Department of Psychology

What is the psychology behind the 'happiest photo'?

Dr Ian Fairholm talks to BBC Gloucestershire about the psychology behind the 'happiest photo'.

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Researchers want us to talk about pain and not suffer in silence

A new study launched this week is looking to understand more about the differences in how men and women express pain and how this might impact on their overall health.

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Why shaking hands matters (even when it’s virtual)

Politicians and the public may have grown tired of shaking hands at the end of a long election campaign, but there’s new evidence that it really does matter when it comes to striking the best deal in negotiations.

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Sign up for our autism summer school

Our summer school is a residential at the University campus, allowing students with Autism Spectrum Disorder to experience all aspects of student life.

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Clearer future for blind thanks to vOICe device

New findings from our researchers could pave the way for better treatments for blind and partially-sighted people using the revolutionary sensory substitution device, ‘The vOICe’.

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New postgraduate bursaries available!

We are offering over 90 bursaries for students on taught master's courses starting in September 2015. Read More


Undergraduate study

Undergraduate programmes

We have a highly successful suite of psychology programmes that include placement year opportunities both overseas or in the UK.

Studying psychology

Staff and students discuss the BSc and MSci Psychology programmes.

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Postgraduate study

Foundation Course in Systemic/Family Therapy

Hands holding family

We have launched a new Foundation Course in Systemic/Family Therapy that will run from October 2014.

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Director of Studies, Professor Paul Salkovskis, talks about the Doctorate Clinical Psychology programme.

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Research degrees

PhD Postgraduate study

Dr Edmund Keogh and Dr Jill Porter with students Arash Heydarian Pashakhanlou and Natalie Booth discuss the PhD experience.

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Research student insight

Greg Thomas

Greg is researching decision making processes and the impact of our travel mode choice.

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We have a distinctive research profile and a long-standing record of cutting-edge, theoretically-informed research in applied aspects of psychology.

Participate in research

Researchers using computer

We have many research projects and experiments taking place, and are always looking for new participants to help with our data collection.

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Home Energy Efficiency

Dr Ian Walker has been part of the ENLITEN project that aims to improve people's understanding of energy use in homes.

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