The School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham is one of the largest and most active Psychology departments in Britain, and is one of four within the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. The School comprises a large body of staff from diverse scientific fields, and has research activity across a wide range of topics in psychology, including biological, clinical, cognitive and perceptual, developmental, forensic and social psychology, and behavioural and cognitive neuroscience. There are 63 academic staff, 19 administrative, technical and support staff, 243 postgraduates and 650 undergraduate students.
The School has an excellent reputation for both teaching and research. It is ranked 6th in the Guardian league table for Psychology (2014) and has sustained an annual research income of £3-4M throughout the REF period. This income comes from research councils (BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC), charities (The Wellcome Trust, The Leverhulme Trust, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Stroke Association), the European Union, the NHS and Government Departments (the Home Office, the Department of Health), and from Industry. Courses at postgraduate level include: taught doctorates in Clinical and Forensic Psychology, and masters-level courses in research, neuroscience, Criminal, Clinical and Forensic Psychology.
The School has a wide range of technical facilities to support research including: 3T MRI scanner at the Birmingham University Imaging Centre, EEG and TMS and eye tracking facilities as well as a range of specialised behavioural laboratories and a baby lab. All PhD students are encouraged to acquire new research techniques and use the equipment available in the school. During the REF period 91 PhD students have completed their degrees. Our students are from diverse academic backgrounds and geographical locations, with 45 different nationalities in total.
We are a key partner in the University of Birmingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (one of the few single-institution DTCs in the country), and in the BBSRC doctoral training programme run jointly with Warwick and Leicester, and the MRC-ARUK and EPSRC PSIBS doctoral programmes. All PhD students attend courses determined by an annual training needs analysis, conducted with the supervisor(s), which provides training specifically tailored to the needs of doctoral students in our School.